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Leipzig's Festivals

International, diverse, musical

The diversity of cultural offerings is a hallmark of life in the city of Leipzig. A large number of festivals contribute to this great variety. One thing they do have in common, though, is the high regard in which they are all held, not only in Leipzig but far beyond. All year round, the city’s festivals are like cultural magnets, attracting many international artists and visitors to the city, as well as drawing in local Leipzig audiences. The festivals are a major factor in creating the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this cultural metropolis.

Richard Wagner Festival

The Leipzig Wagner Festival takes place around the date of Richard Wagner's birthday in May and this year, it is part of the 2013 Wagner Bicentennial. Diverse aspects of the life and art of the Leipzig-born composer are presented in modern and unconventional ways.


Leipzig Bachfest

The Leipzig Bach Festival combines a musical programme of the highest quality with the historical authenticity of its venues: these are the actual places where Bach himself worked. Every year, this festival casts its spell over visitors from Leipzig and around the world with a variety of top-class events including secular and religious concerts, jazz, chamber music and open air concerts.

Mendelssohn Festival

Felix Mendelssohn University; Photo: Hochschule für Musik und Theater
The annual Mendelssohn Festival at the Leipzig Gewandhaus centres around a high-quality and diverse programme of events dedicated to the composer and Gewandhaus Kappellmeister Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who spent an important period of his life here in the city.


Schumann Festival Week

Schumann-Haus; Photo: LTM-Brzoska
The Schumann Festival Week takes place around the date of Robert and Clara Schumann’s wedding anniversary on 12 September and Clara's birthday on 13 September, and explores the life and work of the famous musical couple from a new angle every year, with a focus on a different family friend or acquaintance.


Theater-Fabrik-Sachsen; Photo: Theater-Fabrik-Sachsen
The 13th "a cappella" vocal festival brings together artists from Canada, Estonia, Great Britain and Spain to perform everything from classical vocal music from the Renaissance, Romantic and Modern eras to jazz, pop and electronic music.
What more could the listener wish for?

J. S. Bach Competition

Bach on Air; Photo: Bach Archiv Leipzig
The Bach Competition is one of the most important international competitions for young musical artists in the world. It was held for the first time in 1950, then from 1964 to 1996 it took place every four years and was divided into five performance categories. Now it is held on a three-year rotation, each time with three categories chosen from the five.

Classic Open

Classic Open; Photo: LTM-Schmidt
Leipzigs Classic Open is part of the project „Sommer In The City“. The concert promoter Peter Degner organizes each August in cooperation with the city of Leipzig this great event. He makes sure that famous stars will come to Leipzig and let them enthuse the fans of music. During a couple of days the whole Market Square turns into an open-air concert area.

Leipzig Festival Autumn

Leipziger Festivalherbst; Prospekt: LTM
Leipzig's arts and cultural landscape is unique, e.g. top class symphony concert in the Gewandhaus! This variety is expecially shown with the numerous festivals taking place in autumn, when artists from all over the world descend on the city of culture and exhibitions to present their latest works, creations and programmes.
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Honky Tonk®

Honky Tonk atmosphere; Photo: Honky Tonk Büro Leipzig
Every May, Leipzig hosts Europe's largest pub crawl Honky Tonk with more than 100 bands and a wide range of venues from in-pub to top-class restaurant. The basic idea underlying the "Honky Tonk" is to cross-link a city’s clubs, bars, coffee bars, restaurants and pubs to a musical event. Bands and artists of different styles perform simultaneously at various venues this night.

Wave Gotik Treffen

Wave-Gotik-Treffen; Photo: LTM-Dieckmann
20,000 Goths from all over the world come together in Leipzig to join the world's largest gathering of the dark family. During Whitsun every spring, the Wave Gotik Treffen presents more than a hundred concerts, including everything from classical music to heavy metal, and a wide-ranging cultural programme with readings, theatre, film, lectures and medieval markets.

Highfield Festival

Green Stage Highfield 2012; Photo: LTM-Medelnik
The Highfield Festival is the biggest Independent rock festival of East Germany (Lake Störmthal).

The wonderful dreamscape, the beach, the lake and of course the spectacular line-up attract more than 20,000 visitors every year.

See our online events calendar to look for further festivals and events.
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