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What's on in Germany: September 16 - 22

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What's on in Germany: September 16 - 22
World children's day in Germany. Photo: DPA
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This week's highlights: Kate Nash plays Munich, Berlin celebrates children, and a festival of culture dances into Düsseldorf.

BERLIN

Festivals

World Children's Day Festival

"Teach them well and let them lead the way," sang Whitney Houston in her inspirational hit "Greatest Love of All. " What a perfect soundtrack for Sunday's fiesta at Potsdamer Platz. A collaboration with UNICEF, the festival celebrates children all over the world, and includes a presentation on organic farming.

Price: Free

Location: Potsdamer Platz

Times: Sunday, September 19, 11am-6pm

More Information: www.weltkindertag.de

International Literature Festival Berlin

There are a lot of writers out there. At the moment, Berlin is teeming with them. This year's International Literature Festival Berlin focuses on Eastern Europe, but the programme ventures well beyond Russia, with authors hailing from as far away as India, Brazil, Canada, and beyond.

Price: Various, most events €5-10

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Wednesday, September 15 - Saturday, September 25

Tickets: 030 254 89 100

More Information: www.literaturfestival.com

B-lock Omega Resistance Festival

Street theatre, dance workshops, a performance lab, open stage, and party - each based around a theme of resistance. Those with a dramatic bent should find this nine-day event rather irresistible.

Price: Various

Location: BLO Ateliers, Kaskelstrasse 55

Times: Friday, September 17 - Saturday, September 25

More Information: blo-ateliers.de

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums

Pimp the Timp

Ah, to be a man in high heels... For 30 years Cologne's Hotel Timp was a haven for the city's transsexual community and home to a legendary transvestite show. Stroll through the former hotel Thursday when pictures of "love, desire, and passion" adorn ITS 15 rooms and three suites.

Price: €5

Location: Hotel Timp, Heumarkt 25

Times: Friday, September 17, 8pm (opening); Daily, 3pm-midnight (regular hours); through September 26

More Information: www.pimpthetimp.com

DÜSSELDORF

Festivals

Old Town Autumn Culture Festival

Do you like polyphonic sound installations? How about "Snow White and Rose Red" with a jazz-pop tint? From Mozart's Requiem to the Master Drummers of Burundi this festival presents a stunningly diverse roster of music and dance.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, September 15 - Sunday, October 3

Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0 617

More Information: www.altstadtherbst.de

FRANKFURT

Festivals

Fall Festival

The season for sweaters and leaf piles starts next week, and there's no better way to kick it off than with a little pumpkin carving and birdhouse building. Fun autumn activities blossom around Franfurt's Palmengarten this weekend. Bring the whole family.

Price: €5 (Adults); €2 (Kids)

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Saturday, September 18 - Sunday, September 19

Phone: 069 2123 39 39

More Information: www.palmengarten-frankfurt.de

Galleries/Museums

Else Lasker-Schuler - The Pictures

Better known for her work with a pen than with a paintbrush, the German-born, Jewish poet was actually an important figure in avant-garde modernist art. A new exhibition at Frankfurt's Jewish Museum includes dozens of rare drawings, sketches, collages, painted postcards and hand-coloured lithographs from public and private collections.

Price: €8

Location: Jüdisches Museum, Untermainkai 14/15

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through January 9, 2011

Phone: 069 212 35000

More Information: juedischesmuseum.de

HAMBURG

Events

Night of the Churches

Oh holy night! It’s said that if you make a wish when visiting a new church, your wish comes true. One hundred and forty churches host gospel and jazz concerts, dance shows, programmes for children, sing-a-longs, and lots of light installations, Saturday night in Hamburg. That's a lot of wishes.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, September 18, 7pm

More Information: www.ndkh.eu

Readings

Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

She was just a poor tobacco farmer in the American South, but Henrietta Lacks helped bring about some pretty important medical advances - polio vaccine anyone? Only trouble is, Ms. Lacks knew nothing about the studies being done on her cells. Science journalist Rebecca Skloot reads from her debut book in Hamburg, Tuesday.

Price: €5

Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg, Am Sandtorkai 48

Times: Tuesday, September 21, 7pm

More Information: www.amerikazentrum.de

MUNICH

Music/Concerts

Kate Nash

My Best Friend is You. "Do Wah Doo." She is talking about me right? The British pop sensation hits the stage Saturday in Munich. Let's hope she wears that sparkly blue outfit from the "Kiss That Girl" video.

Price: €33.40

Location: Kultfabrik, Tonhalle, Grafinger Strasse 6

Times: Saturday, September 18, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81

More Information: www.katenash.co.uk

Marc Ducret Quartet

The French guitarist knows his way around a fretboard. But this isn't your usual six-string serenade. Saxophonist Tim Berne, violinist Dominique Pifarely, and drummer Tom Rainey join him Saturday at Unterfahrt for a set that's sure to go well beyond "jazz."

Price: €18

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Saturday, September 18, 9pm

More Information: www.unterfahrt.de

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