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All LutherCountry Events

Luther 1517: 360° Panorama by Yadegar Asisi

Oct 22 2016 - Oct 31 2021

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The 360° panorama is dedicated to the events that took place 500 years ago, in the very city where Martin Luther started the Reformation. The scenes of the panorama bring Lutherstadt Wittenberg to life. Visitors can look for some of the most famous inhabitants during the Reformation, the Great Reformer himself and other important Reformation Heroes in the scenes of this important LutherCity.

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The Luther Effect: Protestantism – 500 Years in the world

Apr 12 2017 - Nov 05 2017

DHM/ Berlin

For the first time an exhibition will illustrate the global diversity and effective history of Protestantism, but also its potential for engendering conflict between different cultures.
The exhibition "The Luther Effect" tells a global story of effect and counter-effect that begins around 1500 and continues on into the present. 
Furthermore, the exhibition is accompanied by cultural and educational events and great programmes.

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Special Exhibition “HERETIC, SCHISMATIC, TEACHER OF THE FAITH – THE CATHOLIC IMAGE OF LUTHER“

Apr 13 2017 - Nov 05 2017

Luther House Eisenach

Luther House Eisenach will show how the Catholic image of Luther changed during the last 500 years, in the special exhibition “Heretic, Schismatic, Teacher of the Faith”. The innovatively designed exhibition will navigate the strife-riddled history between 1517 and 2017, and explain why Catholics are now able to view Luther as a major figure in church history and even a “teacher of the faith” rather than a “heretic” and a “schismatic”. 

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION “BACH AND LUTHER”

Apr 28 2017 - Nov 05 2017

Bach House Eisenach

The exhibition will focus on the works of Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach, demonstrating the connection between Luther and Bach, apart from the religious sentiments, in the very city where Bach was born and Luther lived during his schooldays.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION “SPALATIN – HELMSMAN OF THE REFORMATION”

May 03 2017 - Nov 26 2017

Royal Palace Altenburg

“Hadn’t it been for me, Luthero and his doctrine would have never made it this far.” What a claim! Who would talk about himself like this? Georg Spalatin, the theologian, royal teacher, secret secretary, and historiographer, who was first and foremost Martin Luther’s close friend and guardian. The city of Altenburg and the Lutheran parish have organized a unique exhibition to pay tribute to the life and work of the reformer for the first time.

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National Special Exhibition: Luther and the Germans

May 04 2017 - Nov 05 2017

Wartburg Castle Eisenach

With more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Wartburg Castle is by far the most-visited Luther site in the world. This exhibition aims to define the meaning of "German", revealing the societal norms of the Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the 16th century, as well as the significant role Wartburg Castle played for both the Germans and Luther. The exhibition consists of seven sections that allow guests to reassess the image of Luther in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION “LUTHER AND THE AVANTGARDE”

May 08 2017 - Sep 17 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The Old Prison of Wittenberg at the edge of the town embankments is to become a space for art relating to the Reformation: not a visual representation of the effect of Martin Luther and other Reformation Heroes, but rather a coming together of modern-day art with what inspired the avant-gardists of thought and belief 500 years ago.

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National Special Exhibition: Luther! 95 Treasures - 95 People

May 13 2017 - Nov 05 2017

Augusteum / Lutherhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

This two-part exhibition will closely examine Luther's impact on the world and the history of the Lutheran Church. The first part of the exhibition is devoted to the physical traces Luther left on this earth and features "95 treasures" on loan from collections around the world. Planned exhibits include Martin Luther's private bible and a widely unknown Cranach portrait of Luther as "Squire George". The second part highlights "95 people" whose lives have been touched by the Great Reformer, with personalities ranging from Lucas Cranach and Johann Sebastian Bach to the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

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World Reformation Exhibition

May 20 2017 - Sep 10 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Seven "Gates of Freedom" addressing relevant social issues will grace the ramparts of Wittenberg's Old Town and open your eyes to future developments in the areas of spirituality, youth, peace, justice, integrity of creation, globalization, one world, culture, ecumenism, and religion. The 2017 Reformation Summer will welcome churches, institutions, organizations, initiatives, and individuals from all over the world to present their modern take on the Reformation and features an exciting, ever-changing events program that will enthrall all the senses.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION: JULIUS PFLUG AND THE REFORMATION

Jun 05 2017 - Nov 01 2017

Zeitz

Julius Pflug was a counselor and diplomat, appointed by Emperor Charles V and the Roman Curia to conduct the negotiations with the Protestants. This earned him a central role in the crucial developments of the Reformation era. The exhibition is intended to show Pflug’s role as a mediator in the turbulent times of the Reformation, while conveying his great significance for ecumenical dialog of the present. Exceptional objects from numerous European collections are on display at different sites all over Zeitz, such as the Moritzburg Palace Museum, the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, the Collegiate Chapter Library in the gatehouse and St. Michael’s Church.

