Why Leipzig ?Where else can you find a vegan kebab shop? A refuge for disenchanted Berliners, Leipzig in Germany has risen from its industrial past thanks to a new generation of young creatives looking for a cheap, fun and urban place to pitch up in. Recently, the Spinnerei Galerien celebrated 10 years since this vast former cotton mill was converted into an art studio complex – it’s just one of many contemporary art spaces in the city that now includes the likes of Kaufhaus Held, a department store re-purposed into a creative venue in 2013. Meanwhile, the nightlife scene spans from hip, cheap pubs and bars to the legendary Distillery – one of Germany’s oldest techno clubs.As usual, summer is the time for festivals – and winter in Leipzig, as in Berlin, can be pretty cold. But even in October there are big events to build a trip around, including the Leipzig Jazz Festival and DOK, one of the world’s oldest documentary film festivals.