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Event highlights

CAROLAS GARTEN - Heaven on Earth (till 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.

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

van Gogh experience © Luca Migliore

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)

© 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.

Spinnerei Gallery Tour (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.

a-cappella - International Festival for Vocal Music (30 April to 9 May 2021)

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.

WerkStadt Leipzig. 200 Years to the Beat of Machines. (10 May to 1 November 2020)

© Andreas Schmidt

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.

Wave Gothic Festival (21 to 24 May 2021)

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 (10 to 20 June 2021)

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

In 2021, the motto will be „Redemption” focusing on a grand cycle: JS Bach’s messiah, the life and work of Jesus in 33 cantatas, three oratories as well as the St Matthew Passion. With 75,000 visitors and more than 100 events, the Bachfest Leipzig counts among the most important classical music festivals in the world. Performances at authentic Bach sites and the involvement of the Gewandhausorchester and St. Thomas Boys Choir render the Bachfest Leipzig unique.

Klassik airleben (23 and 24 Juli 2021)

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 (6 July - 31 August 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 and 11 to 19 September 2021)

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

The annual Schumann Festival Week is held around the wedding anniversary of Robert und Clara Schumann and Clara’s birthday. It presents the life and work of the two artists and their admirers.

Leipzig Festival of Lights (9 October)

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

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)

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.

euro-scene (3 to 8 November 2020 and 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 (24 November to 23 December 2020/2021)

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.
© 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 Book Fair (18 to 21 March 2021)

© 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.