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

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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


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: [text above taken from the same website; photo: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik]

Latin American Days Leipzig/Halle | October 5 to 27

The “Lateinamerikanische Tage” (Latin American Days ) are a project of Sudaca e.V., which was founded in 2003. Sudaca e.V. wants to inform about the political, economic and social situation in Latin America and bring the cultural diversity of this continent closer to the Leipzig public. The project started with lecture series and cultural events and since 2005, it has regularly shown Latin American films in various Leipzig cinemas.

More than 40 current feature films and short films in original sound with subtitles provide an insight into the current cinema landscape. These include prize winners from international festivals as well as smaller, brand-new productions. In workshops, lectures, film events and discussions with invited guests, same-sex marriage and adoption law in Latin America, prison and human rights or migration will be discussed.

Here you can see the whole programme.

photo: Sudaca e.V.


Flea market on the “Feinkost” premises | October 6

Once a month, there is a flea market on the premises of the “Feinkost”, located in the Südvorstadt neighbourhood. On Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be lots of stands selling clothes, household objects, vintage furniture etc.

The “Feinkost” hosts different shops for design, shoes, herbs, clothes and board games as well as a small nightclub and a beer garden and is a cultural institution located at the “Karli” street.

Find more information on their website.

photo: Feinkostgenossenschaft

Westbesuch in Leipzig Plagwitz | July 28

„Westbesuch“ takes place in the area around the railway station Plagwitz. It is a street festival that gives the opportunity to get to know a special part of Leipzig: the west. There are several different artists, galleries and theatres in this unique district. You will have the opportunity to experience some of them at the arts and flea market of “Westbesuch”.

The “Summer of Love” will start on July 28 at 11 a.m. We recommend trying some of the varied international food the different stands offer while enjoying the music (they are planning songs from the 1968s).

For more information, see: and

On the map you can see how to get there. Please take tram 14 until the station “Plagwitz”. From there, it is only a 5 minutes walk as indicated on the map.

Audio drama festival: Leipziger Hörspielsommer | July 6 to July 15

The “Leipziger Hörspielsommer” is the biggest festival for audio drama in Germany. Every year, thousands of people gather at the Richard-Wagner-Hain, one of the beautiful parks in Leipzig, located directly next to the river to listen to different audio dramas. This year, it will take place from July 6 to July 15.

You can listen to the audio drama productions for free during the ten festival days. The festival programme is tailored to the different visitors: In the afternoon, there is a colourful programme for children and teenagers while the evening offers productions for adults. Every day has a different motto and something special to offer. There will not only be recorded audio dramas, but also live performances and competitions for audio drama productions.

Here you can find the full festival programme.

If you are curious now, immerse yourself in the world of audio drama, grab a cool drink and a picnic blanket and make yourself comfortable on the Richard-Wagner-Hain.

photo: Hörspielsommer e.V.

Museumsnacht | museum night | 05.05.2018

The museum night Halle-Leipzig celebrates its anniversary: two cities, around 80 museums, art collections, galleries or archives, 330 events in just six hours, free shuttle between the participating institutions as well as Halle and Leipzig at a one-off price of a maximum of 10 euros.  This year’s motto is “CULT”.

The advance sale of the tickets starts on April 10th at all known ticket agencies. All information and the whole programme can be found on the museum night website.




Tapetenwerkfest 23.0 | 13.04.2018

The so-called “Tapetenwerk” (wallpaper factory) is a former factory from the period of promoterism which has become a place of creativity, new projects and ideas. Artists, designers, photographers and architects transformed this place into their offices and galleries. In spring and in autumn, the Tapetenwerk opens its doors to show the public what is going on in the building with its unique industrial architecture. Visitors can stroll around the studios to see the different artists’ creative work and exhibitions.
There will also be music by funkophon and food in the KANTINE.

The Tapetenwerkfest will take place on April 13 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

For more information, see

Gallery tour at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB)

From February 15-18, 2017 the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig will host its annual student exhibition-Rundgang. During this four-day event, students and master-students from all classes are going to show what they’ve produced during the last year.
Furthermore on display is the recent Diploma work of this winter semester.
Their internationally acclaimed faculty members and all of their students are looking forward to seeing many guests, enjoying inspiring discussions, interactions, and a vibrant Academy on those special days.
Admission is free.

Annual student exhibition
Opening: Thursday, February 15, 6pm
Welcome: Thomas Locher, Rector
Performance by Snow (SeungLok Paik)

For more information, see the Facebook event (text taken from this event) or the HGB homepage.

photo by: Jan Sattler und Jakob Schenck [HGB]