What’s on in Germany: June 16 – June 22

What's on in Germany: June 16 - June 22
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This Week's Highlights: Fete de la Musique in Berlin, Jeff Beck plays Hamburg, and Munich celebrates its birthday.



Fete de la Musique

All the world’s a stage in Berlin this Tuesday. From Friedrichshain to Charlottenburg, music makers from a variety of genres take up their violins and violas, trumpets and trombones for a jubilant day of musical merriment. Fete de la Musique started in Paris in the 1980s. This year, Berlin joins over 340 cities around the world in this day-long festival of music.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, June 21

More Information: www.fetedelamusique.de


Festival of Kings – Amusements From the Gardens of the World

Revel with princes and princesses as a troubadour strums a sprightly tune among the fountains and pergolas of Berlin’s Italian Renaissance Garden this Sunday. Lying within the Marzahn Recreational Park, the Gardens of the World is an enchanting oasis just outside the city centre.

Price: €5

Location: The Italian Renaissance Garden, Gardens of the World, Marzahn Recreational Park, Eisenacher Strasse 99

Times: Sunday, June 19, 2-6pm

More Information: www.gruen-berlin.de



Night of Technology

Got a hankering to know what goes on behind closed doors? Manufacturing, energy, safety, and entertainment firms invite the public to have a peak inside the secret realms of their offices and workshops, Friday. Don your hardhats and get intimate with technology.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Friday, June 17, 6pm-midnight

Tickets: 0221 2801

More Information: www.nacht-der-technik.de



Swap in the City

You love that jacket but you haven’t worn it in ages. And that cute top? It’s just a bit too snug. Ladies, clean out those closets! Swap in the City is coming to Düsseldorf this Sunday. Here’s your chance to freshen up that wardrobe by trading in some of your old, but still good clothes for some fashionable new finds. Bring a minimum of three new or gently used pieces and let the swapping begin.

Price: €15

Location: 3001, Franziusstrasse 7

Times: Sunday, June 19, 4-9pm

More Information: www.swapinthecity.com



Opernplatz Fest

It may be all opera all the time inside the Frankfurt Opera House, but outside there’s a “natural mystic” flowing through the air. Ten days of salsa, swing, bossa nova, and more starts Saturday. Get your Caribbean groove on in one of the city’s stateliest settings.

Price: Free

Location: Opernplatz

Times: Daily, 11am-11pm; Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 26

More Information: www.opernplatzfest.de

Trio Ludwig – A Young Beethoven Interpretation

Hyo-Sum Lim, Arnau Tomas, and Abel Tomas may be young, but they sure know their way around a Beethoven score. The Barcelona-based trio plays music by the maestro, Thursday in Frankfurt.

Price: €20

Location: Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstrasse 1

Times: Thursday, June 16, 8pm

More Information: frankfurt.cervantes.es


Schweizer Street Festival

Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of Poland, Saturday on Schweizer Strasse. The Polish chamber orchestra Sinfonia Viva kicks off the stage show in the early afternoon followed by a folk band, a blues band, and other entertainers from the land of pierogis. Grab an icy cold Zywiec and dance the polka.

Price: Free

Location: Schweizer Strasse/Schweizer Platz

Times: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-midnight

More Information: www.die-schweizerstrasse.de



Jeff Beck – Stadtpark Open Air 2011

When if comes to rock guitar, it doesn’t get much better than Jeff Beck. Consistently ranked in the upper echelon of “great rock guitarists,” the British rocker played with the Yardbirds in the 1960s, and joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Watch him shred Sunday night in Hamburg.

Price: €49.90

Location: Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Saarlandstrasse

Times: Sunday, June 19, 7pm

Tickets: 01805 570 070

More Information: www.open-r.de

Children’s Festivals

Laut and Luise – Children’s Day of Music

Russian dancers scamper across the stage and a vegetable orchestra tunes up. Sunday’s program of children’s music will surely be a blast for young and old. Bring the kids to one of Hamburg’s most beautiful parks, Planten un Blomen, for a full day of hand clapping, foot stomping delight

Price: Free

Location: Planten un Blomen, Klosterwall 8

Times: Sunday, June 19, 1-6pm

Tickets: 040 42854 4723

More Information: www.kinderkinder.de

Art Events

The Bronze House – Plamen Dejanoff

Sofia-born, Vienna-based artist Plamen Dejanoff has plans to erect a complex of bronze houses in the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo. Land has been acquired, and the buildings are slowly being sculpted in bronze. While work continues in Veliko Tarnovo, Dejanoff has travelled to Hamburg where he’ll unveil one of his bronze houses, Saturday. Go walk within its grid of bronze walls and contemplate architecture.

Price: Free

Location: HafenCity Hamburg, Grosser Grasbrook between Unilever Building and Hamburg Cruise Center

Times: Saturday, June 18, 4pm (Opening); through January 1, 2012

More Information: www.kunstverein.de



Munich City Birthday Celebration

There’s country music. There’s ballet dancing. And every once in a while, the carillon bells ring out from the City Hall tower. Marienplatz hosts an exciting celebration in honour of Munich’s 853rd birthday this weekend. Go and fete the Bavarian capital in true South German style.

Price: Free

Location: Marienplatz

Times: Saturday, June 18, 10am-11pm and Sunday, June 19, 11am-10pm

More Information: www.muenchen.de