CAROLAS GARTEN - Heaven on Earth (all year)
Visitors can experience the mysterious and mostly hidden world of the smallest creatures in a new exhibition in the Panometer in 2019. The new circular image is the first microcosm panorama by Yadegar Asisi and looks at a Leipzig garden from the perspective of a grain of pollen in an unprecedented enlargement. Among other things, visitors can observe a 20-metre-high bee 20 metre tall bee pollinating a flower and learn about the diversity of the local fauna and flora. As in previous panoramas, CAROLAS GARTEN also features matching background sounds and the typical Asisi day and night light simulation, setting the scene for a realistic panorama image.
van Gogh experience (1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021)
Vincent van Gogh counts among the greatest revolutionary of art history. A new immersive exhibition will show his unique, colorful works at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig in a colossal, three-dimensional projection. From sunny landscapes to nighttime scenery, from portraits to still lifes: 24 projectors will bring Van Gogh’s paintings to life on the 8m-high walls, the ceiling and floor of the former machine hall, called Kunstkraftwerk. Visitors will be part of Van Gogh’s world of colours and brushstrokes like never before.
100th Anniversary of the Death of the Artist Max Klinger (6 March to 14 June 2020)
The Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the work and life of the Leipzig artist Max Klinger with a special exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. Max Klinger was a sculptor, painter and printmaker.
The eye of the photographer. Industrial culture in German photography since 1900 (8 March to 28 June 2020)
As an authentic place, the Museum of the Printing Arts is the starting point for a journey through German photography on the subject of industrial culture from 1900 to the present days. Many previously unknown works from the rich photographic collections in Saxony’s museums and libraries will be presented for the first time.
Spinnerei Gallery Tour (1 to 2 May/12 to 13 September 2020)
The Spinnerei invites you to its popular tour three times a year. On the site of what was once the largest cotton spinning mill in continental Europe, 11 galleries and numerous exhibition spaces present their new exhibitions.
a-cappella - International Festival for Vocal Music (1 to 9 May 2020 and 30 April to 9 May 2021)
Spring in Leipzig means it's a cappella time! Stars and newcomers perform in various venues throughout the city. 2019 is the 20th jubilee. Top vocal performances and exciting highlights can be experienced for a whole week.
WerkStadt Leipzig. 200 Years to the Beat of Machines. (10 May to 1 November 2020)
The special exhibition honoring the year of industrial heritage, in the Museum of City History shows stories of dynamic growth, of the diversity of Leipzig's industrial culture and the transformation of former industrial sites into cultural and residential areas.
Leipzig Opera's Ring Cycle and Wagner Festival (20 to 24 May 2020)
With the festival play "The Ring of the Nibelung," Wagner revolutionised opera by creating a lasting artistic synthesis. The romantic opera consists of four parts ("Das Rheingold", "Die Walküre", "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung") and uniquely combines text, music, acting, dance, stage design, costumes and effects. Since the ceremonial premiere of "Götterdämmerung" in 2016, Leipzig has once again had a complete scenic "Ring" in its repertoire after more than forty years. Other events such as exhibitions, concerts and guided tours complete the programme.
Wave Gothic Festival (29 May to 1 June 2020 and 21 to 24 May 2021)
Every year at the Whitsun weekend, Leipzig invites you to the world's largest gathering of the "gothic scene". The 20,000 or so visitors attend concerts, parties, opera performances, readings, exhibitions and medieval markets. All of Leipzig becomes a black-coloured catwalk that locals and visitors alike enjoy.
Leipzig Bach Festival (11 to 21 June 2020 and 10 to 20 June 2021)
In 2020, the Neue Bachgesellschaft (The New Bach Association), founded in 1900, will be the join host of a unique Leipzig Bach Festival: in line with the festival theme »BACH – We Are Family«, more than 50 Bach choirs, societies, festivals and associations from 6 continents will be travelling to Leipzig to celebrate the composer in his principal place of work. In doing so, they will be continuing a tradition of the extensive Bach family of musicians, who in the 17th and 18th centuries met once a year to play music together.
Klassik airleben (26 and 27 Juni 2020 / 23 and 24 Juli 2021 )
The Gewandhaus Orchestra invites you to the summer highlight of the concert year in the Leipzig Rosental: Klassik airleben is a piece of Leipzig's music culture. Armed with picnic baskets and blankets, thousands of visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the open-air concerts every year.
Monday Concerts at the Bach Monument (12 to 21 June 2020)
From Bach to Blues – every Monday in July and August concerts with well-known national and international artists will find place in the idyllic atmosphere of the Bach monument in front of the St.Thomas Church.
Leipzig Festival of Lights (9 October)
Leipzig commemorates the first major Monday demonstration and the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR with a large number of events. The Leipzig Festival of Lights is held every year to commemorate the autumn of 1989. It is the emotional highlight of the day and attracts thousands of visitors to its important sites year after year.
Leipzig Jazz Days (15 to 24 October 2020)
The international Leipzig Jazz Days is one of the most well-known jazz festivals in Germany. It runs over roughly ten days and opens the Leipzig autumn festival season. At various venues across the city, including the Leipzig Opera House, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents music, which lives on the combination of two opposites like no other art form: individuality and collective spirit.
DOK Leipzig (26 October to 1 November 2020)
DOK Leipzig is one of the leading festivals for documentary and animated film. The festival, being the first in the world to combine these two genres, is built on more than 60 years of history and tradition. The festival is a celebration of films with the highest artistic and innovative approaches to storytelling, embodying our values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression.
euro-scene (3 to 8 November 2020 and 2 to 7 November 2021)
Founded in 1991 euro-scene is one of the most important festivals of its kind for innovative dance and drama productions in Europe. The festival will show about guest plays from 10 countries in 25 presentations. The spectrum includes dance and spoken theatre, performances, musical stage forms and a play for children.
Leipzig Christmas Market (24 November to 23 December 2020/2021)
The tradition of the Leipzig Christmas Market dates back to 1458. Embedded in the fascinating historical backdrop of the city centre and with its 250 stands, it is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Culturally, the Christmas market is framed by festive concerts by the St. Thomas Choir, organ music in the churches and a variety of other programmes.
Leipzig Book Fair (18 to 21 March 2021)
March in Leipzig is all about reading. The Leipzig Book Fair and the reading festival "Leipzig liest" are the spring event of the book and media industry. Authors, readers and publishers come together to learn, exchange information and discover new things.