Leipzig Book Fair | March 21–24, 2019

March in Leipzig is characterized by reading. The Leipzig Book Fair and its reading festival “Leipzig reads” are the spring events of the book and media sector. Authors, readers and publishing companies meet to engage in exchange and discover what is new.

Especially the unique combination of book fair and reading festival makes the book fair an exciting and varied experience for young and old. The motto is:  Diving into the fascinating world of literature and discovering exciting new publications, authors, programs and publishing companies.

This year’s host country is the Czech Republic. Almost 60 authors and artists from the Czech Republic have booked their trip to Leipzig. They present their latest works and look forward to exchanging information on literature and culture with colleagues and the public.

The fair is open every day for the general public and professional visitors, Sunday is family day.

Here you can read more about the book fair and this year’s programme.

Chinese Spring Festival | February 17

The year of the dog ends at the new moon on 4 February. 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig and the Chinese horoscope recommends concentrating this year on family and friends. The Konfuzius Institute Leipzig, together with its partners, the Konfuzius Kindergarten and the Restaurant Nin Hao, invites to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.

The organizers of the Chinese Spring Festival lure with Chinese folklore. On the stage of Hall A in Werk 2, for example, they will perform a lion dance and let the exotic sounds of the pumpkin flute and Chinese zither ring out. According to Linus Schlüter from the Confucius Institute, it is going to be a colourful afternoon with plays, handicrafts, karaoke and food stands.

The event is also supported by the Deutsch-Chinesisches-Zentrum Leipzig.

Admission: 2.30 pm, start: 3 pm, Admission: FREE!

[information and picture taken from www.werk-2.de]


Winter Gallery Tour at SPINNEREI (Leipzig Cotton Mill) | January 12

The former cotton mill in Leipzig Plagwitz opens its doors for a Winter Gallery Tour.

All galleries and exhibition spaces will open new exhibitions on January 12. Not only are the galleries interesting and very diverse, but also the site itself is an interesting industrial monument and definitely worth a visit.

For further information, see the SPINNEREI website.


[photo: © SPINNEREI]

Alternative Christmas Market in Connewitz | December 7 to 16

There is an alternative, very lovely Christmas market in Werk II, a cultural venue located in Connewitz. Here you can find arts stands,  enjoy regional food and drinks and buy artsy christmas presents.

Opening hours
Mon-Thu: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, see: https://www.werk-2.de/programm/2018-12-07_weihnachten_am_kreuz_

[poster: © Halina Kirschner]

Welcome to Leipzig – Network meeting 2018

The project “Welcome to Leipzig” is a joint project of currently eight Leipzig scientific institutions and the Leipzig City Council with the aim to improve the culture of welcome for international guest scientists and highly qualified employees from all over the world. This has been achieved in five years. In November, the network partners came together in order to discuss new developments and exchange ideas about how to better welcome international guest researchers.

Now the project is to be given a new project sponsor. Reason for the planned handover of the University of Leipzig to the Leipzig Science Network e.V. (LSN e.V.) is the project financing. With the help of the LSN e.V., an attempt is made to consolidate the project

“Since the beginning of the project, we have moved much closer together in the city. It doesn’t just look like it did here at the network meeting in the Moritzbastei, it really is,” explains Dr. Annemone Fabricius. “Everywhere in the city there are people in the authorities and the scientific institutions who have unbelievable know-how regarding the arrival process. Through the project, we have succeeded in networking them. Now we everybody has direct contact persons, direct communication, the integration offer is richer and our knowledge has increased enormously,” continues the head of the Welcome Centre.

Welcome to Leipzig – intercultural summer meeting at SPINNEREI Leipzig

Once a year, we meet up with researchers from different Leipzig research institutions, from all around the world and from different research backgrounds. We discover a new part of Leipzig while we exchange ideas about research and the world.

