Leipzig Christmas Market

Leipzig events: the Christmas Market!

27 Nov – 23 Dec 2018

“It’s Christmas time again soon! From November 27 to December 23, Leipzig’s city center will be transformed into the Leipzig Christmas Market. Due to its unique cultural and culinary offer in the middle of the historic old town, it is rightly one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.” This year, the Leipzig Christmas Market was named THE BEST IN EUROPE by Matador Network.


Other local Christmas markets

La Frontera: Artists Along the Mexican-American Border

November 2018 through January 2019
Hörsaalgebäude, Universität Leipzig, in front of Hörsaal 4

American Space Leipzig presents the photo exhibition ‘La Frontera;  by New York City based German artist Stefan Falke. For his current long term project ‘La Frontera: Artists Along the Mexican-American Border,’ Stefan Falke traveled along the entire 2,000 mile long Mexican / US border, and to date photographed more than 200 artists in order to show the vibrant cultural side of a region which is portrayed by the international media with the sole focus on violent crime. American Space Leipzig Director, Prof. Crister S. Garrett and Border studies and Latino/a culture expert, Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, will introduce the exhibition.”

The photo exhibit is free and open to the public at Hörsaalgebäude, 1st floor, Leipzig University until the end of January.

The Mysterious Mr. Love

(play by Karoline Leach)
When: December 6, 7, 8, 14 and 15 – 8 PM
Where: Neues Schauspiel, Lützner Straße 29, Leipzig
Tickets: 13€ / 9€, from Neues Schauspiel
Cast: Peter Seaton-Clark and Nicola Chapman
Director: Tom Bailey

Set in an England of a century ago, this play is beautifully scripted by Karoline Leach. The two actors in the local production of Mysterious Mr. Love, Peter Seaton-Clark and Nicola Chapman, played the roles as if the script had been written for them. Director Tom Bailey has utilised a clever lighting style, using harsh white light for the characters’ internal monologues and much softer lighting for the dialogues, nicely dividing the characters’ true selves from that which they present to the world.

Characters in The Mysterious Mr. Love, production by English Theatre, Leipzig.
Actors Peter Seaton-Clark (Mr. Love) and Nicola Chapman (Adelaide). Photo by Dirk Brzoska.

The temporal setting brings with it its own charm and brought to my mind parallels with the present day – there are still many lonely vulnerable people being taken advantage of by anyone out to make a quick buck.

An excellently-acted story of ordinary people pushed outside their comfort zone; of desperate people learning they can indeed find the strength to go on; of being exposed to doubt in our hearts and how terrifying it can be to accept our faults.

– Luciana Thompson


Blinde Farben

Vernissage: Fri 7 Dec, 18:30 – 22:00
Exhibition from 7 to 21 Dec

Tretjakow Galerie
Demmeringstr. 46, 04177 Leipzig, Germany

In Tretjakow Gallery’s Blinde Farben exhibition, we encounter a menage a trois of completely diverse approaches to the creation of art. The juxtaposition of colour, play of light and materials promises to titillate the senses and take our understanding of what art is and can be in a completely new direction.

Alexej Tretjakow is a well-known Russian artist who overcame near-blindness and used his intuition and passion to create colourful, dynamic work that captures human emotion and movement in bold strokes. His work ranges from abstract to realistic portraiture, all with a signature style that is uniquely his own.

Alina Fontain is a local artist who, as the child of two artistic parents, grew up surrounded by the sensual aspects of art all around her. The smells, the textures and the colours of oil appealed to her and meant that she started using this medium from a young age. Alina draws inspiration from her love of travel and incorporates that passion for discovery into her work.

Sasha Petrovic hails from the former Yugoslavia, from which he was forced to flee when the war broke out in the early ‘90s. Sasha credits visiting orthodox Christian monasteries as a teenager as a hugely formative experience, during which he was deeply moved by the frescoes; pockmarked and marred over time by fire, water, mould – and yet striking exactly for this reason, as it captured history itself within its very surface.

– Loudine Heunis

Shameless Showcase: End of the Year Special

Thu 13 Dec, 20:00

Noch Besser Leben, Merseburger Str. 25, Leipzig

“Bringing you the Berlin Experience with an NYC twist. We know what you need.”


Wynton Kelly Stevenson came to Berlin in 2007 to care for his father Rudy, who had been a highly respected regular in the Berlin Jazz scene since the early 1980s. Influenced by his father’s passion, Wynton developed his own signature style playing gigs at nightclubs, bars and on the streets of Berlin. He has performed for Zitty, MTV, ExBerliner, with Savion Glover and at the JVZ Jazz Festival, to name a selection of recent gigs. His new project with his bandmate Batsauce “Ducktape” features Wynton’s familiar harmonica talents as well as vocals and synthesizers.

Liliana Velasquez (AKA) Alicia La Mandarina, photo Sven Hagolani
Liliana Velasquez (AKA) Alicia La Mandarina, photo Sven Hagolani

Liliana Velasquez: Founder and principal member of the Freudian Slip Club, Liliana has taken on many roles throughout her career as a performer as well as acted as a model, actress and Tango teacher in both Berlin and New York. Liliana Velasquez grew up bi-culturally in the Americas, with a passion for movement and performance. After beginning her studies in dance at a young age, she studied jazz, folk, modern and tango throughout her childhood and as a young adult. After moving to New York City to study fashion design and theater, she was employed as a choreographer at the Queens Museum and produced monthly shows at the Kraine Theater, Dixon Place Theater and the Producers Club. Since arriving in Berlin in 2014, Liliana has written and created the magical life of Tango Vaudeville Berlin and Sunday Slips. Her autobiographic solo show “Suitcase Stability” portrays her many adventures and transformations and received positive reviews.

