The Leipzig events and festivity calendar is full and exciting. From celebrations of world-famous native composers to an enormous book fair to film fests and concerts, there’s always something fresh and new going on.
So let me provide you with the top six…
Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair)
The Leipzig Book Fair a.k.a. Leipziger Buchmesse is the second-largest book fair in all of Germany (after Frankfurt). In other words, the Leipzig Book Fair is a must for traveling bookworms!
For four days in March, you can experience a variety of bookish activities. You can check out literary and comic book art, participate in a forum or simply browse the enormous collection of reading material.
Auto Mobil International
With over 450 participants, this Leipzig event, the Auto Mobil International (AMI) is one of the most important auto shows of any year. Whether you are a hard-core motorist in need of perusing the latest auto technology, or a casual fan, the AMI will deliver for you.
One of the highlights is surely the off-road course that spectators can watch from the sidelines.
Bach is one of Leipzig’s favorite sons and the city honors him each year with this summer festival, the Bachfest. Most of his famous works were written during his 27-year reign in Leipzig and you can hear many of them during this time.
Musicians all over the city celebrate this great composer, from organists at the city’s churches to dance clubs.
Gewandhaus Mendelssohn Festival
Another famous composer can also lay claim to Leipzig, Felix Mendelssohn. He founded his Conservatoire in the city. During this festival, the Gewandhaus puts on many performances showcasing this Romantic composer’s most well-known and beloved pieces, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Dokfestival is an annual film festival that focuses on documentary and animated features. In 1955, it became the first film festival held inside then-communist East Germany.
The festival has experienced highs and lows in its history and almost didn’t survive the 1990s, but attendance has since spiked to over 27,000 a year.
Feminism isn’t dead in this women’s-rights annual August concert. Listen to the female-led rock bands and singers as they try to bring awareness to the inequalities that still exist between the sexes.