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The Moritzbastei Foundation after 1993

On the 25th of July the new Saxonian Higher Education Act comes into effect. According to this Act, Saxonian Universities are no longer allowed to undertake tasks which serve purposes other than research and teaching. Moritzbastei is therefore no longer allowed to, as thus far, formally be run by the Leipzig University.

The city of Leipzig requests the return of its property, namely the land on which Moritzbastei stands. On the 31/12/1992 all Moritzbastei staff are dismissed. The Moritzbastei management and the Moritzbastei e.V. (assoc.) call for demonstrations to preserve Moritzbastei as a student club.

After negotiations with the Free State of Saxony and the city of Leipzig the University-based
Moritzbastei Foundation is established. The foundation receives the rights to lease the grounds of the property Moritzbastei for the next 30 years, the rent amounts to 1 DM. The foundation receives no further subsidies from the city or the state. The Moritzbastei Betriebs GmbH is founded and employed as mangers of Moritzbastei. The formerly University-hired staff receive new employment contracts.

The 90s
The cultural scene in Leipzig undergoes a fundamental change. Moritzbastei loses its role as, thus far, the sole cultural institution of its magnitude. A vast number of bars, clubs, and socio-cultural centres emerge; Leipzig evolves into a paradise of subculture.  The number of patrons in Moritzbastei deteriorates considerably. As a consequence of its economic independence, without public subsidies, Moritzbastei develops into a professional cultural service contractor.  The
Banquet Business is established, Moritzbastei becomes the chief provider for exclusive gastronomic events in Leipzig. In accordance with the foundation's aims, all of the obtained revenue is reinvested into the preservation of Moritzbastei and into the cultural programme.

Moritzbastei is the first East German cultural centre to become a member of the European cultural network
Trans Europe Halles. In the following years cultural centres from various European countries visit Leipzig.  The "International Weeks" are fashioned by, amongst others, Swedish, Dutch, English, and Spanish cultural centres.

The University sells the University high-rise to a bank. Moritzbastei organises a big party celebrating its history - the high-rise' moving-out party. Artists, organisers, and the gastronomy scene from throughout the entire city transform every storey of the high-rise into exhibitions, concert floors, and party floors.  After 5000 tickets sold, admission has to be halted, an estimated 5000 more people are refused entry.  The party ends early in the morning in utter chaos, but fortunately without incident.

As one of the first cultural centres in Leipzig, Moritzbastei launches its internet presence.

Moritzbastei goes through the worldwide tabloids, after paparazzi photographs
Britney Spears leaving Moritzbastei following a Halloween party.  The visibly drunk pop-star had previously claimed to the general public that she doesn't drink anymore.

Phillip Boa starts the tradition of Christmas concerts in Moritzbastei. In the following years, artists like Olaf Schubert, Die Art or Engerling perform their shows in December, which thereby develops into traditional month.

Moritzbastei celebrates the
450th anniversary of its construction with a large festival.

The initiative "
Leipzig + Culture" is founded in Leipzig, which campaigns for adequate funding of the independent cultural scene.  Moritzbastei takes an active lead; in 2008 the city council decides to distribute five percent of the cultural funding to the independent scene starting in 2013. In 2008 the Leipziger Kulturpaten (Leipzig's cultural godfathers) is founded, the project is co-founded through Moritzbastei and to this day supervised by the advisory board.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone during the
Reconstruction . Simultaneously, the standard restoration of the outer walls of Moritzbastei begins, to be concluded in 2011.

Page 1: History of Moritzbastei 1551-1943
Page 2: History after 1943
Page 3: From the reconstruction until the reunification 1973-1990
Page 4: The Moritzbastei Foundation after 1993