Snow – a thing of the past? The cultural history of winter in Leipzig

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  • Leipzig
  • 21.01. – 27.02.2022Overview of dates
  • 10:00 - 18:00
  • Exhibition, Art and culture
WINTER, loved and hated, longed for and feared, no season divides so much
Like this one. Lust and frustration are close together. Was or is there the typical Leipzig
Winter? This question is addressed by the special exhibition with due seriousness, but also
with a twinkling joy of discovery. With a wealth of different objects, pictures
and media as well as interactive stations for young and old, the city’s history shows
seum the beautiful and scary sides of winter and asks about its special
tastes and risks.
To this day, Leipzig is not considered a city of snowy winters or of ambitious winter sports.
Nevertheless, the rhythm of urban life is also shaped by this time of year and many Leipzigers are actively involved in winter sports beyond ice skating or tobogganing. Winter is a natural phenomenon that poses a challenge to each individual and to urban services of general interest as a whole. Once experienced, discontinued winter services after snow and cold fall remain just as much in memory as the tedious snow shoveling.
This seemingly harsh season also has a vulnerable side. Their future is closely linked to climate change. Does winter lose its magic if there is no permanent snowfall? How do humans and nature cope with this void, and what can we possibly replace it? Debates about global warming and its impact are more topical than ever.
Winter, however, is not just about snow, cold and darkness. It also includes the commercial
intensively celebrated and traditionally resounding Christmas season, the turn of the year with the hope for something new and rushing carnival balls. So it brings with it a special form of culinary and sensual enjoyment.
The City History Museum is dedicating an exhibition to this rough and contemplative season for the first time.
between nostalgia, infrastructure, cultural history and climate care all the facets of winter.
To accompany the exhibition visit, which is open from 12 November 2021 to 27 February 2022 Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. , the museum offers interested young and old visitors, including DIY Winter-Wunder-Land: Family Workshops, BAHN FREI! Short-term guidance
to the winter hotspots or ice art on artificial ice – performance followed by ice-skate-Workshop an extensive educational programme.

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Haus Böttchergäßchen - Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Böttchergäßchen 3
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 (0) 341 965130
Fax: +49 (0) 341 9651352
Website: www.stadtgeschichtliches-museum-leipzig.de

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