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Panometer Leipzig (exhibition space in the ancient gasometer of Leipzig) "TITANIC - The Promises of Modernity" (all year)

Visitors look at the panorama picture from the lookout tower
© Tom Schulze

Yadegar Asisi's new panorama project TITANIC does not focus on the actual shipwreck of 1912, but on the sinking of the TITANIC as a model for the hubris of man, who ignores the laws of creation and puts himself and his work above it. The panorama creates a fascination for the grandiose engineering performance of the luxury liner, which also addresses the ancient question of the mastery of nature.

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig "Renaissance Experience - Florence and the Uffizi Gallery" (all year)

Live and in colour, digital and interactive, the power plant shows the world of the Renaissance. In this spectacular exhibition, the treasures of the famous Florentine Museum are brought to life with the latest technology. 150 of the most important Renaissance paintings by da Vinci, Giotto and Boticelli, among others, are projected onto eight-metre high surfaces, underlaid with specially composed music, thus forming an immersive multimedia art show that allows a unique view of the Renaissance art world.

Anniversary "275 years Gewandhaus Orchestra" & inauguration of Andris Nelsons (22 February to 16 March 2018)

© Jens Gerber

In the 2017/2018 season, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will celebrate its 275th anniversary. The international music world is already looking forward to Andris Nelson taking office in February 2018. The celebrated conductor follows Riccardo Chailly as the youngest Gewandhaus conductor of the last 150 years, who over the last ten years has been able to expand the position of the Gewandhaus Orchestra among the five world's best orchestras. The Gewandhaus will start with four concert weeks, culminating in the festive concert on 11 March 2018.

Museum of Fine Arts "Arno Rink - I paint!" (4 April to 19 August 2018)

Facade of the MdbK Museum of Fine Arts which exhibits wonderful collections and galleries, cultural institution
© Robin Kunz

From 4 April to 19 August 2018, a large special exhibition entitled "Arno Rink - I paint!" will be on show at the Museum of Fine Arts as a tribute to the outstanding representative of the Leipzig School and pioneer of the New Leipzig School. This retrospective depicts all facets of the artwork by the former rector of Leipzig's Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, under which Leipzig's star painter, Neo Rauch, once found his style. It has enjoyed great international success.

Wave Gothic Festival (18 to 21 May 2018)

Wave Gothic Festival
© Andreas Schmidt

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 "Cycles" (8 to 17 June 2018)

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

With 75,000 visitors a year and over 100 events, the Bach Festival is one of the most important international classical music festivals. The Bach Festival Leipzig is unique in the world due to its relationship to Leipzig's authentic Bach venues and the participation of the great local traditional ensembles, the St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Johann Sebastian Bach's works: He liked it cyclical. Reason enough to put the Bach Festival 2018 under the motto "Cycles". Experience Bach's works - in cyclical performance.

Festival weekend "325 Years Opera in Leipzig" (15 to 17 June 2018)

Leipzig Opera on Augustusplatz at night
© Andreas Schmidt

On 8 May 1693, Leipzig's first opera house was ceremonially opened on the initiative of the city's citizens. This makes it the third oldest bourgeois opera house in Europe after Hamburg and Venice. Today, as a member of the German Opera Conference, the Opera House on Augustusplatz attracts many guests from Germany and abroad. It stands for tradition and innovation. With the premiere of Alban Berg's "Lulu", Leipzig Opera is therefore deliberately placing a modern classic at the centre of its festival weekend.

