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Leipzig offers an abundance of cultural attractions and event highlights - all year round. Whether small or large scale, open air or indoors, high culture or off the beaten track ... you can be sure to find something that suits your taste. Plan your stay and search our online events calendar by different categories.

Event Highlights


1st Mar 2016 - 1st Jan 2018 | Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts | Category: Exhibition

Lucas Cranach and the Motifs of the Reformation

Permanent exhibition

Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was born in 1472 in Kronach, Upper Franconia and died in 1553 in Weimar, and his son, Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515–1586), are considered amongst the most important...
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2016_Deutsche Nationalbibliothek_Motiv Flugblatt
1st Nov 2016 - 31st Jul 2017 | German National Library-German Museum of Books and Writing | Category: Exhibition

Sensation – Propaganda – Resistance

500 years of pamphlets: from Martin Luther to the present day

Without the pamphlet, the reformatory ideas of Martin Luther would never have caught on; it was a medium that Luther ultimately turned into one of the most significant protagonists of the new...
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Oath bible of the Leipzig council (Photo: Christoph Sandig)
24th Nov 2016 - 1st Jan 2018 | GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts | Category: Exhibition

God´s Work and Word in front of your Eyes

Art in the Context of the Reformation

2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his theses. To celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, the museum invites visitors to rediscover and explore the objects displayed...
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St. Laurentius church, church hall (Photo: Kirchenbezirk Leipzig/ÖA))
15th Jan 2017 - 30th Jun 2017 | Church Hall of the St. Laurentiuskirche | Category: Exhibition

“Here I Stand" Martin Luther, the Reformation and its consequences

Poster exhibition from the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt – State Museum of Prehistory

With the aid of modern infographics, the exhibition demonstrates and explains the major stages in the history of the Reformation and its effects up to the present day. The show sheds light on...
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Evangelical-Lutheran religious refugees from the Salzburger Land passing through Leipzig (Photo: Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts)
27th Jan 2017 - 25th Jun 2017 | Bach Museum Leipzig | Category: Exhibition

Worlds of Belief

Reformation Jubilee cabinet exhibition in the Bach Museum Leipzig

Since the beginning of the Reformation in Leipzig, the Lutheran denomination has formed a stable basis for religious and social coexistence. People from all over Europe, of different denominations...
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German National Library
1st Mar 2017 - 1st Mar 2018 | German National Library – German Museum of Books and Writing | Category: Exhibition

... in the language of the common people: Luther’s Linguistic Genius

Digital exhibition

No one has left a greater mark on the German language than Martin Luther. In his writings he provided the Germans with a common language for the first time – from the North Sea to the Alps....
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Photo: Leipzig City Library
10th Mar 2017 - 10th Jun 2017 | Leipzig City Library | Category: Exhibition

“Stories in pictures – From single-leaf prints to the graphic novel”

An exhibition by the Leipzig Municipal Libraries, the Museum for Printed Art in Leipzig and the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library.

Plenty of information has been disseminated since the Reformation and is still circulated to date in the form of images. These recount and visualise stories, helping us understand the content...
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A Sermon of Sankt Jacob (Photo: Leipzig University Library))
10th Mar 2017 - 9th Jul 2017 | 10.00am - 06.00pm | Bibliotheca Albertina | Category: Exhibition

Scene change

Book illustration in the Reformation period

The Reformation sparked by Martin Luther turned not only the view of the world upside down, but also the way in which the world was depicted. This is demonstrated in books printed during the...
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Silver Luther Chalice, 1536, Leipzig Museum of City History ( Photo: Helga Schulze-Brinkop)
12th Apr 2017 - 28th Jan 2018 | Leipzig Museum of City History | Category: Exhibition

Luther in Dispute. Leipzig and the Consequences

Special exhibition at the Leipzig Museum of City History

The city of Leipzig is a nationally significant spot in Reformation history. This historical watershed moment is forever anchored in the city's memory and will receive special acknowledgement...
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The Schwabacher – the most common typeface in Reformation printed works (Photo: Museum of Printing Arts, Leipzig)
4th May 2017 - 24th Sep 2017 | Museum of Printing Arts, Leipzig | Category: Exhibition

Luther - Leipzig - Letter Press!