Pina Brutal Borbala: Borbala Szente aka Pina Brutal is a Berlin based performer and filmmaker. She was born in Hungary, the country where nobody should be born. Her disastrous and unfortunate life choices led her to train contemporary dance. After a few wasted years in the field she understood that there are better places to be poor and unknown, so she moved to Berlin, where she got totally perverted. She didn’t even realize what was happening, till one day, she found herself hanging from the ceiling , held on hooks pierced through her skin. After that there was no return, Borbala transformed herself doing extreme body , and performance art, spending plenty of time naked and bleeding in public spaces. As if that wasn’t enough of a shitty and dead end career choice, she later decided to create erotic movies. Since these films are about the female body and sexuality, very few people are interested in them. Outside of a circle of total weirdos. An unrecognized heroin of the Berlin underground, she keeps on fighting for the survival of her weird tattooed body and her selfskilled filmmaking. Borbala’s pseudonym, Pina, means c*nt in hungarian. For more of her work, please go to pinabrutal.com.

Karl Floitgraf – Karl Floitgraf is a former professional skateboard racer who decided he wanted to get his adrenaline rush on stage instead of travelling down a hill at 80 km/h on a skateboard. He only had to break 4 bones, two teeth and tell 16 distinctly terrible jokes to figure that out. Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Karl grew up with a german father and american mother and struggled to find out where he belonged until in 2013 he was given a job offer in Berlin. The company wanted Karl to teach American customer service styles to its’ new German employees. Thrown into such a position, comedy was bound to follow. Now in his thirties Karl has been performing stand up comedy in English and German for three years. He is a producer and host of the successful Chuckleheads English Comedy show in Berlin and has performed in Germany, the USA, Switzerland and the UK. Karl lives in Berlin with his fiance and dog, he works for a Leipzig based start up.

Nana Schewitz – You can hump your Nana, you can bump your Nana, but don’t fuck your Nana! Nana Schewitz, the fully circumcised yet not-so-kosher Jewish star, grinds it in her traditional Jeudeo-Centennial style. 96 going on 69, Nana is the to hate you just as much as you love her. Fusing diabolical guilt with legendary comedy, she is sure to have you clutching your chai’s as she force feeds you her world-renowned matzo ball soup.


Josh Zed is a Canadian from Canada where Canadians come from. He came to Germany for the beer and then got lost trying to find his way back to the airport, 4 years ago. He says sorry and eh a lot and likes telling stories.

Shawn Segundo tells us a meaningful story at Cocktail Open Mic 2. (Photo: Sarah Alai )
Shawn Segundo tells us a meaningful story at Cocktail Open Mic 2. (Photo: Sarah Alai )

Shawn Segundo hails originally from the city of Chicago and was recently named one of Leipzig’s most interesting people (self-proclaimed). He enjoys telling stories about longboard fails, yet continues to ride one as he ponders about which funny real life experiences he can next bring to the stage.

J Alejandro Estrella: When not recruiting for the Dark Side, Alejandro is a masters student here in Leipzig. He talks about his many philosophical musings and is learning to appreciate how totally ridiculous life can be. He spends a lot of time thinking about how to be spontaneous and accepts free hugs.

Tickets: 8 euros

Doors 7:30 pm / show starts 8 pm SHARP


December 15-16, from 15:00

Pöge Haus, Hedwigstraße 20, 04315 Leipzig

“LeipziXP is an initiative from Sébastien Branche (saxophonist and soundartist) and Diane Martinot (artist, photographer), which aims to bring together the experimental music scene, as well as bring it in focus.

“During one weekend, 8 musicians and 2 composers will meet and play concerts in solo, duos, quartet or octet to present you different sides of what the Leipzig experimental music scene has to offer.

“For this first edition, a special focus was placed on reductive and electro acoustic music.

“Percussions, double-bass, saxophone and electronics will be mixed in improvised or written forms for the pleasure of your ears and the curiosity of discovery.

“It starts on 15th and 16th December in the Pöge Haus in Leipzig East, concerts are on donation [basis,] and we are looking forward to your visit!”


Classical guitar. Public domain photo

Deutsch-Spanische Freundschaft e.V. Leipzig

Regular music offers for young people:

“We are currently running two projects that will be held weekly until June 2019. The projects are funded within the framework of the support program ‘Kultur macht Stark,” and therefore the participation of young people aged 8-18 is free.” Make music with Ali Pirabi | R.A.P.- Real Alternative Power

Female Entrepreneurs and Creatives in Leipzig

“For all you ladies who wanna make stuff happen, join us! We meet every other Tuesday at 7 pm in Basislager to learn from and with each other in an interactive format (e.g. topics like target customer, your own brand, and thoughts on ‘fear’). And of course, there is always time for networking, sharing experiences, helping each other, and just having a lot of fun together. (Deutsch und English, yes both!).” – Damaris Kroeber

Welcome Center Leipzig: Special services

Since June, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Leipzig and the Verbraucherzentrale Sachsen e.V. have been present with their offers in the WZL.

The regular opening hours of the Welcome Center Leipzig are as follows:

Monday 1-5pm
Wednesday 9am-1pm
Thursday 1-5pm
Friday 9am-1pm

Willkommenszentrum Leipzig
Otto-Schill-Straße 2
04109 Leipzig

Further information about the WZL can be found on its website.

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