It's hard to believe - Halle may not be located by the sea, but it is still a Hanseatic city and, moreover, closely linked to German history. The Thirty Years' War, free corps fights, or the founding of the SPD in October 1890 – Halle is a historical place.
Not only was the composer Friedrich Georg Händel (1685-1759) born here, but today the cultural oasis on the Saale often serves as the location for numerous film productions. The city has an enchanting river landscape and historical architecture spanning five centuries. The four-towered market church is especially impressive, with 76 bells, the second largest Glockenspiel in the world. The market square with its Red Tower is an eye-catcher for all location scouts.
Although the Beatles never performed in Halle, Halle shone with its own Beatles museum.
Halle is home to one of Europe's largest publicly funded cultural foundations, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (The German Federal Cultural Foundation). Since its founding in March 2002, it has supported some 4,000 contemporary culture projects.
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One only sees what one knows. But one also only knows what one has seen.
When history is told through film and touches its viewers, it sparks an engagement with one's own biography and the biography of a country. By understanding each other through history, we can develop a sense of what history does to us. And, moreover, how we can shape it ourselves.
This is precisely what Filmland Saxony-Anhalt embodies, as few others in Europe. It stands as a creative oasis of ideas, as well as a cluster of closely located production facilities, with numerous historical filming locations and people who understand their craft and see the world through different eyes. It’s worth zooming in on Saxony-Anhalt.
An Ideal Location for Historical Productions
For Saxony-Anhalt in particular, it holds true that culture can only flourish and push boundaries in the presence of a vibrant cultural scene.
For over 500 years, Saxony-Anhalt has been a true world heritage site. It is the region with the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany: the Bauhaus in Dessau, the Luther cities of Eisleben and Wittenberg, the Wörlitz Castle Park, the historic old town of Quedlinburg, and the Naumburg Cathedral. For film productions, Saxony-Anhalt resembles a film set in Babelsberg – but it’s real!
World History – Made in Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt boasts a rich and distinctive cultural history. Martin Luther, its native son, not only nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg but also had a decisive influence on the German language.
In Dessau, the Bauhaus revolutionized the visual language of architecture and design – without this inspiration from Saxony-Anhalt, Manhattan would surely look different today.
Likewise, the lawyer and politician Otto von Guericke gained worldwide fame through his experiments on air pressure with the now-famous Magdeburg hemispheres. In short, Saxony-Anhalt is one of the birthplaces of modernity.
Due to its prominent role in the Middle Ages, a film-ready backdrop of castles, palaces, and other architectural wonders still exists today. It is little wonder, then, that Saxony-Anhalt has long served as the perfect film studio.
Among many others, the films "The Physician," "Pope Joan," and George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" were all shot in Saxony-Anhalt. In 2016, Wernigerode became the backdrop for François Ozon's award-winning French-German film "Frantz" – a cinematic masterpiece that portrays history as a grand epic of emotions.
No Future Without Heritage
Yet, what is possible today has a cinematic backstory that spans nearly four decades. As early as 1954, the DEFA Studio (Deutsche Film AG) began filming historical material in Quedlinburg in what is now Saxony-Anhalt.
While the DEFA had primarily produced industrial films to that point, here they dared to adapt Theodor Storm's novel, "Pole Poppenspäler," for the screen. This marked the birth of the DEFA as an architect of exceptional literary adaptations.
One film that nearly every citizen of the former East Germany has seen is "The Adventures of Werner Holt," based on Dieter Noll's novel, and in 1979, the Russian adaptation of "Baron Munchausen" was filmed in Wernigerode Castle.
The Right Rhythm for the Perfect Production
Saxony-Anhalt may not be a hidden gem among filmmakers, but its open secret is the foundation for exceptional films. In Halle and Magdeburg, you'll find outstanding film productions, talented casting professionals, and filmmakers from every imaginable field. This reputation didn't happen by chance.
The driving force behind it all is the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, which transforms film and media projects into promising productions.
We also hold a deep commitment to the education and development of filmmakers, as well as fostering exchange through festivals such as the Professional Media Masterclass by Worklights Media Production GmbH, the Werkleitz Festival 2022 by Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. in Hettstedt, continuing education programs by the International Academy of Media and Arts e.V., the 5th “SILBERSALZ” Science & Media Festival, and the 15th Film Music Days Saxony-Anhalt, all held in Halle, establishing Saxony-Anhalt as a film and cultural hub par excellence.
To ensure that your visit to the PROGRESS History Summit is to your complete satisfaction, you will find all relevant information for your planning here. How do you get to the Powerhouse? What else awaits you in Halle?
Thursday 26 October 2023
08:00 - 19:30, CET
Friday 27 October 2023
08:00 - 19:30, CET
Saturday 28 October 2023
08:00 - 17:30, CET
- Tickets are available online only.
- With the purchase, a PROGRESS Network account will be created automatically. You will receive an email with a magic link. You create your own password in the Network.
- The tickets are personal. A subsequent name change is not possible.
- Please note when ordering multiple tickets: for each ticket, you must enter a separate email address and first and last name for the ticket user.
- Tickets are available here.
Enjoy Peace and Discounts in our Hotels
Our three hotel partners have reserved a room contingent for visitors of the PROGRESS History Summit. ONLINE only: Simply register at the corresponding hotel with the respective keyword, which you will receive after purchasing your ticket.
Just a three-minute walk from the Powerhouse, this hotel features the captivating architecture of a former warehouse of the Royal Customs Office.
- Booking window: 25.10. - 28.10.2023
- Price: 85,00€ (incl. breakfast)
- Room online bookable until: Sept 13, 2023 (keyword after purchasing a ticket)
- Address: ANKERHOF Hotel GmbH, Ankerstraße 2a, D-06108 Halle
The hotel niu ridge is full of street art and design – inspired by the neighborhood, culture and history of the city of Halle. With a mix of individual pictures and murals, the niu ridge presents the full breadth of street art. With the tram line 2 you can reach our Powerhouse within 15 minutes.
- Booking window: 21.10. - 29.10.2023
- Price: 109,00€ (incl. breakfast)
- Room online bookable until: Oct 4, 2023 (keyword after purchasing a ticket)
- Address: niu ridge, Riebeckplatz 10, D-06108 Halle
From the Dormero Hotel, you can reach the Powerhouse within 15 minutes either on foot or via tram line 9. The hotel features a symbiotic ambiance combining 300 years of Auspannhof history with a country house style. This aesthetic runs through all 89 individually furnished rooms.
- Booking window: unlimited
- Rooms online bookable (keyword after purchasing a ticket)
- Discount: 20% on the current daily rate
- Address: Dormero Hotel Halle, Leipziger Straße 76, D-06108 Halle
Our Powerhouse is the Händel Halle at Salzgrafenplatz 1 and is located right in the heart of Halle. It is not only easy to reach by public transport, but also shines as an architectural highlight and as a concert and event venue. It is also wheelchair accessible.
Powerhouse – how to get here
Many roads lead to Halle… and then to the Powerhouse.
By car, you will find parking spaces nearby – but they are extremely limited. It is best to park on the outskirts of the city and come by public transport.
If you arrive by train at the main station, use streetcar line 2, which will take you almost to the Händel Halle.
If you arrive by plane, land at Leipzig/ Halle or Berlin Airports. From there, you can reach the Händel Halle by public transport within about two hours.