Long Night of Museums
How many museums can one person hit up in one night? More than 100 are open until 2am Sunday morning, so get your ticket and go. Mayor Klaus Wowereit presides over opening ceremonies at the Lustgarten at 5pm. Will he make it to the closing party at Deutsches Historisches Museum’s Schlüterhof? You know you will.
Price: €15, €12 in advance
Times: Saturday, August 30, 6pm-2am
Phone: 030 24 74 98 88
More Information: www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de
Globians Documentary Film Festival
After ten days in Potsdam, Globians brings its movies on the music of India, the forest people of Brazil, the children of Hiroshima, and other stimulating cultural topics to Berlin’s Babylon theatre. Go see how today’s documentarians are capturing and presenting the things that are happening beyond our living rooms.
Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30
Times: Monday, September 1 – Monday, September 8
Phone: 030 24 25 969
More Information: www.globians.com
In the Desert of Modernity
Vienna DJs Eva Egermann and Christiane Erharter spin a mix of punk, pop, and electroclash at the opening of this fascinating exhibition that examines the grounding of modernist utopias in colonialism. Architectural models, illustrations, plans, photographs, and films trace the history of the decolonization of Africa.
Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Times: Thursday, August 28, 7 – 9pm
Phone: 030 39 78 71 75
More Information: www.hkw.de
White Nights/White Knights
Scandinavians have a special relationship with the colour white. See how nine of these northern inhabitants perceive their environment through their light-filled art.
Location: Galerie Jones, Aachener Strasse 29
Phone: 0221 27 747 966
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; through September 27
More Info: www.galerie-jones.com
Concerts and art shows turn the banks of the River Main into an open-air museum this weekend, while more established locales like the Städel, Goethe Haus, and Liebieghaus offer cool workshops for the whole family. The festivities come to a bombastic close with a fireworks display Sunday night at 10:30.
Times: Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31
More Info: www.museumsuferfest-frankfurt.de
New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel conducts the New York Philharmonic Saturday night at the Frankfurt Alte Oper. It’s the third day of the annual Auftakt festival, and they’ll play Ravel, Mendelssohn, and Stravinsky.
Price: €28 – 150
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1
Phone: 018 05 74 34 64 (14 Cent/Min)
Times: Saturday, September 30, 8pm
More Information: www.alteoper.de
Alafia Africa Festival
Artists like Abdou Day from Madagascar and Simba Vibration’s Seraphim Makangila from Conga are just the thing for a late summer weekend. Revel in the rhythms of Africa as over twenty bands perform on this festival’s open air stage.
Location: Ottenser Hauptstrasse
Times: Friday, August 29, 3:30pm-10:15pm; Saturday, August 30, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, August 31, 12pm-6:30pm
More Info: www.afrikafest-hamburg.de
Hannover Goes Fashion
Citizens of the Lower Saxon capital are suddenly looking dapper. Ten museums, including the Sprengel Museum, Museum August Kestner, and Wilhelm-Busch-Museum present special exhibitions on fashion starting Sunday. See displays on dress codes, film costumes, and the extravagance of fashion illustrations.
Times: Starts Sunday, August 31
More Information: www.hannover.de
Air + Electricity
Field recordings and atmospheric images combined with the manipulation of projections and tones of the room form a sensory environment of intangible beauty. Hamburg-based Kathrin Bethege and Milan-based Rob Curgenven have created something awfully exciting. See their show Saturday, at Lothringer13/Laden.
Location: Lothringer13/Laden, Lothringer Strasse 13
Phone: 089 45 91 19 05
Times: Saturday, August 30, 8pm
More Information: laden.lothringer13.de
Irish Dance Workshop
From absolute beginners to experts, everyone has a place in this Irish dance workshop, run by Shane McAvinchey, from the Tir na nOg Irish Dancing School. Bring your soft, or heavy shoes if you have them, and maybe wear something green. Just for a bit o’ luck.
Location: La Danza Studio, Sonnenstrasse 7
Phone: 0177 338 36 97
Times: Thursday, August 28 – Sunday, August 31
More Information: www.diddlyi.com