Cultural events in Leipzig in October 2021

Lamento / Ballet

October 16, 7pm

October 24, 7pm

Leipzig Opera

After a 45 minute introduction to the ballet, the audience discovers “love, grief, parting, and the longing for freedom” as the main focus of the two-part ballet evening by choreograph Mario Schröder. An audience discussion after the play offers details about the production.

DOK Leipzig / International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

October 25 – October 31

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. The programme is very varied, rich and international. After the festival week, “DOK stream” will launch online and films will be accessible for streaming.

Opening Grassimesse / trade fair

October 28, 6pm-9pm

At Grassimuseum

Artists of applied arts and design sell their pieces at the international trade fair.


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Cultural events in Leipzig in September 2021

Nacht der Kunst / Night of Arts – cultural festival in the north of Leipzig

September 4, 4pm to 12am

Georg-Schumann-Straße, Leipzig

More than 200 artists exhibit their various art at 55 different locations. The program is made for the younger and the older generation and offers concerts, a fire show, dances etc.

Der Karneval der Tiere / The Carnival of the Animals

September 16, 17, 18 , 11am

Oper Leipzig

The famous ballet was written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ and gained popularity since its genesis. The chamber orchestra as well as two pianos enchant the audience.

Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute

September 18, 7pm

Oper Leipzig

The opera in two acts was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “The experiences of the French Revolution are reflected here, as is the growing artistic interest in the darker sides of humankind, as well as the suppressed and the irrational.”

Der Vogel Anderswo / The Bird Elsewhere

September 13, 20, 21

Theater der jungen Welt Leipzig

The Bird Elsewhere is a Puppet Theatre in German and Arabic.

“In Syria, or, to be more exact, in the city of Damascus lives the little boy Nunu. And he has a little bird that resides in a cage. But its door is always open, for that the little bird is able to fly away and get back whenever he wants. And precisely because he is often not here, but elsewhere, he is also called »elsewhere «. But one day Nunu and his family obviously left home, because war is raging in the city. So Elsewhere’s journey begins.”


[Photo “The Carnival of the Animals” taken from:, photographer: Kirsten Nijhof]


Portal of the Grassi Museum Leipzig

Cultural events in Leipzig in August 2021

MURANO – Farbe, Licht, Feuer (Colour, Light, Fire)

until August 15

Where? Grassi Museum

Glass manufacture is an old tradition in Venedig, Italy. The Grassi Museum presents top-class artwork by the glass manufacturer Murano.

Photographic exhibition by Abdreas Gursky

until August 22

Where? Museum der bildenden Künste

“Andreas Gursky’s oeuvre, encompassing well over 200 works, visualises complex constructions of reality, all of which are linked to social issues. Work, leisure, consumer behaviour, major events and financial systems have been addressed in his photographs over the course of several decades.”

BachOrgelFestival (organ music)

August 7, 14, 21, 28, 3pm

Where? Thomaskirche

Various musicians delight their audience every Saturday at the Thomaskirche.

Leipziger Liedernächte

August 20, 21, 22

Where? garden of the Grassi Museum

The Grassi Museum, in cooperation with the Leipziger Liederszene e.V., invites its guests to enjoy musical evenings.


[Photo taken from:, SKD]


Mauer mit der Aufschrift "Bülowviertel"

Cultural events in Leipzig in July 2021

CULTURAL AFFAIRS – Art without Borders

June 10 – October 3, Grassimuseum

Within migration and travel, objects change their places as well as humans. This exhibition by young artists presents “travelling objects” which are mostly textile, designs and fashion.

Christopher Street Day / Pride week

July 9 – 17

“A huge number of events and the protest march through the city centre focus on the current societal situation of intergender and asexual people, transgender people as well as gay and bisexual people.”

CSD Demonstration

July 17, 12pm, Marketplace (city centre) Leipzig

As a part of the pride week on July 17 the CSD march demands equal rights for people who define themselves as homo-, trans-, bi- and intersexual. It calls attention to violence and discrimination.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter – Live in Concert

July 19, 4pm, Parkbühne Leipzig

The London Philhamonic & Symphonic Film-Orchestra and Choir present the best compositions of the Harry Potter movies soundtracks.

Kunstmarkt Womensart (Female artists market)

July 24, 5.30pm, Kulturwerkstatt KAOS (KAOS)

Literature, paintings, ideas, music, sculptures etc. are exhibited. All artworks are made by women.


July 31, 3pm, Bülowstraße

Ten street musicians and bands entertain the eastern part of Leipzig. The street festival provides a buffet as well as an adventure playground for children.


