Everyone wants to go to Leipzig. Leipzig – the new Berlin? Heaven forbid! says Roman Grabolle. The Leipziger has dedicated himself to ensuring affordable living and cultural space in his city and promotes cooperative and non-profit housing and cultural projects. In his favourite neighbourhood of Lindenau, he tells us of luxury renovations, rising rents and why, when he hears the word “Hypezig”, he gets goose bumps.
In 1999 the artist Francesco entered for the first time the abandoned building in 59 rue Rivoli. Today the squat between the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe is a focal point for artists from all over the world. The long struggle with the city and enduring the fear of being evicted paid off. The then mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, bought the house for artists and set the tone: art needs space – and not money.
Terry Swartzberg has started a kippah experiment: whether going to Munich’s Marienplatz or Gretel’s vegetable market he no longer leaves the house without the headwear that identifies him clearly as a Jew. “You’re crazy, Terry”, say his friends, warning him. “You’ll be threatened; you’ll feel people’s anti-Semitism.” Will they be proven right?
Gold buyers, prostitutes, tourists and shoppers – between Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía in the Calle Montera very different kinds of people live, work, stroll and amuse themselves day for day and night for night. With the Spanish film crew The Tab Gang, we immerse ourselves for 180 seconds in the distinctive ambience of the Calle Montera and meet its inhabitants and the people who make the street unique.