You may have noticed a few dump trucks unloading several tons of sand in front of the Hauptbahnhof recently. The sand sculpture festival technically began Sunday, when twenty-four of the world’s best carvers started working, but the climax occurs this Thursday when the champion is announced. Be there by 2 pm to vote for your favourite, then relax in the sun until dusk when the DJs set up.
Times: Voting Thursday, June 12, 10am-2pm; Regular Admission Sunday – Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, through August 17
Phone: 0176 9688 6279
Sunday Adventure Club
Throngs of dancing bodies mingle to the sounds of nineteen of Berlin’s top DJs Sunday at Postbahnhof. Josh Wink and Richie Hawtin set up under an open sky, while Guido Schneider and Konrad Black bring it inside for late night.
Times: Sunday, June 15, 10am – 8am
More Information & Tickets: www.sundayadventureclub.de
Nature Spectacles – Norwegian Graphic Design Powered By Nature
Scandinavia has always been known for great design, but Sweden usually steals the spotlight. See the works of twenty fantastic Norwegian graphic designers this week at the Norwegian Embassy, and observe nature’s profound influence.
Location: Pan Nordic Building, Rauchstrasse 1
Times: Monday – Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday – Sunday, 11am-4pm
Phone: 030 50 500
More Information: www.nordicembassies.org
Andrea Geyer – Spiral Lands/Chapter 1
The Freiburg-born, New York based artist examines the issue of Native Americans and dispossessed land with her latest project “Spiral Lands. Chapter 1.” Excerpts from oral histories, anthropological texts, and colonial treaties accompany beautiful photographs of the wide open plains and churning seas of the North American landscape.
Location: Galerie Thomas Zander, Schönhauserstr. 8
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 12pm-6pm; through Saturday, June 21
Phone: 0221 93 488 56
More Information: www.galeriezander.kunstmarkt.com
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
With their raunchy guitars and moody vocals, the San Francisco boys take the stage at Beatpol Tuesday night. They’ll be rocking through tunes like “Berlin” from their new disc Baby 81.
Location: Beatpol, Altbriesnitz 2a
Times: Tuesday, June 17, 9pm
Phone: 0351 4210397
More Information: www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com
Bunte Republik Neustadt
Get yourself to Dresden’s Neustadt this weekend as the streets come alive with bands, rides, and vendors for the annual Bunte Republik Neustadt festival. Tons of home grown fun for people of all ages.
Location: Neustadt, Various Locations
Times: Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17
More Information: www.bunterepublikneustadt.de
Düsseldorf dons the guise of Tokyo Saturday for Japan Day, an exciting annual event that tributes the city’s large Japanese population. A ten-hour stage show features traditional dancing, sumo wrestling, a kimono fashion show, and Japanese pop bands. Try your hand at Ikebana flower arranging while dressed as your favourite Manga character.
Location: Various Locations between the Old Town and the Rhine
Times: Saturday, June 14, 1pm-11pm
More Information: www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de
Rose and Light Festival
Celebrate the rose this weekend at Frankfurt’s PalmenGarten. Live music, dance parties, and kid’s activities like pony rides and magic shows take place in a wonderland of flowers and illuminated lanterns. A fireworks display brings it all to a dazzling finale.
Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61
Times: Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15
Phone: 069 2123 39 39
More Information: www.palmengarten-frankfurt.de
Festa Oper Malta
Try the ice cold drink called Kinnie, cheese cakes known as pastizzi, and other traditional Maltese foods Saturday when this cultural festival sets up outside the Frankfurt Opera House. Inside, a performance by Maltese opera star Joseph Calleja starts at 8 pm.
Price: Free for outside festival, €49-66 for Joseph Calleja concert
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1
Times: Saturday, June 14
Phone: 069 13 40 400
More Information: www.mehrmalta.de
High Society: American Portraits of the Gilded Age
John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Henry James hangs beside one of George W. Vanderbilt by James McNeill Whistler in this fascinating exhibition of 19th century portraits. Socialites pose aristocratically in satin and lace, while children strike proud stances like young princes.
Location: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Rathausmarkt 2
Times: 11am-7pm Daily, Thursdays, 11am-9pm; through August 31
Phone: 040 36 09 960
More Information: www.buceriuskunstforum.de
Expedition Into the World of Animals
Animal enthusiasts of all stripes will love this exhibition at Hannover’s Sprengel Museum. Intriguing works like a dragon by Niki de Saint Phalle, and Kurt Schwitters’ bird provoke the imagination.
Location: Sprengel Museum, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz 1
Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Tuesday, 10am-8pm, through June 14
Phone: 0511 168 438 75
More Information: sprengel-museum.de
Don’t let them fool you, the Bach Festival isn’t all about Baroque. There’s some Mozart, Wolfgang Rihm, even a bit of jazz thrown in for good measure. Of course the master of fugue still sits at this revered festival’s centre. Get your tickets now because the concerts kick off on Friday.
Times: Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 22
Phone: 01805 56 20 30
More Information: www.bach-leipzig.de
Olaf Otto Becker
The German photographer presents the profound silence and still beauty of Greenland’s west coast with this captivating exhibition. But beyond the stunning series, take a look at Becker’s extraordinary process. For nearly four years, he journeyed along Greenland’s shore in a small dingy, capturing the scenery with his large format camera like a scientist documenting an evolving landscape. Extraordinary.
Location: Galerie f5,6, Ludwigstrasse 7
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; Through June 28
Phone: 089 286 751 67
More Information: www.f5komma6.de
A small group of monks settled in the region now called Munich in the 8th century. But on June 14, 1158, Duke Henry the Lion officially founded the city. To celebrate 850 years, craft stalls and performance stages will be set up on Marienplatz for two days of festive fun.
Times: Saturday, June 14 – Sunday, June 15
More Information: www.muenchen.de