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What’s On In Germany: March 14 – 20

Bob Dylan paintings, "Porgy and Bess," a Flamenco festival, artistic interpretations of Darwin's ideas, and fun family activities kick off the early hours of spring in Germany.

What's On In Germany: March 14 - 20
Germany's largest fun fair, Hamburger Dom. Photo: DPA

BERLIN

Concerts/Music:

Anna Saeki

Saeki sparked a Latin music phenomenon in Japan after releasing her first album, Tango Primavera, recorded in Argentina in the late 1980s,

and has since gained a reputation as one of the world’s most popular tango singers.

Price: €21

Location: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstrasse 101

Times: Tuesday, March 18, 9pm Phone: 030 47997 499

More Information: www.admiralspalast.de

To Struggle – Robin Hayward and Diego Chamy

What happens when you put a tuba player and a dancer in the same room? An extraordinary drama unfolds. Robin Hayward and Diego Chamy mingle their improvisational notions in strange but beautiful ways.

Price: €8-12

Location: Dock 11, Kastanienallee 79

Times: Thursday, March 13 – Sunday, March 16, 8:30pm

Phone: 030 448 1185

More Information: www.dock11-berlin.de

Festivals:

Spandau Spring Festival

Take the kids out to Spandau this weekend for fun times at the Spring Festival. The whole family will have a blast riding roller coasters, playing games, and eating cake!

Price: Free

Location: Brauhaus Spandau, Oranienburger Tor

Times: Through March 16

Phone: 033 04 50 38 13

More Information: www.wollenschlaeger-berlin.de

Galleries/Museums:

Classical Modern II

The sequel to Classical Modern I presents post-war works by forty mostly South German artists. Come and see what terms like “Lyrical Abstraction,” and “Tachism” mean.

Price: Free

Location: Daimler Contemporary, Haus Huth, Alte Potsdamer Strasse 5

Times: Daily 11am-6pm, through June 1

Phone: 030 25941 420

More Information: www.collection.daimler.com/

Maria Callas and Swarovski: The Stage Jewels

The American-born, Greek opera singer shone on stage, thanks to her breathtaking dramatics, and the Swiss crystal manufacturer Swarovski. This exhibition shows some of the jewelry that helped to enhance the diva’s glamorous decolleté.

Price: €8

Location: Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt

Times: Daily 10am-4pm, through April 13

Phone: 030 20309 2101

More Information: www.berlin.de.

Entertainment:

Fairy Tale Hour

The forsythia is starting to bloom! Emerge from hibernation and take the little ones to Berliner Rathaus for an hour of literary fun. Storyteller Ute Dibbert tells a tale of springtime in German.

Price: €1

Location: Berliner Rathaus, Rathausstr. 15

Times: Wednesday, March 19, 10am

Phone: 030.28 09 36 03

More Information: www.maerchenland-ev.de

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts:

James Blunt

The “Beautiful” singer kicks off the German leg of his tour Wednesday night in Cologne, playing tunes from his new disc All the Lost Souls, and chart-topping debut Back to Bedlam.

Price: €27-39

Location: Kölnarena, Willy-Brandt-Platz

Times: Wednesday, March 19, 8pm

Phone: 0221 8020

Tickets: www.koeln.de

CHEMNITZ

Galleries/Museums:

Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series

Who knew the iconic singer was such a prolific painter? One hundred and seventy watercolor and gouache works are included in Dylan’s first museum show. His characters tell almost as much of a tale as his tunes.

Price: €7

Location: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Theaterplatz 1

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-7pm; through March 24

Phone: 0371 488 4424

More Information: www.kunstsammlungen-chemnitz.justexpertise.de

DÜSSELDORF

Dance:

Flamenco Festival

Dancers from around the continent put a modern spin on an age-old form at this annual festival. Take in a performance or try out your own heel-stomping, castanet-clicking moves in one of the workshops.

