Music for summer evenings | Concerts at the Bach Monument | July 1 to August 26

From July 1 to August 26, 2019 you can go to St Thomas’ Church and listen to classical music. Renowned national and international artists perform in an idyllic atmosphere during the Monday concerts at the Bach Monument next to the church. This concert series celebrates its 40th anniversary. You can enjoy these special evenings for free.

Every Monday, artists are playing different kinds of music – from Bach to blues. The concerts start at 7 p.m. In case of rain the concerts will take place in the church or in the “Hildebrand & Partner”-House.


Bachdenkmal Leipzig
04105 Leipzig


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Panometer Leipzig

The Panometer Leipzig is an exhibition building in Leipzig in which Yadegar Asisi has been presenting a monumental panorama picture combined with an accompanying exhibition since 2003. Since the building used to be a gasometer, Asisi created the word panometer from panorama and gasometer.

Each exhibition consists of a 32-metre-high round picture, the accompanying thematic exhibition and making-of films. The theme of the current exhibition is ‘Carola’s Garden – A return to paradise’ and takes visitors into a colourful world full of plants and animals. The visitor “shrinks” to the size of a flower pollen in the round picture and discovers the fascinating scenery within a domestic garden in an unprecedented enlargement.


Panometer Leipzig
Richard-Lehmann-Str. 114
04275 Leipzig

Opening hours:

Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday or holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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Audio drama festival: Leipziger Hörspielsommer | July 6 to July 14

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 14.

You can listen to the audio drama productions for free during the nine 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 (in German). On July 13, there will be an English evening to present the results of the 17th International Audio Drama Competition.

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.

Outdoor swimming pool season in Leipzig | All summer

It is summer and that means that the outdoor swimming pool season starts in Leipzig.

Several outdoor swimming pools in Leipzig invite you to a wet refreshment during the warm months. A beautiful place to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The outdoor swimming pools have swimmers and non-swimmers areas so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful weather together.

Close to the city centre you can find three different outdoor swimming pools:

Sommerbad Kleinzschocher, Küchenholzallee 75, 04229 Leipzig
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sommerbad Südost, Oststraße 173, 04299 Leipzig
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Schreberbad, Schreberstraße 15, 04109 Leipzig
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.


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Christopher Street Day week Leipzig | July 5 to 13

What is the CSD Leipzig?

Christopher Street Day (CSD) is a day of celebration, commemoration and demonstration by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. It is a day of demonstrations for the rights of these groups and against discrimination and exclusion. The largest CSD parades in the German-speaking world take place in Cologne and Berlin.
The city of Leipzig and the democratic parties are supporting the CSD movement in Leipzig. The CSD Leipzig started in 1992.

The CSD Leipzig is organized by an association of NPOs, initiatives, self-help groups, student councils, artists and committed private people. Relevant topics are spoken about in a basis democratic manner, a common focus is agreed upon and the event week, as well as the protest march, are planned accordingly.

photo: Mimski Photography

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Welcome to Leipzig – intercultural summer event at the Old Stock Exchange June 6, 2019

Once every summer, researchers from different Leipzig research institutions gather to meet each other and learn something new about Leipzig. Despite the heavy rain in the hours prior to the event we took over the Old Stock Exchange in the heart of Leipzig. The Old Stock Exchange is Leipzig’s oldest baroque building. In 1678 Leipzig merchants constructed it right next to the old town hall. The building was used as a prestigious place of assembly for 200 years. Dr. Anselm Hartinger – the new director of the Museum of City History – introduced the researchers to the history of the venue and the city.
The main event of the evening was an educational concert. Four international musicians from the University of Music & Theatre performed Robert Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1. The musicians elaborated on the history of Schumann’s work in Leipzig and the origin of this piece. The Hungarian composer Franz Liszt encouraged Schumann in his letter from June 5th 1839 to write a few chamber works. In 1842, almost three full years after receiving the letter from Franz Liszt Schumann began his work on string quartets. As is common for Schumann, he wrote all of his three contributions to the field of chamber music within one year. The piece serves as an example of the rich musical history of our city that followed the encouragement of international colleagues. The piece was followed by one of Astor Piazzolla most important works. The Argentinian composer Piazzolla started his musical education by learning the bandoneon – an instrument with origins tracing back to Saxony. He took great interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in jazz music. In his career he created the nuevo tango, a new style incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. The piece Oblivion has become one of Piazzolla’s most popular work. The piece was chosen by the film director Marco Bellocchio as the central theme of his film Henry IV (1984).
After the concert, the researchers enjoyed a meal together in the forecourt of the venue.  They took the opportunity to get to know researchers from different Leipzig research institutions. Just as encouragement and inspiration play a crucial role in the creation of new music, they are also vital to new research enterprises. The summer event fostered new research collaborations by connecting these researchers with each other. The event was supported by the Altenburger Brauerei and organized with substantial financial support from the Leipzig Stiftung.

report by Pascal Martin Schaefer

SILBERSALZ | International Science Film Festival | June 20 to June 23, 2019

SILBERSALZ is the first international science film festival of its kind, taking place from June 20 to 23, 2019 for the second time in Halle.

As a combination of festival and conference, SILBERSALZ makes science accessible in a clear and vivid fashion while simultaneously serving as a platform for the exchange of ideas and mutual inspiration.The aim of SILBERSALZ is to provide the general public with access to scientific topics and to allow them to ask questions, thereby promoting a lively and active engagement with science in general.

The SILBERSALZ festival programme consists of freely accessible film screenings, installations and live performances dealing with a wide range of scientific topics and issues. With a variety of different events to choose from the programme is aimed at people of all ages – both those who are already interested in science and those just wanting to know more about the subject.

Further information can be found on the festival website.

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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.

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