What’s on in Germany: May 29 – June 4

What's on in Germany: May 29 - June 4
Check out the dragon boat festival in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA



Mary J. Blige

The “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” brings the inspirational sounds of her new album Growing Pains to Berlin’s Tempodrom on Thursday night, and with hits like “Just Fine,” you can bet the energy level will soar.

Price: €46.20

Location: Zitadelle Spandau

Times: Thursday, May 29, 8pm

Phone: 030 695 33 885

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Rupa grew up in the South of France, but her music combines gypsy swing with tango. With her band, the April Fishes, the singer joins Kalashnikov Fanfara and Balkan Witches, bands influenced by music from far-away places, on Sunday as part of Popdeurope.

Price: €10 – 14

Location: Glass House at Arena Berlin

Times: Sunday, June 1, 8:30pm

Phone: 030 533 2030

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Frontlines: Notations from the Contemporary Indian Urban

BodhiBerlin is a brand new gallery dedicated to the contemporary art of India. In its inaugural exhibition, which ends Saturday, artists such as Subodh Gupta, Nataraj Sharma, Riyas Komu, and Zarina Hashmi examine the “accelerated urbanization” that is affecting cities like Mumbai and Bangalore, through corrugated iron, and wire.

Price: Free

Location: BodhiBerlin, Invaliden Strasse 50-51

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm; through Saturday, May 31

Phone: 0176 801 00216

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AF Golden League Opening Meeting

Dayron Robles from Cuba, Janeth Jepkosgei from Kenya, and Adbelaati Iguider from Morocco are just a few of the world’s top athletes who will be high jumping and pole vaulting their way to victory this Sunday as the AF Golden League kicks off in Berlin.

Price: €26 – 69

Location: Olympiastadion Berlin, Olympischer Platz 3

Times: Sunday, June 1, 1pm

Phone: 030 306 88 100

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Blues Festival Dresden

It’s a weekend of the blues in Dresden, as bands like Mr. Mojo and Dr. Will and the Wizards take the stage. The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with the theme “Blues Will Never Die,” and in addition to concerts, features a blues brunch, workshops, a record exchange, and a special show just for the kids.

Price: €14 – 30, free Sunday

Location: Tantu Ju, 1 An der Schleife

Times: Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1

Ticket Hotline: 0351 25 22 557

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Eija-Lissa Ahtila

The Finnish artist explores the existential through her large-scale film installations. Three brand new works, including “The Hour of Prayer,” “Fishermen/Etude No. 1,” and “Where is Where?” her largest piece yet, were all recently installed at K21 Kunstsammlung.

Price: €6,50

Location: K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Ständehausstraße 1

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm; through August 17

Phone: 0211 8381 600

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Dragon Boat Festival

Cheer on your favourite dragon boat from the banks of the River Main this weekend, as dozens of the colourful vessels make their way from Untermainbrücke to Eisernem Steg. Live drumming and DJs add to the fun.

Price: Free

Location: South bank of the River Main, between Untermainbrücke and Eiserner Steg

Times: Friday, May 30, 12pm; Saturday, May 31, 9am; Sunday, June 1, 9am

Phone: 069 2710 89 1073

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Her third album The Reminder took the world by storm when it hit last spring. A year later, we still can’t get “1 2 3 4” out of our heads. See her live in Frankfurt this Sunday.

Price: €32,20 – 35,75

Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese

Times: Sunday, June 1, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 111 (0,14/Min.)

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Suzannah Sinclair

The Frankfurt born artist lives in Brooklyn now, and her first solo German show features sexy ladies, painted with watercolours, on panels of birch. Flowing hair and innocent eyes give them the look of 1960s centerfolds.

Price: Free

Location: Voges and Partner Galerie, Schweizer Strasse 9

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-4pm; through June 14

Phone: 069 55 74 54

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The Altonale Festival

Hamburg’s Altonale neighbourhood will become an open-air art festival for two weeks starting Friday, as authors hold readings, storefronts compete for the best art window display, and singers, dancers and musicians perform in the streets. It all comes to an exuberant finale with a six-hour long “Fun Parade.”

Price: Free

Location: Altonale

Times: Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 15

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Tim Roda – Living Large

Staged, black and white photographs include the artist’s wife and son, and conjure memories of his own childhood. He constructs all of his own sets from wood, clay, and paper, and roughly cuts, or incorporates technical flaws in the finished product, for a hand-crafted look of vulnerability.

Price: Free

Location: Art Agents Gallery, Wilstorfer Strasse 71

Times: Wednesday – Friday, 11am-6pm, through June 27

Phone: 040 899 7551

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Long Night of Music

Gospel, blues, flamenco, hip hop, hit up a concert of each this Saturday as nearly 80 venues participate in this extraordinary night of music in Munich. One ticket gets you into every show, and a shuttle bus takes care of the transport.

Price: €15

Location: Various Locations

Times: Saturday, May 31, 8pm-3am

Phone: 089 30 61 00 41

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Express Your Style Dance Battle

Europe’s best hip hop dancers kick out their hottest locking, popping, and krumping moves this Sunday. Whose got what it takes to take home the championship?

Price: €12

Location: Feierwerk, Hansastrasse 39

Times: Sunday, June 1, 4pm; main battle 7pm

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