This Week’s Highlights: A dance festival in Düsseldorf, a games convention in Leipzig, and a wine village in Stuttgart.
Festival For Contemporary Music and Graphic Design
Brazilian artist Daniel Medeiros kicks off this festival Saturday night with the opening of his exhibition “pixacao:typografie,” featuring a night of music and film, including the drum and bass duo Kruburn, and a set by DJ Niki Matita.
Location: Wendel, Schlesische Strasse 42
Times: Daily, 10:30am-2am; Saturday, August 23 – Tuesday, August 26
Phone: 030 61 07 40 29
More Information: www.nstp.de
Emotions In Motion
Oh, U-Bahn riders. So close, yet so far away. Lebanese artist and art director Toufic Beyhum took photos in Berlin trains, and made a book out of them. It’s a nice collection of all sorts of different people, from teenaged lovers, to sleepy old guys, to introspective young guys. See a selection of his shots in the window at Fenster61.
Location: Fenster61, Torstrasse 61
Times: Anytime, Through September 15
More Information: www.fenster61.de
American composer John Adams takes the baton Wednesday night in Cologne. He conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, who will play Strauss, Sibelius, Britten, and Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony.
Location: Kölner Philharmonie, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Phone: 0221 204 080
Times: Wednesday, August 27, 8pm
More Info: www.koelner-philharmonie.de
Rock Am Fluss
Rock on the river! Tomte, Chikinki, The Horror The Horror and 1000 Robota heat up the banks of the Elbe Saturday night. Go get your rock on.
Location: Filmnächte am Elbufer
Times: Saturday, August 23, 6:30pm
More Info: www.rockamfluss.de
Internationale Tanzemesse NRW Contemporary Dance Festival
Find out what’s going on in the world of dance. With thirty-six dance groups and choreographers from seventeen different countries, this festival provides a great overview.
Price: €5 per day
Location: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Im MediaPark 7
Times: Wednesday, August 27 – Saturday, August 30
Phone: 0221 226 5752
More Info: www.tanzmesse-nrw.com
This Turkish group fuses classical with contemporary, tradition with innovation. Hear their lovely Eastern inspired sounds Tuesday in Frankfurt’s Palmengarten.
Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61
Times: Tuesday, August 26, 7:30pm
Phone: 069 212 339 39
More Info: www.myspace.com/taksimtrio
Toula Limnaios has concocted a wonderfully strange rendition of Tosca. Magnificent costumes, movements, and music by Ralf R. Ollertz form a work steeped in drama. Catch one of four performances starting Thursday.
Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4, Theatersaal
Times: Thursday, August 21 – Sunday, August 24, 8pm
Phone: 069 40 58 95 20
More Info: www.mousonturm.de
Molotow Poetry Slam
“Hamburg is Slamburg” the last Tuesday of every month. Bring your best rhymes, or just sit back and witness some of the city’s hottest lyrical waxers.
Location: Molotow, Spielbudenplatz 5
Times: Tuesday, August 26, 9pm
Phone: 040 310 845
More Info: www.slamburg.de
Don your best rock and roll duds and head over to Rahausmarkt this weekend when over a dozen bands including Jaya the Cat, H-Blockx, and Blackmail tear up the stage. A Hamburg tradition since 1988.
Times: Friday, August 22, 6pm-11pm; Saturday, August 23, 3pm-11pm; Sunday, August 24, 3pm-10pm
More Info: www.rockspektakel.de
GC – Games Convention
Try out new Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3 games and products at this major gaming convention in Leipzig. “Chillout areas” provide a spot to rest up after all that excitement.
Price: €12 for one day, €32 for all four days
Location: Leipziger Messe, Messe-Allee 1
Times: Thursday, August 21 and Sunday, August 24, 9am-6pm; Friday, August 22 and Saturday August 23, 9am-8pm
Hotline: 0341 6780
More Information: www.gc-germany.com
Rides, music, food, and beer! Celebrate summer at Munich’s Olympia Park. Thursdays are kids days, and this Thursday, a fireworks show lights up the sky starting at 10 pm.
Location: Olympiapark München
Times: Monday – Thursday, 12pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 12pm-11:30pm; Sunday, 11am-11pm; through August 24
Phone: 089 30 670
More Information: www.olympiapark-muenchen.de
Stuttgart Wine Village
Germany is more than just beer. There’s wine too! Starting Wednesday, a “wine village” is set up in the centre of Stuttgart for nearly two weeks featuring dozens of Württemberg wineries. Go have a taste of Trollinger, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, and many more!
Location: Stuttgart Stadtmitte: Marktplatz, Schillerplatz and Kirchstrasse
Times: Thursday – Saturday, 11am-12am; Sunday – Wednesday, 11am-11pm; August 27 – September 7
More Information: www.stuttgarter-weindorf.de