LEIPZIG FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2024
On 9 October 1989 around 70,000 people took to the streets in the East German city of Leipzig, despite the threat of a command to shoot. With candles in their hands, they peacefully demanded more freedom and democracy in the GDR – a decisive catalyst for the start of the Peaceful Revolution that finally led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the call "Wir sind das Volk" [We are the People] and "No Violence", people gathered to march across the Leipzig inner-city ring road.
The year 2024 marks the 35th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution. For the Leipzig Festival of Lights 2024, around 20 light installations by international artists are planned along the inner city ring road, staging the authentic protest route of the Monday Demonstration - as was the case for the anniversaries in 2009 and 2014. More information will follow at a later date.