Klassik airleben (29 to 30 June 2018)

People lounge on a meadow in front of a stage and listen to the Gewandhaus Orchestra during Klassik airleben in Rosental, Music City Leipzig, Gewandhaus, culture, events, festival
© Gert Mothes

Together with Porsche, the Gewandhaus Orchestra invites you to the summer highlight of Leipzig's concert year in Leipzig's Rosental Valley: Klassik airleben is a piece of Leipzig music culture. Equipped with picnic baskets and blankets, thousands of visitors enjoy the atmospheric open-air concerts at the end of the Gewandhaus Orchestra season every year in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday Concerts at the Bach Monument (July and August 2018)

Audience at a concert in front of St. Thomas Church
© Dirk Brzoska

Experience concerts with renowned national and international artists, from Bach to Blues, in an idyllic atmosphere at the Bach Monument in front of Leipzig's Thomaskirche. If the weather is not good, the special musical evenings will take place indoors (the venue will be announced on the website). It starts every Monday at 7:00 pm. Free entry.

Arcade Festival (7 September 2018)

"Mädler-Passage" shopping arcade during the shopping arcade festival, with a flow of visitors down Grimmaische Straße, architecture in Leipzig, courtyards, Gründerzeit, trade fair city, shopping, culture
© LTM/Punctum

Leipzig's city centre once again becomes an art and culture mile as night becomes day. In the unique arcades, courtyards and department stores a varied programme with music, theatre, show and culinary delicacies awaits the guests from 6 pm to midnight. Let us surprise you!

Spinnerei Tour (14/15 April & 8/9 September 2018)

Exhibition rooms in der Maerzgallerie in Spinnerei ("Baumwollspinnerei" - old cotton spinning mill, now seat of art galleries and workshops), Art, Cultural facilities, Hidden Leipzig
© Tom Schulze

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.

Schumann Festival Week (8 to 16 September 2018)

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

The Schumann Festival Week, which takes place around Robert and Clara Schumann's wedding anniversary on 12 September and Clara's birthday on 13 September, shines a light on the couple's life and work. Another friend of the family tends to step into the limelight. Look forward to excellent chamber music recitals and guided tours.

Leipzig Festival of Lights (9 October 2018)

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 beginning of the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR with numerous events. Changing perspectives and current references are created by means of light, audio and video.

Leipzig Jazz Days (11 to 20 October 2018)

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

Every autumn Leipzig pays homage to contemporary jazz. 2018 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Leipzig Jazz Days. Over ten days, fascinating in-house productions and collaborations with international stars inspire the audience. A multitude of venues, including opera, Moritzbastei and various churches, create a special flair.

Grassi Fair and Designers' Open (26 to 28 October 2018)

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

The Grassi Fair is an international forum for applied art and product design in the tradition of the historical Grassi Fair, which was founded in 1920 and has become famous as the "meeting place of modernity". Since 2005 the international festival "Designers' Open" has been taking place simultaneously. In addition to renowned design studios, national and international newcomers present their latest products, concepts and design trends. The festival is complemented by fashion shows, parties and film screenings.

Lachmesse - European Festival for Humour and Satire (21 to 28 October 2018)

Logo for the Lachmesse - European Festival for Humour and Satire in Leipzig's Autumn Festivals - the Event for Cabaret and Theatre, cultural venue
© Lachmesse

Lachmesse - European Festival for Humour and Satire has been presenting around 90 events with over 150 artists from nine countries on fourteen stages in Leipzig for 26 years.

DOK Leipzig (29 October to 4 November 2018)

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

Germany's largest and Europe's second largest documentary film festival presents its audience the best new animated and documentary films from over 50 countries, true to its tradition as a "window to the world". Every year, thousands of viewers from Germany and the world discover about 350 extraordinary, exciting and artistically outstanding films in twelve cinemas.

euro-scene (6 to 11 November 2018)

Two dancers from Munich's Bavarian Junior Ballet with colourful balloon costumes, euro-scene, Leipzig's autumn festivals, cultural institution, events, stage
© Wilfried Hösl

The euro-scene Leipzig, a festival of contemporary European theatres, takes place annually in November. Founded in 1991, it is one of the most important festivals of its kind for innovative dance and theatre productions in Europe. Every year, the festival presents about twelve guest performances from ten countries across around 25 performances and ten venues. These include dance and spoken theatre as well as performances and musical stage forms and a play for children.

