Back for Round 12: the city’s largest arts festival celebrates another 48 hours straight of the most raw and original art Berlin has to offer. A whopping 1700 participants at more than 340 venues make up the festivities this year featuring dance, theatre and music performances, readings, visual art, parties and guided tours. Saturday also happens to coincide with the 650th birthday of the Rixdorf/Neukölln area: relevant exhibits are identified with the label Komplex650.
Location: See website for various locations in Berlin-Neukölln
Times: 25th June – 27th June, 7pm-7pm
Phone: 030 68 24 78 0
More Information: 48-Stunden Neukölln Website
Shellac, Photos and Food
While you’re checking out all Neukölln has to offer you might stop by chef Suzy Fracassa’s special Fortuna’s Feast events this weekend. Mr. Wolff will play his rare collection of 78 shellac records and Berlin-based photographer from the UK, Joe Dilworth will present his recent work, Empty Spaces. And Motor FM’s, Elizabeth Rushe, host of Off the Record will provide the soundtrack for the evening after parties.
Location: Feast, Weserstrasse 58
Times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 25-27)
Reservations: 030 627 32 538
More Information: fortunastable.de
Schloss Benrath Music Festival
Organisers call it a must for romantics, but this open-air concert put on by the Düsseldorf Philharmonic is sure to lure more than a few unsuspecting passers-by into its folds. Spectators can bring their own picnics and blankets to spread out on or just nab one of the seats on the palace terrace. The music of Mendelssohn and Strauss will be accompanied by some breathtaking visuals, including a dreamy view of the Benrath palace, colourfully lit trees and a grand finale of fireworks.
Location: Schloss Benrath, Benrather Schlossallee 100-106
Times: 26th June, 10pm
More Information: More Information: Düsseldorf Tourism Website
Parade of Cultures
An onslaught of international music and other live performances hits the streets of Frankfurt for the city’s annual Parade of Cultures. Intended to promote ethnic diversity, eradicate racism and increase awareness on the subject, the procession is flanked by a multitude of supporting elements including an international market and a hip-hop dance competition. Multicultural festivities stretch well into the night for clubbers, who can enjoy an array of internationally-themed parties spread across the city.
Location: From Untermainkai to Römerberg
Times: 26th June, 12pm (Untermainkai) to 2pm (Römerberg)
More Information: Frankfurt Parade of Cultures Website (German only)
Hamburg Harley Days
For three whole days, more than 50,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles descend upon Hamburg’s Großmarkt for the annual Hamburg Harley Days festival. This free event is a must for any motorcycle enthusiast, with daring stunt shows, live bands and a ride-in bike show featuring an incredible selection of custom Harleys from all over the world. Celebrations culminate in a parade on Sunday when 10,000 Harleys roll through the streets of the Hamburg harbour. Smells like freedom…
Times: 25th June – 27th June, see website for varying times
More Information: Hamburg Harley Days Website
David Tremlett: Wall Drawings for the Gallery of Contemporary Art
Tremlett’s first German exhibition since 1992 combines elements of his work from the 1960s to today, including drawings, sketches, artist books and photographs. Though trained as a sculptor, the British-born artist creates wall drawing from pastel and crayon that draw comparisons to landscapes, floorplans or signs. Tremlett says one of the most important aspects of his work is the act of “building” something within a wall surface.
Price: €8.50 (€5 discounted)
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
Times: 25th June, 7pm (opening)
Phone: (040) 428 131 200
More Information: Hamburger Kunsthalle Website
BMW International Open
This year will see one of the strongest lineups in the history of the BMW International Open, with 2009 champion, Nick Dougherty of England, coming up against some stiff European competition to defend his title. The BMW International Open has grown in importance over the years, with it ranking among tournament like the PGA in monetary allure. The top ten European contenders will automatically advance to the Ryder Cup.
Price: Inquire via VIP hotline: (089) 99 92 99 99
Location: Golfclub Munich Eichenried
Times: 24th – 27th June, Public Area open from 8am
More Information: BMW International Open Website
Munich Film Festival
With more than 150 international and independent films, Filmfest München rivals Berlin as Germany’s largest industry event. Mostly non-competitive, the festival serves more as an accessible forum for viewing and discussing films, with public participation highly encouraged. Since 1983, the lineup has grown to feature a broad variety of selections including premières, retrospectives, TV movies and more.
Price: €6.50-€8 (dependent on showings)
Location: Various locations through Munich
Times: 25th June – 3rd July, times vary
Phone: (089) 4 80 98 97 300 (ticket hotline)
More Information: Filmfest München Website
Munich Opera Festival
Since 1876 the Bavarian State Opera has sponsored the München Opernfestspiele, featuring weeks of non-stop opera and ballet performances at the Nationaltheater. Patrons come from far and wide to enjoy in this veritable marathon of music, dance and drama. A festival highlight is Opera for All, where the public can enjoy a free open-air concert on the adjacent Max-Joseph-Platz square.
Price: €19-€48 (varies with seating)
Location: Bayerische Staatsoper, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Times: 24th June – 31st July
Phone: (089) 21 85 01
More Information: Munich Opera Festival
Old Town Festival
As one of the oldest cities in Germany, Trier has no trouble raking in a crowd for its annual Altstasdtfest. The past 29 celebrations have seen swaths of locals and tourists alike fill the streets of the Old Town against a dramatic backdrop of Roman ruins. Organisers are anticipating an even bigger turnout for the 30th anniversary of this historically-geared festival, which is scheduled to include live music, a gregarious ambiance, and plenty of Trierisches history – some 2000 years of it, in fact.
Times: 25th-27th June, 10:30am-10pm
Phone: (0651) 718 0
More Information: Trier Altstadt Festival Website