Ever wondered what it was like to live in Berlin between 1871 and 1918? Hundreds of actors in typical turn of the 20th century garb will be strolling across the cobblestones of Nikolaiviertel this week for Historiale 2009, Europe's largest history festival. See if you can catch site of Kaiser Wilhelm himself.
Times: Monday, August 24 - Sunday, August 30
More Information: www.historiale.de
Berlin International Video Art Festival 2009
Videokills, a monthly event for video art, visual and sound multimedia, and performance-based artists has gone full tilt and organised a mega-festival in a historic complex of former indoor swimming pools in Wedding. For anyone who wants to know what video artists from around the world have been up to lately, Wednesday night's opening party is a don't miss.
Location: Stadtbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65
Times: Opening: Wednesday, August 26, 7pm-midnight; Regular Hours: 2-10pm, Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, August 30
More Information: www.thepostraum.com
Foto-Shop Galerie Group Show
Every month or so, Berlin's Foto-Shop Galerie hosts a new exhibition of works by the photographers it represents. This time around, the theme is "On the Way" and as usual, music and booze will both be flowing.
Location: Foto-Shop Galerie, Brunnestrasse 11
Times: Friday, August 21, 7:30pm
Phone: 030 2581 7175
More Information: www.foto-shop-berlin.de
Gamers, there's a brand new event to add to your calendars. It's called Gamescom and starting Thursday, hundreds of developers from all over the world will be arriving in Cologne with brand new games just waiting to be played. And when your thumbs start to cramp up, you can try rock climbing, watch professional skate boarders, and learn the basics of the latest craze for obstacle course enthusiasts, parcour.
Price: €5.50 - 31
Location: Koelnmesse, Messeplatz 1
Times: Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23
Phone: 0180 508 9999
More Information: www.gamescom-cologne.com
That most foot-pounding, garbage-can-banging, broom-sweeping of all shows, Stomp, has arrived in Frankfurt. Get your tickets, pack up the family, and be prepared for one of the most percussion-happy spectacles of your life.
Location: Alte Oper, 1 Opernplatz
Times: Tuesday, August 25 - Sunday, August 30
Tickets: 069 13 40 400
More Information: www.stomponline.com
For over twenty years Germany's most bad ass bands have been convening on the stage at Hamburg's Rathaus Square. Shake it to Ohrbooten, 4lyn, Pohlman, and more this weekend. And remember "the beer pays the bands."
Times: Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23
More Information: www.rockspektakel.de
Subvision. Art. Festival. Off.
Not all art gets hung on museum walls. Not all art is made to be bought. Artist collectives, members of artist-run spaces, curatorial networks, and other bands of creative people from nineteen countries will show their paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations in unconventional ways at this unique festival. Check the schedule for a week and a half's worth of artist talks, poetry sessions, parties, and DJ sets.
Location: Subvision, Strandkai/HafenCity, Hübenerstrasse
Times: Opening: Wednesday, August 26, 7pm; Regular Hours: Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, September 6, 2-10pm; Friday and Saturday until midnight
Phone: 040 2266 0894
More Information: www.subvision-hamburg.com
Phoebe Washburn - Compeshitstem - The New Deal
The New York artist is known for using discarded industrial materials like wood and cardboard to transform exhibition halls into intriguing works of architecture. Her latest show transforms two floors of Hannover's Kestnergesellschaft into a production workshop and laboratory. It's her biggest site-specific work yet.
Location: Kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11
Times: Daily, 11am-6pm; Thursdays, 11am-8pm; through October 25
Phone: 0511 701 200
More Information: www.kestner.org
Leipzig Jazz Days
The Saxon city will be buzzing with the sounds of really good music all week long. From Marc Ribot, to Avishai Cohen, Wolfgang Haffner, and Marty Ehrlich, an international set of stars fills a remarkable program.
Times: Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Ticket Hotline: 0341 126 1261 or 0341 14 14 14
More Information: www.jazzclub-leipzig.de
With chairs, and pieces of plastic, and crumpled up tape, and tubes, Nika Kupyrova creates intricate pieces of dazzling elegance. On Friday, she speaks in English about her artistic process, at Lothringer13/Laden.
Location: Lothringer13/Laden, Lothringerstrasse 13
Times: Tuesday, August 18, 7:30pm
Phone: 089 4591 1905
More Information: laden.lothringer13.de
Stuttgart Wine Village
Taste a Trollinger or a Lemberger, a Riesling or a Kerner this week as about fifty wineries from the Württemberg region set up their stalls to create an atmospheric wine village in Stuttgart's city center.
Location: Marktplatz, Schillerplatz and Kirchstrasse
Times: Wednesday, August 26 - Sunday, September 6; Daily 11am-11pm; Thursday - Saturday, until midnight
More Information: www.stuttgarter-weindorf.de