Leipzig Christmas Market (27 November to 23 December 2018)

View of the Christmas market at the Old Town Hall with booths at the market square and in the background you can see Leipzig's skyline with the City Hochhaus, Christmas Leipzig, leisure facilities, Advent, shopping.
© LTM | Punctum

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.

Strauss Weekend Leipzig Opera (12 to 13 January and 26 to 28 April 2019)

Actor on stage at the performance of Richards Strauss Salome at the Leipzig Opera on Augustusplatz, cultural institution, city of music, places of interest
© Kirsten Nijhof

Richard Strauss is a composer who could not fit any better into our time. Almost exactly one hundred years ago Strauss confronted us with questions that still concern us today. A relationship on an equal footing - how does it work? What is the individual's responsibility to society? Experience the great works of Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra and Salome at Leipzig Opera.

Leipzig Book Fair (15 to 18 March)

© 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.

Puccini-Weekend Leipzig Opera (March 16/17, 2019)

Scene from Tosca at the Leipzig Opera
© Tom Schulze

Giacomo Puccini's operas have captivated a huge audience for more than 100 years. Two of Puccini's most beautiful and tragic female figures can be seen at Leipzig Opera on three consecutive evenings: Tosca and Turandot.

Leipzig Opera's Ring Cycle and Wagner Festival (April 11-12 & April 14-15, May 10-13, 2018)

Actors on the stage performing the opera piece, "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera in Augustusplatz, sights, cultural venue, music city
© Tom Schulze

With the stage festival play "The Ring of the Nibelung", Wagner revolutionised opera by creating an artistic and 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.

a-cappella - Festival for Vocal Music (4 to 12 May 2018)

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

Spring in Leipzig means a cappella time! For the 19th time, stars and newcomers are giving concerts in various venues throughout the city. Top vocal performances and exciting highlights can be experienced for a whole week.

Verdi Weekend (23 to 25 February 2018)

Some actors on stage at the performance of Verdi's La Traviata at the Leipzig Opera on Augustusplatz, cultural facilities, sights, Leipzig, city of music
© Tom Schulze

Verdis Music is unique. Even after 200 years it touches the heart and mind of the opera lover. At Leipzig Opera in January, Verdi fans can immerse themselves in the music of the Italian master for a whole weekend and enjoy three of his greatest works: "La Traviata", "Don Carlo" and "Nabucco".

200th birthday of Clara Schumann (2019 all year round)

Portrait of composer Clara Schumann who was married to Robert Schumann and lived in the Leipzig, the Music City, culture, Gewandhaus
© Franz Hanfstaengel

Hardly any other German city can boast to such a great and lively musical tradition as Leipzig. The Schumann couple and many others left behind a musical treasure that is still omnipresent today. The composers' former places of work turn history into reality.

500 Years Leipzig Debate (2019 all year round)

Martin Luther and Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach are depicted having a conversation in a painting in "Auerbachs Keller" restaurant, gastronomy, reformation, history, culture
© Auerbachs Keller

After the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, Leipzig is now set to continue at a high level. Leipzig was the venue of the famous, heated and eloquent dispute between Luther and Eck in 1519. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the dispute, which was mainly responsible for the division of the church, various events take place throughout the year. The free-spirited vision of the city from 1519 until the Peaceful Revolution in 1989 can still be felt today.

200th birthday of industrial pioneer Karl Erdmann Heine (2019 all year round)

Mooring point on the bank of Karl Heine Canal with Philippuskirche in the background, leisure in Leipzig, nature enthusiasts, water sport, activities, boat rental, canoeing, green Leipzig
© Philipp Kirschner

In 2019, the city celebrates the 200th birthday of Leipzig industrial pioneer Karl Erdmann Heine. Heine's visions have led to the drainage and development of the western suburb, the navigable connection to the Saale river and the first industrial area in Germany to be created according to a plan, which today is used particularly by the creative arts scene.