Israeli artist Etty Yaniv braves her paper cuts as she installs a site-specific piece made of strips of images, drawings and plastic. She's come to Leipzig as one of 38 international artists participating in the One-Sided Story residency program.
Annelinde isn't your average urban garden. While organizers encourage visitors, they don't sit around and wait for them. They reach out to the community by doing work in schools, catering events, offering exclusive dinners - and they throw a mean party.
As you walk around Plagwitz, you will notice the natives taking every opportunity to express their creativity. Knit bombing adds color to the otherwise non-descript Köning-Albert Bridge.
The owners of Bastl Boards came to Leipzig from lower Bavaria a year ago. They have long boards in more than 250 shops, and are currently working on a new series due out in spring. A Berlin-based analog photographer prints a shot of Plagwitz, scans it into the computer and then turns it over to a Leipzig artist, who adds his or her creative touch.
Kaffee Schwarz brings together the flavors of a local New England Cafe with the diverse culture you'd expect in Europe. The owners were given the keys to empty buildings on the street. Everything, down to the tiles, is the result of house-diving. All the furniture is for sale and there is a room that serves as a flea market where you can get special one-of-a-kind items.
What's that place on the street corner that is always packed no matter the time of day? You could be fooled into thinking it's a regular kebab shop, but look again - it's all vegan. It's just one of the many start-ups that got their chance through the Leipzig Wächterhaus concept. Rather than letting empty properties go to pot, owners work with locals who fix them up in return for low rent.
The Spinnerei in Plagwitz continues to be a prime example of how an industrial complex can be turned into a thriving artistic community. Within the framework of the EU Creative Cities Project, the city of Leipzig held its first open innovation conference. Here we see the participants enjoying a tour of the One-Sided Story residency in Halle 14.
This gallery in a residential property in Demmeringstrasse is another example of creative use of space. The exhibitions are on the second floor, where the plaster and woodwork has been removed to expose the bare bones of the building. Downstairs there are chill-out, bar and dance spaces. People come and engage directly with the art, since all shows are one night only.
Demmeringstrasse 74 recently hosted the exhibition "Unter dem Nebel über dem Wasser" (Unter the fog over the water) in conjunction with a project between Manuel Fanzine and Leipzig-based residencies Fugitif and One-Sided Story. The intimate environment perfectly suited the Bemberg Project, a performance piece by French artists Mathias Vouters and Kaya Tasman.
Anyone who knows Plagwitz will tell you that no evening is complete without a stop at the grungy bar Noch Besser Leben. You will find it buzzing all night, year round. Drinks are cheap and the people are cheerful.
It\'s a magnet for creative people looking for the alternative scene. Some are calling Leipzig the new Berlin. DW takes a closer look.