Excellent entertainment is guaranteed in Leipzig. While local musicians showcase their talents, the city also hosts concerts by national and international stars. What’s more, in addition to the Book Fair there’s a whole host of other events you mustn’t miss. Enjoy your time in Leipzig!
Entertainment in Leipzig
Classical concerts in Leipzig usually take place in the elegant ambience of the Gewandhaus. This concert hall is located on Augustusplatz in the city centre and features a sizeable main hall. The excellent acoustics create an extraordinary musical experience. Looking for a more intimate setting? A smaller hall with capacity for audiences of up to 500 is the perfect place for a little chamber music.
This concert hall in the west of Leipzig hosts performances by artists from a variety of different genres. From pop and hip-hop through to electronica, the Täubchenthal’s diverse programme offers something for everyone. Live concerts are held in the large ballroom, the intimate clubroom or outdoors in the extensive grounds. The place to go to for first-class music.
This modern multi-purpose indoor arena usually hosts big names. Part of the Leipzig Sportforum complex, it has capacity for 12,000 people during concerts. Past performers include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Scooter and Pink. Be sure to get your tickets early – the incredible atmosphere in the city’s biggest event venue is unmissable.
Football at RB Leipzig
Leipzig Book Fair
The Book Fair and accompanying Reading Festival form a true highlight every spring in the Leipzig cultural calendar. Some 200,000 visitors flock to find out about the latest fascinating releases and bestsellers. As part of the Reading Festival, many authors read out excerpts from their books, making it the perfect way to fill your summer reading list.
For one long weekend every year, Leipzig city centre becomes a big open-air stage for the City Festival. Leipzig’s Stadtfest spans several stages throughout the city centre, and creates a party atmosphere with a diverse live programme. There’s also plenty of delicious treats on offer and a huge children’s area. Perfect for the whole family.
Football at RB Leipzig
The rapid rise of RB Leipzig reached a new level in the 2017/18 season when the club competed in the UEFA Champions League. The club plays its home games at the Red Bull Arena, where over 40,000 football fans create a great atmosphere. On non-match days, you can explore the stadium further on a guided tour.
DOK Film Festival
This festival showcases and premières exceptional documentaries and animated films. Every year, audiences have a choice between some 300 films from around the world – not just those displayed in traditional cinemas. Numerous premieres and an extensive range of fringe events make the DOK Film Festival an unforgettable experience.
A Cappella Festival
For one week every year, this international festival for vocal music attracts the most talented singers from around to world to Leipzig. The city’s stages showcase the artists’ music, and a special competition is held for junior groups. The renowned Amarcord Ensemble organises the festival, which is a must for music lovers and others alike.
The Leipzig Art Fair celebrates contemporary art. Connoisseurs and collectors come together to admire the works of around 50 exhibitors and purchase a few pieces, if they have the cash. A rigorous selection procedure overseen by an expert jury ensures the standard remains extremely high. The Fair is held in Plagwitz, Leipzig’s cultural quarter.
Every year on Whitsuntide, the city plays host to a festival for the Gothic scene. The festival welcomes visitors with a programme at venues across the entire city. Internationally renowned bands and artists from the “dark” scene perform alongside up-and-coming musicians from across Germany. The revellers’ elaborate costumes are truly a sight to behold.