Media & creative industries in the Leipzig Region

Home to Bach, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the Schumanns, Wagner and many other great creative minds of their time, the Leipzig Region remains one of the creative centres of Germany.
With the enormous growth in recent years, the vibrant arts, music, and festival scene have gained even more recognition and internationality, attracting creative people from Germany and worldwide.

No other sector shapes the face of the metropolis and the Leipzig Region as much as the creative industries do.

All forms of media from film and television to literature and music have their firm place in the Leipzig Region today. A colourful potpourri of visual arts along with innovative and resourceful arts and crafts make for a city alive with culture.

As the headquarters of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk MDR (Central Germany Radio & TV), one of the most important employers in the industry, the Leipzig Region is one of Germany’s top media locations.

The Leipzig Region’s media and creative industry is home to companies across all sub-sectors of this field, including:

  • Printing and publishing
  • Broadcasting and film
  • Arts and Music
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Architecture and Design
  • Fairs and services

44,000

Employees

4,500 Companies

in the region

3 billion €

Turnover p.a.

19,600+

available skilled workers

100+ available spaces

>10,000 m²

Film & TV in the Leipzig Region

Media City Leipzig, directly connected to the broadcasting station, is the largest production complex for film, TV, radio and stage in Central Germany. It is home to over 70 creative media-related companies. Across a total of 13,000 sqm of media business space at Media City Leipzig, various rental options meet the diverse requirements of media companies and service providers looking to grow their media business in the Leipzig Region.

Visual arts in the Leipzig Region

In the field of visual arts, the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) has been internationally renowned since the artist Neo Rauch studied there in the 1980s, and the New Leipzig School art movements of the nineties.

The Leipzig Region is also home to a thriving art scene with its colourful gallery and studio landscape located around the old Leipzig cotton mill, the Spinnerei.

Tourists and enthusiasts travel from afar to visit institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gewandhaus Orchestra or the Leipzig Opera as well as other dance and theatre venues that can easily compete with stages worldwide.

Start-ups from other sectors such as IT and digital marketing use the proximity to the creative industries on the former industrial site as an ecosystem for exciting synergies.

Literature in the Leipzig Region

The Leipzig Region was once world-renowned for publishing work and printing machinery. As a former stronghold of the book trade, the region still attracts more than 100,000 literature enthusiasts, connecting readers with authors, publishers and media companies every year at the Leipzig Book Fair and the reading event series ‘Leipzig Reads’.

Media & creative education in the Leipzig Region

Furthermore, at excellent educational institutions such as the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre (HMT) or the German Literature Institute Leipzig (DLL), top national and international talents are blossoming into the masters of their craft.

Alongside this, creative and media professionals, as well as those with technical skills required to bring their ideas to life, are trained at the University of Leipzig, the University of Applied Sciences, the University of Telecommunications and the Academy of Visual Arts.

Attractive living for media professionals in the Leipzig Region

Word has spread that the living, working and social conditions in the Leipzig Region are perfect for bringing about the creative spark. Three universities with an artistic or cultural profile, along with Leipzig University, help feed the pool of creativity. In addition, the Players’ Almanac Leipzig offers people involved in IT, media and creative industries the opportunity to introduce themselves to potential customers and network partners free of charge.

With great public transport around the region as well as cyclist-friendly traffic layouts, the daily commute is easy and enjoyable. If people want to travel further, Leipzig is located at a junction for major railway lines across the country, with the international Leipzig/Halle airport only 30 minutes from the city centre.

The cost of living is almost half of what it is in Berlin with low crime rates so you can feel safe wherever you live. The Leipzig Region also has a range of facilities for all ages including multi-lingual schools, parks, zoos, opera houses, sports venues and plenty of nightlife.

Relocation services for your media business

Invest Region Leipzig is a unique partner in Germany for companies looking to relocate or start a business in the region.

We’re here to help you throughout your whole relocation journey including:

  • Searching for suitable space
  • Identifying skilled workers
  • Connecting you with business and research partners
  • Providing tailored confidential information to support your relocation
  • Researching cluster infrastructure
  • Helping you with funding opportunities

Moreover, thanks to our free of charge soft-landing programme, nowhere in Germany is easier to invest in as the Leipzig Region.

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