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CAROLAS GARTEN - Heaven on Earth (all year)

© 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.

Spinnerei Gallery Tour (11 January/1 to 2 May/12 to 13 September 2020)

Exhibition rooms in the Maerzgallerie in the Spinnerei, 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.

Leipzig Opera's Ring Cycle and Wagner Festival (15 to 19 January 2020/ 20 to 24 May 2020)

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 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.

van Gogh experience (1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021)

van Gogh experience © Luca Migliore

A new immersive exhibition shows the genius's unique worlds of colour and imagery, unrecognised during his lifetime, in giant projections and in 3D. From sunny landscapes to night scenes, from portraits to still lifes: 24 laser projectors of the latest generation will project van Gogh's works in great resolution onto the up to eight-meter-high walls, the ceiling and onto the floor of the former power station.

100th Anniversary of the Death of the Artist Max Klinger (6 March to 14 June 2020)

© Philipp Kirschner

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)

© PUNCTUM Bertram Kober

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.

Leipzig Book Fair (12 to 15 March 2020)

© 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 (1 to 9 May 2020)

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. 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)

© Andreas Schmidt

The exhibition 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.

Wave Gothic Festival (29 May to 1 June 2020)

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 (11 to 21 June 2020)

The crowded and illuminated market square 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 Leipzig Bach Festival is unique in the world thanks to its connection to the authentic Bach venues in Leipzig and the participation of great local traditional ensembles, such as the St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Experience Bach's works - with numerous performances.

Klassik airleben (26 and 27 June 2020)

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

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)

© Andreas Schmidt

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.

Schumann Festival Week (12 to 20 September 2020)

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. The event will also continuously put a different family friend in focus. Look forward to excellent chamber music recitals and guided tours.

Leipzig Festival of Lights (9 October 2020)

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.

Leipzig Jazz Days (15 to 24 October 2020)

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. Over ten days, fascinating in-house productions and collaborations with international stars inspire the audience. A multitude of venues, including the Opera, Moritzbastei and various churches, create a special flair.

GRASSIMESSE and Designer's Open (23 to 25 October 2020)

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". The international "Designers' Open" festival takes place at the same time. 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.

DOK Leipzig (25 October to 1 November 2020)

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

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

euro-scene (3 to 8 November 2020)

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

The euro-scene Leipzig, a festival of contemporary European theatre, 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 (24 November to 23 December 2020)

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.
© 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.