The Luther Decade

Luther 2017 - 500 years of the Reformation

The Luther decade from 2008 to 2017 invites you to take part in various events and tours in order to search for traces of the original scenes of the Reformation. It will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the theses, with which Luther set the Reformation in motion in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. Exhibitions, concerts, church services, festivals and theatre productions will highlight the importance of the Reformation and the role Martin Luther played in the places he lived and worked. 

Other topics of the Reformation are recorded and developed in special theme years. They are linked to historical commemorative years, such as the 450th anniversary of the death of Melanchthon in 2010 or the 500th anniversary of the birth of Lucas Cranach in 2015 and will also provide new insights into the Reformation which continue until the present day.

A summary of the theme years:

2008 The start of the Luther decade


2009 Reformation and Confession

2010 Reformation and Education

2011 Reformation and Freedom


2012 Reformation and Music

The Reformation laid the foundations for European music culture – from congregational singing to music in the home. This is demonstrated by composers such as Bach, Schütz, Telemann and Händel, and also the Leipzig Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Choir) which celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2012. It is important to keep this rich tradition alive and explore new avenues.

2013 Reformation and Tolerance
Ecumenical community without national or denominational restrictions – that is one aim of the “Luther decade”, 450 years after the Council of Trent (1563) and 40 years after the Leuenberg Agreement were a testimony to inter-Protestant ecumenism. Yet we must not ignore the intolerant aspect of the Reformation.

2014 Reformation and Politics
Authority and responsibility, belief and power, freedom of conscience and human rights – these are themes of the Reformation which are also present today and deserve an in-depth discussion in the church and in society.

2015 Reformation - Art and the Bible
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cranach the Younger, we will look at the art of the Reformation period. The Reformation was also a media revolution. A new semantic and visual language was created. Which “images” does faith assume today and how its message conveyed through media, image and language?

2016 Reformation and the New World
The Reformation spread from Wittenberg to the rest of the world. More than 400 million Protestants worldwide connect their spiritual and religious existence with the events of the Reformation. On the eve of the anniversary of the Reformation these global influences will be the focal point.

2017 The anniversary of the Reformation
The anniversary year “500 years of the Reformation” will be celebrated worldwide with ecclesiastical and cultural events, conferences and large exhibitions: it will be the pinnacle of the Luther decade, although it will not be the end of our encounter with Luther’s life and work.

Luther to go

Luther to go

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Luther decade in Germany

You can find information about current projects and events in Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on the official anniversary website of the organisers of the Luther decade and the anniversary of the Reformation 2017.  » more information