Carsten Höller – SOMA
Ever spent the night at a museum? As part of his new exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Swedish artist Carsten Höller created a floating hotel room. Smack dab in the middle of the museum’s main hall, surrounded by live reindeer, the room resembles a mushroom – the purported main ingredient of a drink known as “soma” to the Vedic nomads of ancient North India, which forms the basis of this intriguingly scientific exhibition.
Price: €8 (Regular Admission); €1000 (Overnight)
Location: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50–51
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm; November 4 – February 6, 2011
Phone: 030 266 42 42 42
More Information: www.somainberlin.org
Fred Herzog – Colour Pioneer
Add C/O Berlin to your list of this week’s gallery openings. Forty works by the German-born photographer, who emigrated to Canada after the second World War, go on view Friday. From supermarket scenes to gas station panoramas, the retrospective offers a look at 1950s Vancouver in full colour – a risky medium for a time that valued the artistic essence of good old black and white.
Location: C/O Berlin, Oranienburger Strasse 35/36
Times: Friday, November 5, 7pm (Opening); Daily, 11am-8pm; November 6 – January 9, 1011 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 030 28 09 19 25 .
More Information: www.co-berlin.info
BerMuDa – Berlin Music Days
It’s a well-known fact that Berlin is famous for its club scene. Well, the international clubbing capital is about to go bananas. From Tresor, to Maria, Watergate, and Weekend, dance clubs around Berlin host a sensational program of DJs, electronic music makers, and techo stars that culminates Saturday night at Tempelhof Airport. Get electric.
Price: Various; €42.50 (Fly BerMuDa at Tempelhof Airport)
Times: Wednesday, November 3 – Saturday, November 6
More Information: www.bermuda-berlin.de
Long Night of Cologne Museums
If you’re in Cologne this weekend you’ll have no problem finding enough time to check out the city’s cultural offerings. It’s the Long Night of Museums! One ticket gets you entrance to 43 different museums on Saturday. From geology, to archaeology, history, and art, there’s oh so much to explore!
Times: Saturday, November 6, 7pm-3am
Phone: 0221 9515 4143
More Information: www.museumsnacht-koeln.de
If Turkey doesn’t come to mind when you think fashion, you’re in for a surprise. The country is home to a rather imaginative set of designers. Starting Saturday, some of the most glamorous gowns, chicest shorts, and beautiful blouses by Turkish designers go on display at Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts.
Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, November 6 – January 30, 2011
Phone: 0221 221 23860
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
KiKiFe – Children’s Film Festival
Cinema classics like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang join new movies like Here Comes Lola and The Sandman at this film festival for kids. Join in on the fun at Thursday’s grand opening celebration at the Film Museum.
Price: €3 (Children); €4 (Adults)
Times: Thursday, November 4 – Wednesday, November 10
Phone: 0211 89 98 108
More Information: www.kinderkinofest.de
Lanterns for Saint Martin
Good old Saint Martin. When he saw a beggar shivering, he offered his coat. Düsseldorf has never forgotten that stroke of kindness. See the horses, singing children, and glowing lanterns that wind through the city Wednesday in over 100 processions.
Times: Wednesday, November 10
More Information: www.duesseldorf.de
Scandinavian Week 2010
There’s reindeer, there’s herring, there’s Pippi Longstocking! The flags of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland fly over Frankfurt’s main square as the music of ABBA fills the air. Be immersed in the sites, sounds, and flavours of Germany’s northern neighbours all week long as Frankfurt celebrates Scandinavian Week.
Location: The Hauptwache
Times: Sunday, November 7 – Saturday, November 13
More Information: www.cityforum-profrankfurt.de
Music in the City’s Houses
Private homes and public halls open their doors to musicians and music lovers this week for a unique series of intimate concerts (also in Berlin, Cologne, and Ruhr). Pianist Ragna Schirmer kicked the festival off in Hamburg Wednesday, and Sonic.Art a saxophone quartet based in Berlin will wrap it up Sunday. Thirty more concerts fill the time between.
Times: Wednesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 7
More Information: www.kunstsalon.de
What is it about the dances of Latin America that seduce us so? Their controlled concentration? Their sexy sway? Whatever it is, we can’t get enough. A weekend of workshops, performances, and dance parties comprise this vibrant festival. Sign up for one of the bachata classes and you’ll be stepping in time like they do in the Dominican Republic.
Price: €10 – 65
Location: The Dance School at the German Theater, Adolf-Kolping-Strasse 10
Times: Friday, November 5 – Sunday, November 7
More Information: www.bachatafest.de
Diwali – The Indian Festival of Light
Celebrate good over evil by lighting a candle in honour of Diwali, an important festival celebrated each fall in India. Bollywood dancing, Punjabi Bhangra music, face painting for kids, and traditional Indian food will all be on offer at Munich’s Kulturhaus Milbertshofen, Friday.
Price: €10, Free for kids under 10
Location: Kulturhaus Milbertshofen, Curt-Mezger-Platz 1
Times: Friday, November 5, 5:30
More Information: www.kulturhaus-milbertshofen.de