International Weeks against Racism Leipzig

[CANCELLED] International Weeks against Racism | March 16 to 29

The annual Action Weeks draw attention to the issue of racism in different areas of life. With films, workshops, readings, discussions, sports and music events, civil society actors in Leipzig set an example against racism and xenophobia and promote openness and acceptance. The programme of the Antiracism Weeks Leipzig is produced in cooperation with the Anti-Discrimination Office Saxony.

The whole programme and further information is available at:

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[CANCELLED] Leipzig Book Fair | March 12 to 15, 2020

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.

“Common Ground” is the motto under which all the countries of South-Eastern Europe will be presenting their literature and their authors* together at the Leipzig Book Fair for the first time from 2020. As different as the countries, their peoples, languages, religions and histories may be – as the Leipzig Book Fair’s focal region 2020-22, “Common Ground – Literature from South-East Europe” aims to focus on what unites them.

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.

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s book fair has been cancelled.

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Ice Skating Rink | January 17 to March 1

For the fourth time, the “Leipzig Ice Dream” will take place on Augustusplatz. A colourful world of white huts, fire bowls to warm up, a curling rink, a Ferris wheel and a winter slide invite visitors to stroll, enjoy and do sports. The special highlight is the round ice skating rink. On that 35 metre diameter round rink, visitors of all ages can ice skate infront of the impressive backdrop of the opera and the Gewandhaus.

04109 Leipzig

January 17 to March 1; daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Running times on the ice rink:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • 12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Winter Gallery Tour at SPINNEREI (Leipzig Cotton Mill) | January 11

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 11. 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.

Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (Leipzig Cotton Mill)
Spinnereistraße 7
04179 Leipzig

January 11; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and a list of all galleries, see:

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Christmas Market | November 26 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 November 26 at 5 p.m. on the market square.

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EURO SCENE: Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance | November 5 to 10

This year’s festival is the 29th edition of the euro scene festival and has as its motto “parallel worlds”. 10 guest performances from 8 countries will be shown in around 22 performances and 7 venues. The programme includes dance and spoken theatre, performances and a play for children. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance is devoting itself to different levels that lie parallel to one another or are interwoven: For example, the real and fictitious, the social and individual as well as the conscious and unconscious levels.

The highly controversial play “Am Königsweg” by the famous Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek opens the festival at Schauspiel Leipzig. It will be staged by the puppeteer, puppet-builder and director Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna who has performed at the festival several times in the past. Amongst many other inspiring plays, there will be the performance “Das Lackballett” by the painter, sculptor and scene-painter Oscar Schlemmer who was part of Bauhaus. It will be interpreted by the company “Theater der Klänge” from Dusseldorf.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German Dance Solo«), conceived by Alain Platel from Ghent, will take place in the context of the festival for the 14th time.

Here you can see the whole festival programme. For further information, please go to the festival webpage.

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International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) | October 28 to November 3

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 28 until November 3 2019, 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 and a detailed programme, see


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Fun fair ‘Leipziger Kleinmesse’ | September 27 to October 20

Leipzig is a city rich in tradition with many facets. One of these special, historically grown traditions is the fun fair ‘Leipziger Kleinmesse’. This event had its 110th anniversary in 2017. Young and old, families and residents of Leipzig and their guests have always met at the Kleinmesseplatz for spring, summer and autumn fun fairs.

Again this autumn, the visitors are offered numerous attractions. In addition to many fun rides, there are candy floss, croquettes, waffles and roasted almonds. All fun rides and supply rides await guests and fans of the fun fair for 3 weeks.

Cottaweg 5 / Am Kleinmesseplatz
04177 Leipzig

September 27 to October 20
Friday to Saturday 2p.m. to 11p.m.
Sunday to Thursday 2pm. to 10p.m.

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Intercultural Weeks Leipzig | September 15 to 29

The intercultural weeks Leipzig take place annually and are action weeks in which cultural events, information events and festivals for intercultural exchange take place.

This year’s Intercultural Weeks are held under the motto “Live together, grow together”. With about 140 events, 5 specials and 8 exhibitions, they show many possibilities to move forward and to learn together. The programme offers discussion evenings, intercultural encounters, films, concerts with music from all over the world, festivals, theatre performances, readings, workshops, sports and family events.

Here you can find this year’s programme. For more information, see the Leipzig webpage.