Events in April

Flea Market

April 1, 10am to 4pm

Flea market

Feinkost Leipzig

Various clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, perfumes, decoration – shopping lovers will find something for their own closet for sure! Culinary delicacies prettify the shopping Sunday!

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Independence! Photographs from Ukraine 1991-2022

Ongoing exhibition

„The works of well-known Ukrainian photographers in our photo exhibition illustrate that the outbreak of war is not the beginning, but the dramatic escalation of a conflict between two states that has existed for a long time. They tell of the eventful history of the second largest European country since its independence in 1991.“



The Music City of Leipzig in the Nazi Era

Ongoing exhibition

Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig

Thanks to its rich heritage of music, Leipzig managed to preserve its outstanding position in Germany’s music world from 1933 to 1945. On seizing power 90 years ago, the Nazis began systematically enforcing conformity in the music scene. Concert houses and music theatres were highly regulated, “undesirable” artists were ousted, unwanted composers were omitted from programmes and banned from churches and concert halls. This campaign culminated in the banishment and annihilation of Jewish musicians and music publishers. At the same time, the illusion of the “flourishing city of music” was preserved. Quite a few renowned composers, soloists, lecturers and conductors benefited from the “newly vacated” positions or ingratiated themselves into the system.“


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Cultural events in Leipzig in Dezember 2021

Online Events during the pandemic


Museum der bildenden Künste


The Exhibition HARRY HACHMEISTER. VON DISKO ZU DISKO would have started on Dec. 8, 2021 and will now due to the pandemic be shown online. The date as well as the format will be announced soon by the museum.


Dies Academicus of Leipzig University

December 2

This year the university celebrates its 612th birthday online. Institutes as well as departments prepared interesting presentations to various topics in German and English.

Foto: Universität Leipzig

Christopher Street Day week Leipzig | July 5 to 13

What is the CSD Leipzig?

Christopher Street Day (CSD) is a day of celebration, commemoration and demonstration by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. It is a day of demonstrations for the rights of these groups and against discrimination and exclusion. The largest CSD parades in the German-speaking world take place in Cologne and Berlin.
The city of Leipzig and the democratic parties are supporting the CSD movement in Leipzig. The CSD Leipzig started in 1992.

The CSD Leipzig is organized by an association of NPOs, initiatives, self-help groups, student councils, artists and committed private people. Relevant topics are spoken about in a basis democratic manner, a common focus is agreed upon and the event week, as well as the protest march, are planned accordingly.

photo: Mimski Photography

download program 2019


Welcome to Leipzig – intercultural summer event at the Old Stock Exchange June 6, 2019

Once every summer, researchers from different Leipzig research institutions gather to meet each other and learn something new about Leipzig. Despite the heavy rain in the hours prior to the event we took over the Old Stock Exchange in the heart of Leipzig. The Old Stock Exchange is Leipzig’s oldest baroque building. In 1678 Leipzig merchants constructed it right next to the old town hall. The building was used as a prestigious place of assembly for 200 years. Dr. Anselm Hartinger – the new director of the Museum of City History – introduced the researchers to the history of the venue and the city.
The main event of the evening was an educational concert. Four international musicians from the University of Music & Theatre performed Robert Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1. The musicians elaborated on the history of Schumann’s work in Leipzig and the origin of this piece. The Hungarian composer Franz Liszt encouraged Schumann in his letter from June 5th 1839 to write a few chamber works. In 1842, almost three full years after receiving the letter from Franz Liszt Schumann began his work on string quartets. As is common for Schumann, he wrote all of his three contributions to the field of chamber music within one year. The piece serves as an example of the rich musical history of our city that followed the encouragement of international colleagues. The piece was followed by one of Astor Piazzolla most important works. The Argentinian composer Piazzolla started his musical education by learning the bandoneon – an instrument with origins tracing back to Saxony. He took great interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in jazz music. In his career he created the nuevo tango, a new style incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. The piece Oblivion has become one of Piazzolla’s most popular work. The piece was chosen by the film director Marco Bellocchio as the central theme of his film Henry IV (1984).
After the concert, the researchers enjoyed a meal together in the forecourt of the venue.  They took the opportunity to get to know researchers from different Leipzig research institutions. Just as encouragement and inspiration play a crucial role in the creation of new music, they are also vital to new research enterprises. The summer event fostered new research collaborations by connecting these researchers with each other. The event was supported by the Altenburger Brauerei and organized with substantial financial support from the Leipzig Stiftung.

report by Pascal Martin Schaefer

Network meeting 2017

On January 18, the network members gathered in the cultural centre „Moritzbastei“ to bring themselves up to date about the most recent developments within the project “Welcome to Leipzig”.

The event started with a review about the results of the project year 2016, e.g. the launch of the new web platform (which you are visiting right now), the organization of several events (cultural workshops, an international summer party etc.) and the translation of many documents into English for the project partners.

In the following, different stakeholders gave short presentations on the situation of refugees in Leipzig, the plans for a new welcome centre lead by the City of Leipzig, the current Resident Registration Act and on pensions for international researchers.

Later on, the guests had the possibility of getting to know each other better over a cup of coffee and some snacks and to inform themselves about different topics at information desks.

Overall, it was a fruitful afternoon and a good start of the new project year 2017.

New series of intercultural competence trainings in November

3rd annual transnational intercultural competence training for staff of public authorities, institutions and administrative facilities in Leipzig

On November 23, 2016 the project team invited employees of public administration for a workshop held by two professional intercultural trainers. The goal of the seminar was to help dealing with misunderstandings while working with people from different cultures and exchange experiences. The training also included the sensitization for typical German communication and behavioral pattern in comparison to other cultural patterns. The workshop was fully booked with employees from iDiv, Human Resources Department of the university, Foreigner’s Authority, Resident Services Office and Leipzig Help Desk.

One week later, on November 30, 2016 part two of the seminar took place: the country-specific Intercultural training „Nations, cultures and regions at a glance“. Focus was the training of a sensitive handling of intercultural clients and information about regions and culture-specific background.

The participants praised the efficient and helpful seminar. The project team looks forward to the 4th edition of the trainings in 2017.