In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Reformation. This year, Protestants around the world celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of their faith.
In contrast to three national Martin Luther exhibitions in Germany, a new international show in a former jail in Wittenberg entitled "Luther and the Avantgarde" triggers controversy with works by 66 artists.
The close connection beteween church reformer Martin Luther and Baroque composer JS Bach is being explored at this year's Bachfest. The event opened with a work intended to bring peace to a world frought with terrorism.
To celebrate 500 years of the Reformation, an unusual show in Wittenberg, the heart of Martin Luther's activities, showcases historical treasures celebrating his life and people who have been influenced by his 95 Theses.
Kicking off the summer celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, more than 100,000 people turn out for the Kirchentag service in Luther's home town. Resident DW agnostic Jefferson Chase was among them.
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