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What's on in Germany: April 10-16

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What's on in Germany: April 10-16
At the Light+Building exhibition in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA
12:17 CEST+02:00
This Week's Highlights: A British film festival in Berlin, an art fair in Cologne, and spring festivals in Munich and Stuttgart.

BERLIN

Concerts/Music:

Bajofondo Tangoclub

This collective of Argentine and Uruguayan artists dedicated to creating “contemporary music of the Rio de la Plata" does it with an electronic spin, revitalizing the age-old form into something often called "electrotango." Six years after the release of their eponymous debut disc, the group causes a sensation on stages all over the world.

Price: €22 - 28

Location: Admirals Palast

Times: Friday, April 11, 9pm

Phone: 030 4799 7499

More Information: www.admiralspalast.de

Film:

Britspotting Film Festival

Craving a little British drama? Check into the Britspotting Film Festival which kicks off in Berlin on Thursday, featuring some of the best new independent films from the UK and Ireland. Nick Cave did the music for "The English Surgeon," Geoffrey Smith's documentary about one of London's foremost brain surgeons.

Price: €3 - 40

Location: Hackesche Höfe Filmtheater, Rosenthaler Strasse 40/41 and Fsk - Kino am Oranienplatz, Segitzdamm 2

Times: Thursday, April 10 - Wednesday, April 6; Most screenings 6pm, 8pm & 10pm; matinees Saturday & Sunday 4pm

Phone: 030 44 30 45

More Information: www.britspotting.de

Galleries/Museums:

Imagination and Craft: Cennino Cennini and the Tradition of Tuscan Painting from Giotto to Lorenzo Monaco

If you can't make it to Florence this month don't sweat it, because Florence has come to us. An exhibition at Berlin's Gemäldegalerie features 20 paintings and drawings which trace the evolution of Tuscan art through four generations, from Giotto to Lorenzo Monaco. Go now, because the show comes to an end on Sunday.

Price: €8

Location: Gemäldegalerie, Stauffenbergstraße 40

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through Sunday, April 13

Phone: 030 266-2101

More Information: http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/smb/sammlungen/details.php?objectId=5

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums:

Art Cologne: 42nd International Fair For Modern and Contemporary Art

To get an overview of 20th and 21st century art head to the Cologne Messe next week, when over 260 galleries show works from 20 countries. Get in on one of the two daily 90-minute tours.

Price: €20-50

Location: Cologne Messe

Times: Wednesday, April 16 - Sunday, April 20, 12pm-8pm

Ticket Hotline: 221 821-3244

More Information: www.artcologne.com

DRESDEN

Film:

Dresden Film Festival

Two tremendously exciting things are happening in this year's Dresden Film Festival: The screening of Lars von Trier's "Occupations," and Thailand joins the competition for the first time, bringing the number of nations represented to 21.

Price: €5 for all screenings, €20 for a five ticket block

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, April 15 - Sunday, April 20

Phone: 351 213 4480

More Information: www.filmfest-dresden.de

FRANKFURT

Galleries/Museums:

Hans Poelzig: Architect, Teacher, Artist

One of Germany's most celebrated architects, Hans Poelzig, created famous structures like Berlin's Grosses Schauspielhaus Theatre, in 1919, and Frankfurt's I.G. Farbenindustrie headquarters, in 1930. But he was also a talented teacher, who championed the importance of architecture as a "symbolic shape," and also dabbled in painting. Poelzig's models, drawings, sketches, and oil paintings can all be examined in this exhibition.

Price: €3-10

Location: German Museum of Architecture, Schaumainkai 43

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm; through May 18

Phone: 69 2123 8844

More Information: www.dam-online.de

Trade Show:

Light + Building

All aspects of building design are explored in this annual trade fair for architecture and technology. It's the place to be to find out what the innovations and trends are for the year ahead in building. If you've got your hands in the industry, you won't want to miss it.

Price: €13

Location: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Times: Thursday, April 10, 9am-6pm; Friday, April 11, 9am-5pm

Phone: 069 75750

More Information: light-building.messefrankfurt.com

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Art Deco Porcelain

If you've got a thing for exquisite sugar bowls with tantalizing designs and other porcelain objects decorated in the Art Deco style, you should head to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg this weekend. An exhibition of nearly 70 pieces from a private collection is on view through Sunday.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm

Phone: 040 428 134 27 32

More Information: http://www.mkg-hamburg.de

MUNICH

Dance:

Bavarian State Ballet Festival

Three of Europe's great choreographers, Martin Schläpfer, Simone Sandroni, and Hans van Manen, will open this year's Bavarian State Ballet Festival in Munich, on Saturday, with two new works, and one classic. But if Swan Lake and Le Corsaire are more your cup of tea, you can see them too.

Price: €7-70

Location: The Bavarian State Ballet, Platzl 7

Times: Saturday, April 12 - Saturday, April 19, 7:30pm

Phone: 89 21 85 19 20

More Information: www.bayerisches.staatsballett.de

Festival:

Munich Spring Festival

Sort of like a mini-Oktoberfest, Munich's Spring Festival is a great way to enjoy the local brew and indulge in a bit of carnival fun without the massive crowds. The multitude of beer tents are open to all, so pile in the whole brood.

Location: Theresienwiese

Times: Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 27; Sunday - Thursday, 11am-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-11:30pm

More Information: www.muenchner-volksfeste.de

Theatre:

Clowns! - The Art of Laughter

Masters of merriment such as Peter Shub, Barry Lubin, The Novruzuov Brothers, and Charly Borra inform and entertain from the stage at Munich's Prinzregententheater through Thursday, April 17.

Price: €32,40 - 66

Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12

Times: Wednesday, April 10 - Thursday, April 17; Tuesday - Sunday, 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 3pm and 7:30pm

Phone: 089 2185 2899

More Information: www.prinzregententheater.de

STUTTGART

Festival:

Spring Beer Festival

Some 200 kilometers west of Munich, the city of Stuttgart is holding its own festival in honor of spring beer. In addition to masses of pilsner, fireworks, hot air balloons, and late night dance parties can all be enjoyed!

Location: Cannstatter Wasen

Times: Saturday, April 12 - Sunday, May 4; Sunday - Thursday, 12pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 12pm-12am

More Information: stuttgarter-fruehlingsfest.de

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