What’s on in Germany: August 13 – 19

What's on in Germany: August 13 - 19
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This Week's Highlights: Poetry slamming in Hamburg, a culture festival in Dresden and Madonna drops in on Munich.



12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Berlin 2009

From the high jump to the pole vault, 1,800 athletes from around the world are competing in 24 different disciplines starting Saturday in Berlin. Once you’ve had your adrenaline pumped at the Olympic Stadium, check out the KulturStadion at Pariser Platz for live music, cooking shows, performances by the Shaolin Monks, and more!

Price: €30 – 135

Location: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz

Times: Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 23

Ticket Hotline: 0180 512 0091 (0.14 €/Min)

More Information: www.berlin2009.org


Gay and Lesbian Park Festival

For boys who like boys and girls who like girls, Berlin’s Volkspark Friedrichshain is the place to be this weekend. Go and dance beneath the trees to bands like Long Trigger and Squeezebox featuring Gloria Viagra as the park blooms into a colourful celebration.

Price: Free

Location: Volkspark Friedrichshain, Open Air Cinema

Times: Saturday, August 15, 3pm

More Information: www.parkfest-friedrichshain.de


Open Air Classical Summer

The Berlin Symphony Orchestra plays Glinka, Rachmaninov, and Dvorak Wednesday night to kick off a five-concert series that includes James Bond themes, an opera gala, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an evening devoted to St. Petersburg. Witness the sounds of exceptional musicians as they merge with a fantastic display of fireworks each night in the magical open air setting of Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei.

Price: €24 – 40

Location: Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36

Times: Wednesday, August 19 – Sunday, August 23, 7:30pm

Tickets: 030 4431 5151

More Information: www.klassik-open-air.de



Dresden City Festival

Art, music, food, and fun fill the streets of Dresden this weekend as the Saxon city kicks off its annual festival. For a look at Dresden’s sparkling cultural offerings, there’s no better time to be there than now.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

More Information: www.dresden.de



Self Defense Seminar

This weekend, learn how to protect yourself. Beginners and experts will all enjoy martial arts expert Tom Sotis’ two-day course.

Price: €130

Location: Seishinkai Aikido School, Alt-Bornheim 35

Times: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16

Phone: 069 1757 2731

More Information: www.starkundsicher.de




There’s a big event going on in Hamburg this weekend that involves some really good music and some really good art. Four stages feature bands like The Whitest Boy Alive, Black Lips and MGMT, while a music and art playground offers activities for all ages.

Price: €29 – €62

Location: Reiherstieg Hauptdeich, Ecke Alte Schleuse

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

More Information: www.dockville.de


Texperiment Poetry Slam

Hamburg’s poetry event of the summer kicks off Friday night. Head to Uebel & Gefährlich’s rooftop terrace and be enthralled as the region’s most skilled slammers battle it out.

Price: €5

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Friday, August 14, 8pm

More Information: www.uebelundgefaehrlich.com



Leipzig Water Festival

Rejoice in Leipzig’s rivers, canals, lakes, and ponds. This year’s Water Festival features water skiing at Kanupark on Markkleeberger Lake, salsa night at the Klingerweg Boat House, beach volleyball at Lake Cospudener, fireworks at Lindenauer Harbour and lots more splashy fun.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Phone: 0341 4924 024

More Information: www.wasserfest-leipzig.de




Few can entertain quite like Madonna. The Queen of Pop plays Munich’s Olympic Stadium Tuesday night during a stop on her “Sticky and Sweet Tour.” Watch her perform tracks from her latest disc Hard Candy as well as favourites like “Vogue,” “Like a Virgin” and “Ray of Light.”

Price: €70 – 195

Location: Olympic Stadium, Spiridon-Louis-Ring

Times: Tuesday, August 18, 7:30pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 5570 070 (0.14 €/Min)

More Information: www.madonna.com

Woodstock Tribute Concert

Didn’t make it to that mother of all music fests? Reenact it on Sunday when Munich’s Woodstock Tribute Band channels Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other icons of that legendary stage for the fortieth anniversary of Woodstock. Tie-dye is encouraged.

Price: Free

Location: Rotkreuzplatz

Times: Sunday, August 16, 2-10pm

More Information: www.bangbangconcerts.de


Sri Janmastami Celebration

Celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna with classical Indian dancing and a vegetarian feast. The yoga studio Krishnaloft hosts a Janmastami festival Friday.

Price: Free

Location: Zentrum für Heilenden Klang, Ötztalerstrasse 1b

Times: Friday, August 14, 6pm

Phone: 089 6880 0288

More Information: www.krishnaloft.de

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