Leipzig, Germany

In the heart of Leipzig, nestled behind the Gewandhaus Concert Hall and City Skyscraper is the Moritzbastei – the only remaining part of the ancient city fortifications. The Moritzbastei was commissioned by Elector Moritz of Saxony in the 16th century and later named after him. It survived 400 tumultuous years during which it was used in many different ways, only to end as part of the rubble of the Second World War. In 1974 students began to work on the Moritzbastei, freeing it of the debris it was filled with and turning it into a students’ club, which opened in 1982. For almost 10 years the locale was a students’ club, but in 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Moritzbastei opened its doors to all visitors interested in culture. Since 1993 the “MB”, as locals lovingly call the building, has been run by the “Moritzbastei Foundation” as a non-profit organisation without external financial support.

With around 300,000 guests and 600 events annually, the MB has something for everyone – from rock and jazz concerts to readings and play performances, and even exhibitions and discussions. And for those who are simply looking for a cosy place to enjoy a glass of wine or snack will be charmed by the atmosphere in the Café Barbakane or one of the comfortable bars.

Live music, visual art/exhibitions, film screenings, programmes for supporting emerging artists, media, festivals, clubs, theatre performances

Former use of the building: Fortification wall
Year of opening as a cultural centre: 1979

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