This year, we gathered at the premises of the “SPINNEREI” in the west of Leipzig. There, we had the chance to visit the gallery “EIGEN+ART” that also shows works by the famous Leipzig artist Neo Rauch. It currently showed the exhibition “There will be light” by Bosco Sodi who experimented with natural materials producing impressive artworks. However, the SPINNEREI does not only stand for art but also for innovation, which we could see when we visited the “SpinLab”, a start-up accelerator hosting different start-ups and giving them the chance to develop their own ideas.

To conclude the evening, everybody gathered at the restaurant “Die Versorger” to chat over a summer barbecue, to get to know each other and to network.


Christmas Market | November 27 to December 23

The tradition of the Leipzig Christmas Market goes back to the 15th century. Due to its unique cultural and culinary offer in the middle of the historic old town, it has acquired an almost legendary reputation. With around 300 stands, it is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.

The Christmas Market opens with a concert on 27 November at 5 p.m. on the market square.

[photo: Bernd Goerne, taken from www.leipzig.de]

New permanent exhibition at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig | Opening on November 6

The new permanent exhibition “Our History. Dictatorship and Democracy after 1945” gives the post-reunification period more space and sets new thematic priorities. Embark on a journey through time and history. The exhibition begins with the period after the Second World War, shows life in the GDR and takes you to the present day of the Federal Republic of Germany: Why is the GDR being created? Who has the power? How do people live, work, celebrate and argue? Why does the GDR fail? How has Germany grown back together since 1990? Which questions and which worries move people today?

The Monday demonstrations took place in Leipzig in autumn 1989, a central step towards the end of the GDR. The permanent exhibition at the historical site shows the revolutionary upheavals in the GDR and Eastern Europe, as well as their effects on Europe and world politics. Successes and difficulties of growing together become clear from a variety of individual points of view.

International terrorism, digitalisation and the refugee crisis are further challenges that reunited Germany is currently facing.

2,000 objects, photos and films illustrate the history of a divided Germany and the time after reunification: the table of the Politburo of the SED is just as much a part of it as parts of the fence of the Prague Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Contemporary witnesses share their experiences with you. Their individual stories show how political events affect people’s lives. A video installation by the artist Bettina Flitner puts people’s hopes and worries into perspective today and stimulates discussion in the exhibition’s forum.

The exhibition is free of charge.

For more information see https://www.hdg.de/zeitgeschichtliches-forum/ausstellungen/unsere-geschichte-diktatur-und-demokratie-nach-1945/

[text taken from https://www.hdg.de/zeitgeschichtliches-forum and translated]

International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) | October 29 to November 4

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) is the largest German festival for artistic documentary and the oldest one in the world. It was founded in 1955 in the times of the Cold War and looks back on a rich history where filmmakers from east and west as well as from Latin America, Asia and Africa met and exchanged views.

From October 29 until November 4 2018, it takes place in several cinemas and locations in Leipzig. The programme is very varied, rich and international and is supposed to broaden your horizon and awaken your interest in the life of different people all around the globe.

This year’s festival centre will be the “Museum der bildenden Künste” Leipzig. Tickets are available there, in the festival cinemas and on the festival website. You can either buy single tickets for all films or festival season tickets.

For more information, see www.dok-leipzig.de/en.


photo: DOK Leipzig

Exhibition: Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest | October 20 to December 14

“Save the date for the opening of Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest] in the Natural History Collections of Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, which will be installed throughout the entire building—that is normally not open to the public in this way. The exhibition confronts traditional images of nature in the context of species mass extinction, deforestation, and climate change and was shown in Hamburg and Berlin before.

The project presents contemporary artworks and curatorial assemblages that renounce a romantic notion of untouched nature. Fifteen installations, photographs, sculptures, and moving-image works—including eight newly commissioned projects—draw connections between Alfred Russel Wallace’s nineteenth-century expeditions to Amazonia and Southeast Asia and current urgencies of environmental transformation.”

The entry is free and the exhibition is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information, see the exhibition website: http://reassemblingnature.org/ [text above taken from the same website; photo: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik]