Chemnitz is located in the southwest of the federal state of Saxony, only 40 km away from Freiberg and the seat of the FILK. The history of the city, which has a population of just under 250,000, begins as early as 1143. With its industrial history spanning more than 200 years, Chemnitz has developed into a technology location with a focus on the automotive and supplier industries, information technology, and mechanical and plant engineering. It has even been proclaimed the Capital of Culture for 2025.

The Chemnitz Congress Center is the venue for the broadcast of the "9th Freiberg Leather Days".