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What's on in Germany: June 19-25

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What's on in Germany: June 19-25
Hamburg Harley Days. Photo: DPA
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BERLIN

Festivals:

German-French Volksfest

Ride the Ferris wheel, win a stuffed elephant, and raise a glass of champagne to friendship this weekend at the German-French Festival of the People. Wedding's Zentraler Festplatz becomes a big French village full of fun rides and good food for a whole month!

Price: €1,50

Location: Zentralen Festplatz, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, Wedding

Times: Monday - Thursday, 3pm-11pm; Friday, 3pm-12am; Saturday, 2pm-12am; Sunday, 2pm-11pm; through July 14

More Information: www.schaustellerverband-berlin.de

Lesbian and Gay City Festival

Nollendorfplatz is poised to become party-land this weekend as Europe's largest lesbian and gay festival kicks into high gear. With five performance venues dedicated to techno, disco, and hits from the seventies and eighties, plus a beer garden and cocktail lounge, it's certainly going to be sizzling.

Price: Free

Location: Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg

Times: Saturday, July 21, 11am-11pm; Sunday, July 22, 11am-10pm

More Information: www.regenbogenfonds.de

COLOGNE

Festivals:

Summer Cologne 2008

Roving troupes of stilt-walkers and acrobats take over the city during this nine-week festival. Keep an eye out for special events like yoga in the park, salsa dance parties, a performance by the Magic Drummers of Japan.

Price: Free

Location: Cologne

Times: Saturday, June 21 - Sunday, August 10

More Information: www.sommerkoeln.de

DÜSSELDORF

Events:

Midsummer Night

Celebrate the long nights of summer this weekend with a visit to a museum or gallery. They stay open until midnight on Saturday, and Düsseldorf's old town is full of them. Look out for the "long table" set up near the Rhine.

Price: Free

Location: Düsseldorf's Altstadt

Times: Saturday, June 21

Phone: 0211 17 20 2854

More Information: /www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de

Cartwheeling Tournament

If you're in Düsseldorf this weekend be prepared to see hundreds of children flying head over heels. Only the one who flips fastest, and the one who flips prettiest will take away the title of champion.

Price: Free

Location: Königsallee

Times: Saturday, June 21

Phone: 0211 32 22 50

More Information: www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de

FRANKFURT

Festivals:

Parade of Cultures

From German cheerleaders, to sombrero-wearing Mexicans, to old Chinese men with long grey beards, everyone comes out to celebrate multiculturalism at this annual Cologne event. It kicks off at noon with a parade, and continues into the night when clubs showcase international music. Lots of food from regions like Brazil, Ghana, and Thailand will all be on offer, so show up with an appetite.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt City Centre

Times: Saturday, June 21

Phone: 069 5600 0113

More Information: www.parade-der-kulturen.de

Galleries/Museums:

Total Enlightenment: Moscow Conceptual Art 1960-1990

What would Lenin say if he saw his face positioned beside the Coca-Cola logo? Russian artists like Alexander Kosolapov, Erik Bulatov and Ilya Kabakov made conceptual art in the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition presents the works of this mainly underground contingent. Get a guided tour opening day at 3 pm.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday - Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, June 21 - September 14

Phone: 069 29 98 820

More Information: www.schirn-kunsthalle.de

HAMBURG

Festivals:

Hamburg Harley Days

Leather jacket? Check. Motorcycle? Check. Just be sure it's a Harley. You wouldn't want to be the odd one out at this annual biker festival. Live bands play everything from funk to country, stunt men perform outrageous tricks, and thousands of motorcyclists join in on the Harley-Davidson parade that kicks off from Glacischaussee Sunday at noon. You bet your ass it's going to be a blast.

Price: Free

Location: Heiligengeistfeld

Times: Friday, June 20 - Sunday, June 22

More Information: www.hamburgharleydays.de

LEIPZIG

Festivals:

Leipzig Beer Fair

Thirsty? Head to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal and grab yourself a brew. Hundreds of different types of beer from breweries all over the world are on offer. Plus there's live music and all sorts of beer T-shirts and glasses to buy.

Price: Free

Location: Sprengel Museum, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz 1

Times: Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, 3pm-12am; Sunday, June 22, 11am-9pm

More Information: www.bierboerse.com

MUNICH

Festivals:

Green Farm Festival

All things folk, from Irish step dancing, to German yodelling are welcome at this organic farm in Hallbergmoos, just outside of Munich. Grab your fiddle and clogs and head on down. There's plenty of Beamish stout for everyone.

Price: €5-10

Location: Hausler Hof, Hallbergmoos, Garchinger Weg 72

Times: Friday, June 20 - Sunday, June 22

Phone: 089 3308 8196

More Information: chico-inklab.moonfruit.com

Film:

Munich Film Festival

Munich filmmaker, author, painter, and sculptor Herbert Achternbusch turns 70 this year. He's also getting a retrospective at the Munich Film Festival. Achternbusch's films join those listed in categories like "New German Cinema," "Silent Classics," and "American Independents," for one week of fabulous film.

Price: €8 per film

Location: Various

Times: Friday, June 20 - Saturday, June 28

More Information: www.filmfest-muenchen.de

Events:

English Book Sale

Stock up on some English language titles this Saturday at Munich's Jesus-Church. You could very well walk away with a few rare treasures.

Price: Free

Location: Jesus-Church, Feilitzschstr. 12

Times: Saturday, June 21, 11am-5pm

Phone: 089 51 00 91 68

More Information: www.munichfound.de

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