World-class culture on an international level and a vibrant art and music scene have become a matter of course in Leipzig. Painters and musicians, dancers and actors create an artistic force that inspires, electrifies and decisively contributes to the city's attitude towards life.
Many "Artist-run Spaces" are home to alternative galleries, workshops and innovative theatre projects. Figuratively speaking, the international spotlight is on stages such as theGalerie für zeitgenössische Kunst (GFZK) or the Galerie EIGEN + ART; stages such as the Museum der Bildenden Künste or the GRASSI Museum für angewandte Kunst; but also stages in the classical sense such as the Schauspiel Leipzig, the Lofft or the annual Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance euro-scene.
Leipzig is known as the artistic home of Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner as well as Clara and Robert Schumann. Leipzig's opera is breathtaking, the voices of the Thomanerchor enchant concertgoers from all over the world and the Gewandhaus Orchestra's grandeur is unique. What's more, the Gewandhaus Orchestra has been inspiring listeners for over 275 years and the ensemble is once again under the direction of a renowned conductor, Andris Nelsons.
However, Leipzig doesn't just cultivate one musical direction. The city lives and breathes its enthusiasm for modern music with the soulful self-confidence that is so typical for Leipzig. Whether it is a big music event, small indie festival, the pulsating club culture, a first-class orchestra performance or an alternative band concert each share a common love for music.
Professional musicians and contemporary composers are trained at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Academy of Music and Drama. Event organisers from Leipzig enrich the city with numerous events, and apart from the big concert halls, small labels and locations also find their audience.
The Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB) is the absolute dream university for many art students in Germany. It is one of the oldest art academies in Germany and has high standards and an excellent reputation.
What is currently being created at the HGB is experienced by the public at countless exhibitions and the popular HGB university tour. These experiences are encounters of a special kind. After all, numerous works demand an examination of social, political, or art-theoretical themes, break taboos, and intensify or change familiar perspectives.
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig
Founded in 1764, the HGB is one of the oldest art academies in Germany. Around 600 students are currently studying painting and graphic arts, book art and graphic design, photography and media art in the four study courses. Since 2009, the Master's programme in Curatorial Cultures, unique in Germany, has also been offered.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
The Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig offers a range of education from classical music, popular music, drama and dramaturgy, from musicology and music education to church music. In addition, there are more than 700 public concerts a year. Founded in 1843 as a conservatory by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, it was the first higher musical educational institution in Germany. The second main building is located at Dittrichring 21.