Besides the academic part of the International Session, the participants have the opportunity to explore the city of Leipzig throughout the offered cultural and evening programme. The cultural programme will take place on Thursday, November 12th. Participants will be given the opportunity to get a taste of the host city, Leipzig, its history, cultural heritage and dynamism in Saxony and Germany and to decide on their wehre where they would like to go.
Visit of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations
The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (German: Völkerschlachtdenkmal) is a monument to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. The monument commemorates Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig, a crucial step towards the end of hostilities in the War of the Sixth Coalition, which was seen as a victory for the German people, although Germany as we know it did not begin to exist until 1870. There were German speakers fighting on both sides, as Napoleon’s troops also included conscripted Germans from the French-occupied left bank of the Rhine as well as from the Confederation of the Rhine.
The structure is 91 metres tall. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top, from which there are spectacular views across the city and environs.
Visit of the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts
Around 1858, Leipzig-based merchants, publishers, retailers and bankers founded the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts. Since then numerous collectors have followed in their footsteps and have generously contributed endowments and gifts to the museum.
Today’s collection now includes approximately 3.500 paintings, 1.000 sculptures and 60.000 graphic works. It includes works from the late Middle Ages to the present day with an emphasis on old German and Dutch paintings from the 15th to the 17th century, Italian paintings from the 15th to the 18th century, French paintings of the 19th century and German paintings from the 18th to the 20th Century.
Monday demonstration tour – on the trail of autumn ’89
The city tour in the footsteps of the Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig will be starting in front of the Youth Hostel. During a walk through the city, the most important points of the Leipzig Monday demonstrations, such as the Augustusplatz, the inner ring road and the former Stasi headquarters, are visited. Detailed information on the origin of the demonstrations and the rapid growth in participants as of September 1989 will be delivered. In addition to the historic 9th of October, largely unknown incidents during the demonstrations in early 1990 will be explained.
Visit of the Leipzig Panometer
The Leipzig Panometer is a visual panorama displayed inside a former gasometer, accompanied by a thematic exhibition. The Panometer was created in 2003 by the Austrian-born artist Yadegar Asisi, who coined the name as a portmanteau of “panorama” and “gasometer”.
So far the panoramic pictures have been 105 metres in circumference and around 30 metres in height, making them currently the largest of such pictures in the world. Digital technology is used to combine photos, drawings and paintings into a single large picture file, which is then printed onto individual strips of textile. The strips are combined into a circular picture which is then hung up as a single piece. The panorama is viewed from a raised platform in the centre.
There are also light and sound effects, including a simulated day-night cycle, sounds from nature, and music composed especially by the Belgian composer Eric Babak.
Visit of the plant of the BMW Group
The BMW Leipzig Plant is one of the most modern and sustainable automobile plants in the world. The production for customers around the world began in March 2005. Up to 740 vehicles roll off the production lines every day. The plant does not only focus on conventional vehicle production, but also on the production of electric vehicles and CFRP lightweight bodies.
Gain insight into the automotive production during a guided plant tour. Experience the production of BMWs, from the welding of steel parts into car bodies, the paint shop to the individual interior equipment in the assembly.
The visit will be followed by a workshop moderated by “Citizens for Europe” about “Promoting intercultural understanding and social inclusion” in the BMW Leipzig Plant.