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Leipzig Festivals

Music Festivals in Leipzig – Concerts and Events in the City of Music

Honky Tonk – the pub festival

Pulsierendes Nachtleben in Leipzig

Vibrant Nightlife in Leipzig

The Honky Tonk® Festival is a well established event in Leipzig, City of Music. Every year in March, music creators present a wide range of musical styles on Leipzig's stages.

The festival's highlight is life music. In addition to well-known artists, there are also plenty of newcomers to discover. From electro-art, jazz and pop to punk and hard-core – this musical city event has something for everyone! 

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Vibrant Nightlife in Leipzig

The Honky Tonk® Festival is a well established event in Leipzig, City of Music. Every year in March, music creators present a wide range of musical styles on Leipzig's stages.

The festival's highlight is life music. In addition to well-known artists, there are also plenty of newcomers to discover. From electro-art, jazz and pop to punk and hard-core – this musical city event has something for everyone! 

To the Honky Tonk website

Klassik airleben 

The Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig's Rosental Park

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Thousands of people listen to the Gewandhaus Orchestra in the Rosental.

Classical music under an open sky

Klassik airleben gives the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra the chance to thank their audience at the end of another Gewandhaus season.

The world-famous symphony orchestra plays two open-air "Große Concerte" (big concerts) on two consecutive evenings, to which all Leipzig residents and visitors are invited.

The Rosental Park turns into an open-air concert hall and is a meeting place for families, friends and acquaintances. Thousands of people carrying folding chairs, blankets and picnic baskets flock to the large grassy area in front of the stage.

The atmosphere is singularly captivating. Even non-fans of classical music are enthralled by the music's charm, the summery flair and the relaxed mood. With wine and sandwiches, in shorts and flip-flops, the audience listens to the world-class orchestra's incredible music. It is not unusual for "folding chair friendships" to be forged, and for neighbours to make plans to meet the next year.

Porsche, the Gewandhaus orchestra's close partner,  is primarily, but not exclusively responsible for continuing to provide free entry to Klassik airleben, with several other businesses contributing as well.

Classical music under an open sky

Klassik airleben gives the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra the chance to thank their audience at the end of another Gewandhaus season.

The world-famous symphony orchestra plays two open-air "Große Concerte" (big concerts) on two consecutive evenings, to which all Leipzig residents and visitors are invited.

The Rosental Park turns into an open-air concert hall and is a meeting place for families, friends and acquaintances. Thousands of people carrying folding chairs, blankets and picnic baskets flock to the large grassy area in front of the stage.

The atmosphere is singularly captivating. Even non-fans of classical music are enthralled by the music's charm, the summery flair and the relaxed mood. With wine and sandwiches, in shorts and flip-flops, the audience listens to the world-class orchestra's incredible music. It is not unusual for "folding chair friendships" to be forged, and for neighbours to make plans to meet the next year.

Porsche, the Gewandhaus orchestra's close partner,  is primarily, but not exclusively responsible for continuing to provide free entry to Klassik airleben, with several other businesses contributing as well.

Wave Gothic Festival Leipzig

The biggest festival of the Goth scene

The Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) is the world's largest festival for the Goth scene. Since 1992, it has attracted around 20,000 guests from all around the world to Leipzig on the Whitsun weekend.

In addition to more than 100 concerts, the four-day festival also offers a diverse range of cultural events. This includes club parties, readings, exhibitions, live role-playing games and medieval markets.

Visit our blog to get the most important information on the Leipzig Wave Gothic Festival. Take a look!

Here you can find the Wave Gothic Festival guide

 

The Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) is the world's largest festival for the Goth scene. Since 1992, it has attracted around 20,000 guests from all around the world to Leipzig on the Whitsun weekend.

In addition to more than 100 concerts, the four-day festival also offers a diverse range of cultural events. This includes club parties, readings, exhibitions, live role-playing games and medieval markets.

Visit our blog to get the most important information on the Leipzig Wave Gothic Festival. Take a look!

Here you can find the Wave Gothic Festival guide

 

a capella

The great festival of vocal music in Leipzig

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a cappella - Traditional Vocal Music Festival

The one-week "a cappella" vocal music festival takes place at the end of April/beginning of May in Leipzig. It provides a platform for international artists. All musicians perform at an outstanding level and are often the best in their field.

Various styles, facets and traditions of a cappella singing can be experienced during a multitude of concerts and special events – from Gregorian, Renaissance, Romantic and modern vocal arts to folk, jazz and rock pop. In addition, the A CAPPELLA AWARD is presented in an ensemble competition for the the best young talent.

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a cappella - Traditional Vocal Music Festival

The one-week "a cappella" vocal music festival takes place at the end of April/beginning of May in Leipzig. It provides a platform for international artists. All musicians perform at an outstanding level and are often the best in their field.

