Leipzig Festival of Lights 2016 - Impressions

More than 15.000 citizens and visitors, among them Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Iris Gleicke (Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States) and Martin Dulig (Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport), participated in the Leipzig Festival of Lights 2016. They experienced a multi-layered artistic program – performed by the Leipzig ballet and famous actor Sylvester Groth.

Impressions of the evening:

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2015 - Impressions

About 25.000 visitors took part in Leipzig Festival of Lights on 9 October 2015. The emphasis of Festival is on issues surrounding civil society. "Liberty - Equality - Fraternity?" was the motto of 2015 - critically backlighting this statement and, thus, punctuated by a question mark. The identity of the individual in a Germany, once divided and now reunited for 25 years, was the intellectual starting point of the evening. A tension-filled panorama was created through the interaction and interplay of text, image and music.

Throughout the evening, the visitors of the Festival of Lights are, as in previous years, formed an illuminated "89" with thousands of candles.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014 – 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution about 200,000 Leipzig citizens, guests and top-ranking political representatives from all over the world gathered on Augustusplatz square and the city ring road in the evening of 9th October. During the Leipzig Festival of Lights they attended the welcome addresses starting at 7 p. m., delivered by the Lord Mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung, Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich as well as, among others, by Federal President Joachim Gauck, the state presidents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – Bronislaw Komorowski, Milos Zeman, Andrej Kiska, János Áder. After the official opening, art projects were started at more than 20 stations along the 3.6 kilometres long city ring road

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2013 – ‘How’s it Going? Through Prague!’

Traditionally the Leipzig Festival of Lights invites people to come to Augustusplatz square on 9th October. In 2013, under the headline ‘How’s it Going? Through Prague!’ the art and citizens’ project focussed on the events on Czech and Slovakian territories (until 1989 Czechoslovak Socialist Republic) regarding contents and artistic performances, among other things with themes such as the Prague Spring of 1968 and the occupation of the West German embassy in Prague by East German refugees in 1989.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2012 – Overcoming Borders

Traditionally the Leipzig Festival of Lights invites people to come to Augustusplatz square on 9th October. In 2012, under the headline ‘Overcoming Borders’, the art and citizens’ project among other things focused on the events in Hungary in 1956 and 1989 regarding contents and artistic performances, and dealt with the effects of these events on Germany and Europe. This special focus was chosen to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the German-Hungarian friendship treaty.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2011 – Creating a bridge between Leipzig and Danzig

Traditionally the Leipzig Festival of Lights invites people to come to Augustusplatz square on 9th October. It was the first time in 2011 that the event provided a bridge in Europe: In Leipzig and in Danzig people jointly commemorated the autumn 1989 events and actively participated in the celebrations. The focus in both cities was on themes such as freedom, solidarity and civil commitment.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2010 – Leipzig celebrates ’20 Years of German Unity’

On 9th October the Leipzig Festival Lights provides a platform for joint commemoration and active participation. Celebrating ’20 Years of German Unity’, Augustusplatz square hosted the art and citizens’ project of Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH (LTM), the City of Leipzig and the project initiative Autumn 1989. The concept combined various projects to create an overall dramaturgy: Sound and music elements were atmospherically intertwined with light effects and a brightly shining ‘89’.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2009 – ‘Leipzig Uprising – 20 Years of Peaceful Revolution and European Unity’

The Festival of Lights involved architects, lighting and other designers and artists from various European countries. The participants saw a carefully arranged artistic confrontation with the 9th October. Around 20 creative people participated with interpretations of the theme ‘Peaceful Revolution’ using light, audio and video media. Musically the Festival of Lights was accompanied by the Leipzig Bach Choir – a project choir of international choristers, renowned soloists and the Festival Orchestra under the direction of St. Nicholas’s music director Jürgen Wolf.

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