Carnival of Cultures
Berlin’s most fabulous street festival begins Friday in Kreuzberg. Dance to salsa rhythms and African beats as performers from all over the world perform on four stages, then join in on Sunday’s vibrant global parade when the exuberant crowd makes its way through the city.
Location: The parade starts at Hermannplatz and continues down Hasenheide and along Gneisenaustrasse. The street festival takes places near Hallesches Tor.
Times: Sunday, May 23, 12:30-9:30pm (Parade); Friday, May 21, 4pm-midnight; Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 11am-midnight; Monday, May 24, 11am-7pm (Street Festival)
More Information: www.karneval-der-kulturen.de
Classic comedy meets hip hop in this whimsical show that tributes the Marx Brothers while incorporating 21st century pop culture style. See how Joey D and Matt Bailey hilariously fuse dance with beat boxing.
Price: €15 – 25
Location: Postbahnhof at the Ostbahnhof, Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8
Times: Friday, Thursday, May 20 – Saturday, May 22; Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6
Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 777 (0.14/Min)
More Information: www.flhip-flhop.de
Youth Theatre Meeting
Young thespians from Düsseldorf, Hannover, Munster, and other German cities gather in Berlin this week to showcase their talents. Out of 105 applicants, only eight were selected. Witness the theatrical skills of companies like Theatergruppe am Goethe and Tanztheater Hagazussa now, before they get too famous.
Location: Wabe, Danziger Strasse 101
Times: Friday, May 21 – Friday, May 28, 8pm
Phone: 030 254 89 100
More Information: <a href="http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/en/aktuell/festivals/04_theatertreffen_der_jugend/ttj10_programm/ttj10_ProgrammlisteUebersicht.php
Electronic Beats Festival
With a line-up that includes Moderat, Major Lazer, Kele, Miike Snow, Turboweekend, and Little Dragon, this is one party you won’t want to miss. That is, if you’re a lover of electro-tastic fun. Still hot from Graz, the Electronic Beats Festival touches down at Cologne’s E-Werk Thursday night.
Location: E-Werk, Schanzenstrasse 37
Times: Thursday, May 20, 8pm
Ticket Hotline: 0221 2801
More Information: www.electronicbeats.net
Frankfurt Forest Days
Revel among the majesty of the Frankfurt City Forest. An age-old tradition takes place just outside the city this weekend. From a salsa orchestra to a Dixieland band, all sorts of live music will fill the air as carnival rides twirl, frothy beers flow, and bratwurst roasts on the grill.
Location: Frankfurt City Forest, at the Oberforsthaus
Times: Saturday, May 22 – Tuesday, May 25, 12pm-1am
More Information: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Night at the Senckenberg Museum
Let your flashlight be your guide as you embark on a safari through the history of mankind. Night falls, and the Senckenberg Museum grows dark. This special tour offers a rare opportunity for children and adults to venture in the footsteps of legendary scientific explorers like Charles Darwin and discover the secrets of our past.
Location: Senckenberg Museum, Senckenberganlage 25 (Meet at the entrance to Wolfgang-Steubing Hall)
Times: Friday, May 21, 7pm, 8:30pm & 10pm;
Phone: 069 75420
More Information: urmensch.senckenberg.de
Johnny Cash – The Man in Black – A Musical Portrait
“Got Rhythm,” “Ring of Fire,” “Cry Cry Cry,” you know every single word. Nils-Holger Bock takes on the role of the Man in Black in a tribute to Johnny Cash. Hear all your favourite tunes in this powerful biographical musical.
Location: Fliegende Bauten, Glacischaussee 4
Times: Tuesday, May 25 – Sunday, May 30, 8pm (7pm on Sunday)
Phone: 040 3988 1422
More Information: www.fliegende-bauten.de
An Irish Evening Of Poetry And Music
Irish poet Terry McDonagh stops in at Café SternChance Thursday night to read from his latest collection of poetry The Truth in Mustard. There’s nothing quite as enchanting as the sound of poetry delivered in an Irish brogue. Martin Luke Burns completes the Emerald Isle ambiance with a set of new and classic tunes.
Location: Café SternChance, Schroederstiftstrasse 7
Times: Thursday, May 20, 8pm
Phone: 040 430 11 68
More Information: www.sternchance.de
Night of Traditional Dress
As if you needed an excuse to bust out the dirndl and the lederhosen. Join fellow traditional costume enthusiasts this weekend at Löwenbräukeller and dance the night away with Alpine abandon in puffy sleeves and edelweiss embroidered suspenders.
Location: Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburger Strasse 2/Stiglmaier Platz
Times: Friday, May 21 – Saturday, May 22, 7pm
Phone: 089 62 17 17 21
More Information: www.nachtdertracht.de
Careening through Europe on their first tour in a decade, Pavement hits up Munich Saturday. They may have peaked in the nineties with a dash of controversy and a pinch of notoriety, but the band’s lo-fi brand still sounds fresh.
Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4
Times: Saturday, May 22, 8:30pm
More Information: www.muffathalle.de
Klang Fest 2010
Jazz, rock, pop, electro, flamenco, folk music, world music. Klang Fest is all about sound. Oh and um, soccer too. Watch the Champions League final in between sets. Hey, it’s free! And with 29 bands on four stages, that deal can’t be beat.
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Saturday, May 22, 3:00pm
More Information: www.klangfest-muenchen.de