Day of Open Monuments
From the palaces of Saxony to the churches of Bavaria, monuments throughout Germany open to the public this Sunday. Pay your respects to fallen communists at the Karl-Liebknecht-Haus in Berlin, stroll peacefully past art nouveau tombstones at Bremen’s Riensberger Friedhof, or tour Baden-Baden’s 16th century city hall. The opportunities are endless.
Location: Throughout Germany
Times: Sunday, September 12
More Information: www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de
Yoko Ono – Das Gift
Conceptual, instruction-based art has been Yoko Ono’s forte for over half a century. Her latest installation “Das Gift” incorporates sculpture, sound, film, and of course a few directions that compels the viewer to consider violence on a global level. Peer through a bullet hole shot into a pane of glass, then flash your pearly whites for the camera in a special room reserved just for smiles.
Location: Haunch of Venison, Heidestrasse 46
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; September 10 – November 13
Phone: 030 39 74 39 63
More Information: www.haunchofvenison.com
Floodwall – Drawers Speak – New Orleans Five Years Later
In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans artist Jana Napoli spent two months rescuing hundreds of drawers from the ruins of her city. Three hundred eighty of them form her installation “Floodwall,” an eight-foot wall that pays tribute to the thousands of residents who lost their homes. Contemplate the exhibition’s kitchen, night stand, bathroom, and dresser drawers, and take a moment to discover the personal histories of each one.
Location: The Kurier Ship, various locations along the Spree River.
Times: Friday, September 10 – October 15
More Information: www.floodwall.org
Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Gang of Four and more all head to Berlin’s landmark former airport Tempelhof for this two-day music festival! No need to fear the rain either, as even outdoor concert stages will be set up on the tarmac right next to the old terminal.
Price: Friday or Saturday €50 or €70 for both days
Location: Tempelhof Airport
Times: Friday, September 10 – Saturday, September 11
More Information: www.berlinfestival.de
Potsdam Jazz Festival
Set off for the royal city of Potsdam this week for one of the region’s most vibrant jazz festivals. Groups like Sonic.Art, the Portico Quartet, and the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra tune up for a feverish five-day event. Take to the waters with Saturday’s “Riverboat-Shuffle,” and bring the wee ones Sunday when Sabine Vogel and Alex Nowitz play jazz for kids.
Times: Wednesday, September 8 – Sunday, September 12
More Information: www.potsdamer-jazzfestival.de
Everybody loves Beethoven, but the people of Bonn hold a special place in their hearts for good old Ludwig – he was born here after all – and Bonn’s Beethoven Festival devotes an entire month to the mammoth maestro. Get ready for a classical storm of epic proportions.
Times: Friday, September 10 – October 9
Phone: 0228 20 10 345 (information); 0180 500 18 12 (tickets)
More Information: en.beethovenfest.de
The Young Vermeer
What came before “Girl With a Pearl Earring”? Well, there was “Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window,” “Diana and Her Companions,” and “The Procuress.” See these three early works alongside a selection by the Dutch master’s contemporaries at Dresden’s Old Masters Picture Gallery.
Location: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Theaterplatz 1
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through November 28
Phone: 0351 4 91 42 000
More Information: en.beethovenfest.de
Run For More Time
You can run, or you can walk. Either way, your efforts go toward a good cause – ending AIDS. The five kilometre route traverses Frankfurt’s city centre. Join in and devote a day to health.
Times: Sunday, September 12, 5pm
More Information: lauf-fuer-mehr-zeit.de
China Time 2010
Bet you didn’t know that Hamburg and China were BFFs. Every two years since 2006, the Free Hanseatic City has hosted an extensive festival devoted to its Far East friend. But this isn’t your typical arts and culture bash. Those categories are included of course, but revellers with an inclination toward politics, science, sports, and economics can also be ensured of a good time.
Times: Thursday, September 9 – September 25
More Information: chinatime-english.hamburg.de
Harbourfront Literature Festival
Hamburg’s harbour has seen its fair share of fun and games this summer. This week the famed waterway dons its intellectual hat. Authors like John Grisham, John Irving, José Saramago, Yann Martel, Karin Slaughter, Günther Grass and Brigitte Kronauer headline a program of 87 literary events at over 20 venues.
Times: Wednesday, September 8 – Saturday, September 18
More Information: www.harbourfront-hamburg.com
Painting, photography, sculpture oh my! New art is blossoming all over Munich, and this is the weekend to take it all in. Dozens of art galleries and museums fling open their doors for this city-wide event. Hit up as many as you can, then dance the night away at Friday night’s Club Palais after party.
Location: Various (main event); Club Palais, Arnulfstrasse 16-18 (after party)
Times: Friday, September 10, 6-9pm; Saturday, September 11, 11am-6pm; Sunday, September 12, 11am-6pm; Friday, September 10, 10pm (after party)
More Information: www.openart.biz
Do you know what it feels like to dance in the streets? Learn the samba at this year’s Streetlife Festival in Munich. The exuberant weekend includes beach rugby, skateboarding, and lots of live music. With an eye towards environmentalism, the festival is car free!
Location: Leopoldstrasse and Ludwigstrasse
Times: Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12
More Information: www.streetlife-festival.de