What’s on in Germany: April 16 – 22

What's on in Germany: April 16 - 22
Photo: DPA
This Week's Highlights: Lionel Richie takes the stage in Frankfurt, a spring festival swirls through Munich, and one of Germany's biggest art fairs kicks off in Cologne.



Menschen Bewegen: Days For Foreign Culture and Politics

Berlin’s Ensemble Modern plays works by some of the most celebrated new music composers Saturday to kick off this festival of foreign culture and politics. Hear works by Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Samir Odeh-Tamimi and Vladimir Tarnopolski. The week-long event includes a discussion with American author Jonathan Franzen, a performance by Spanish violinist Beatriz Linares Marquez, and a Long Night of African Video Art.

Price: Various

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: April 18 – 26

Tickets: 030 20 45 36 50

More Information: www.diplo.de


Gandhara – Pakistans’s Buddhist Legacy – Legends, Monasteries and Edens

A typical courtyard setting from a Gandhara Buddhist monastery sets the stage for one of Berlin’s impressive new exhibitions. Hundreds of stone sculptures, reliefs, coins, and gold jewellery, much of it on loan from Pakistan museums, provide a glimpse into this ancient kingdom.

Price: €6

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through August 10

Phone: 030 254 860

More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de

Kris Martin at Johann König, Berlin, 2009

A hot air balloon is trying to break through the walls of an art gallery in Kreuzberg. See what it’s like to step inside the spacious bowels of a beached balloon. Belgian artist Kris Martin’s installation is up for just a couple more weeks.

Price: Free

Location: Johann Konig, Dessauer Strasse 6-7

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; Through Saturday, April 25

Phone: 030 26 10 30 80

More Information: www.johannkoenig.de



Hank Roberts, Marc Ducret, Jim Black

Cellist Hank Roberts, guitarist Marc Ducret, and drummer Jim Black take the stage at Cologne’s Stadtgarten Friday night. The trio’s sound tends to be a lot bigger than the three instruments they play, so go with high expectations.

Price: €15

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloerstrasse 40

Times: Friday, April 17, 8pm

Phone: 0221 95299411

More Information: www.stadtgarten.de


Art Cologne

One of Germany’s most fabulous art events begins Wednesday in Cologne when nearly two hundred galleries from around the world set up their displays of artworks by established and emerging artists from London to Moscow. Keep and eye out for artist discussions and exclusive parties.

Price: Day Ticket €20, Two-Day Ticket €30, Evening Ticket €14

Location: Koelnmesse, Messeplatz 1

Times: Daily, 12pm-8pm; Wednesday, April 22 – Sunday, April 26

Phone: 0180 501 8550

More Information: www.artcologne.com



International Dance Week

Dancers from Prague, Geneva, Zurich, and Berlin twirl across the stage at Tanzbühne Dresden, starting Wednesday. See some extraordinary artists and get inspired to practice your pliés.

Price: €6 – 11

Location: Tanzbühne Dresden, Louisenstrasse 47

Times: Wednesday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 29

Phone: 0351 810 7600

More Info: www.tanzwoche.de




It’s springtime! Live it up this weekend at the Frankfurt Dippemesse. After a spin on the “Jaguar Express” groove to the 50s and 60s rock hits of The Hound Dogs Sunday night.

Price: Free

Location: Festplatz

Times: Monday – Thursday, 2pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 2pm – 12am; Sunday, 12pm-11pm; through April 26

More Info: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de


Lionel Richie

It’s been nearly three decades since Lionel Richie’s first number one hit (“Endless Love” with Diana Ross), but the “Hello” man is still going strong. He plays Frankfurt’s Festhalle Friday night. “Let the music play on/play on.”

Price: €56 – 87

Location: Festhalle, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Times: Friday, April 17, 8pm

Phone: 069 9200 9213

More Info: www.messefrankfurt.com



Vattenfall Reading Days 200t

Time to get your nose back in a book. Nearly two hundred of the world’s most celebrated authors take over the halls and auditoriums of Hamburg for eight days. From crime novels to picture stories, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Price: €2 – 5

Location: Various

Times: April 16 – 23

Phone: 01801 63 87 67

More Info: www.vattenfall.de



Spring Festival

Skip over to Munich’s famed Theresienwiese this weekend while whistling “Ode to Joy.” No one will wonder what’s got you feeling so giddy, they’ll spot that sky-high ferris wheel and step in time right behind you. Munich’s Frühlingsfest runs all through April! Yes, there will be beer.

Price: Free

Location: Theresienwiese

Times: Friday, April 14, 4pm – Sunday, May 3, 11pm

Phone: 0700 144 20000

More Info: hopfish.homeip.net/muenchner_volksfeste_de


Japanese Brush Painting Workshop

Learn how to paint like a Japanese master. Monika Hermann teaches this three-hour brush painting workshop Sunday. Try it out and go home with a zen-like masterpiece.

Price: €22

Location: Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München, Maximilianstrasse 42

Times: Sunday, April 19, 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm

Phone: 089 3113149

More Info: www.voelkerkundemuseum-muenchen.de