The Markersdorfer oasis rises on Wolgograder Allee in the middle of the great concrete desert, which in Chemnitz is called Heckert for short, although it has five quarters (Markersdorf is one of them) and has about 40 000 inhabitants. Although the concrete desert is not quite correct, the Heckert district is secretly greener than the rest of the city …

The Markersdorfer oasis rises on Wolgograder Allee in the middle of the great concrete desert, which in Chemnitz is called Heckert for short, although it has five quarters (Markersdorf is one of them) and has about 40 000 inhabitants. While the concrete desert isn’t quite right, the Heckert area is secretly greener than the rest of the city. Nonetheless, the Markersdorfer Oasis looks like a small spa park, where you can walk slowly with your arms crossed behind your back and relax from the omnipresent gloom to the east.

In any case, neither palm nor fig trees grow here, but there are artificial ponds with tall grass, flowering meadows suitable for insects, a playground and barbecue, a few rough concrete blocks, because the concrete must always be in Chemnitz, and a stage with a tent roof. Helene Fischer played there in 2007, which hardly anyone knew at the time, with the exception, of course, of the hardline supporters of Helene Fischer, who already thought the debut album was the best.

On Saturday evening Zugzugezigen Masculin performed here. The Berlin rap duo is pretty much the opposite of Helene Fischer, almost the counterjet to the ideal world of hits. With arrogant rap songs and clever lyrics, they make their way through the (critical) conditions of society. His angry lyrics about everyday frustrations mesh perfectly with the glorious, drab patina of the prefab building, and somehow they fit into the ruthless summer weather as well. The Heckert region seemed a bit forgotten for a long time and was mostly found in stories about the NSU or grim stories about post-reunification reality. This changed with the title of Capital of Culture. Last year the “Inspections” art festival was held here, and more projects are planned. The Chemnitz Club Atomino and the CWE organized the festival “Kosmos” invited to the second part of “Atomic Summer” on Saturday, the first part took place two weeks before on the Schlossteichinsel, also an oasis of Chemnitz.

Now, it is true that after months of deprivation, everyone has a great desire for culture and live music, except the summer, which repeatedly sends unpleasant downpours and apocalyptic images as a foretaste of the impending climate catastrophe. And because it is also a nasty summer, it also rains relentlessly in the oasis of Markersdorf on Saturday evening. Everything had started so well, especially with the readings of Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and Ilona Hartmann, who read “Ministry of Dreams” and “Land in Sight” from their novels in progress between brilliantly refurbished skyscrapers, gray clouds of bad weather and green oasis. There is cultural beer and cocktails, fine Duroc pork sausage, overpriced Thai food, many residents are there, drinking cocktails that match the color of the place (“Green Meadow”), but it’s hard to imagine that they would later be male when they moved around dancing in the mosh pit. Musically, Mia Morgan and Kassel’s band perform alongside Zugezogen Masculin, defying the rain with a dark, bubbly pop wave and a refreshing, eerie Gothic-meets-Girlie attitude. The public is happy anyway, the desire for culture and live music is greater than the strange weather of summer.