What's on in Germany: May 28 - June 3

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What's on in Germany: May 28 - June 3
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This Week's Highlights: A jazz rally in Düsseldorf, a forest festival in Frankfurt, and a Carnival of Cultures descends on Berlin.




Carnival of Cultures

Egyptian pharaohs, Hawaiian maidens, Brazilian queens, and African Bushmen will fill the streets of Kreuzberg this weekend for Berlin's annual Carnival of Cultures street festival. Plunge into the tantalising stew of Turkish rock, Latin funk, and Balkan pop music and be lured by the aromas of native foods from all over the world.

Price: Free

Location: Kreuzberg, between Hallesches Tor and Mehringdamm

Times: Friday, May 29, 4pm-12am; Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31, 11-12am; Monday, June 1, 11am-7pm; Parade sets off from Hermannplatz Sunday at 12:30pm

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Harold & Maude

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg screens the beloved cult classic Monday night. Go and snuggle up under a starry sky with the one you love. If that special someone's sixty years your senior (or junior), even better.

Price: €6

Location: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Künstlerhauses Bethanien, Mariannenplatz

Times: Monday, June 1, 9:30pm

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Lost Film Fest

Media activist, VJ Scott Beibin brings his three-hour video mash-up of rare underground news clips and documentaries to Kreuzberg's Betahaus on Wednesday. Stick around for the Shameless Limitless post-screening DJ set.

Price: €3

Location: Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20

Times: Wednesday, June 3, 9pm-1am

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Patrick Watson & The Wooden Arms

On the heels of their eponymous new CD, the Canadian boys bring their dreamy pop rock to the Luxor stage. Drift away to Watson's quiet vocals and gentle finger-picking Sunday night.

Price: €18

Location: Luxor, Luxemburger Strasse 40

Times: Sunday, May 31, 8pm

Phone: 0221 924460

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Düsseldorf Jazz Rally

Paul Kuhn, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, and Klaus Doldinger are just a few of the highlights of this year's Jazz Rally. The three-night event features over seventy concerts on nearly three dozen stages around the city.

Price: €17-27

Location: Various

Times: Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31

Tickets: 0180 5644 332 (0.14/minute)

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German Gymnastics Festival

If the handstands, back tucks, layouts, and aerials don't do it for you, check out Saturday night's opening ceremony water and light spectacular on the River Main. And then there's the afternoon procession, which which will feature a gaggle of glittering gymnasts.

Price: €5-30

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, May 30 - Friday, June 5

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Frankfurt Forest Day Festival

Leave the city behind this weekend and head to the woodlands, where spinning swings, old fashioned carousels, and stages for live music will create an atmosphere of late-spring fun. A centuries-old tradition, Frankfurter Wäldchestag has come to be the city's national holiday.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt City Forest, Am Oberforsthaus

Times: Saturday, May 30 - Tuesday, June 2, 12pm-1am

Reservations: 069 21 23 89 90

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Dan Graham Presents New Jersey

In the 1960s, Dan Graham, a music journalist, artist, and gallery owner, took his Kodak Instamatic and shot a series of homes near his parents' house in suburban New Jersey. Four decades later, he took some similar photographs. See how the two sets compare in this new exhibition at Portikus, and catch the artist talk Sunday.

Price: Free

Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel

Opening: Friday, May 29, 8pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm through July 12

Phone: 069 962 44 540

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Hagenbeck's Jungle Nights

Things tend to get a little wild after dark, but when you throw in Latin American rhythms and Bollywood dancing, there's no telling what might go down. Hamburg's Hagenbeck Zoo stays open late Saturday night. Let loose among the elephants and giraffes, and be sure to dress the part.

Price: Adults €17.50; Children €12.50

Location: Tierpark Hagenbeck, Lokstedter Grenzstrasse 2

Times: Saturday, May 30, 6pm-12am

Tickets: 040 53 00 330

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Mo & Friese Children's Short Film Festival

The iceberg home of a pair of penguins is melting. A little caterpillar dreams of flying. Energy Boy comes to the rescue. The themes of the fifty films from twenty-two countries being shown at this annual children's film festival are simple, and yet so profound. Play games and eat birthday cake after Monday night's screening.

Price: €2.50-3

Location: Various

Times: Monday, June 1 - Sunday, June 7

Tickets: 0403 91063 2926

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MOC (Live Music and More) Part 2

From the office to the beach. Go find yourself a spot in the sand at Munich's Kulturstrand this Friday. MOC provide a mix of electronica, downbeat, dub and ambient tracks.

Price: Free

Location: Corneliusbrücke Kultur-Strand, Corneliusbrücke

Times: Friday, May 29, 6pm

Phone: 089 518 187 40

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