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Music in Parish and Village Churches

Jun 17 2017 - Jul 16 2017

Weimar Area

Ten concerts in ten different churches in the Weimar area will celebrate Luther’s love of music. He wished for services to be musical in order to involve the community in the service.

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MDR Music Summer

Jun 24 2017 - Aug 27 2017

Throughout LutherCountry

Many sites in LutherCountry turn into the perfect location for breathtaking concerts during the MDR Music Summer. Enjoy various concerts (July 1, 9, 16, 22, and Aug 4, 2017) in the historical atmosphere of Wartburg Castle in LutherCity Eisenach, where Luther translated the Bible into German. Additionally, the famous Castle Church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, to whose door Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses, will host a concert on June 25, 2017, as part of the MDR Music Summer.

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Weimar Summer

Jul 01 2017 - Sep 03 2017

Weimar

Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Bauhaus and Buchenwald – that is Weimar, a small residence town in the middle of Europe where ideas and artworks took their path into the world. The fascination of this pretty city captured many great spirits who dreamed of an arcadia for humanity but were unable to prevent totalitarian horror. That is Weimar, and during the summer it has yet another dimension: an open city landscape surrounded by greenery, parks and a river that is ever moving, pulsing and full of life just like the city itself. In the little alleys in front of the palace and mansions, there is abundance of art and music everywhere, including history, stages and film. The whole summer promises an up close look at contemporary life that is authentic, intelligent and uncomplicated.

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13. International Congress for Luther Research

Jul 30 2017 - Aug 04 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The Congress will explore the beginnings of the Reformation with the theme “1517". Luther between Tradition and Renewal”, which will consider the late medieval context and the ongoing impact of Luther.

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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS “CULTURAL IMPACT OF THE REFORMATION“

Aug 07 2017 - Aug 11 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The international congress “Cultural Impact of the Reformation” at the old LEUCOREA University in Lutherstadt Wittenberg from August 7–11, 2017, aims to achieve a profound understanding and a new description of the impacts of the Reformation.

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Cathedral Steps Festival Erfurt

Aug 10 2017 - Aug 27 2017

Erfurt

This unique festival, an open-air spectacle on the cathedral steps, has been in existence since 1994. Each year the Theater Erfurt brings a new performance to the Cathedral Square, set before the impressive 700-year-old backdrop of the St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church, a medieval church ensemble. The summer event highlight has already inspired several hundred thousand visitors to make a pilgrimage to what is certainly Thuringia's most beautiful open-air stage. For quite some time viewers have traveled not only from Germany, but also from many other European countries, as well as from the USA, China and Australia.

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Luther - The Festival

Aug 18 2017 - Aug 20 2017

Eisenach

Luther’s former home Eisenach hosts a major historical spectacle with medieval markets, music on several stages and various craftsmen displaying their special skills.

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Wine Festival in Weimar

Aug 24 2017 - Aug 27 2017

Market Square Weimar

The traditional wine festival is held in honor of Goethe's birthday. A wine village at the Market Square invites visitors to taste wines and many more culinary specialties. With a little bit of luck you might also have the opportunity to meet the wine queens of the different regions.

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Lantern Festival

Aug 25 2017 - Aug 27 2017

Halle (Saale)

The best way to enjoy LutherCountry on a warm summer night is to visit one of its many festivals! Lights, reflections on the water, and the illuminated castle and landscape – you will find all this and much more at the Lantern Festival in Halle (Saale).

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Bauhaus Dessau-Roßlau

Sep 01 2017 - Sep 03 2017

Bauhaus Festival Dessau

Dessau is the German city of Bauhaus architecture. Nowhere else can you see so many Bauhaus-style buildings in such close proximity. Various theater productions and performances are dedicated to all kinds of color and shape during the Bauhaus Festival.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION “AGAINST EMPEROR AND POPE – MAGDEBURG AND THE REFORMATION“

Sep 01 2017 - Jan 28 2018

Magdeburg

Magdeburg’s conversion to the Protestant faith was one of Luther’s greatest victories. The special exhibition shows the dispute between the city’s preachers and imperial representatives over faith, power and justice.

