The Project ‘European Music Trails: Europe in Leipzig – from Leipzig to Europe’ focuses on the role of music as an uniting force throughout the history of Europe. Europe has experienced periods of freedom, equality and fraternity as well as times of violence, revolution and radical political change. Europe continue to face great challenges; across Europe, intensive discussions are taking place, concerning national identity, common European values and citizen participation in social processes. Just as these topics resound in European music, they are reflected in all our project activities.
Europe is not a given, it is continually created as its citizens meet each other, form relationships and communicate. Through active participation in cultural heritage, we find shared values that help us to meet each other successfully and coexist across the diverse cultures of European countries. Music is the common language of Europe, transcending national peculiarities. Edvard Grieg, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and Clara Schumann are great examples of truly European musicians as they were not only artists and outstanding cultural ambassadors, but also active citizens in both their respective countries and Europe as a whole. Each of their lives touched Leipzig, and wove their experiences of this city into their music when they returned home. The work of these three musicians can help us to explore the aforementioned emotionally charged topics that continue to trouble us. Building on this musical legacy and developing it in to the future, is to acknowledge the connective power of music and unity in diversity. ‘European Musical Trails’ stems from a belief that through sharing our culture, we enrich ourselves as well as each other.
In ‘European Musical Trails’ their will be an exchange of artists between Lithuania (Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis), Norway (Edvard Grieg) and Germany (Clara Schumann), as well as developing interest in European cultural heritage. Further, the project calls for active participation of citizens from these countries to expand the cultural heritage.
Leipzig Music Trail (Notenspur Leipzig e.V.), an association made by the people themselves, is breaking new ground with the project ‘European Musical Trails’ in culture of memory, cultural mediation and citizen participation.
The Notenspur Leipzig e.V. builds bridges between high culture and sub culture and continues the tradition of civic music promotion in Leipzig. The Leipzig Music Trail is a connective force and an umbrella brand for the extraordinary musical heritage of Leipzig. Leipzig Music Trail is a part of Leipzig's successful application for the European Heritage Label.
The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM) within the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen). This measure is co-financed by taxpayers money on the basis of the budget which was decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.