Announcement canteen "Zone" 22-27.07.2024

Announcement canteen "Zone" 22-27.07.2024

Anyone who refers positively to communism today cannot avoid dealing with the reasons for the failure of historical attempts to realize it. If we want to make a different future possible, we cannot simply dismiss the history of real socialism by saying: "No, no, that wasn't communism!", but must deal with the mechanisms, modes of action and consequences that made this past possible.

We are observing a crisis and a search for orientation in the contemporary left, in which there is also a renewed turn towards authoritarian models of organization. Sympathies for real socialist states often do not take their contradictions and repressive apparatuses seriously enough. The need to distance oneself from a bourgeois narrative that devalues the GDR and other real-socialist experiences and dismisses the experiences made there unquestioningly seems understandable, but falls short.

With the "Zone" canteen, we are sticking to focusing on a topic rather than a person during the festival week. We are aware that the term "Zone" is often used derogatorily in this context. Nevertheless, we have chosen this title because it reflects the external perception of both the GDR and East Germany, which are often seen as backward, incapable of democracy, in need of help - in any case "different". In sometimes very sharp contrast to this, "Zone" also has to serve as a socialist utopian projection surface - both for some leftists and for the "everything used to be better"faction (keyword "Ostalgie"). We want to use this year's canteen to look behind the clichés and devaluations that are often circulated about the GDR and contribute to a differentiated debate beyond black and white representations.

We are aware of the fact that we cannot "work through" all aspects of this complex of topics in one week and therefore have to set priorities. Public discourse is often dominated by how the division of Germany continues to exist in terms of social inequality, mentalities and models of identity. In contrast, there is relatively little focus on how the GDR functioned as a society. That is why we want to focus on the realities of life in the GDR, on how its institutions functioned and on the conditions of change in the system of planning and production.

We invite you to join us at Subbotnik in Chemnitz at the end of July to discuss these topics.


Arrival is possible from Monday, 22.07., at 3 pm. The "Chemnitz Süd" stop is ideal for arriving by train, the "Stadlerplatz" stop by streetcar 3 or the "Gutenbergstraße" stop by streetcar 2, from where the Subbotnik can be reached on foot in approx. 5 minutes. Parking spaces are also nearby.


If you would like to come to the canteen and make use of one of our sleeping places, please register by 30.06.2024 using this form. Please read the information in the "Accommodation" section beforehand. If you have any questions about registration, please send an email to


Breakfast (10:00 - 10:45) and dinner (20:00 - 20:45) are prepared every day and can be enjoyed free of charge or for a donation. Filter coffee and water are available throughout the day. In between, the Subbotnik e.V. café (14:30 - 18:00) invites you to exchange coffee, tea and tasty snacks for a small fee. For everything else, supermarkets and food outlets are just a few minutes' walk away. Everything we offer is vegan.


Important: To our great regret, camping on the Subbotnik grounds will not be possible this year. As an alternative, we will set up a temporary campsite on a wasteland next to the Plusbar (Bernsdorfer Straße 41, 09126 Chemnitz - within walking distance of the Subbotnik) where you can pitch your tents and park your cars/campers. The site will be surrounded by construction fences, there will be a night watch and we will provide lockers for your valuables. In addition, there will be several group dormitories in house projects within walking distance of the Subbotnik. If these capacities are not sufficient, there is another small campsite at a friendly house project, which can be reached by public transport or by bike in about 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, sleeping places are still limited and we cannot guarantee that there will be enough for everyone. If you have the possibility to find a place to sleep yourself (e.g. with a friend or in an AirBnB), this is a relief for us. If you would like to make use of one of our sleeping places, please register by 30.06.24 using this form.


We are trying to organize childcare for the "Zone" canteen, but unfortunately we cannot promise that it will work out.

If you can imagine supporting us with childcare, please send us an e-mail!


The building is wheelchair-accessible, access is possible via the parking lot and a ramp at the stairs

If support is desired, we would like to include it in the planning. Please let us know by 01.07.24, thank you!


