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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: 3001, Franziusstrasse 7
Times: Sunday, June 19, 4-9pm
More Information: www.swapinthecity.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Saarlandstrasse
Times: Sunday, June 19, 7pm
Tickets: 01805 570 070
More Information: www.open-r.de
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
Location: Planten un Blomen, Klosterwall 8
Times: Sunday, June 19, 1-6pm
Tickets: 040 42854 4723
More Information: www.kinderkinder.de
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.
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.
Times: Saturday, June 18, 10am-11pm and Sunday, June 19, 11am-10pm
More Information: www.muenchen.de