Start of “Leipzig – City of Social Movements”

The theme year 2021 “Leipzig – City of Social Movements” starts in January 2021 with the first online events. Throughout the year, social trends that are advancing urban society are being highlighted thanks to innovative ideas.

In times of social distance, the main focus for this year could hardly fit better. Changes as a result of socio-dynamic processes, which were caused by crises and political controversies, are familiar to Leipzig’s history from different areas of society and times. Particularly noteworthy here are the emancipatory women’s movement and the social democratic labor movement. To remember these and to deal with the current challenges of our time is the goal of the artists and cultural workers in Leipzig.

Cultural participation as a goal

Alderman for Culture Dr. Skadi Jennicke sees this as a central task of culture: “Leipzig’s cultural institutions work tirelessly to be there for their audiences despite the pandemic. How much they would like to exploit their potential as a source and means of resilience exactly corresponds to the idea of ​​responsibility. Dialogue with the population is an essential basis for artistic activity and the right to cultural participation must be the central objective – ideally even collective management”.

Start of project is January to February

The theater of the Junge Welt kicks off the varied series of projects on January 23, 2021: The year-round workshop “City-Theater-Future-Experiment” starts online, with the aim of integrating the wishes and demands of young people in modern theater.

“Parallel Worlds – Conspiracy Theories as New Social Movements” will also start in January. Through discussions, performances and workshops, Werk 2 would like to shed light on the connections between past movements and today’s approaches.

Focus on female soccer fans

The fan project Leipzig of the Outlaw gGmbH offers from February exhibitions and workshops under the title “Football Stories – Girls and Women in Fan Culture and in the Association of BSG Chemie Leipzig”. It represents a previously unknown chapter in the city’s history, in which the role of women, gender stereotypes and protest culture are expressed.

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