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Leipzig is located in Western Saxony, in the east of Germany. Since the democratic revolution of 1989 it has become a thriving party town, with street cafes, bars and clubs staying open through the night. It is also a centre for business and transport, and plays host to a variety of trade fairs.
The city played a crucial role in the democratic revolution, and the peaceful protests against the communist regime organised in May 1989 had become non violent demonstrations by October where thousands of the Leipzig’s citizens took to the streets, attended peace services at the Nikolaikirche, and placed candles on the steps of Stazi headquarters.
Leipzig has a flourishing arts scene, and hosts some of the best performances of classical music and opera in Germany. Famous names that have lived in Leipzig include Wagner, Bach, Schumann, and Mendelssohn; and Goethe used the cellar of his favourite bar in Leipzig for a scene in his well known Faust.
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Leipzig’s Bachfest is held over ten days in June every year, and celebrates the life and work of the composer. Musical events are scheduled at venues all over Leipzig including the Nikolaikirche, Thomaskirche, Museum für Musikinstrumente, and the Altes Rathaus. Festivals to honour Bach have taken place in Leipzig since 1905, although not necessarily annually.
For four days in May, usually corresponding to Whitsunday, the world’s largest goth festival takes place in Leipzig. As well as a variety of top class international music acts, the festival features a pagan village, a medieval market, and plenty of dark merriment.
The Leipzig literary fair is the second largest in Germany, after Frankfurt, and takes place over four days in March. The programme includes readings, talks, panel discussions, training sessions, and awards ceremonies. The main two prizes awarded are the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, awarded to outstanding new German-language publications, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, awarded to individuals that have contributed to European harmony and understanding through use of the written word.
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Flights between Australia and Leipzig take around twenty six hours. Thai and Austrian Airlines operate a route via Bangkok and Vienna, and Qantas and Lufthansa provide and alternative route via Singapore and Munich.