What's on in Germany: November 18 - 24

Shannon Smith
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What's on in Germany: November 18 - 24
Let the feeding frenzy begin. The Christmas markets are opening! Photo: DPA

This week’s highlights: A language-learning festival in Berlin, Jewish culture days in Munich and Christmas markets galore.




Expo Lingua Berlin

Running for more than 20 years now, this convention has provided the perfect forum for language industry professionals and fanatics to exchange the latest products, methods and services available in the field. Expo Lingua Berlin brings together roughly 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries for three days of multilingual fun. The language-learning extravaganza also highlights opportunities for combining academics, languages and travel - with some lectures and workshops sprinkled throughout.

Price: Day Pass €5 (adults), €3 (students), €2 (groups); two and three-day passes also available

Location: Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Friedrichstrasse 176–179, 10117 Berlin

Times: November 19 - 21, 10am - 6pm

More Information: Expo Lingua Website


Justin Nozuka

If you mistake Justin Nozuka for a 70-year-old blues legend upon hearing his voice, you wouldn’t be the first. The 21-year-old American-Canadian songwriter and guitarist is on tour promoting “You I Wind Land And Sea”, the follow-up to his successful debut “Holly.” Nozuka’s excellent songwriting, soulful singing and blues riffs fit perfectly with his band’s funky style. Check them out at Postbahnhof on Sunday.

Price: €22

Location: Postbahnhof, Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 3-10, 10243

Times: November 21, 8pm

More Information: Official Berlin Website



Remembering Forward

This exhibit by Cologne’s Museum Ludwig features Aboriginal artwork from the past 40 years from Australia’s dry northwestern deserts. Visitors can enjoy various mediums from paintings to tree stumps, which all reflect the idea of “Dreamtime” and the Aboriginal absence of traditional western concepts of past, present and future.

Price: €10, €7 (discount)

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln

Time: November 20 - March 3, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, first Thursdays 10am-10pm

More Information: Museum Ludwig Website



Visionale: Hessian Youth Media Festival

This year’s statewide Hessian Youth Media Festival takes place at Frankfurt's Gallus Theater. The Visionale features a selection of promising young talent in the field of multimedia production from directors aged 27 or under. Select entrants are later invited to make a movie about the city of Frankfurt during a week-long stay.

Price: (unlisted)

Location: Gallus Theater, 15 Kleyerstrasse, 60326 Frankfurt/Main

Time: November 19 - 21, Fri 3:30pm - 8pm, Sat 2pm - 10:15pm, Sun 12pm - 7pm

More Information: Visionale10 Website



Leipzig Christmas Market

Going strong since the 15th century, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the oldest and most memorable holiday experiences in Germany. Some 250 booths populating Market Square lend the event its cultural and culinary diversity, as well as its status as one of the largest Christmas markets in the country. The world’s largest free-standing advent calendar is one of the most exciting attractions: stop by around 4:30pm on Christmas Eve to witness one of its doors being opened.

Price: Free

Location: Innenstadt Marketplace

Times: November 23 - December 22, 10am - 9pm

More Information: Leipzig Christmas Market Website



Jewish Culture Days Munich

This annual showcase of concerts, theatre, film and exhibitions celebrates Jewish culture through various art forms and panel discussions. In 2010 the Jewish Culture Days will focus on “Jewish Berlin” in a look at flourishing Jewish life there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Munich’s Gasteig and various other venues play host to the event.

Price: Some events free

Location: Various locations (see website for details)

Time: November 20 - December 1, various times (see website for details)

More Information: Jewish Culture Days Website


Munich Book Show

With more than 50 annual festivals under its belt, the Munich Book Show, featuring the latest releases from German and and Swiss publishing houses, draws more than 150,000 patrons each year. In addition to the traditional hardcover book selection, the 2010 installment of the festival will also include audiobooks and art calendars, not to mention daily readings by authors from all over the world in association with the newly-established Literature Fest.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig, 5 Rosenheimerstraße 81667 Munich

Time: November 18 - December 5, 8am - 11pm

More Information: Munich Book Show Website


Strange Days

Artist collaborative IMPACT is back with its latest production “Strange Days,” described as a sensational, provocative and eerie mix of scenes, monologues, and songs. Let this imaginative troupe take you on a journey you’ll never forget. Secure tickets early, as the show runs for three days only.

Price: Call (089) 260 4333

Location: Teamtheater Comedy, Am Einlaß 4, 80469 Munich (near Viktualienmarkt)

Time: November 20 - 22, 8pm

More Information: Munich Impact Website


'Betrayal' at the BeMe Theatre

This month Munich’s professional English-language theatre premieres their last play of the year, a riveting drama covering, in reverse chronological order, nine years in the life of a married couple, Robert and Emma, and their best friend Jerry. It’s a brilliantly crafted play by Harold Pinter on the politics of betrayal and how it infects lovers' trust, male friendship, youthful idealism and the sense of self.

Price: €18/€12 Students/€15 groups of 10 or more

Location: EINSTEIN Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: November 17 to December 4, 8:30pm (Tues. Through Thurs.),

More Information:


My Ravel

Kent Nagano becomes the first operetic musical director in 50 years to take on a ballet premiere in this unique production. Featuring the grandiose compositions of Maurice Ravel, the programme includes “Sheherazade,” “Les Biches,” and “Once Upon An Ever After.” Australian choreographer Terence Kohler even steps in to ensure classic form in dance movement, while still delivering an original interpretation of the age-old myth of “Daphnis and Chloé.”

Price: See ballet website for details

Location: Bayerisches Staatsballet, Max-Joseph-Platz 2, D - 80539

Time: November 22, 7:30pm

More Information: Bayerisches Staatsballet Website



Trier Christmas Market

Germany’s oldest city hosts a remarkable annual Christmas Market against a breathtaking backdrop of medieval and even Roman architecture. Patrons can enjoy mulled wine, spiced gingerbread (Lebkuchen) and plenty of Christmas shopping on Trier’s Main Market. Wooden toys such as nutcrackers are typical examples of the traditional items on sale. Don’t miss out on the region’s famous Riesling selection - widely available at various stands around the market.

Price: Free

Location: Main Market

Time: November 22 - December 22, daily

More Information: Trier Christmas Market Website


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