Price: €5-33

Location: Tanzhaus NRW, Erkrather Str. 30

Times: Friday, March 14 – Monday, March 24

Phone: 021 11 72 700

More Information: www.tanzhaus-nrw.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts:

Sven Väth

Still steaming from his first Australian tour in over four years, the techno superstar takes the helm at his very own dance den, Cocoon Club, for fellow DJ, Pascal Feos’ birthday bash. Metamorphosize with the rest of the rhythm mavens on the dance floor.

Price: €10-15

Location: Cocoon Club, U.F.O. Building, Carl-Benz-Strasse 21

Times: Friday, March 14, 9pm

Phone: 069 900 200

More Information: www.cocoonclub.net/

Galleries/Museums:

Darwin – Art and the Search For Origins

When Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species in 1859, everyone had something to say about it, including artists. See how painters like Martin Johnson Heade, Arnold Böcklin, and France Odilon Redon interpreted the naturalist’s ideas on survival and evolution.

Price: €9

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10pm-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 3

Phone: 069 29 98 820

More Information: www.schirn-kunsthalle.de

HAMBURG

Music/Concerts

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Present “The Hard Sell”

About a decade ago these mix-masters got together for a legendary project called “Brain Freeze.” “Product Placement” followed a few years later, and Sunday night they heat up Hamburg with their newest venture, “The Hard Sell.” It’s their only stop in Germany, and Kid Koala’s along for the ride, so be there.

Price: €20

Location: Uebel & Gefahrlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Sunday, March 16, 8pm

Phone: 089 45 875 010

More Information: www.uebelundgefaehrlich.com

Galleries/Museums:

Florian Thomas

Through color and content, German artist Florian Thomas transports us back to the 1960s with his paintings of summer street scenes. His characters are compelling, drawing the viewer into their world, but revealing few specifics about themselves.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Admiralitätstr. 71

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 12pm-3pm; through March 29

Phone: 040 37 51 99 40

More Information: www.sfeir-semler.de

Festivals:

Hamburger Dom

North Germany’s largest fun fair is upon us once again. Check out the Witches Village between rides on “Big Monster” and “Airwolf.”

Price: Free

Location: Heiligengeistfeld

Times: Monday – Thursday, 3pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 3pm-12am; Sunday, 2pm-11pm; March 14 – April 13

Phone: 040 426 26 112

More Information: www.hamburger-dom.de

MUNICH

Opera:

Porgy and Bess

New York Harlem Productions brings The Gershwin opera about love and heartache in the South Carolina slums, to Munich. The controversial work, initially conceived as an “American folk opera,” premiered in New York, in 1935.

Price: €29-69

Location: Deutsches Theater München, Schwanthalerstrasse 13

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm; through March 30.

Phone: 089 55 23 44 44

More Information: www.deutsches-theater.de

TOURISM

Eight corona-safe events not to miss in Germany in October 2020

Despite the coronavirus and restrictions which followed, there are still several socially distanced events taking place around the country. Here are our top picks.

Eight corona-safe events not to miss in Germany in October 2020
One of the displays at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in 2019. Photo: DPA

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted Germany’s events calendar this year, with staple celebrations such as Oktoberfest being cancelled due to safety concerns.

But despite restrictions, organisers have adapted to the circumstances and put together corona-safe events that can be enjoyed by all (albeit at a safe distance).

Here are some of the most exciting events to look out for in October:

German Unity Day Exhibition: September 5th – October 4th

The commemorative exhibition is running over thirty days to allow social distancing to be maintained. Photo: DPA

The Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) is one of the nine nationwide public holidays in Germany and takes place on October 3rd every year. 

It commemorates the formal completion of the reunification process between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after decades of division. 

It is normally celebrated with open air concerts and attractions in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, but due to coronavirus things will look slightly different this year. 

READ ALSO: 10 things you never knew about German Reunification

A special anniversary celebration on October 3rd at Potsdam’s Metropolis will be attended by only 240 guests, six times fewer than originally planned. 

The event, which includes performances from musicians and interviews, will be broadcast for people to watch on television. 

There’s also no need to miss out on celebrating entirely – a special open air exhibition is running in Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, until October 4th. 

The exhibition has been extended to last thirty days to ensure that a safe distance can be maintained amongst visitors. 