[Photo taken from:,  Photographer: Daniel Koehler]


Poster of the Globe 21 research festival displaying the title in German "Where are the limits of global solidarity?" and the logos of the participating organisations

globe21 festival | from 10 June, 2021

This summer, the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) of Leipzig University organizes the research festival GLOBE21 for the first time. The new festival format is designed as an annually recurring event and invites citizens from everywhere to discuss pressing topics and fascinating questions with scientists. Under the hashtag #BorderCrossingSolidarities, the festival explores moments of solidarity in tackling global challenges. Starting from June 10, different events like podcasts, film screenings, GLOBE|Talks and -|Dialogues, exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and city tours feature the question: “Where are the limits of global solidarity?”. More information and the event calendar can be found here:

These events are held bilingually (in English and German):

  • 11.06.2021, 7–9.30pm:
    “How to steal a country (Filmscreening and subsequent discussion of “Is Democracy Possible Without Truth? The ‘Gupta Leaks‘, Populism and Social Cohesion in South Africa”)
  • 16.06.2021
    Podcast-Feature by Recalibrating Afrikanistik
  • 07.07.2021 5–6.15pm:
    “Food, Wage Labor, and Inequality in the History of Capitalism” – A conversation between Nina Mackert and Bryant Simon
  • 09.07.2021 5–9.30pm:
    Femicide. One Case, Several Struggles(filmscreening and discussion)
  • 14.07.2021 7–7.30pm:
    “Relating Women in African Studies” a keynote by Fatou Sow within the academic series “Africa*n relations – Modalities reflected”
  • 15.07.2021 2.30–6.45pm:
    “Climate Solidarities” – A climate conference for teenagers (workshops)
  • 16.07.2021 10am–2.30pm:
    “Climate Solidarities” – A climate conference for teenagers (workshops and final presentations)
  • 15.07.2021 6–7pm:
    “Okwui Enwezor Lecture” by Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University) within the academic series “Africa*n relations – Modalities reflected”
  • 15.07.2021 1.15–2.30pm:
    “Leaving the ethnic niche? The impact of European citizenship on Polish migrant organizations” lecture organized by Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
  • 15.07.2021 3.30–5pm:
    “Global Perspectives on Societal Challenges in Eastern Europe” a moderated round table discussion
  • 15.07.2021 5–6.45pm:
    “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on science and research in Merian Center partner regions” an online dialogue forum
  • 16.07.2021 7.15–8.45pm (note: time might change):
    “Art and Peace After Violent Conflict: From Reflection to Reconciliation” (online panel and photo exhibition)

Please check the festival website for the whole programme and for any changes.

[text and photo: globe21 festival]

Artwork "Ixi" by Byrke Lou

Cultural, intellectual, political lectures, workshops and exhibitions

Cultural, intellectual, political lectures, workshops and exhibitions take place – even though the pandemic stops us from attending them in person. Here you can find a mixture of various events.

Lectures and presentations

The Freie Universität Berlin offers different academic lectures in English.

Topics such as decolonialization, migration and feminism are brought into focus by the Amsterdam Centre for European studies.

The Leipzig university offers free lectures focusing on various academic topics.

This website gives an overview of leftist-oriented events, workshops and lectures. Mostly in German.

Series of Lectures concerning the so-called “Arab Spring” are organized by the newly founded group “KIARA” (critical researcher of Arabic and Islamic studies). All lectures are hold in or translated to English.

The video format from the Konzeptwerk last year’s series of events “Zukunft für alle” (“future for all”) offers discussions concerning e.g. global freedom, social movements, solidarity as well as art. Many of the discussions are in English or English subtitles are available.


The Linke Medienakademie gives a series of Workshops and lectures about the use of media, which include journalistic work and working with programs (e.g. Photoshop). The events are hold from March 22 until March 26. Only in German.

Art and culture

This platform for adventurous music and arts released a virtual art festival and exhibition, available for streaming from February 13 to March 14.

The Opera Leipzig invites to a panel debate about its past and future. Only in German.

Various plays are available for streaming at the Schauspiel Leipzig’s website. The plays are in German, but English surtitles are accessible.

Book launch “Der weiße Fleck” on March 19 takes place with the author Mohamed Amjahid. How can we change our way of thinking concerning race and racism? The book concerns anti-racist thinking. The launch is only in German.


[Photo: “Ixi” by Byrke Lou, taken from]


Online Cultural Offers

Unfortunately, there are no in-person events possible at this time, but there are plenty of online cultural offerings to keep you entertained during the Christmas season. Here we have compiled a few.

Digital Museums

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Various exhibitions by the German National Library Leipzig and Frankfurt Main are accessible online.

1000x Berlin
A historical photo series shows how Berlin and its districts have changed over the past hundred years.

Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art
“The Berlinische Galerie is one of a kind: we collect, preserve, display and investigate modern and contemporary art made in Berlin.” Their online gallery offers exhibitions, online tours, short movies etc.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This virtual tour of the “Trade:Mark” Exhibition “

Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin Brandenburg (Fundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin Brandenburg) This digital format offers screenings of Brandenburg’s palaces and gardens.

