Wassermusik Summer Open Air Festival
Once mid-summer rolls around, we all get a little thirsty for the sea. For three weekends in July, the banks of the River Spree near the House of World Cultures turns into an ocean-themed environment. This weekend surf bands play while sunbathers relax in the sand. Be sure to catch Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog this Sunday at 8:30 pm.
Location: River Spree near Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt
Times: Thursday – Sunday; July 10 – July 27
More Information: www.hkw.de
Everyone’s favourite jazz singer takes the stage at Berlin’s Zitadelle Friday night. She dazzles cheerful originals and gorgeous standards like “Fly Me To The Moon,” and “The Look of Love.”
Price: €45 – 68
Times: Friday, July 11, 7:30pm
Tickets: 030 4799 7499
More Information: www.dianakrall.com
Homage To Yves Saint Laurent
Pay homage to one of the last century’s most influential fashion designers this week with a visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts. A collection of Yves Saint Laurent’s haute couture and prêt-à-porter items will be on view in this special exhibition of the French icon who passed away last month at age 71.
Location: The Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum), Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 10
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm; Through August 31
Phone: 030 266 2902
More Information: www.smb.spk-berlin.de
Make your way down to the riverside Saturday for one of Cologne’s most magical summer events. A dramatic procession of grand ships will illuminate the Rhine, while onlookers clutch candles and an exciting display of fireworks erupts to the sound of music.
Location: The banks of the Rhine, Cologne
Times: Saturday, July 12
Phone: 0221 221 30 400
More Information: www.koelner-lichter.de
Dresden Museum Summer Night
Forty of Dresden’s museums including the Military History Museum, the Museum of Minerals and Geology, and the Botanical Garden are open late Saturday night, when they offer backstage tours, and special concerts and entertainments. One ticket allows access to all participating museums!
Location: Various Locations
Times: Saturday, July 12, 6pm-1am
Phone: 0351 4919 2288
More Information: www.dresden.de
The “promiscuous girl” fires up the crowd on the banks of the River Elbe Thursday night. It’s the singer’s third and final German stop on her “Get Loose Open Air” tour and she’ll surely be in top form.
Location: The banks of the river Elbe, near Wiesentorstrasse
Times: Thursday, July 10, 8pm
More Information: www.filmnaechte-am-elbufer.de
Düsseldorf France Festival
The scent of brie and fresh baguettes infuses the Düsseldorf atmosphere this weekend as a festival devoted to French culture turns Burgplatz into a “Petit Paris.” Lots of music, theatre, food, and wine will be on hand, so dust off that beret.
Price: Friday €3; Saturday €4; Sunday €2
Times: Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13
Phone: 0211 45 60 539
More Information: duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de
Tea Time – Living With Art
Art collectors and those curious about the way art collectors live will enjoy this unusual exhibition that recreates a living room with sofas, paintings, sculptures and photographs. Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of tea while soaking up the atmosphere.
Location: Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankenallee 74
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm; through August 30
Phone: 069 739 009 67
More Info: www.galerie-beckers.de
Toshiya Kobayashi – Eternity and a Day
The Japanese artist Toshiya Kobayashi creates beautiful works often featuring elements of nature. Outlined in white, the soft petals of a peony blossom open against a black backdrop, while green leaves provide a dash of colour to a stark white space. See his work at Hamburg’s Galerie Peter Borchardt and walk away inspired.
Location: Galerie Peter Borchardt, Grosse Elbstrasse 68
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm; through August 2
Phone: 040 3 88 9 88
More Info: www.galerie-borchardt.de
Easy Riders Poetry Slam
Ten poets battle in the open air to the theme of “Liberty on two wheels.” Only one will be victorious. You decide who has the rhyming finesse to walk away with the title.
Location: Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer
Times: Thursday, July 10, 8 pm
Phone: 0511 168 43052
More Info: <a href="http://www.hannover.de/de/kultur_freizeit/museen/museen/mus_all/mus_hist/Vollstark.html"
Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten
Hannover’s Herrenhäuser Gardens transform into a fairy tale land this month as fancifully outfitted harlequins, acrobats, dancers, and musicians perform on dozens of stages throughout the leafy grounds. Book in advance to ensure a spot within the picturesque plot.
Location: Grosser Garten Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Strasse 3 A
Times: 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday; Through July 27
More Information: www.kleinesfestludwigslust.de
Munich Christopher Street Day
Don traditional lederhosen, or outrageous feather boas this weekend for Munich’s annual gay pride event. Tens of thousands of revelers will turn Marienplatz into a colourful bonanza of music and dance. Head to the Rindermarkt Saturday night for an open-air disco party!
Location: Marienplatz & Rindermarkt
Times: Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13
Phone: 089 54 333 211
More Information: www.csd-munich.de
All You Need Is Music
Check out Mick Jagger’s 1964 Ford Galaxy, Elton John’s piano, and other rock and roll relics at this fascinating exhibition which traces the genre’s history from Elvis Presley to present day pop.
Price: Price: €9
Location: Olympic Ice Sport Centre, Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
Times: Daily, 11am-7pm; through July 26
Phone: 089 30 670
More Information: www.all-you-need-is-music.com