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Hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir live

Friday and Saturday in St. Thomas Church
Towards the Light Disputation (Photo: André Böhme)
Towards the Light Disputation (Photo: André Böhme)

Kirchentag on the Way in Leipzig: Music. Debate. Life.

25. – 28. of May 2017

“Music. Debate. Life” will be the three themes of the Kirchentag on the Way in Leipzig. In 1519 the city of Leipzig was the scene of a heated and eloquent public debate between Luther and his opponent Johannes Eck, who was loyal to Rome. This clash of theologies over indulgences and the papacy eventually led to Luther’s break with Rome. And almost 500 years later the Disputation will be out on the streets of Leipzig again.

Leipzig is also musically devoted to Luther. This is the city of Bach, who set Luther’s words and ideas to music like no other. And so you will be able to hear Protestant music-making from University Music, the St. Thomas Boys Choir and trombone bands. Kirchentag on the Way in Leipzig is also about changing perspectives – you can discover the city by water or on foot, take a seat at the biggest coffee table in Leipzig or fall into conversation in lively cultural venues and bars. Entirely in the spirit of the “Sound of Leipzig: Music. Debate. Life”.

Further information at: www.r2017.org

Spiritual Waterways

25. – 27.05.2017

Nonnenstraße, Buntgarnwerke (Photo: LTM/Andreas Schmidt)
Nonnenstraße, Buntgarnwerke (Photo: LTM/Andreas Schmidt)
Many people don’t know that Leipzig has 457 bridges – even more than Venice. With the White Elster, Pleisse and Parthe rivers, the Karl–Heine Canal and around 20 lakes in the surrounding area, water is a very tangible presence in Leipzig. And that will be reflected during Kirchentag on the Way: a kind of pilgrimage on the water, passing many artistically designed bridges ringing with music.
 
25/05/2017 9.30 am–5 pm
Streams of living water –
ecumenical pilgrimage service

Starting point: Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
 

26/05/2017 10 am–6 pm
Discover the waterways of the South – a pilgrimage through urban space and the natural environment

Starting point: Bank of Lake Markkleeberg, in front of the Strandcafé, Seepromenade 2
End point: Paul-Gerhardt Church
25/05/2017 10 am–4 pm
Water tales – a bike ride through the ages

Starting point: Taucha S-Bahn station
End point: Schönefeld Memorial Church

26 and 27/05/2017, 10 am–8 pm
The Leipzig waterways by canoe – art, music and
spirituality in the open air

From Leipzig Harbour or Helmholtzschule jetty
 
26/05/2017 10 am–5.30 pm
Discover the waterways of the South East

Starting point: Bank of Lake Markkleeberg, in front of the Strandcafé, Seepromenade 2
End point: Marienquelle, Leipzig- Marienbrunn
 

Further information at: www.r2017.org

The Leipzig Disputation

26.05.2017, 8 pm

Photo: Ev.-Luth. Kirchgemeinde St. Thomas
Photo: Ev.-Luth. Kirchgemeinde St. Thomas
Since 2009, St. Thomas Church has been commemorating the 1519 Leipzig Disputation between Johannes Eck and Martin Luther by holding a debate on a prominent socio-political topic geared around the themes of the Luther Decade. There is no special theme for 2017, the anniversary year of the Reformation. Two speakers, representing as opposing views as possible on the topic in question, are invited to take part. The debate is not followed by public discussion. For 2017, the speakers who have agreed to take part in the Disputation are SPD politician and former Minister for Economic Cooperation, Erhard Eppler, and Hungarian Minister, Zoltán Balog. The event will last about one and a half hours and will be moderated by journalist, Heike Schmoll

Further information at: www.thomaskirche.org

Festival of Wind and Brass

26. – 28.05.2017

Trombone Day Augustusplatz
Trombone Day Augustusplatz
Trombone choirs from all over Germany are expected to attend the Festival of Wind and Brass. After the festival opening on Friday afternoon, the day will close with an evening prayer led by wind and brass in the city centre. Saturday morning will see intensive rehearsals at the Leipzig exhibition centre. Wind and brass players will be an integral part of the programme throughout the day; they will perform concerts at many venues around Leipzig city centre, and provide musical accompaniment for events and wind and brass workshops. The high point will be the festival concert at 6 pm in the Augustusplatz, which will include at least 10,000 wind and brass players. On the Sunday morning, all the players will then head off to Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Further information at: www.r2017.org

Reformation Performance "Towards the Light

26. – 27.05.2017, 10 pm – 11.30 pm

Towards the Light Disputation (Photo: André Böhme)
Towards the Light Disputation (Photo: André Böhme)
One of the highlights of Kirchentag on the Way is a performance by Leipzig artist Falk Elstermann, which will have music, dance and debate happening all at the same time. The title of the 70-minute open-air spectacle, which covers the Reformation, religious wars, tolerance and reconciliation, is “Towards the Light”. A large orchestra, choirs, soloists, actors and dancers will perform beneath a dome of light above the market square, accompanied by video productions, and sound and light installations. Hundreds of performances. Thousands of spectators. Falk Elstermann had a dream about all of this one night. And the dream is becoming a reality on the evenings of 26th and 27th May 2017, right in the middle of Leipzig.

Further information at: www.r2017.org

Leipzig Open-Air Coffee Party

27.05.2017, 2 pm – 5 pm

Coffee culture is big here. Coffee was being sold publicly in Leipzig as early as 1694 and the first German “Coffeehouse Regulations” were enacted in 1697. On 27th May 2017, the city centre is being transformed into a gigantic coffee meeting. A wide variety of hosts will provide coffee, tea and cake, and will invite visitors to sit down and get into conversation. This enormous Saxon afternoon tea will be a relaxed and convivial occasion, bringing all generations together – for guests from near and far, believers and those with questions, locals and those passing through.

Further information at: www.r2017.org