What's on in Germany: August 14 - 20

Celeste Sunderland
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What's on in Germany: August 14 - 20
Sigur Ros are on tour in Germany. Photo: DPA

This Week's Highlights: A Turkish youth orchestra in Berlin, an all-day dance party in Cologne, and R.E.M. in Stuttgart.




Dance In August

Indie, avant-garde choreographers share the bill with the more established at this annual dance festival now in its 20th year. Japanese dancer Hiroaki Umeda performs with his digital avatar Wednesday.

Price: €10 - 15

Location: Podewil, Klosterstrasse 68

Times: Wednesday, August 20, 8pm

Phone: 030 247 49 777

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National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Turkey

Young Turkish musicians bring the sounds of their flutes, violins, oboes, and other classical instruments to the Konzerthaus Berlin Saturday. They'll play works by Brahms, Poulenc, and Rachmaninov, plus the world premiere of a new piece by Ahmet Altinel.

Price: €12

Location: Great Hall at Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt 2

Times: Saturday, August 16, 8pm

Phone: 01805 56 81 00

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BILDer Aus Tibet

Michel Comte's shot of a nude Carla Bruni sold for €57,000 last spring. Pick up one of the Swiss photographer's pictures of Tibet for a mere thousand, or, just give them a glimpse. Eighty are hanging in the Axel-Springer-Passage. Proceeds benefit the children's aid organisation "Ein Herz für Kinder."

Price: Free

Location: Axel-Springer-Passage, Markgrafenstrasse 19a

Times: Through August 22

Phone: 030 259 177 661

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Cologne's open-air dance party of the summer kicks off Sunday morning. By nightfall Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos und Chris Tietjen will have the crowd simmering.

Price: €15

Location: Jugendpark, Sachsenbergstrasse 1

Times: Sunday, August 17, 11am-10pm

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Sigur Ros

The Icelandic band's new album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust translates to With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly, and includes all of those dreamy sounds we've come to expect from them. See Jonsi and the guys play Alter Schlachthof Monday night.

Price: €35

Location: Alter Schlachthof

Times: Monday, August 18, 8:30 pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 5700 870 (0.14 €/Min)

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For this pioneering gallery's 10th anniversary, 42 young, experimental artists were asked to "react specifically to the exhibition space." The space in question is Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Go see what wild creations they concocted.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Thursday - Saturday, 12 pm – 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm; Through September 21

Phone: 0211 899 6243

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The Idan Raichel Project

With a combination of Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, and Caribbean rhythms, this Israeli collective makes wonderfully diverse music. See how well they pull it off Tuesday at the Palmengarten.

Price: €12-15

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Tuesday, August 19, 7:30 pm

Phone: 069 212 339 39

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World Astra Day

Hooray for beer! There's always a reason to fete Germany's home grown brews. Tens of thousands of locals and visitors will be celebrating Saturday among music and entertainment at Hamburg's Landungsbrücken.

Price: Free

Location: Landungsbrücken

Times: Saturday, August 16, 1 pm – 12 am

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Alberto Lodoletti Piano Recital

Enjoy a little classical music this weekend. Italian pianist Alberto Lodoletti plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin as part of Gasteig's International Summer Concert Series.

Price: €13

Location: Black Box im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, August 16, 8 pm

Tickets: 089 54 818181 (0.14 €/Min)

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Hear tunes from their new disc Accelerate and hopefully a few classics from the band's earlier days, Tuesday night at Schlossplatz.

Price: € 62.15

Location: Schlossplatz Stuttgart

Times: Tuesday, August 19, 7pm

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