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Event highlights 2021

CAROLAS GARTEN - Heaven on Earth (until Spring 2022)

© Andreas Schmidt

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.

Con Spirito Chamber Music Festival (from 11 to 19 September 2021)

Lady in historical costume plays piano for two spectators
© Dirk Brzoska

As part of the chamber music series, eight concerts will take place in the historical homes and places of work of those composers who had a decisive influence on Leipzig's musical tradition. These include Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg, Richard Wagner as well as Clara and Robert Schumann. The festival will open on September 11th in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

Leipzig Jazz Days (from 30 September to 9 October 2021)

Two musicians during the Leipzig Jazz Days of Leipzig's Autumn Festivals, concert, music city, culture
© Slawek Przerwa

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.

Leipzig Festival of Lights (9 October 2021)

Two women hold candles in their hands at the Leipzig Festival of Lights; in the background hundreds of people are spread across Augustusplatz in front of the Gewandhaus and the City Tower, on which the number 89 is illuminated, Peaceful Revolution, history, 1989, sights, culture
© Dirk Brzoska

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.

Caspar David Friedrich Exhibition (from 9 October to 9 January 2021)

© Philipp Kirschner

Caspar David Friedrich, today the most famous painter of German Romanticism, fell into oblivion in the course of the 19th century. At the same time, the Düsseldorf School of Painting became nationally and internationally successful with its landscape painting. The exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich and the Düsseldorf Romantics” explores the reasons for this change.

DOK Leipzig (from 25 to 31 October 2021)

Several people in the foyer of a cinema at Leipzig's DOC festival, cultural venue, events in Leipzig, autumn festivals, art
© Susann Jehnichen

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.

GRASSIMESSE (from 29 to 25 October 2021)

Visitor watching design objects, art, festival, Leipzig
© Tom Schulze

The GRASSI museum as an international forum of contemporary applied art and experimental design stands in the tradition of the historical GRASSIMESSE, founded in 1920.

Mendelssohn Festival Leipzig (from 31 October to 7 November 2021)

© Jeremy Bishop

The memory of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is very much alive in Leipzig: The city traditionally honors the composer and musician every year with many concerts on Mendelssohn Day on November 4, the anniversary of his death. Since 1997 also with the Mendelssohn Festival, which will be revived from 2021 onwards in a cooperation between the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and the Mendelssohn House with a varied and ambitious program.


euro-scene (from 2 to 7 November 2021)

Schauspieler Nikolaus Habjan führt das Figurentheater F- ZAWREL bei der euro scene Leipzig auf, Kultur in Leipzig, Bühnen, Leipziger Festivalherbst
© Barbara Pálffy, Vienna

Founded in 1991 euro-scene is one of the most important festivals of contemporary European theatre and dance. In the 30th anniversary year, the festival will show guest performances from 10 countries in approximately 25 performances at 8 venues, among them several German premieres. There will be a reunion with numerous artists who strongly influenced euro-scene Leipzig. Nikolaus Habjan, puppet builder and puppeteer, director and performer from Vienna, is one of them.

Leipzig Christmas Market (from 23 November to 23 December 2021)

View of the Christmas market at the Old Town Hall on the market square, in the background you can see Leipzig's skyline with the City Tower, Christmas Leipzig, leisure facilities, Advent, shopping.
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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.

Event highlights 2022

Leipzig Book Fair (from 17 to 20 March 2022)

© Andreas Schmidt

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.

a-cappella - International Festival for Vocal Music (from 22 to 30 April 2022)

Four singers on stage at the a cappella Festival in Leipzig, events, music city Leipzig, culture
© Dreieckmarketing Holger Schneider

Spring in Leipzig means it's a cappella time! Stars and newcomers perform in various venues throughout the city. Top vocal performances and exciting highlights can be experienced for a whole week.

German Choir Festival (from 26 to 29 May 2022)

Blick auf das Alte Rathaus und den Marktplatz, wo bei Sonnenschein das Festival Leipziger Markt Musik stattfindet.
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The German Choir Association invites you to the German Choir Festival in Leipzig, which offers vocal ensembles of all genres and occupations a stage - from children's choirs to men's choirs, from choirs to vocal bands.

Leipzig Bach Festival (from 9 to 19 June 2022)

The crowded and illuminated market square during the Leipzig Bach Festival in the city of music, events, culture
© Gert Mothes

In 2022, the Neue Bachgesellschaft (The New Bach Association), founded in 1900, will be the joint 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.

Wagner 22 at Leipzig Opera (from 20 June to 14 July 2022)

Leipzig Opera, Leipzig Opera Festival, Wagner in Leipzig, Wagner festival
© Kirsten Nijhof

In Summer 2022, the music world will look to the Leipzig Opera: In the opera house of Richard Wagner's birthplace, all thirteen works by the composer will be performed in chronological order. Only the four parts of the "Ring of the Nibelungs" are on the programme as a separate event. After having premiered at least one Wagner opera per season since 2018, Leipzig Opera can now make the comprehensive claim of having all of this native son of Leipzig’s operas in the house repertoire. This grand Wagner festival will be the only of its kind worldwide.

Con Spirito Chamber Music Festival (from 10 bis 18 September 2022)

Logo des Kammermusikfestivals Con spirito
© KOCMOC / Con Spirito

The festival promises to be another highlight in the city's events calendar, staged in European Heritage Sites, the historic homes and places of work of those composers who have played a decisive role in shaping Leipzig's musical tradition. Among them Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg, Richard Wagner and Clara and Robert Schumann