What's on in Germany: April 10-16
This Week's Highlights: A British film festival in Berlin, an art fair in Cologne, and spring festivals in Munich and Stuttgart.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Location: Cologne Messe
Times: Wednesday, April 16 - Sunday, April 20, 12pm-8pm
Ticket Hotline: 221 821-3244
More Information: www.artcologne.com
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
Times: Tuesday, April 15 - Sunday, April 20
Phone: 351 213 4480
More Information: www.filmfest-dresden.de
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Times: Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 27; Sunday - Thursday, 11am-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-11:30pm
More Information: www.muenchner-volksfeste.de
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
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