From 2 to 10 July 2022, Leipzig Radio Play Summer will take place for the 20th time – the largest outdoor radio festival in the German-speaking world. As in the last five years, the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation is supporting the organization of the festival in 2022 with € 4,000.
In terms of content, the cooperation is focused around this year’s winner of the Media Foundation Award. Günter Eich, which Ulrike Haage received on June 16 for an outstanding work of life in the field of radio dramas.
“Haage’s works are unmistakable in their handwriting and have long occupied their place in the German-speaking radio drama landscape. They reach a wide audience for whom the positions of the literary and artistic avant-garde would otherwise remain closed, explains Stephan Seeger, executive director of the Media Foundation. – We are all the more pleased that once again we are offering them a podium. and an interested audience from the summer radio play.
Selected pieces by Ulrike Haage will be performed on July 6 from 6:00 pm at the Richard-Wagner-Hain concert hall in Leipzig (Zentrum-West district). As part of the round of interviews, the Eich prize winner will be alone there and answer questions from interested audiences. As with all summer radio shows, admission is free. The full program can be found at hoerspielsommer.de/#programm.
About Günter Eich Award Winner: Ulrike Haage (born 1957 in Kassel) has been involved in radio dramas for over 25 years – as a composer, director, screenwriter and producer. After studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg, Haage taught orchestral conducting and improvisation for several years there. She became known to the general public as a musician when she joined “Rainbirds”.
Since 1994, Ulrike Haage has been producing radio plays for various ARD stations such as BR, Deutschlandradio, SWR and HR. Her most successful works include: “With Our Lifestyle, It Is So Pleasant to Be Invited to a Party Well in Advance” (1999), “Ding Festmachen” (2003) and the radio drama “Language, My Star. listen to Holderlin. about the late work of the poet Friedrich Hölderlin and about “Hyperbolic Bodies” about two mathematicians Sofia Kovalevska and Maryam Mirzakhani.
The film medium is increasingly becoming part of Ulrike Haage’s work. For example, she provided compositions for the documentaries Zwiebelfische, Meret Oppenheim. Surrealist on her own paths and Volker Koepp’s Seestück, for the documentary by Volker Heise, Berlin 1945 – A Diary of a Big City from 2020, and the highly acclaimed feature film by Doris Dörrie, Grüße aus Fukushima.
Haage has received awards for her work, including “Radio Play for the War Blind”, “Albert-Mangelsdorff-Prize” (German Jazz Award), “Special Music Prize of the Nordic Film Days” and “Gema Music”. Author’s Award “.
For the festival: The Leipzig Summer Radio Play was held for the first time in 2003 and has since become one of the most important forums for the art of radio dramas in Germany. The festival program is based on three pillars: a radio play for children and adults, the organization of three radio drama competitions and a live program. The festival is therefore a place and interface for a meeting of recognized artists, emerging radio play makers and audiences of all ages.
In price: Prize them. Günter Eich, awarded for the first time in 2007 by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation, is aimed at authors who devoted their achievements in terms of content and competence to the radio genre “radio drama”. From 2022, the Günter Eich will be awarded every two years along with the Axel Eggebrecht Award for Radio Reporting. Each of the prizes is 10,000 euros. More information at: