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Bach Festival Leipzig 2022

09 - 19 June 2022

Every year in June the city of Leipzig honours its important Thomas Cantor Johann Sebastian Bach with the Bach Festival. It pursues a tradition which Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy had already established.


2022 Bach Festival: "BACH - We Are Family"

In the 2022 season, Leipzig will be celebrating a very special Bach Festival: Under the slogan »BACH – We Are Family«, at least 20 Bach choirs, societies, festivals and associations from six continents will be travelling to the city, in order to commemorate the composer in the place where he did most of his life’s work. They will thus be following in the footsteps of the many branches of the Bach musical family, who in the 17th and 18th centuries used to meet at a particular location in Thuringia once a year, in order to make music together. Renowned ensembles from all around the world, including the St. Thomas Boys Choir and the Gewandhausorchester, will be taking part in over 100 events in eleven days.
Performances will include all 52 cantatas of the 1724/1725 "annual cycle of cantatas" at Bach’s original places of work, spread across 18 concerts and various church services.


Bach Festival Leipzig

Interior view of the St. Nicholas Church during a Leipzig Bach Festival concert in the Music City, cultural venue, sights
St. Nicholas Church is only one of the Bach Festival's venues. © Gert Mothes

The first Bach Festival took place in Leipzig in 1908. It was organized for the unveiling of the "New Bach Monument".

Selected pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived and worked in Leipzig from 1723 to his death in 1750 as the St. Thomas choirmaster, are performed.

Around 100 different events take place every year as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Save the date - Upcoming Bach Festivals in Leipzig

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Bach-Museum: Celebrating diligence

A white wig and a stern look in his eyes: That’s how we know one of Germany’s most brilliant composers, organists and choirmasters Johann Sebastian Bach. One of only two portraits of him can be found at the Bose-house right next to St. Thomas Church in the city center of Leipzig. This place, which Bach himself once frequented, was built into a museum that Lukas and Paula will explore with you today. Discover fascinating historical instruments, learn more about Bach’s life and find out what hidden message lies behind Bach’s famous portrait.

Bach Competition

Award winners at the Bach competition with flowers, Leipzig, city of music, concert, events, festivals, culture
The Bach competition honours outstanding musicians. © Gert Mothes

The world's most important Johann Sebastian Bach competition for young interpreters was launched in 1950. Since 1996, it has been taking place every other year in June in three alternating subjects: piano, harpsichord and violin. 

The competition is open to instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 16 and 33.