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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

Models of different organs in the exhibition "Organwelt"

Cultural events in Leipzig in November 2021

Flea market

November 6, 10am – 4pm

The Feinkost holds the flea market for the last time this year! A variety of stalls will transform the courtyard into a paradise for treasure hunters. Food will also be provided.

Feinkost, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 36 04107 Leipzig

French movie festival

November 17 – 24

The 26th edition of the French Film Days Leipzig starts on November 17, 2021 in the Passage Kinos and the Schaubühne Lindenfels. The charisma of francophone movies will be brought to the screen.


Every day, until November 20

The exhibition Organwelt Leipzig with numerous different oversized and accessible organ models takes visitors, whether young or old, on an unforgettable journey.

Explanations are mostly in German.

Agra Messepark, Bornaische Str. 210 04279 Leipzig

Exhibition “Max Klinger und die Universität Leipzig” (“Max Klinger and the Leipzig University)

Every day, until December 17 2021

The exhibition focusses on the mural “Die Blüte Griechenlands” (“The Blossom of Greece”). The artist Max Klinger created this 20×6 meter artwork in 1909 for the auditorium of Leipzig University. Burning during the Second World war, it was almost forgotten.

Neues Augusteum, Augustusplatz 10 04109 Leipzig


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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]