What’s On In Germany: December 25 – 31

This Week's Highlights: Henrik Ibsen in Berlin, Icelandic music in Frankfurt, and a salsa Silvester in Hamburg

What's On In Germany: December 25 - 31
Photo: DPA



Culture Clash: New Year’s Eve Party at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin

DJ Jeep provides the tunes while you and your pals chow down at the buffet. When midnight rolls around popping corks will compete with the private fireworks display outside on the Schlossplatz. This party is sure to be one of the coolest in town.

Price: €20-45

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Wednesday, December 31, 7:30pm

Phone: 030 2576 2040

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Hedda Gabler

Berlin’s Schaubühne does Ibsen’s classic in German, with English subtitles, the night after Christmas. Perhaps it’s time to start a new Boxing Day tradition.

Price: €6-38

Location: Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Kurfürstendamm 153

Times: Friday, December 26, 8pm

Phone: 030 890 023

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School in 1970’s GDR

Christmas vacation is upon us, and the last thing the kids want to do is go back to school, but this exhibition on 1970s school life in the GDR ends Wednesday so it’s now or never. As long as there isn’t any homework it should be fine, right kids?

Price: €2; Under 18, free

Location: Museum Kindheit und Jugend, Wallstrasse 32

Times: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm; through December 31

Phone: 030 275 03 83

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Sonic Ballroom Silvester Party

CDs aren’t a part of DJ Öz’s lexicon. He’s committed to vinyl, specifically 1950s rock, 1960s R&B, and 1970s punk. Go, and make sure you party like it’s 1999.

Price: Free

Location: Sonic Ballroom, Oskar-Jäger-Str.190

Times: Wednesday, December 31, 8pm

Phone: 0221 1691 8894

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New Year’s Eve Hippy/Flower Power Costume Party

Dig out your most sparkly bell-bottoms and get ready to groove Wednesday night. After its performance of Hair, the English Theatre Frankfurt hosts a love-rock extravaganza with finger-food and sekt.

Price: €70

Location: The English Theatre, Gallusanlage 7

Times: Wednesday, December 31, 6pm

Phone: 069 242 316 20

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Screaming Masterpiece

Explore Reyjavik’s musical underground Christmas night. Screaming Masterpiece follows a bevy of Icelandic artists including Björk and Sigur Rós as they tour the world.

Price: €6

Location: Mal Seh’n Kino, Adlerflychtstrasse 6

Times: Wednesday, December 25 – Tuesday, December 30, 10:15pm

Phone: 069 597 0845

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La Macumba Silvesterparty

Ring in the New Year Caribbean style. The best salsa dancers in town will be heating up the floor at this Latin dance academy. Join in on the action, or just sit back and watch the mesmerising stepping and twirling.

Price: €15

Location: La Macumba, Welckerstrasse 10

Times: Wednesday, December 31, 10pm

Phone: 040 412 84 015

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Sol Gabetta with the Basel Chamber Orchestra

The Argentine-French star cellist joins the Basel Chamber Orchestra for a rousing evening of Baroque music, including three favourites by Vivaldi.

Price: €20 – 60

Location: Laeiszhalle-Musikhalle Hamburg, Grosser Saal, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Saturday, December 27, 7:30pm

Phone: 040 346 920

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Ü40 Party

Over 40 and looking for a place to rock out with like-minded individuals? Check out Capitol Saturday night, when DJs spin hits from the eighties, nineties, and today.

Price: Over 40, free; Everyone else, €3

Location: Capitol, Schwarzer Bär 2

Times: Saturday, December 27, 8:30pm

Phone: 0511 929 880

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Jake & Dino Chapman

These bad boy brothers have been known to shake up the art world with their provocative pieces. See what sort of shocking works they’ve drummed up for their show at Kestnergesellschaft.

Price: €5

Location: Kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; through March 1

Phone: 0511 701 200

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Tollwood New Year’s Eve Gala

No one rings in the New Year with more magic than Peter Pan! Join that mischievous sprite Wednesday night at this extraordinary celebration. There will be dining, dancing, and dreams of Neverland.

Price: €129-149

Location: Tollwood, Theresienwiese München

Times: Wednesday, December 31, 6pm

Phone: 0700 38 38 50 24 (12 Ct/min)

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