LDK 2019 is hosted by the Leipzig University. The conference will take place at the University of Leipzig in the Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul, which was destroyed in 1968 and rebuilt in 2017.
The assembly hall, which was erected on the exact same site as the old university church, exhibits figures and other objects from the old Paulinerkirche and contains a room of common prayer. By this, as one of only a few German universities, the University of Leipzig will retain the tradition of having its own university chapel, a tradition dating back for over 500 years.
Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany, located about 200 km south of Berlin.
Last year the city celebrated its 1.000 years anniversary. Since the middle ages, before the Magna Carta was drafted, even before the Crusaders sacked Constantinople, Leipzig (or urbs Libzi as it was first declared in 1015) was a cultural and commercial hub, with international connections situated at via regia and via imperii. In the second half of the 19th century, Leipzig became the forerunner of industrialization in Germany. The industrial architecture of the late Wilhelmenian era has become one of the city’s attractions.
Leipzig has always been an important center of academia and culture in Germany and is probably most famous for its musical reputation on account of the works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann and Johann Sebastian Bach. Today it is home to the world’s famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and the St. Thomas Choir.
During the last decades of the previous century, Leipzig played a vital role during the fall of communism in whole Eastern Europe. Until today, events such as peaceful demonstrations, church services and the like instignated the reunification of Germany and are known as the peaceful revolution. The incredible boom during the past 10 years, with veggy cafes popping up here and there, a vibrant arts, modern music scene and start-up scene and more and more people moving to the city brought Leipzig its often quoted nickname Hypezig.
What to see in Leipzig
Leipzig is a beautiful city famous for its historic buildings, classical music, hipsters, and nightlife. More information:
- 10 reasons why you should visit Leipzig
- 10 reasons to visit Leipzig this year
- The best things to see and do in Leipzig