The annual Leipzig Bach Festival opened last Friday. With a long tradition dating back to 1908, the first festival took place to celebrate the unveiling of the new Bach monument on St Thomas' Square.
In the year 2000, the festival gained strength. That year marked the 250th memorial of Bach’s death with more than 70,000 visitors in attendance. The festival has continued to grow ever since.
The theme of the 2016 Leipzig Bach Festival is Secrets of Harmony. Bachfest runs through June 19 with performances taking place at more than 30 different venues in and around Leipzig.
Learn more about Bachfest Leipzig here.