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.


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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.

Temporary free access to online services of the Leipzig municipal libraries

Leipzig’s municipal libraries are currently closed to visitors due to the Corona pandemic. However, they continue to be active for all citizens of Leipzig – and offer them temporary free access to their online services, even if they are not yet library users.

Registration Free access

This requires a written registration by e-mail at The offer is initially valid until 3 May 2020.

Anyone wishing to have access must provide their full name, their Leipzig address and date of birth. After the request has been processed, you will receive notification by e-mail that your access has been activated. After the closing time the user data will be deleted. Those who wish to continue using the municipal libraries will then pay the user fee in accordance with the fee statutes.

Free online offers

The following online offers can be used free of charge until the end of closing time: streaming films with filmfriend, access to around 28,000 e-media, the Scoyo learning platform for children, press readers with national and international press. In addition, there is the Linkedin Learning Platform with video courses and the Tigerbook app with over 2500 interactive picture books.

Click here to go to the online offers, which can be used free of charge until the end of closing time.

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Schauspiel Leipzig: Online Play “k”

The Schauspiel Leipzig offers a free online play called “k”. It is based on texts by Franz Kafka and focuses on a new species of human: the so-called “Zoon Zoomicon”. These are home workers, party-goers, isolated existences in search of a structure. The search is interrupted again and again by connection fluctuations, image interference, communicative stuttering, are cavorting on video conference platforms.

Each episode 40 minutes 4 days a week (dates on the Schauspiel Leipzig website)

The play will be shown via

See the Schauspiel Leipzig website for more information.
[Information and photo taken from, Photo: Jule Franzen]

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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