Museumsinsel Berlin
This website offers digitalized exhibitions and 3D-visualizaions.

Jüdisches Museum Berlin
This online platform shows objects and maps visualizing the violence against Jews in Germany as well as Jewish culture.

Deutsche Kinemathek
Various collections like posters and photographs are uploaded to be seen online.

Lectures and Concerts – LIVE

Berlin (a)live
This platform provides a stage for art and culture. Events like concerts, discussions, performances etc. are accessible at this website. Unfortunately, the events are mostly in German – but a lot of them do not need translation!

Different lectures and talks concerning Jewish life in Germany and in Leipzig. Unfortunately, those events are only in German.

Stiftung Planetarium Berlin
The planetarium offers live lectures concerning the universe. Unfortunately, those lectures are only in German.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.


[Photo: Oper Leipzig, taken from]        

Photo DOK Leipzig

International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) | October 26 to November 1

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. 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.

From October 26 until November 1, 2020, it takes place as a hybrid festival in cinemas and via livestream. “Watch DOK wherever you want!” is the motto of the year. Viewers can access films online for 48 hours and watch whenever and wherever they like. Free streamings will be presented daily at the Promenaden Hauptbahnhof/main train station.

Ticket sales start on October 20.

For more information, a detailed programme and hygiene measures, see

[Photo: DOK Leipzig, taken from]





Events in September and October 2020

Despite the Coronavirus, several events take place in the months September and October. Some organizers request previous registrations. Please also note the events’ hygiene measures.

Weinfest (wine festival) | September 9 – 13

Wine makers from the region offer more than 200 different wines and champagne, as well as grape juice, liqueur and vinegar. The festival is an excellent opportunity to taste and enjoy local products.

Where? Leipzig Marketplace

Kammermusikfestival für Clara (chamber music festival) | September 18 – 22

The festival’s name refers to the piano virtuoso Clara Wieck. It invites to various events like symphony concerts, chamber music, exhibitions, ballet, theater, readings, performances concerts etc. The events take place at different locations within the city center.

Finissage “History in Fashion” | September 19, 7.30-8.00pm

The closing of the exhibition “History in Fashion”, compiled by the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and the Hochschule Macromedia Leipzig, gives visitors the chance to see the fashion items embedded into a performance.

Where? Grassi Museum, Johannisplatz 5–11, 04103 Leipzig

Please register via

Interkulturelle Woche Leipzig (Intercultural week Leipzig) | September 19 – October 4

Various events, movie streamings, readings, lectures etc. concerning integration and migration take place all around Leipzig.

Kiezflohmarkt Plagwitz (flea market) | September 20 & October 3, 10am – 4 pm

You can find secondhand clothes, furniture, bicycles, books and much more at affordable prices.

Where? Westwerk Leipzig, Karl-Heine-Straße 93, 04229 Leipzig

Herbst ’89 – Aufbruch zur Demokratie, Tag der friedlichen Revolution (Day of the Peaceful Revolution)| October 9

In memory of the peaceful revolution that led to the fall of the Wall, Leipzig celebrates every year on October 9 on Augustusplatz.

Where? Leipzig City center / Augustusplatz

Flea market for bicycles | October 10, 11am – 5 pm

If you are looking for a bicycle at a reasonable and affordable price, this flea market is the right one. Various sellers offer secondhand bikes of all kinds and sizes.

Where? media city Leipzig, Altenburger Straße 3-15

Leipziger Jazz Tage  | October 15 – 24

Concerts by different national and international artists at various places around Leipzig delight jazz fans ever year.

DOK Leipzig | October 26– November 1

63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
Documentaries and animations are streamed every year at the well knows festival DOK Leipzig. The movies deal with topics like tolerance, dignity and freedom.

Where? Streaming online and on screen


Discover museums at home

The Leipzig alternative city magazine “Kreuzer” has compiled online offers from various museums. You can find offers of the following museums:

  • Museum der bildenden Künste
    (livestreams for virtual art education in a new format “Mdbk insight” on the MdbK facebook page)
  • Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst
    (works from the collection on the GfzK facebook page)
  • Stadtgeschichtliches Museum
    (museum pieces, collection database on Leipzig’s city history and the collection areas of art and art history, photo library, sports and everyday culture on the museum website)
  • Grassimuseum für Angewandte Kunst
    (detailed insight into the museum collection on the museum website)
  • Moritzburg Halle
    (insights into the special exhibition with photographs by Karl Lagerfeld on the Moritzburg facebook page)
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
    (online collection with insights into the diversity of the artworks in the collections on the museum website)
  • Alte Nikolaischule Leipzig
    (exhibition “The vanished Leipzig: The principle of demolition and new construction in three centuries of urban development” on the Kulturstiftung Leipzig website)

For more information, see the Kreuzer website.