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What's on in Germany: July 8 - 14

Shannon Smith · 8 Jul 2010, 08:52

Published: 08 Jul 2010 08:52 GMT+02:00

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CHIO Aachen

Pomp and discipline abound at Aachen's annual equestrian championships. Top contenders venture from far and wide to take part in competitions, which feature a myriad of horseback events from carriage driving to jumping and dressage. Riders compete for awards such as the Sparkasse Prize, the Mercedez-Benz Prize Nations Cup and the Grand Prix Dressage of Aachen - for which riders participate in a freestyle finale.

Price: €6 - €35

Location: Showgrounds

Times: 9th - 18th July

Phone: (0241) 91 71 111

More Information: CHIO Aachen Website



Underground Catwalk

Berlin couldn't host Fashion Week without offering up its insubordinate alternative. The Underground Catwalk offers over-18s a sneak preview of this season's hottest alternative fashion in the steel-and-concrete depths of Berlin's U5 metro line. Models don an array of exciting costumes including plenty of exotic wear for the duration of the 45-minute show. Things heat up even further at the after-show party - this year at Sage Club.

Price: €17 (over 18 only, including afterparty)

Location:U-Bhf Alexanderplatz (U5), afterparty: Sage Club

Times: 18th July, warm-up 9pm, boarding 9:30pm, afterparty 10:30pm

Phone: (030) 29 36 926 0

More Information: Underground Catwalk


All Nations

Some 26 embassies will open their doors to the general public this week for the All Nations Festival. After obtaining a "Festival Passport", visitors can use the free shuttles to hop from one embassy to the next, collecting stamps and samples of national cuisine all the way. Also planned are movies and tours of sections of each building usually off-limits to the public. A "Festival Passport" is free from one of several location described on the festival website.

Price: Festival Pass, free

Location: 26 embassies around Berlin

Times: 10th July, 11am - 6pm

Phone: (0) 30 88 62 57 55

More Information: All Nations Festival Website


Though it's been unofficially ousted from this weekend's celebratory line-up by Berlin's Fan Mile, organizers expect a defiant turnout nonetheless. Join partygoers near the flea market on Straße der 17. Juni for a make-shift B-Parade, which has traditionally flowed through the streets in a continuous wave of electronic music and non-stop dancing. If the thin remains of this event-quashed aren't doing it for you, try the Warm-Up Party at Box on the Beach that evening (see website for details).

Price: Free

Location: Strasse des 17. Juni Flea Market

Times: 9th July, from 12 noon

Phone: (030) 46 066 844

More Information: B-Parade Website



Keith Jarrett Trio

Baden Baden hosts a night of highly-influential contemporary musicians including pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack Dejohnnette. Known for their riveting, original interpretations of traditional jazz pieces, the trio has scores of critically-acclaimed performances under their belts. Keith Jarrett, who played electronic keyboards with Miles Davis, began working with DeJohnette in the 60s. Peacock joined up with the trio in the 1970s.

Price: €51-€170

Location: Festspielhaus, 2 Beim Alten Bahnhof 76530

Times: 9th July, 8pm

Phone: (0) 7221 3013 101

More Information: Keith Jarrett Website



Düsseldorf France Festival

In honour of Bastille Day every year, the Burgplatz square in Düsseldorf is transformed into a mock-French town. With live performances from street artists and a wide selection of food and wine, the festival isn't just a great way to spend a summer afternoon; it's a chance for Düsseldorf's rather sizable French contingent to show off. Highlights include a French market and a showcase of some French Oldtimers.

Price: €4 Fri & Sat, €3 Sun

Location: Burgplatz

Times: 9th - 11th July

More Information: More Information: Düsseldorf France Festival Website



Dresden Summer Night of Museums

On this summer night in Dresden, more than 50 museums open their doors from late afternoon until the wee hours of the next morning. Though other cities in Germany have staged similar events, Dresden incorporates a few extra special activities including castle tours, museum parties, the opening of the zoo botanical gardens, rides on paddle steamers and more. Buses shuttle patrons between participating locations.

Price: €9 (€7 discounted)

Location: More than 50 museums throughout Dresden

Times: 10th July, 2pm - 1am

More Information: Dresden Summer Night of Museums Website



Freiburg Zelt Music Festival

The small university town of Freiburg gets serious about the arts for its massive Zelt Music Festival. Featuring endless entertainment of all shapes and sizes, from free to rather pricy events (€65 per ticket), Zelt offers something for everyone, including beach volleyball, comedy acts and readings as a supplement to the headlining musical line-up. Clubs don't sit the occasion out, as late-night parties encourage patrons to keep going all night long.

Price: Free - €65

Location: Festivalgelände

Times: 8th - 25th July

Phone: (0761) 50 40 30 (tickets)

More Information: Freiburg Zelt Festival Website



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Considered a best kept secret among Munich folk festivals, Magdalenfest is a charming hybrid of a market and a funfair that dates back to 1728. Nestled up next to the world's largest beer garden, Hirschgarten, this gathering is also the only inner-city festival that takes place entirely in a green space, adding to the summery atmosphere. July 14th is Family Day, with discounts in store for shoppers.

Price: Free

Location: Hirschgarten

Times: 10th - 18th July, 10am-11pm

Phone: (089) 17 999 119

More Information: Hirschgarten Website


Munich Summer Theatre

Four weekends in July see Munich's English Garden come alive as some 8000 spectators convene for Munich Summer Theatre. The Garden's sizable amphitheatre hosts multiple performances of two plays, which are open to the public free of charge. It's the perfect place to bring your Abendbrot, as well as something to sit on, and soak up the mid-summer Bavarian festivities.

Price: Free

Location: English Garten

Times: 8th - 31st July, Fri - Sun 9pm

Phone: (089) 98 93 88

More Information: Munich Summer Theatre Website



Bavarian Jazz Weekend

"It's not a festival, it's a celebration", boasts the website, as Bavarian Jazz Weekend prepares to take over the streets of Regensburg. With an array of performances on offer at local clubs, open air theatres and various other venues, the event incorporates every jazz form patrons could seek, from Dixieland to modern styles. Participating artists hail mostly from Bavaria, but also from the rest of Germany and even greater Europe.

Price: Free

Location: Varies, see website for details

Times: 8th - 11th July, various times

More Information: Bavarian Jazz Weekend

Shannon Smith (news@thelocal.de)

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