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

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 led to the drainage and development of the western suburb - which today is particulary important to the creative art scene- as well as the navigable connection to the Saale river and the first industrial area in Germany to be created
according to a plan.

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig: Leonardo da Vinci - Raphael - Michelangelo (from 19 January 2019)

© Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig

Renaissance Giants

Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes from the Sistine Chapel, sit at da Vinci's dinner table, or look Raphael's Madonnas in the eye - all at the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig in 2019. The innovative video and sound installation, which will be on show for the first time in Germany from 19 January 2019, narrates the most important works and life stations of the three universal geniuses of the High Renaissance in a moving way and offers a completely new view of the Old Masters. Immerse yourself digitally and interactively in the world-famous works of art across an area of 7,000 square metres.

Panometer Leipzig: CAROLAS GARTEN - Heaven on Earth (Starting 26 January 2019)

Visualisation Carolas garden - Heaven on Earth
Visualisierung CAROLAS GARTEN © asisi

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 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.

Exhibition Bauhaus_Sachsen – GRASSI Museum (12 April to 29 September)

Pillar Hall of the Grassi Museum © Andreas Schmidt
© Andreas Schmidt

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the famous architecture movement, the exhibition explores the connections between Bauhaus and Saxony. The Saxon industry proved to be a potent partner for the school. Bauhaus typography and image aesthetics were received in Saxon publishing products and in the modern architecture of Saxony, the Bauhaus left a striking mark.

Verdi Weekend Opera Leipzig (24 to 26 May 2019)

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

Verdi's music is unique: Even after 200 years it touches the heart and mind of opera lovers. 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".

Spinnerei Tour (27 & 28 April/Fall)

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.

euro-scene (6 to 10 November 2019)

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 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 (26 November to 23 December 2019)

View of the Christmas market at the Old Town Hall with stands on the market square and 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.

Leipzig Opera's Ring Cycle and Wagner Festival (6-7 April, 13-14 April, 1-5 May 2019)

Actors on the stage performing the opera piece "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner at the Leipzig Opera on 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.

Puccini-Weekend Leipzig Opera (16/17 March 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 Book Fair (21 to 24 March 2019)

© 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 - Festival for Vocal Music (26 April to 4 May 2019)

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! 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.

Wave Gothic Festival (7 to 10 June 2019)

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.

"Court Composer" Bach - Bach Festival Leipzig (14 to 23 June 2019)

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 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 (28 - 29 June 2019)

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 music culture. Armed with picnic baskets and blankets, thousands of visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the open-air concerts every year.

Strauss Weekend Leipzig Opera (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 Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra and Salome at Leipzig Opera.

Schumann Festival Week (12 to 29 September 2019)

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 - Jubilee: 30 Years of the Peaceful Revolution (9 October 2019)

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 commemorate 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 authentic sites year after year.

Leipzig Jazz Days (October/November 2019)

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.

Grassi Fair and Designers' Open (25-27 October 2019)

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.

Lachmesse (20 to 27 October 2019)

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

Lachmesse, the 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 (28 October to 3 November 2019)

Several people in the foyer of a cinema at Leipzig's DOK 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.

On the way to the Leipzig Festival of Lights : Lichträume (Light Spaces) (4 September to 9 October 2019)

© Punctum/Kober

In remembrance of the 1989 Monday demonstrations, which started from the St. Nicholas Church and grew to cover more and space along the Leipzig Ring, six Lichträume (Light Spaces) are being created for 9 October.




4 Sept. Lichtraum (Light Space) 1: St. Nicholas Church (Interior) "We are the people." "Open to all"

9 Sept. Lichtraum 2: St. Nicholas Church Square "We want out!" - "We're staying here!"

16 Sept. Lichtraum 3: Swan pound "Join us!"

23 Sept.Lichtraum 4: Runde Ecke "No violence!"

30 Sept.Lichtraum 5: Goerdeler-Denkmal at the New City Hall "Now or never democracy!

7 Oct. Lichtraum 6: Schillerpark (Lenné grounds) "For an open country with free people"