Bachfest | Bach festival | June 14 to June 23 2019

The Bach festival is a very important musical festival in Leipzig that attracts 75 000 visitors every year. Musical pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and other classical composers are performed in different locations all around the city centre. More than 100 events take place.

This year’s motto is “Hof-Compositeur Bach” (court composer Bach). Therefore, works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar and Köthen or for various regents can be heard.

There is also a “Bach Open Air” at the market place in Leipzig, which is free of charge and a good opportunity for those who want to enjoy classical music in a relaxed environment.

The festival takes place from June 14 to June 23 2019.

All information and the whole programme can be found on the Website.

[Photo: Gert Mothes, information taken from:]

Museumsnacht | museum night | May 11

Halle and Leipzig are again hosting the museums night: two cities, around 80 museums, art collections, galleries or archives, more than 400 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.

The advance sale of the tickets starts on April 11th at all known ticket agencies. All information and the whole programme can be found on the Website.


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Yoko Ono is coming to Leipzig | April 4 to July 7, 2019

The Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono (born in 1933) is showing her work in the exhibition “PEACE is POWER” in Leipzig. In her work, the audience can experience something about the artist’s view of the balance of power between war and peace.

Very special is that much of Yoko Ono’s work is designed to be participative. For “POWER is PEACE”, all artists living in Germany are invited to immerse themselves in her work entitled “Water Event” and to submit a contribution to the exhibition.

Moreover, the architecture of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is hosting the exhibition, is supporting the special work of Yoko Ono.

Opening hours
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wed: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, see:

[Photo: Greg Kadel, information taken from:]

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!

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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:

[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.

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