Various styles, facets and traditions of a cappella singing can be experienced during a multitude of concerts and special events – from Gregorian, Renaissance, Romantic and modern vocal arts to folk, jazz and rock pop. In addition, the A CAPPELLA AWARD is presented in an ensemble competition for the the best young talent.

to the a capella Festival Website

Leipziger Markt Musik

Music and summer in Leipzig

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For the second time this year, the "Leipziger Markt Musik" will take place on Leipzig market square. Residents of Leipzig and visitors to the city can enjoy live music and be treated to culinary delights in the wonderful ambience of the market square.

The multi-day music festival boasts a diverse programme to delight everyone's ears from classical concerts and musicals to jazz, rock and pop music. And the best part: admission is free.

More information on Leipziger Markt Musik

For the second time this year, the "Leipziger Markt Musik" will take place on Leipzig market square. Residents of Leipzig and visitors to the city can enjoy live music and be treated to culinary delights in the wonderful ambience of the market square.

The multi-day music festival boasts a diverse programme to delight everyone's ears from classical concerts and musicals to jazz, rock and pop music. And the best part: admission is free.

More information on Leipziger Markt Musik

The Leipzig Jazz Days

More than 40 years of jazz festival culture

One of the oldest and most renowned jazz festivals in Germany is the International Leipzig Jazz Days. In 2016, it celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Every autumn, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents more than 100 musicians over ten days – heavy-weights and jazz pioneers, as well as innovative newcomers. Concerts are played at the Opera and the Schauspielhaus theatre, in the historical Congress Centre at the Zoo, in churches as well as in numerous scene clubs and in the oldest cinema in the city, UT Connewitz.

With self-initiated projects, commissioned compositions and, above all, a thematic framework, the festival reflects the zeitgeist of jazz: Events in previous years had themes such as "Between Mahler and Miles", "Sound of Heimat" or "Cinematic Jazz". The festival's close connection to the Polish jazz scene distinguishes the Leipzig Jazz Days from many other festivals. With the traditional "Jazz for Children" event taking place this year at WERK2, the festival also offers a cultural highlight for the whole family.

More information about the Leipzig Jazz Days

 

One of the oldest and most renowned jazz festivals in Germany is the International Leipzig Jazz Days. In 2016, it celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Every autumn, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents more than 100 musicians over ten days – heavy-weights and jazz pioneers, as well as innovative newcomers. Concerts are played at the Opera and the Schauspielhaus theatre, in the historical Congress Centre at the Zoo, in churches as well as in numerous scene clubs and in the oldest cinema in the city, UT Connewitz.

With self-initiated projects, commissioned compositions and, above all, a thematic framework, the festival reflects the zeitgeist of jazz: Events in previous years had themes such as "Between Mahler and Miles", "Sound of Heimat" or "Cinematic Jazz". The festival's close connection to the Polish jazz scene distinguishes the Leipzig Jazz Days from many other festivals. With the traditional "Jazz for Children" event taking place this year at WERK2, the festival also offers a cultural highlight for the whole family.

More information about the Leipzig Jazz Days

 

Venues for the Leipzig Jazz Days

Highfield – Festival in the Leipzig Region

Indie-Rock in der Region Leipzig

The festival originated at the Hohenfelden reservoir near Erfurt and has taken place at Lake Störmtahal near Leipzig since 2010. It has now become one of the most important indie rock festivals in eastern Germany.

The lake is calling – dance yourself happy again in 2022 and enjoy the festival summer under an open sky.

More about the Highfield Festival  

The festival originated at the Hohenfelden reservoir near Erfurt and has taken place at Lake Störmtahal near Leipzig since 2010. It has now become one of the most important indie rock festivals in eastern Germany.

The lake is calling – dance yourself happy again in 2022 and enjoy the festival summer under an open sky.

More about the Highfield Festival  

Con spirito

The Leipzig Chamber Music Festival

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10 to 18 September 2022

"Where the music is at home!" – True to the festival's motto, renowned stars of the international chamber music scene will answer the call of Leipzig, City of Music, from 10 to 18 September 2022.

During the second season of the Leipzig chamber music festival Con spirito, the audience can experience music at the authentic places where it was created and take a journey to the European cultural heritage sites, salons and workplaces of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg and Richard Wagner as well as Clara and Robert Schumann. The unique chamber music sound that more or less defines the DNA of Leipzig's bourgeois musical culture is carried far beyond the boundaries of the city of music by the Con spirito festival.

Tickets for Con spirito chamber music festival

 

10 to 18 September 2022

"Where the music is at home!" – True to the festival's motto, renowned stars of the international chamber music scene will answer the call of Leipzig, City of Music, from 10 to 18 September 2022.

During the second season of the Leipzig chamber music festival Con spirito, the audience can experience music at the authentic places where it was created and take a journey to the European cultural heritage sites, salons and workplaces of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg and Richard Wagner as well as Clara and Robert Schumann. The unique chamber music sound that more or less defines the DNA of Leipzig's bourgeois musical culture is carried far beyond the boundaries of the city of music by the Con spirito festival.

Tickets for Con spirito chamber music festival

 

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