Exhibition at Leipzig Kunstkraftwerk: Stateless

The Leipzig Kunstkraftwerk is a relatively new centre of arts in the quarter of Plagwitz in the industrial west of Leipzig. With its unique video installations and interactive exhibitions , it is a very interesting place to visit.

From July 1 until August 13, the Leipzig Kunstkraftwerk hosts a new video installation called “Stateless” by Shimon Attie, an artist from New York. The projection tells the story of Syrian refugees who fled from their war-torn home country. Flight, loss and belonging are the main topics that are shown through the pictures which were developed exclusively for the former “Kesselhalle”, a hall in the former industrial plant which is now the Kunstkraftwerk.

Besides, there is a photo exhibition which documents two additional projects by Shimon Attie. He is a world-known photo and video artist who has been working on the topics identity, loss and belonging for almost 25 years.

A political and artistic supporting programme rounds off the exhibition: Initiatives from Leipzig organize lectures, photo projects and theatre plays.

More information can be found on the Kunstkraftwerk website.


Audio drama festival: Leipziger Hörspielsommer

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 7 to July 16.

This year, the “Hörspielsommer e.V.” chose about 80 productions which you can listen to for free during the ten 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 two competitions for audio drama productions.

Here you can find the full festival programme.

If you have become curious now, come and discover the world of audio drama by yourself with a cool drink and a picknick blanket on Richard-Wagner Hain!

Fête de la musique, June 21

Faites de la musique! (make music) is the motto of the Music Day on June 21. The event was originally initiated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, who thought it was a pity that even though many people played an instrument, there were not many public concerts. In 1982, the first “Fête de la musique” took place in Paris and ever since, it has been celebrated in more than 700 cities in more than 120 countries with thousands of concerts in public places, clubs and concert venues.

Leipzig is one of these cities and there will be a colourful programme in very different in- and outdoor locations. All concerts are for free (one of the principles of the festival).
You can find the programme of this year’s Fête de la musique in Leipzig on the website of the institut français.

Et alors: Ecoutez de la musique!

Bachfest Leipzig, June 9-18 2017

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 important classical composers are performed in different locations all around the city centre in more than 100 events.

This year’s motto is “Ein schoen new Lied – Musik und Reformation” (A beautiful new song – music and reformation). You can listen to many pieces by Bach which are related to lutheran chorals and to the reformation.

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.

For more information, see: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/2017/veranstaltungskalender.

Classic Open Air at Leipzig Rosental

At the end of every Gewandhaus season, the orchestra organizes special open air concerts at the Rosental park in Leipzig to thank its guests for a successful season. Thousands of people gather in the park to have a pick-nick and listen to classical music. The event is for free and is the perfect chance of getting to know the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, meet friends and enjoy a mild summer evening outside.

This year, the event “Klassik airleben” will take place on June 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.

To get to the Rosental park, please take tram 12 from Hauptbahnhof to Leipzig Zoo.

For more information, see: https://www.gewandhausorchester.de/orchester/klassikairleben/.


Wave-Gotik-Treffen, June 2nd to June 5th

The famous culture and music festival takes place every year in Leipzig since 1992. From June 2nd to June 5th, the annual world festival for “dark” music and arts will transform Leipzig into a black city. About 20.000 visitors from all over the world come to Leipzig for this gothic event. As the Leipzig Glocal describes it: ” There’s a lot of black, but there’s also a lot of color” as many people in black as well as in colourful costumes dress up for the festival.

All over the city, different concerts and events attract both visitors and locals from Leipzig. For more information, see the Guide to Wave-Gotik-Treffen at the Leipzig Glocal Blog and the official festival homepage.

A special recommendation: The Victorian Picnic on Friday, June 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Clara-Zetkin Park is totally worth a visit as you will have the chance to see how people dress up in Victorian, steampunk, baroque or all kinds of neo/dark romantic styles.



Streetfood Market at Feinkost Leipzig, May 20

The Streetfood Market at the Feinkost area is a colourful market offering food from all over the world. The market is a counterexample to the fastfood world of burgers, Döner, pizza, french fries…and aims to present class instead of mass! Between the exotic and the well-known, the aim of the streetfood is to present high-quality meals which cost around
5 € per dish.

Come around on Saturday, May 20, from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To get there, please take tram 10 or 11 from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof to Südplatz.

“Prix de Tacot” – Soapbox Derby at the Leipzig Fockeberg

On May 7, the 26th edition of the well-known “Prix de Tacot” – the Leipzig Soap Box Derby will take place at the Fockeberg in the quarter Südvorstadt.

It is a colourful and entertaining event, bringing together people of all ages. Creative and varied soapboxes contend for the title of the fastest and most creative soapbox. A street party with various stands and activities will round the derby off.

Do not miss this typical Leipzig experience!

For more information, see: http://seifenkiste.nato-leipzig.de/
Here is how you get there from tram station Karl-Liebknecht-/Kurt-Eisner-Straße (take tram 10 or 11) or from bus stop Fockestraße (take bus 60 or 74)

Westbesuch in Leipzig Plagwitz, April 29 2017

It’s spring time and it’s time to go outside and explore the different parts of Leipzig. An amazing opportunity to get to know the western parts of Leipzig with its unique atmosphere is a visit of the so-called “Westbesuch”, a street festival in Leipzig-Plagwitz. On April 29 from 11 a.m., there will be an arts, culture and flea market on the grounds of the initiative “Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz”, located close to the well-known Karl-Heine street.

There will also be different hands-on activities: Especially the integrational projekt “Bunte Gärten Leipzig” invites you to do handicrafts using natural materials.

To make sure that you won’t get hungry, different stands offer varied international food.

For more information, see: http://www.westbesuch.com and https://www.facebook.com/westbesuch/.

On the map you can see how to get there. Please take tram 14 until the station “Plagwitz”. From there, it is only a 5 minutes walk as indicated on the map.

Leipzig Book Fair March 23 – 26, 2017

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 collect information, to engage in exchange and discover what is new. Look forward to diving deeply into the diverse theme areas and the extensive program.

Leipzig offers a unique combination of Fair and the Reading Festival Leipzig reads. Especially this mixture makes the book fair an exciting and varied experience for young and old. The motto is: for four days dive into the fascinating world of literature and discover exciting new publications, authors, programs and publishing companies.

The fair is open for the general public and professional visitors every day, Sunday is family day.

Here you can read more about our individual brands and Theme areas of the book fair.