What's on in Germany: October 15 - 21
This week's highlights: After 60 years a museum reopens in Berlin, Nick Cave reads from his new novel in Hamburg, and Frankfurt holds its annual book fair.
Reopening of the Neues Museum
Queen Nefertiti has a spacious new home. Well it's an old home actually. Originally completed in 1855, the Neues Museum was badly damaged during World War II. Saturday, the grand Neoclassical building on Museum Island reopens. Go and see treasures of ancient Egypt, including that beloved bust.
Location: Neues Museum, Bodestrasse 3, Museum Island
Times: Sunday - Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday - Saturday, 10am-8pm; Grand Reopening: Saturday, October 17
Phone: 030 266 42 42 42
More Information: www.neues-museum.de
Over sixty artists from around the globe display their drawings, graphic prints, collages, 3D-illustrations, book art, and animations at this exhibition, which highlights works inspired by subcultures like comic books and graffiti.
Location: Villa Elisabeth and St. Elisabethkirche, Invalidenstrasse 3
Times: Daily, 11am-8pm; Friday, October 16 - Sunday, November 1
Phone: 030 48 49 19 29
More Information: www.illustrative.de
Festival of Lights
All your favourite Berlin buildings will be awash in colourful illuminations all week long for the Festival of Lights. Lots of attractions will stay open unusually late for the event, including a spooky World War II air-raid shelter. Take a "Lightseeing Tour" by bus, boat, bike, or foot, and see Berlin in a whole new light.
Times: Wednesday, October 14 - Sunday, October 25
Phone: 030 3267 9887
More Information: www.city-stiftung-berlin.eu
To All Tomorrow's Parties
Take a little excursion to Bonn Friday night. Theater Bonn presents "To All Tomorrow's Parties," an homage to Nico and the Velvet Underground. It's a romping stage show, filled with all sorts of 1960s psychedelia and Silver Factory scenes.
Location: Halle Beuel, Siegburger Strasse 42, Bonn
Times: Friday, October 16, 7:30pm
Ticket Hotline: 0228 77 80 08 22
More Information: www.theater-bonn.de
Frankfurt Book Fair
This year's guest of honour is China. See what's new in Chinese literature, meet Chinese authors, and watch Chinese films from 1922 to the present day.
Location: Messegelände, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
Times: Saturday, October 17, 9am-6:30pm, Sunday, October 18, 9am-5:30pm
More Information: www.frankfurt-bookfair.com
Sol Lewitt: Wall Drawing #261, 1975
Forty-five white lines are drawn across a yellow wall. That's the premise of Sol Lewitt's "Wall Drawing #261," one of over a thousand the American artist conceived before his death in 2007. Frankfurt's MMK Museum of Modern Art has recreated the drawing for its "Double" series, which presents artworks in a reproduction of a historic exhibition space, the Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst in Bremerhaven.
Location: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstrasse 10
Times: Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm
More Information: www.mmk-frankfurt.de
A unique opportunity for Nick Cave fans occurs at Hamburg's Kampnagel, Saturday night. The gloomy Australian musician reads from his new novel The Death of Bunny Monro and performs songs with two of the Bad Seeds, Warren Ellis and Martyn Casey.
Location: Kampnagel K6, Jarrestrasse 20
Times: Saturday, October 17, 8pm
Ticket Hotline: 40 270 949 49
More Information: www.kampnagel.de
Festival for Figures, Objects, and Other Theatre
Take the kids to see German fairy tale classics like "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rumpelstiltskin." This entertaining festival presents a delightful program that runs into November.
Price: €3 - 15
Times: Various dates through November 8
Hotline: 0341 238 80189
More Information: www.theatreart.de
The Long Night of Munich Museums
Get your ticket, hop on the shuttle bus, and go see some museums. Over 80 of them are participating in this year's event, which means they host special live events, and stay open until two in the morning!
Times: Saturday, October 17, 7pm-2am
More Information: www.muenchner.de
English Language Book Sale
Can you resist a good book sale? Of course not. Head over to the Jesuskirche Haar and browse through hundreds of mysteries, thrillers, romances, children's books and more! There will also be a selection of CDs and DVDs, and the proceeds will benefit social projects in Tanzania.
Location: Jesuskirche Haar, Waldluststrasse 34
Times: Friday, October 16, 3-7pm
More Information: [email protected]
Children's Halloween Party
October is upon us, and so is the season for pumpkins, witches, and ghosts. Bring the kids over to Munich's Kreuzkirche Sunday for the annual Halloween bash, but be sure to make reservations for this frightful feast because the party caps off at 100.
Price: Adults, Free; Kids, €5
Location: Kreuzkirche, Hiltenspergerstrasse 55
Times: Sunday, October 18, 3-5pm
Reservations: 089 5386 8026
More Information: www.sphairos.de