Until the end of the 20th century there was a free square at this place, where numerous Sorbian festivals took place.
At the place where the shopping centre “Kornmarktcenter” stands today was a free place until the end of the 20th century, used as a parking lot and as a venue for Sorbian culture festivals. The roots of the festivals go back to the 20th century. First meetings of the Domowina association took place at that time. Since the 1950s this tradition has been continued as the "Sorbian People's Meeting. The squares and streets were filled with people from Upper and Lower Lusatia in their festive costumes. There was celebration and singing in the halls, Sorbian and German citizens and their guests from home and abroad were enthusiastic. As part of the Bautzen Spring Festival, the Corn Market is still the backdrop for Sorbian art and culture in Bautzen. Several Sorbian singing and dancing clubs as well as professional artists present their programmes there. The tradition of Sorbian culture festivals is continued today within the International Folklore Festival. Mehr