Since 1974, the 'Leinewebermarkt' has taken place regularly every year in the old town of Bielefeld and is one of the largest folk festivals in East Westphalia. In 2019 about 400,000 people visited the 'Leinewebermarkt'. The term 'Leinewebermarkt' (linen weaver's market) has its origin in the long tradition of linen processing in Bielefeld. In the 'Ravensburger Land', to which the town of Bielefeld belongs, the cultivation of flax and its processing into linen was an important agricultural activity for centuries. Today, linen no longer plays an economic role. However, the tradition has given rise to many companies in the textile industry, some of which still exist today.

The photographs were taken at some of the most important places in the city centre of Bielefeld.


Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square)

Leinewebermarkt at the 'Rathausplatz'


Altstädter Kirchplatz (Old Town Church Square)

Leinewebermarkt at 'Altstädter Kirchplatz'



Leinewebermarkt at 'Obernstraße'


Alter Markt (Old Market)

Leinewebermarkt at 'Alter Markt'


Leineweberdenkmal (Linen Weaver Monument)

At the 'Leineweberdenkmal'

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