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Brief description of the organisation
The City of Leipzig is the local public authority for a city of 522,883 inhabitants. The municipality is among the most active cities in Germany with regard to European cooperation and affairs, underpinned by its long membership in EUROCITIES’ Executive Committee (Presidency 2002 – 2004), and therefore well networked with other cities and European institutions. With regard to the promotion of creative industries, different competencies have already been developed within the three branches of the municipality that implement the project: support to an independent culture scene (Cultural Affairs Office), institutionalisation of clusters (Economic Development Office), promotion of a “Culture Mile” in the former URBAN program area (Office for Urban Renewal and Residential Development). These capacities will be exploited when European good practices are analysed and new instruments (e.g. cluster marketing) to promote creative industries are jointly developed with the partners.
The city’s creative industry is estimated to already employ about 30,000 persons in many small companies. Some initiatives as the "Pop up)" independent music fair, the galleries at the location of the former cotton mill, the "Designers’ Open" or the "F/stop" photography festival have already started to attract broader attention and have led to a vibrant local creative economy

Brief description of the city
“I come to Leipzig, the place one can see the whole world in one.” – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Leipzig is a city of Northwest Saxony with approximately 516,000 inhabitants. The commercial centre is home to the University of Leipzig, the Leipzig Fair and seat of leading businesses such as BMW, Porsche, DHL, Amazon and the Verbundnetz Gas AG.
Furthermore, Leipzig is a remarkably green city. In addition to a vast landscape of lakes, which resulted from restoration of old open-cast mines and numerous parks, the city still has another rarity: Right through Leipzig runs one of the largest floodplain forest areas of Central Europe (2500 ha). The close proximity to the park and forest areas not only creates the conditions for a variety of sports and leisure opportunities, but also the generous chance to switch in a very short time between the turbulent city life and green recreation areas.

The 1989 peaceful democratic movement, decisive to overcome the communist dictatorship in East Germany, originated in Leipzig and earned the city and its inhabitants a heroic status that defines Leipzig’s worldwide reputation ever since.

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Brief description of the city’s peculiarities as far as creativity and culture are concerned
In addition to Leipzig’s great musical tradition that includes the workings of Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the Gewandhaus orchestra and the Thomanerchor (choir), the city is well-known for the creative endeavours of its inhabitants, artists and cultural promoters. Examples are initiatives as the "Pop up)" independent music fair, the galleries at the location of the former cotton mill, the "Designers’ Open",  the "F/stop" photography festival and many more, that have already started to attract broader attention and have led to a vibrant local creative scene.
English: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/kultur_gastonomie/musik/

 

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Neues Rathaus, D-04092 Leipzig
creativecities@leipzig.de
Phone: +49 341 1234281
Fax: +49 341 1234242

www.leipzig.de

Name of the contact person and contact details 

Susanne Kucharski-Huniat
Head of Office for Cultural Affairs
Phone: +49 341 1234281
Fax: +49 341 1234242
creativecities@leipzig.de

Katja Etzold
Cluster Contact Point
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
Tel. +49 341 14077950
kontaktstelle@aufbauwerk-leipzig.com

 
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