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CRITICAL SITUATION FOR LEIPZIG´S INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION HOUSE LOFFT

06.02.2018

Relocation to Halle 7 postponed - Lease agreement for the old venue ends in June - LOFFT again without a stage?

Due to construction delays, the relocation of the LOFFT to Halle 7 on the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (a previous cotton mill and now a hub for creatives and artists) planned for June 2018 has to be postponed. Halle 7 will be renovated and converted by the owner, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, on the basis of a contract with the city of Leipzig. The city of Leipzig is currently negotiating with the client about the further schedule. We must wait and see, and we can only react.

Originally the grand opening was planned for September, but now it is unthinkable until the first quarter of 2019. However, since the lease of the LOFFT at its old venue at Lindenauer Markt ends in June 2018, we are once again in a very difficult situation. Managing Director Dirk Förster commented:"Either we can stay at the Lindenauer Markt or we have to try to make an interim programme at changing locations all across the city in a hurry. Which would going to be very expensive. Money we desperately need for equipping the new building."

In any case, the delay places a heavy burden on the operation of LOFFT, with consequences for the entire independent dance and theatre landscape in Leipzig: "We now have to cancel the opening festival planned for September 2018 and unload the booked artists from Germany and Europe. That is a huge disappointment. Even more dramatic is the fact that the premieres and performances planned for the new 2018/2019 season have now been called into question", says Förster. "The livelihoods of the freelance artists depend on this. We are also unable to make any binding statements to our cooperation partners such as the Euro-Scene Leipzig or the Tanzlabor."

Similar situations had already occurred several times since 2011, because the lease agreement for the old location on the Lindenauer Markt could only be extended at short notice. The background is the desire of the Theater der Junge Welt to take over the premises of LOFFT.

Our aim is to reach a binding agreement with the Leipzig City Council on how to proceed by mid-February. We are in intensive discussions on this.