Ana Ribeiro and LeipGlo partner Daniel Leon sitting in the audience of the Intercultural Bloggers Cafe as part of the Buchmesse's Leipzig Liest. Photo © 2016 by Stefan Hopf
Ana Ribeiro and former LeipGlo business partner Daniel Leon sitting in the audience of the Intercultural Bloggers Cafe as part of the Buchmesse's Leipzig Liest. Photo © 2016 by Stefan Hopf

Eight years of LeipGlo and just getting started

I considered writing a paragraph here moaning about the recent past, then found myself deleting it. The night I began to write this, so high on the energy given and received that I had trouble falling asleep, was such a happy night that I’d rather talk about that. It feels like the eight years of work poured into this is finally starting to pay off.

All the goodwill LeipGlo has sown has left a trail over the years and is palpable; more so than the negative, it seems. Timing, synergies and the mysterious ways of the universe have now brought together a team with complementary skills rallying around a common vision. This constellation may manage to lead LeipGlo into a sustainable future. This could be our moment.

Eight years since I founded this webzine, and the team meeting just a few nights ago truly felt like a new beginning.

We’ve got a new editor.

Wendy Biddlecombe Agsar. Photo: Sam Agsar

A new lead reporter.

Kim Rupp-Gregory. Photo: Amelie Rupp

A new head of sales.

Daniel Yanez Avila. Photo: Micol Benaglia

A new head of marketing.

Micol Benaglia. Photo: Daniel Yanez Avila

And more new team members coming onboard over the next weeks.

I’m giddy with anticipation for everything we discussed and have planned: articles, different types of events, a social media makeover, novel ways to get our audience and local businesses and organizations more engaged. I can’t give a lot of details yet because we need to move many pieces into place for the blueprints to come to life. But you’ll know soon enough if you continue to follow LeipGlo.

By the way, to everyone who has contributed to LeipGlo over these eight years, in ways big or small, I give my heartfelt thank you – gratitude is the overwhelming feeling right now for me.

I’m excited to welcome new writers and also some of our past writers back into a more regular rhythm contributing to the webzine. Gradually you’ll see what we have in store contentwise, as we strive to align LeipGlo even more closely with the mission to help international-minded people stick around and thrive in our little corner of the world.

Singing at the open mic is irresistible
Ana Ribeiro and the Cocktail Open Mic host and LeipGlo contributor, British actor Peter Seaton-Clark, in 2019. Photo: Justina Smile Photography

For now, we invite you to check out our new team page and come celebrate with us LeipGlo’s relaunch in an informal setting, at the next monthly jam session Basislager Coworking is hosting – our smaller open mic evening.

Basislager has always been very supportive of LeipGlo so it makes total sense that our relaunch would take place there. Marco, the head of Basislager, plays a mean piano, along with other great instrumentalists who regularly make an appearance at the jam session.

So grab an instrument, warm up your vocal chords, or just bring an open mind on Friday, March 31st, to Basislager at Peterssteinweg 14. We’ll be there from 8pm, looking very much forward to meeting and hearing you.

Don’t worry, the lyrics and chords will be put up on the screen, so you don’t have to memorize anything, and you can always just sing or tap along. Entry is free and you can buy bottled drinks for a couple euros.

Rumor has it that I can also carry a tune and do so on occasion.

Eight Years of LeipGlo – a Soft Relaunch at Basislager Coworking

Date: Friday, March 31st

Time: 8 pm

Entry: Free; no need to register in advance

Link to Facebook event


A Global Studies doctoral degree holder and former newspaper reporter, avid eater, pseudo-philosopher and poet, occasion-propelled singer, semi-professional socializer, movie addict, Brazilian-American nomad. In this space, she will share some of her experiences and (mis)adventures regarding various topics, with special attention to social issues.

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