CityLeaks Urban Art Festival - September 1 - 20

Under the motto “The City that does not exist” CityLeaks Urban Art Festival is going into its third round this September. Opening the festival will be the Urban Art Congress, which is aiming to discuss the space Cologne in an interdiciplinary manner. CityLeaks will primarily focus on the district of Mülheim this year.

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Screen Printing Studio


For the first time CityLeaks presents an open studio where screen printing artists work and can be visited during the process.  Under the direction of the Cologne based artist and illustrator Daniel Lisson a collective of artists gathers to create stunning pieces collectively and on their own. The visitors have the exciting chance to watch the artists live during their work process. “From the first conceptual sketches, to the process of printing up to the finished numbered editions.” The goal is to offer an intensive glimpse into the artistic work process. All the works created will be showcased on September 11 in an exhibition. That means the visitors can witness the creation of the exhibtion. Exclusively for the festival the signed works, which are limited to an edition of 50 will be available for purchase.

Block Party & Aftershow


Saturday, September 12, 2015
from 2pm CityLeaks presents Cologne based artists drawing live graffiti, music and BBQ  in an industrial setting in Mülheim.


For the Aftershow Kosta Kostov & Mr. Salin of Balkan Express as well as Parisian DJ Rafael Aragon invite you to a final showdown at Gebäude 9.

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Audiowalk: Poetic The Neighbourhood of Man and Concrete


A big red sculpture, the number 2020, thrones on the steps at Wiener Platz, reminding the public of the structural development program in Cologne-Mülheim. Right here, in northern Cologne, starts the Audiowalk “Poetic – The Neighbourhood of Man and Concrete” written by Dennis Freischlad and produced by Sally Müller. The 15-minute audio-track takes festival attendees on a stroll from Wiener Platz to the Festival Centre of the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2015 at Carlswerk while passing by Keupstraße and Schanzenstraße. Equipped with headphones and a mobile device, while standing at Wiener Platz, one simply presses PLAY and starts walking towards Keupstraße/Schanzenstraße/Carlswerk while listening to the lines of the letter.

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Festival Catalogue CityLeaks 2015 - go get it!

Accompanying the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2015 our catalogue showcases artistic explorations from contemporary and urban art. The festival brings together artists working in the public space, that explore spaces in a more abstract sense and interpret urban factors in their art. In the catalogue the many artists are presented in the form of sketches, collages and pictures, some of which are based on their self-perception and their artistic language. Additionaly experts from the fields of  culture and science provide some insights into the tradition, changes and the current importance of spatial discourse through texts. Theory and praxis both come together at the same fixed point: Space is, like geographer Anne Vogelpohl once said, prerequisite and product of every society.

Special Festival Offer: 10,00 €  instead of 12,00 €, published by Strzelecki Books.

The catalogue is available at our Festival Centre & Indoor Exhibition.


CityLeaks Crowdfunding 2015

In our crowdfunding campaign we made it possible for a lot of backers to support our festival. The campaign is now over but thanks to all of you who so kindly offered us your support!

Open Call: Retail Poisoning Workshop

Benjamin Gaulon is hosting a 2 day workshop called “RETAIL POISONING” for CityLeaks. Retail Poisoning stands for deliberately placing foreign elements in other contexts. The interventions developed during the workshop will be placed in various stores to criticise products, distort and change. Participants are invited to develop counter-consumerist strategies for the public and commercial spaces.Read more


Volunteers needed

We are still looking for volunteers helping us assisting artists or help us build our indoor exhibition.
If you are interested please contact us via email

Open Call: Locating Story


As a part of the big CityLeaks indoor exhibition “The City that does not exist” we offer you the chance to be part of a very unique performance by Spanish artist Dora Garcia. We are looking for a performer that roams the streets of Cologne with his smartphone for 10 days and shares his experiences with the world.
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2nd Audition: Bodies in Urban Spaces

The open call for “Bodies in Urban Spaces” @ CityLeaks is going into its second round.
“Bodies in Urban Spaces” is a temporary intervention in the urban space, seeking to explore the interplay between body and space.
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Open Call: Line of Equilibrium

“Line of Equilibrium” is a temporary intervention in the public space, which consists in the creation of a human sculpture inside a moving tram wagon. It means to create and represent the strength that can derive from the collaboration between people in difficult and unnatural situations.Read more

CityLeaks Congress - August 28 - 30

Drama Koeln

Above the heads of city planners, politicians and civil servants the city is constantly being redesigned from below in anarchic and exciting ways. This re-organizing of the urban is manifested in new political movements like “Right to the City”, “Occupy” or “Reclaim Your City”, in neighbourhood initiatives and phenomena like urban gardening, urban art, chair bombing and skateboarding. In a variety of talks, discussions, labs and city strolls the possibilities and range of creative practices as well as grass-roots campaigning in times of clashes between city planning and (sub)cultural initiatives will be examined.

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The public spaces of Cologne as well as its private grounds and buildings give birth to barren and deserted venues regularily. A lot is unused, lies barren and makes you wonder about functions and the design of a city. Citywatch gives you the chance to put these spaces into the public eye and share your ideas about their new possible uses. We are interested how you percieve your city. Which places suprise, inspire and follow you. Share your impressions and comment your utopian ideas. Let’s build Cologne!



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