Have you ever thought of visiting Leipzig? This historic German city has more to offer than history and sightseeing.
2017 got off to a spectacular start in the cultural city of Leipzig with some outstanding exhibitions.
For example, a journey beneath the waves is waiting for the visitors. The new TITANIC 360° Panorama, inaugurated on January, revisits the most famous shipwreck of all time. It shows the ocean giant as it is today at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Fine Arts is accommodating spectacular exhibition “Nolde and ‘Die Brücke’” until 18 June 2017. The members of the ‘Brücke’ were among the most distinguished representatives of Expressionism. For the first time, the Leipzig Museum tells the story of this fascinating chapter in German art history through a collection of 150 paintings, drawings and prints.
The ‘Spinnerei’ in Leipzig is a must-see for contemporary art enthusiasts. Eleven leading galleries and over 100 studios are now housed within the walls of what was once the largest cotton mill in continental Europe. One of the most famous representatives of the ‘New Leipzig School,’ Neo Rauch, has close connections with the ‘Spinnerei’.
He was one of the first to set up a studio on the site. Three times a year, for the Spinnerei Gallery Tour, all galleries and exhibition spaces open new exhibitions (www.spinnerei.de).
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
The city will celebrate this major anniversary of the Reformation with a wide-ranging program of events – and for a good reason! The Luther region of Central Germany played a key role in the distribution of Luther’s writings, while the Leipzig Disputation of 1519 served to seal his break with the Catholic church in Rome.
What about music?
During 2017, the Leipzig Opera will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of its Opera Choir with a rich collection of great choral operas and a festival concert. Furthermore, classic music fans can look forward to attending Wagner Festival from 28 June to 2 July 2017.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra will mark the close of the musical season before the summer break with the traditional “open-air” concerts on 23/24 June 2017. Thousands of concert-goers will enjoy classical music from their local orchestra and its outstanding soloists and conductors in a relaxed atmosphere.
Also, during the coming 2017/2018 season, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will be celebrating its 275th anniversary.
World-famous birthday guests, such as Daniel Barenboim with the Vienna Philharmonic and the pianist Lang Lang will join the celebration. The orchestra will also be sending birthday wishes to Herbert Blomstedt, former Conductor, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2017. The Orchestra will be holding four weeks of concerts to mark the inauguration. The peak of the celebrations will be a festival concert on 11 March 2018.
Last but not least, a dozen special exhibitions in Leipzig museums will illuminate the reformer’s work in Leipzig and the surrounding region. Those exhibitions include the Museum of City History, the Museum of Printing Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts.
For more information about what to do or what to see in Leipzig, you can visit Tourist Information website www.leipzig.travel
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