What’s on in Germany: August 20-26

This Week's Highlights: Jazz in Leipzig, wine in Stuttgart, and a new festival for video art in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: August 20-26
A tourist's backside at the Historiale in Berlin. Photo: DPA



Historiale 2009

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.

Price: Free

Location: Nikolaiviertel

Times: Monday, August 24 – Sunday, August 30

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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.

Price: Free

Location: Stadtbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65

Times: Opening: Wednesday, August 26, 7pm-midnight; Regular Hours: 2-10pm, Thursday, August 27 – Sunday, August 30

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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.

Price: Free

Location: Foto-Shop Galerie, Brunnestrasse 11

Times: Friday, August 21, 7:30pm

Phone: 030 2581 7175

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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

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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.

Price: €15-70

Location: Alte Oper, 1 Opernplatz

Times: Tuesday, August 25 – Sunday, August 30

Tickets: 069 13 40 400

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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.”

Price: Free

Location: Rathausmarkt

Times: Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23

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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.

Price: Free

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

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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.

Price: €5

Location: Kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11

Times: Daily, 11am-6pm; Thursdays, 11am-8pm; through October 25

Phone: 0511 701 200

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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.

Price: €3-43

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Ticket Hotline: 0341 126 1261 or 0341 14 14 14

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Nika Kupyrova

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.

Price: Free

Location: Lothringer13/Laden, Lothringerstrasse 13

Times: Tuesday, August 18, 7:30pm

Phone: 089 4591 1905

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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.

Price: Free

Location: Marktplatz, Schillerplatz and Kirchstrasse

Times: Wednesday, August 26 – Sunday, September 6; Daily 11am-11pm; Thursday – Saturday, until midnight

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New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.

New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’
Photo: DPA

When low-level pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is forced to smuggle an enormous amount of marijuana from Mexico to the States, he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teenager (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighbor (Will Poulter) to pose as his family in the hopes that “the Millers” will raise less suspicion at the border than a single man. We’re the Millers is a fun, lighthearted summer comedy marked by strong performances, a surprising script and tons of laughs.

Movies in eastern Germany

For Berlin click here

Movies in central and western Germany

For Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Landstuhl/Ramstein click here

Movies in northern Germany

For Hamburg and Bremen click here

Movies in southern Germany

For Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Bamberg click here