Asian Kite Festival
Take a trip outside the city centre this weekend to an extraordinary garden where Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Indonesian kites dance across the sky. Taste Asian delicacies as the music of the orient drifts among the blossoms of the Gardens of the World. The Asian Kite Festival is a delight for young and old.
Price: €5 (Adults), €2.50 (Children)
Location: Gardens of the World, Marzahn Recreational Park, Eisenach Strasse 99
Times: Sunday, May 15, 11am-5pm
Phone: 030 700 906 600
More Information: www.gruen-berlin.de
Long Night of Family Fun
During the summer most kids in Berlin have to go to bed while it’s still light out. Poor things. But not this Saturday. Dozens of museums, churches, parks, and other intriguing places usually closed after dark, host a vast program of family-friendly events. From a night time labyrinth to a treasure hunt, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure the kids get their afternoon naps in.
Price: Mostly Free
Times: Saturday, May 14, 6-9pm
More Information: www.familiennacht.de
Sculpture Cologne 6
Every couple of years the Cologne Sculpture Park mixes things up. Out with the old, in with the new. See works by Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer, Jorge Pardo, Joel Shapiro, and over three dozen others at the sixth instalment of this eye-popping, open air art show.
Location: Skulpturenpark Köln, Riehler Strasse
Times: Saturday, May 15, noon (Opening); Daily, 10:30am-7pm (Regular Hours)
More Information: www.skulpturenparkkoeln.de
Luci Mie Traditrici/The Deadly Flower
In 1590, the Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo brutally murdered his wife and her lover, a notorious act of violence, which later inspired the poet Giacinto Andrea Cicognini to write a play. Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera “Luci Mie Traditrici” is based on this play, and the composer’s score is every bit as exquisite as the story. The Frankfurt Opera unleashes the drama this week in Frankfurt.
Price: €12 – 35
Location: Bockenheimer Depot, Carlo-Schmid-Platz 1
Times: Saturday, May 14, Sunday, May 15, Wednesday, May 18, 7:30pm
Tickets: 069 212 49 494
More Information: www.oper-frankfurt.de
Frankfurt’s Papageno Theater presents a musical rendition of “Sleeping Beauty” set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet score this weekend. Tailored to four and five-year-olds, this is the kind of event memories are made of. Bring your little ones and let them hail Princess Aurora all week long.
Price: €12.50 – 15.50 (Adults), €9.50 – 12.50 (Children)
Location: Papageno Musiktheater in the Palmengarten, Walter-Leiske-Strasse 36
Times: Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 4pm
Tickets: 069 13 40 400
More Information: www.papageno-theater.de
Day of Open Workshops
The creation process is a marvellous thing. Go behind the scenes and explore the studios of jewellers, ceramicists, and textile designers this weekend when nearly a dozen Hamburg artisans open their workspaces to the public.
Location: Hamburg Harbour
Times: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 11am-6pm
More Information: www.adk-hamburg.de
Leipzig Wagner Festival 2011
There’s a whole cavalcade of composers that hails from Germany. Richard Wagner is arguably the superstar among them. Kick off a week of Wagnerian gods and heroes this weekend with the New York Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “Die Walküre” at CineStar, and a “Topping-Out Ceremony” on Leipzig’s “Green Hill.”
Times: Sunday, May 15 – Sunday, May 22; Saturday, May 14, 6pm (Live broadcast of “Die Walküre” from the New York Metropolitan Opera)
Tickets: 0341 141 618
More Information: www.wagner-festtage.com
Naughty By Nature
Get down with O.P.P. Friday night in Munich. Fifteen years after Naughty By Nature’s Grammy win for Poverty’s Paradise, the legendary rappers get set to release a brand new disc, Anthem Inc. See if the guys can still “Hip Hop Hooray… Ho… Hey… Ho” like they did back in the day.
Festival Backstage (Werk), Reitknechtstrasse 6
Times: Friday, May 13, 9:30pm
Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/min)
More Information: www.backstage.eu
Isaac Julien – Ten Thousand Waves
British artist Isaac Julien worked with Chinese actresses and poets to create “Ten Thousand Waves,” a nine-channel video installation that links China’s ancient past with it’s vigorous present. Take in the extraordinary scenery Julien captured on location in China’s remote Guangxi province, then hear the artist himself discuss the piece at the Brandhorst Museum, Tuesday.
Price: €7 (Museum Admission), €5 (Artist Talk)
Location: Museum Brandhorst, Theresienstrasse 35a
Times: Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30pm (Artist Talk); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm, Thursday, 10am-8pm (Regular Hours)
Phone: 089 238 052 286
More Information: www.museum-brandhorst.de
John Muir in the New World
John Muir was the original tree hugger. The Sierra Club founder lived a life devoted to the preservation of the glorious landscape of the American West. See scenery from these majestic lands and learn about the life of this legendary mountain man at the America House, Tuesday. A discussion with environmental history scholar Prof. Dr. Donald Worster follows a screening of the documentary John Muir in the New World.
Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Tuesday, May 17, 7pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de
Baroque Theatre Sanssouci Summer 2011
Mimes, puppeteers, and wandering minstrels set a whimsical stage at the opulent New Palace at Sanssouci. This year’s Baroque Theatre Sanssouci Summer begins with “La fête champêtre – A theatre festival in the country,” a musical stage show in the grand tradition of the 18th century French court. Frederick the Great would be delighted.
Price: €14 – 28
Location: Palace Theatre in the New Palace, Sanssouci Park
Times: Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14, and Saturday, May 21, 7pm, Sunday, May 22, 4pm
Phone: 01805 44 70 777 (.14/min)
More Information: www.spsg.de