Berlin Leuchtet Illuminations: September 25th – October 4th

The light show at the Brandenburg Gate this year celebrates 30 years of German unity. Photo: DPA

It’s not too late to catch the tail end of Berlin’s spectacular illumination festival. As the darker evenings draw in, many of the city’s landmarks are being lit up with colourful projections, videos and laser shows.

The illuminated buildings are scattered all over the city, with some highlights including Gendarmenmarkt, the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Tiergarten. 

It is asked that visitors maintain 1.5 metres distance and the wearing of face masks is recommended. 

Halloween Horror Festival at Movie Park Germany: October 1st – November 8th

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Be warned: this event is most definitely not for the faint hearted! Head to Bottrop on North-Rhine Westphalia to test your wits in the horror mazes at Germany’s most popular Halloween Festival.

Various spooky attractions including gut-churning rides, live entertainment and haunted houses await those brave enough to visit, although most are only suited for those above the age of 16.

The park is open every Thursday to Sunday in October, as well as on November 1st and November 6th – 8th. 

Advance booking is essential due to strict capacity limits, and no costumes are allowed – the only masks permitted this year are the mouth-nose coverings that prevent the spread of the virus!

European Month of Photography: October 1st – October 31st

The European Month of Photography has something to offer for everyone. Photo: DPA

This October sees Germany’s largest photography festival return to Berlin. The event has taken place every other year since 2004, and offers a wide range of exhibitions for photography enthusiasts to enjoy. 

For the whole month of October, 100 galleries, photography schools, museums and other cultural institutions will offer the public a chance to see incredible work from 500 artists across Europe.

Exhibitions can be found all across the capital and also in the nearby city of Potsdam.

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival: August 28th – December 6th 

The festival boasts impressive pumpkin displays and fun-filled activities. Photo: DPA

A trip to Ludwigsburg is an essential for all those in awe of autumn, and makes for a fun day out for the whole family.

This year’s theme is music, with various impressive pumpkin displays paying tribute to famous artists ranging from Elvis to the Rolling Stones.

The programme also boasts an array of other activities: try your hand at pumpkin carving, sample pumpkin flavoured specialties or visit the pumpkin Santa Claus tent to get in the festive mood!

German Mozart Festival Augsburg: October 9th – October 31st

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Classical music fans won’t want to miss this celebration of the two of the greatest composers of all time, Beethoven and Mozart.

The German town of Augsburg, birthplace of Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father), is hosting various concerts to celebrate the life and work of these two classical titans. 

Events range from lower-key chamber music recitals to large-scale renditions of their most impressive symphonies, and includes performances from renowned soloists and orchestras. 

READ ALSO: The show must go on: How German orchestras are continuing concerts amid the pandemic

Games Week Berlin: October 28th – October 30th 

The gaming conference may be online this year, but there is still lots on offer. Photo: DPA

This year’s Games Week won’t be held in Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei as normal, but game lovers need not fear – an extensive online programme is available for everyone to enjoy. 

The festival’s three strands – “Play Experience”, “Pro Experience” and “Art Experience” – offer something for everyone, from gaming enthusiasts to industry creatives. 

Live ‘let’s plays’, multiplayer tournaments, interviews with gaming influencers and game development conferences are just some of the events available to those who purchase an online ticket.  

Wine tasting along the Deutsche Weinstraße – Various dates in October

Despite cancellations, there are still plenty of chances to try some German wine. Photo: DPA

September and October marks grape harvesting season in Germany, meaning it is the perfect time to taste some of the best wines the country has to offer. 

Sadly, many of the wine festivals that usually take place along the German Wine Route have been cancelled this year, but there are still ample opportunities that are too good to miss.

Take a weekend trip to the Bacchus Wine Festival in the town of Bad Dürkheim in Rhineland-Palatinate, where you’ll find live music, delicious food and plenty of wine.

Similar delights await visitors in the nearby Weisenheim am Sand, albeit at reduced capacity. The company BottleStops also offers group and private tours to visitors who want to get a taste of local wineries, a majority which are currently open.

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