Martin Luther goes to press

A piece of Reformation history can be experienced at the Leipzig Museum of Printing Arts under the slogan “Luther ‒ Leipzig ‒ Letter Press", by means of installations in the permanent exhibition...
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Death and Resurrection, Michael Triegel © VG Bild-Kunst-Bonn, 2017
11th May 2017 - 6th Aug 2017 | Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts | Category: Exhibition

Michael Triegel - Emblems and Images

Paintings on Luther’s Table Talk

The word of the Bible and its depiction in images have given rise to much controversy in the Christian religion over the centuries. During the Reformation, images that evoked religious veneration...
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Lucas Cranach Workshop
25th May 2017 - 7th Jul 2017 | Art collection in the rectory | Category: Exhibition

Education in flux

Leipzig University in the Age of the Reformation

The Reformation modernised society, and the universities played a substantial role in this. They too disseminated reformatory ideas and shaped the academic elites of the next generations. A look...
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8th Jun 2017 | 03.17pm - 11.37pm | Thomaskirche | Category: Opera, Operetta, Musical, Ballet

500 Minutes of Bach

With so many performers and ensembles

500 years of the Reformation also means 500 years of protestant church music. One of its foremost composers is Johann Sebastian Bach. St. Thomas Church, the place he worked the longest (1723–1750),...
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Photo: Gert Mothes
9th Jun 2017 - 18th Jun 2017 | Leipzig and the surrounding area | Category: Opera, Operetta, Musical, Ballet

“Ein schön New Lied" – Music and the Reformation

The Leipzig Bachfest 2017 is dedicated to Bach’s settings of Lutheran chorales.

Luther considered “Frau Musica” (Lady Music) to be a divine art, because she “repelled all devils”. He accordingly placed music in the same category as theology, made German-language...
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Photo: Flautando
18th Jun 2017 | 11.00am | Federal Administrative Court, large courtroom | Category: Concert

Martin Luther and the Reformation

Luther as a preacher, politician and private individual

This concert highlights three different aspects of Martin Luther the Reformer: Luther as a preacher, politician and private individual. Numerous texts and writings by Luther express his views...
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Mainland Chamber Chorale, College of the Mainland, Texas, USA
18th Jun 2017 | 07.00pm | Category: Concert

Musicals, Spirituals & Jazz Music in the Tabor Church

Mainland Chamber Chorale, College of the Mainland, Texas, USA

On the programme: American Musical and Broadway Classics Spirituals American Jazz Standards The Mainland Chamber Chorale is the Community tour performance ensemble for Vocal Arts Activities...
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WCRC Reformation Transformation
19th Jun 2017 - 2nd Jul 2017 | Various sites across urban Leipzig | Category: Exhibition


Art, spirituality and social change ‒ at the general assembly of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches is meeting in Leipzig in summer 2017. For five hundred years, the question of Reformation and Transformation ‒ social, political, spiritual ‒ has...
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21st Jun 2017 | Category: Concert

"Eine Feste Burg" | A Choral Celebration

Gala Concert in Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

In Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Prof. Helmuth Rilling together with Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, will lead an American select honor choir with...
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27th Jun 2017 - 7th Jul 2017 | Congress Center Leipzig | Category: Trade Fair, Conference

26th WCRC

General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

The WCRC is returning to the birthplace of the 16th-century Reformation to demonstrate that this event belongs to Christians around the world. The 26th general council will be held 27 June to...
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27th Jun 2017 - 4th Aug 2017 | New City Hall, Lower Foyer | Category: Exhibition

Global players for God and the world

How the Reformation is still changing the world

The reformers Zwingli and Calvin also fought alongside and after Luther to renew the church and society. Carried to other shores by migrants and missionaries, evangelical belief settled on all...
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Calmus Ensemble (Photo: Irene Zandel)
27th Jun 2017 | 08.00pm | Thomaskirche | Category: Concert

Disputation - A. Brumel, Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus

amarcord and the Calmus Ensemble

Leipzig, Summer 1519. At Pleissenburg Castle, Martin Luther defended his “heretical” theses before papal representatives, led by theologian Johannes Eck. Leipzig University organised the...
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Youth Baroque Ensemble (Photo: Michael Ehritt)
30th Jun 2017 | 08.00pm | Leipzig Lutheran church | Category: Concert

Composers - Messengers of the Reformation

Concert with works by Sweelinck, Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy General Meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

Martin Luther reinstated congregational singing in the language people spoke. Reformer Johannes Calvin strongly supported this development and took the opportunity to introduce the Geneva Psalter....
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