What’s on in Germany: July 9-15

What's on in Germany: July 9-15
Photo: DPA
This Week's Highlights: BMX bikers strut their stuff in Cologne, Dusseldorf nods to the French and Hannover's royal garden is transformed into a whimsical stage.



Omar Sosa and Hermanos Morales

Catch the Cuban rhythm this Friday. Two exceptional musicians bring their distinctive sounds from the Caribbean to the banks of the River Spree. After nightfall, the Cuban vibe continues with a screening of Cuba Feliz, a fascinating film that traces El Gallo’s journey across the island.

Price: €10

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Friday, July 7, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 030 3978 7175

More Information: www.hkw.de


Exhibition Opening: Allora & Calzadilla – Compass

Film, installation, performance, and sculpture all play an important part in the works of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, but the duo’s art isn’t as busy as you might expect. Check out “Compass” Friday when it opens at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. You’ll find they’ve converted the vast open space into a resonant chamber. And keep an eye out for the video “How To Appear Invisible,” which documents the demolition of the Palast der Republik.

Price: Free

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Opening – Friday, July 10, 9pm; Regular Hours – Daily, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-9pm

Phone: 030 2045 3650

More Information: www.kunsthalle-berlin.com

From Face to Face – Three Centuries of Berlin Portraits

See genteel figures in hunting caps and ball gowns alongside the queens and captains depicted by premiere portraitists from the 18th through 20th centuries in this splendid exhibition.

Price: €4

Location:Jagdschloss Grunewald, Hüttenweg 100

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 31, 2010

Phone: 030 8133 597

More Information: www.spsg.de



S.O.M.A. Festival

Party people in the house, shuffle over to Cologne this weekend when the S.O.M.A. Festival launches into full effect. Extrawelt, Brian Cares, Pierre Chevallier, and more hold court on “Electronic Friday,” while Saturday features reggae, hip hop, and dance hall beats from the likes of the fabulous Team Rhythmusgymnastik.

Price: €10-13

Location: Odonien, Hornstrassen 85

Times: Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11

More Information: www.soma-festival.de


BMX Worlds World Championship

See the sickest tricks on two-wheels this weekend as daredevil freestylists from around the globe compete for the title of BMX World Champion in Cologne.

Price: Friday, €7; Saturday and Sunday, €10; Three-Day Pass, €25

Location: Cologne Jugendpark, Sachsenbergstrasse

Times: Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12

More Information: www.bmxworlds.de


Sigmar Polke – The Editions

In addition to painting, experimenting with printing has been this German artist’s forte since the 1960s. See his graphic offset prints from the last four decades at the Museum Ludwig this week.

Price: €9

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Plat

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through September 27

Phone: 0221 221 26165

More Information: www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/



Summer Night of Museums

Stroll among the orchids at the Botanical Garden, sway to the sounds of Maurice Ravel at the Japanese Palace, and then go see some art. Forty-six museums are yours for the taking Saturday night. Just get yourself a ticket and hop on the bus.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, July 11, 6pm – 1am

Phone: 0351 4919 2288

More Information: www.dresden.de



Düsseldorf France Festival

Don your berets and do the can can. Düsseldorf’s Rathaus courtyard will take on the guise of a French village this weekend. Imagine the melodies of an alluring chanteuse drifting through the air as the painted horses of an old fashioned children’s carousel twirl. Let the aroma of fresh baguettes be your guide.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, July 11, 6pm – 1am

Phone: 0351 4919 2288

More Information: www.duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de



Exhibition Opening: Together Into the Future

Thirteen artists investigate the relationship between society and community in a new group exhibition opening Thursday in Frankfurt. Photographs, videos and installations present the individual artists while unifying them in an effort toward collective participation. An interesting theme in an election year, which also happens to be the twenty year anniversary of Germany’s unification.

Opening: Free/Regular Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Opening: Friday, July 9, 7pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm; through October 4

Phone: 069 219 3140

More Information: www.fkv.de



Little Fest in the Big Garden

Among sculpted hedges and reflecting pools water nymphs dance in transparent bubbles. Rhinestones dangle from the outfit of an acrobat. And whimsical puppets sashay across an 18th century hoop skirt turned theatre. Bring a blanket and lounge upon the sumptuous lawns of Herrenhaus Palace as dozens of magnificent performers entertain.

Click here for a preview photo gallery of the Little Fest

Price: Adults, €26; Students €15; Free for children under 111 centimetres

Location: Grossen Garten im Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Strasse 4

Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 7-11pm; through Sunday, July 26

Phone: 0511 168 44 111

More Information: www.thelocal.de



Christopher Street Day

Munich’s gay population tributes their New York counterparts this weekend as the city streets come alive with rainbow flags and disco beats for Christopher Street Day. Join the parade as it marches through the inner city, then revel in the open air splendour of a street party on Marienplatz and Rindermarkt.

Price: Free

Location: Munich City Center

Times: Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12

Phone: 089 54 333 211

More Information: www.csdmuenchen.de

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