The Francke Celebration opens the annual programme of the Foundations and at the same time forms a meeting place for friends and supporters from near and far. We very much hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Halle after a forced break of two years and have chosen a theme for the year that affects everyone.
We experience it every day: emotions determine our everyday life. They show who we are. They are used as an instrument of communication and manipulation, determine our decisions, influence our behaviour and our life together. The annual programme »Ganz im Affekt« attempts to take a multi-faceted look at this topic, which is as individual as it is socially relevant - with discussions and an artistic approach, with long nights and scientific events, in the entire field of education as well as with the exhibition »The Power of Emotions«.
But first, we cordially invite you to the opening event with Renate Künast, whose commitment sends a clear signal against hate and for more courage in public discourse.
Presentation of the student prizes
Pupils of the Community School and the Latina State High School are involved in a wide variety of social projects within the foundations. Honouring them is the aim of the festive presentation of the Pfeifer & Langen student awards. (in German only)
General Meeting of the Association of Friends
During the meeting of the members of the Association of Friends, reports will be given on the association's activities of the past four years, new projects will be discussed and the board will be newly elected. All members of the Association of Friends are cordially invited.
35. Soloist Concert of the Latina music branch
The soloists' evening promises top-class concert enjoyment and is at the same time a showcase for the training at the Latina instrumental branch. Jakob Benjamin Hilpert, piano, and Malin Hellem, violin, accompanied by Christian Meinel on piano, will perform works by Grieg, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev.
Show baking with the organic bakers Fischer and Kirn
Café at the historic wood-burning oven with bread sale, coffee and cake, information and show baking
Guided tour through the renovated building of the Canstein Bibel Institute
The tour leads through the large bright rooms with traces of the 18th century. The building has been used for the cultural and scientific work of the foundations since March 2021 after basic renovation. (in German only)
Ring free!! - Action day in the Krokoseum
Ring free! Welcome to the fairground of laughter, amazement and shivers! The Krokoseum invites you to a hands-on programme for children and families on the theme of emotions.
What role do emotions play today in society, politics and the media? How much emotion is good for forming opinions, in our everyday worlds and not least in education and upbringing? To open our annual programme under the motto »Ganz im Affekt«, we are looking forward to the debate contribution by the Federal politician Renate Künast, who, with her commitment to a constructive culture of debate, sends a clear signal for more courage in public discourse. Her book »Hate is not an opinion« was published in 2018.
Visit to the first Francke monument
The first monument to August Hermann Francke was erected in 1788 in the form of an amphora on Ballonplatz. After a long period of oblivion, the torso was refurbished on site with funds from the Association of Friends and can be experienced there as a testimony to transience.
Memorial hour at the Francke Monument
August Hermann Francke's birthday is celebrated with singing, an address and flowers from all the institutions of the foundations. This year, Prof. Dr. Johanna Mierendorff, educationalist and prorector of Martin Luther University, will speak. The musical accompaniment will be provided by the Stadtsingechor and Latina Brass.
Junior Café at the Orphanage
After the memorial service, coffee and cake await all guests at the Orphanage. Hosted by the Juniors of the Association of Friends, the café is a cosy place to exchange ideas. Everyone is cordially invited.
Motette und Ecce-Feier
Accompanied by the motet of the Stadtsingechor, we go into the evening. This spiritual musical hour is combined with the traditional Ecce celebration. We remember the deceased teachers and students, friends and supporters of the Francke Foundations who have left us since March 2018.
Service in the Marktkirche
The Sunday kick-off will be a festive musical service together with the market community. Foundation Pastor Gabriele Zander will preach for the first time.
In Francke's footsteps
After the service, we invite you to a guided tour of Francke's places of activity in the city centre with a visit to the Ulrich Church and the Stadtgottesacker. (Meeting point exit Marktkirche, guided tour in german only)