You can find more information here: Website Kantine Festival

Opening of Sub Terra Studio on 11.04.2024

Opening of Sub Terra Studio on 11.04.2024

🔨🎨 Discover the Sub Terra Studio - our open workshop! 🎨🔨

From 11.04.2024, the Sub Terra Studio will open its doors to all creative minds every Thursday from 13:00 to 19:00 at Subbotnik! 🌍🔧

Our studio, located underground, is a place where magic seems to happen in secret but is accessible to all. We offer a bug-friendly atmosphere and a place full of charm so you can realize your projects with depth and substance. ✨

During our opening hours, a contact person is always available to give you a brief introduction and help and advice. No previous experience required! 🙌

Our offers:
🔩 Metalworking: Drilling, grinding, bending, cutting and joining with drill press, angle grinder, vices, metal band saw and various welding machines and much more.
🪵 Woodworking: drilling, sanding, sawing, oiling and varnishing with cordless screwdriver, random orbital sander, foxtail, wood glue, linseed oil varnish and much more.
🎨 Screen printing: DIY screen printing on textiles - prior registration required!
🚲 Bicycle workshop: Wrench on your bike with our basic set of tools.

Contact us:

You are welcome to register in advance by email or simply drop by during our opening hours. You can find more information on our website:

Let your creativity run wild in the Sub Terra Studio - we look forward to seeing you! 🌟

Subbotnik Festival🦤🎉

Subbotnik Festival🦤🎉

Attention friends of the Subbotnik!

For some years now, the Subbotnik has been simmering with the ideato organize our own festival to celebrate us and you. As everyone knows, the 8th birthday is the best time for this... Or something like that. Be that as it may - the time has come:

You are cordially invited to dance on 08. and 09.09, musicvegan munchies, fancy drinks and other fringe events on the grounds of the Subbotnik. Some highlights are already fixed:

For the ears:
What We Are Looking For
Aureole of Ash

Join in:
Screaming-workshop "Scream your heart out"
Mass karaoke and Goldsprint
-> Mass really is the name of the game here! So oil up your throats!

Stay tuned, more highlights to follow....

...rumor has it: something to do with the Tatra railroad.

Canteen "Sabot" - July 31 to August 06, 2023 at Subbotnik!

Canteen "Sabot" - July 31 to August 06, 2023 at Subbotnik!

"In recent years, the Kantine program has always been dedicated to a single thinker and made their work and biography the starting point of the discussion. In contrast, this year we are devoting ourselves to the theory and history of an entire movement. In addition, most of the people we have dealt with so far come from a tradition of Marxist thought and are located in the context of critical theory. We want to approach anarchism from this perspective. This means that we by no means know everything about anarchism and cannot or do not want to present the audience with a pure doctrine or a ready-made judgment on anarchism. We want to discuss anarchism with you and the invited speakers and deal with the questions that anarchism raises."

You can find the detailed program and further information on the @kantine_festival account ! 🦤💜
If you have any questions, please contact !


Our Tatra track should be a training ground!
Pieces will not stay on the track forever and we do not tolerate threats or other violence towards other sprayers!
Please do not spray the front!
We ask you to accept and respect new Pieces!
We also refer to our self-image!

Invitation to the residents' meeting

Invitation to the residents' meeting

In February 2022, thanks to your help, we won the tender for the intervention area. Since then, we have been in talks with you and, together with the Citizens' Platform, have entered into negotiations with the city. Now we want to invite you to a new dialog to inform you as residents, stakeholders and visitors about the current status. We want to make reorganizations and deviations from the original spatial and thus also content-related concept transparent and get together to discuss your opinions and needs. We also want to discuss the next steps together with Bürgerplattform Mitte and you as citizens.
Come to our citizens' assembly on 23.06.2023 at Subbotnik e.V. on Vettersstraße 34a in the large hall from 4 pm. The meeting is scheduled for a maximum of 2.5 hours.
We hope for an open and honest exchange with each other.
Your Subbotnik. 🦤♥️