Leipzig Festival of Lights 2016

Under the artistic direction of Jürgen Meier and chief choreographer and ballet director Mario Schröder, the protagonists of the evening – actor Sylvester Groth and the dancers of the Leipzig Ballet – established the theme "Courage – Values – Change" in a most inspiring way by combining dance and performance with a critical view on today's society. The program was complemented by historic photographs and video recordings projected onto the background multi-panel screen and the musical accompaniment by the Leipzig music producer Mike Dietrich.

The short film shares clips from the stage production and the opening addresses, as well as visitors' reflections and memories.

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2015

After the major anniversary celebration last year, where the festival stretched over the entire inner ring road, the Leipzig Festival of Lights 2015 explores new themes: While, in recent years, the focus was on neighbouring countries to the east and their movements for democracy, the emphasis is now on issues surrounding civil society. "Liberty - Equality - Fraternity?" is the motto of this year - critically backlighting this statement and, thus, punctuated by a question mark. The identity of the individual in a Germany, once divided and now reunited for 25 years, is the intellectual starting point of the evening. A tension-filled panorama is created through the interaction and interplay of text, image and music. Here you can find an exclusively impression of this year's programme.

Strong visual impression: light art project at the 'Jerusalem Festival of Light'

In 2015, Israel and Germany celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Leipzig participates with a number of projects in the transnational programme on the occasion of the anniversary. A highlight of the calendar of events was the Leipzig Week in Jerusalem, an integrative part of which is a contribution to the simultaneously held 7th Jerusalem Festival of Light.

Light artists from all around the world set the Old City of Jerusalem ablaze with their light installations. Jürgen Meier, artistic director of the Leipzig Festival of Lights, has been among them for the first time. He projected his artwork of light and music onto the façade of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. The video installation 'Hope and Disappointment' shows a waterfall flowing out of a church. Its imagery addresses the religiously anchored meaning of water as a source of life.

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014

25 years of Peaceful Revolution: The short film shows strong impressions of the Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014. On 9 October 2014, the citizens of Leipzig commemorated the Peaceful Revolution at the original settings of the autumn of '89. Numerous statesmen from around the world took part in the anniversary celebrations and the Leipzig Festival of Lights. For one night, the entire inner ring road was closed to traffic so that 200,000 people could follow the historic demonstration path. 25 works of art by international artists were presented along the 3.6 kilometres of the route. © Leipzig Fernsehen

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014 - Film

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution about 200,000 Leipzig citizens, guests and top-ranking political representatives from all over the world gathered on Augustusplatz square and the city ring road in the evening of 9th October. During the Leipzig Festival of Lights they attended the welcome addresses starting at 7 p. m., delivered by the Lord Mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung, Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich as well as, among others, by Federal President Joachim Gauck, the state presidents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – Bronislaw Komorowski, Milos Zeman, Andrej Kiska, János Áder. After the official opening, art projects were started at more than 20 stations along the 3.6 kilometres long city ring road.

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014 - Artists' remarks

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution, during the Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014, the area where visitors can move around between art projects will for the first time involve the entire ring road. Along the historical route of the demonstrators light, sound and video projections, dance, performance and music will establish and challenge relations between 1989 and 2014. On a route of 3.6 kilometres, the interaction will become visible and tangible at more than 20 stations, and visitors can become participants.

Leipzig Festival of Lights 2014 – Trailer

Celebrating ’25 Years of the Peaceful Revolution’ the 2014 Leipzig Festival of Lights will for the first time involve the entire inner ring road, following the historical route of the demonstrators.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2013 – ‘How’s it Going? Through Prague!’

On 9th October 2013, the Leipzig Festival of Lights for the first time focused on the role of former Czechoslovakia in the context of the Peaceful Revolution.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2012 – Overcoming Borders

The 2012 Leipzig Festival of Lights’ focus was on Hungary and was headlined ‘Overcoming Borders’.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2011 – Creating a bridge between Leipzig and Danzig

Creating a bridge between Leipzig and Danzig: The 2011 Leipzig Festival of Lights commemorated the autumn of 1989 both in Germany and in Poland.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2010 – Leipzig celebrates ’20 Years of German Unity’

On 9th October 2010, under the headline ’20 Years of German Unity’, the Leipzig Festival of Lights provided a platform for active commemoration on Augustusplatz square.

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Leipzig Festival of Lights 2009 – ‘Leipzig Uprising – 20 Years of Peaceful Revolution and European Unity’

During the Festival of Lights in 2009, 150,000 Leipzig citizens and guests from all over the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution.

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