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Weimar's Onion Market

Oct 13 2017 - Oct 15 2017

Weimar

Onion cake, onion soup, onion bread, onion salad and the list goes on. The onion is everywhere you look this weekend in Weimar. Every year it attracts more than 300,000 visitors who travel to Weimar to find out just why local residents celebrate this special vegetable. With a little bit of luck you might even meet the onion Queen.

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Wittenberg Renaissance Music Festival

Oct 22 2017 - Oct 31 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The Wittenberg Renaissance Music Festival takes place every year in the week before Reformation Day. It celebrates Lutherstadt Wittenberg as the cradle of the Reformation and of the evangelical church music. It also portrays the artistic, culinary and musical aspects of the Renaissance. In the context of the diversified program, renowned local and international artists will be awaited for the festival in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Concerts, dancing courses, various workshops, a colorful festival and the infamous Renaissance ball will contribute to a unique experience.

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Reformation Festival

Oct 31 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Lutherstadt Wittenberg stages a major Reformation Day festival, starting with a 10 a.m. service in the city's two main churches, the Castle Church, where Luther nailed up the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, and the St. Mary's Town Church, where Luther preached and was married. Confirmation candidates from around the world are invited to confirm their faith at moving services in these historical churches, known for the quality of their music and singing.

Afterwards, the cobblestone streets of the city come alive with a parade and street theater, with concerts and exhibitions in the ancient buildings.

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St. Martin's Festival

Nov 10 2017 - Nov 11 2017

All over Germany

If there is one day a year that is enjoyed by families right across LutherCountry, it has to be November 11th. This is Saint Martin's Day, when families in the federal state of Thuringia in Germany celebrate two "Martins": Saint Martin of Tours and Martin Luther.

Both played very important roles in the history of LutherCity Erfurt, with Saint Martin of Tours being the city's patron saint and Martin Luther having been baptized there. In commemoration, local citizens will therefore celebrate St. Martin's Day on November 10th with a big festival featuring old traditions, music and delicious pastries.

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Luther's Birthday

Nov 11 2017 - Nov 12 2017

Lutherstadt Eisleben

Lutherstadt Eisleben will be crowded with medieval dressed people such as craftsmen and jugglers. Come and celebrate Luther's Birthday with us. A medieval spectacle with traditional medieval food and a parade will be held on this day. In the evening a big fire show will entertain the visitors. In many bars in the city center of Eisleben you can taste different types of beer, which was one of Luther's favorite drinks.

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Christmas Markets in LutherCountry

Nov 28 2017 - Dec 23 2017

Throughout LutherCountry

Every year from late November to December, LutherCountry transforms into a Winter Wonderland with various Christmas markets. Traditional food and drinks, local crafts, music and entertainment make it possible to celebrate Christmas the way Martin Luther did 500 years ago!

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Christmas Market in Erfurt

Nov 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017

Erfurt

Although Erfurt's Christmas Market spreads throughout the old town, the focus is on the vast Cathedral Square. The 200 market booths sell everything from Thuringian bratwurst (Germany's favorite grilled sausage) and Christmas cookies to handmade toys or traditional, handmade Christmas decorations.

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Christmas and Winter Market in Weimar

Nov 28 2017 - Jan 06 2018

Weimar

Local artists display their work every first Advent and offer unique Christmas gifts. One highlight of this Christmas market is the Christmas tree. It was in Weimar in 1815, that the first Christmas tree was publicly displayed in Germany. This custom became widely popular and many towns adopted it. Of course, this tradition can still be seen in Weimar, and every year, a Christmas tree is set up to cheer the visitors. After Christmas Eve the magic isn’t over. Till January the Christmas Market turns into a Winter Market.

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PHOTO EXHIBITION “LUTHERCOUNTRY” BY JOERG GLAESCHER

Dec 01 2017 - Mar 01 2017

Francke Foundation Halle (Saale)

Follow the photographer Joerg Glaescher on his journey through LutherCountry and admire his impressive photographs.

For further information, please click here.

Weimar's Onion Market

Oct 12 2018 - Oct 14 2018

Weimar

Onion cake, onion soup, onion bread, onion salad and the list goes on. The onion is everywhere you look this weekend in Weimar. Every year it attracts more than 300,000 visitors who travel to Weimar to find out just why local residents celebrate this special vegetable. With a little bit of luck you might even meet the onion Queen.

For further information, please click here.