Happy anniversary, Houston!
"I like Mendelssohn. Let's do it!"
25 years ago, Houston's Mayor Bob Lainer officially approved the partnership between Leipzig and Houston with these words. The Leipzig – Houston partnership is particularly symbolic. During the Peaceful Revolution in 1989 and after reunification, the USA supported the newly unified Federal Republic with solidarity and assistance. The cities of Houston and Leipzig as well as the parishes of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston and St. Thomas in Leipzig are united by a quarter of a century of exciting history, exchange and encounters.
Discover Leipzig - a cultural hotspot in the center of Germany
The City of Music
Hardly any other city can claim as rich a musical heritage as Leipzig. Famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Clara Schumann and Richard Wagner lived an worked here. The Gewandhaus Orchestra has cultivated classical music for 275 years and ranks among the top 5 orchestras worldwide today. St. Thomas Boys Choir founded in 1212 performs Bach’s cantatas and motets regularly at St Thomas' Church, the final resting place of Bach.
Creative Art Scene
Leipzig’s dynamic art scene enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. Its prime site, Spinnerei, a former cotton mill in the trendy Plagwitz district, is home to countless galleries and ateliers. The modern figurative painting movement from Leipzig, the so-called "New Leipzig School", is enjoying spectacular success.
City of the Peaceful Revolution
In October 1989 a peaceful uprising led to the collapse of the socialist regime. After the peace prayers in St. Nicholas Church, some 70,000 took to the streets on Monday, October 9, 1989 to demonstrate for freedom of speech, assembly and travel. Chants such as “We are the people!” and “No violence!” heralded the Peaceful Revolution in Germany.
Leipzig and the Reformation
Leipzig was particularly significant for the rise of the Reformation movement – from the city’s many publishing houses Martin Luther’s writings and numerous evangelical hymnbooks were distributed. Luther stayed in Leipzig several times. In the summer of 1519, Leipzig’s Pleissenburg castle became the site of a public debate between Luther and Johann Eck, known as “Leipzig Disputation”.
Houston's Reverend Dr Robert Moore, who is from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, became the official Reformation ambassador in the USA in 2016.
Celebrate 25 years of Leipzig-Houston with us!
Houston Week in Leipzig
23 to 30 October 2018
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a one-week cultural festival will take place in Leipzig at the end of October. The main focus is on a cultural exchange between the various cultural institutions of both sister cities, including the Leipzig Ballet, the Museum of Fine Arts and literary and scientific institutions.
One of the highlights is a joint ballet première at the Leipzig Opera!
Save the date!
Houston hosts Leipzig
The Leipzig Ballet will perform in Houston, and the relevant exhibition at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts will be shown at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in the spring of 2019.