Kurfürstendamm’s 125th Anniversary – Magical Open-Air Festival
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a giant sea tortoise! Helium balloons shaped like enormous underwater creatures float down Kurfürstendamm Sunday during the legendary boulevard’s ongoing 125th anniversary celebrations. Make like a fish and revel in the magical aquatic setting.
Location: Kurfürstendamm, from Halensee to Breitscheidplatz
Times: Sunday, September 4, 7-9pm
More Information: www.kudamm2011.de
Karl-Marx-Strasse Ramadan Festival For All Cultures
You don’t have to be among the fasting set to appreciate the music, dance, folklore, and circus performances at this two-day festival in honour of the end of Ramadan. Everyone’s invited to partake in elements of Turkish and Arabic culture on Karl-Marx-Strasse this weekend. Twirl along with the flamenco dancers and get a henna tattoo.
Location: Karl-Marx-Strasse at the corner of Ganghoferstrasse
Times: Friday, September 2, 4-8pm and Saturday, September 3, 10am-8pm
More Information: www.aktion-kms.de
Berlin Music Week
As if Berlin wasn’t already rocking enough, the capital is about to crank it up a notch. Berlin Music Week starts Wednesday. From Danish Invasion night at White Trash Fast Food to a hof concert against poverty at C/O Berlin, the city will be humming hard. Hit it!
Times: Wednesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 11
More Information: www.berlin-music-week.de
Images of the Mind
What does your mind look like? Artists and scientists have been toying with the idea for centuries. See what Rembrandt, da Vinci, and the Swiss Surrealist Meret Oppenheim had in mind at a mind blowing exhibition at the German Hygiene Museum.
Location: Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1, Dresden
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through
Phone: 0351 4846 400
More Information: www.dhmd.de
Berlin Philharmonic – Sir Simon Rattle – Mahler
Simon Rattle once cited Gustav Mahler as the impetus behind his career as a conductor. See the star maestro wave his baton Saturday night at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall when the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra plays Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.
Price: €10 – 147
Location: Kölner Philharmonie, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Times: Saturday, September 3, 3pm
Phone: 0221 204080
More Information: www.koelner-philharmonie.de
Alice In Wonderland
Nothing was quite the same after Alice fell down the rabbit whole. Well, we’re all familiar with the Lewis Carroll classic. Metropol Theatre’s adaptation was nominated for a 2011 Cologne Children’s Theatre Prize. Take the little ones aged six and over to see the fairy tale adventure with music.
Location: Metropol Theater, Eifelstrasse 33
Times: Friday, September 2, Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4, Sunday, September 11, 3:30pm
Reservations: 0221 32 17 92
More Information: www.metropol-theater-köln.de
Lucas International Children’s Film Festival
A dream toy with magical powers and a citywide concert conducted by cats. Kids movies really are the best. See dozens of documentaries, features, cartoons, and shorts this week at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival. And while you’re at it, bring the kids!
Price: €6 (Adults); €3.50 (Kids)
Location: CineStar Metropolis, Eschenheimer Anlage 40 and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41
Times: Sunday, September 4 – Sunday, September 11
More Information: www.lucas-filmfestival.de
Alice Baccalini and Riccardo Guazzini
Italian Pianist Alice Baccalini won first place in the Società Umanitaria music competition, a competition in Milan that honors young artists. Now she’s touring through Europe with saxophonist Riccardo Guazzini. See the duo perform works by Phil Woods, Franz Liszt, and others at the Italian Culture Institute Thursday.
Location: Italienisches Kulturinstitut Hamburg, Hansastrasse 6
Times: Thursday, September 1, 7pm
Reservations: 040 39 99 91 30
More Information: www.iicamburgo.esteri.it
Dieter Meier – Art and Music
If you watched MTV in the 1980s you’re probably familiar with Dieter Meier. Part of the Swiss electronica group YELLO, the singer made most of their music videos. But did you know he started working as a conceptual and performance artist in the late 1960s? An exhibition at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen showcases early experimental films, large sized performance prints, rare audio recordings, and trial shoots for videos.
Location: Sammlung Falckenberg, Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Wilstorfer Strasse 71
Times: Guided tours take place Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm
Reservations: 040 3250 6762
More Information: www.sammlung-falckenberg.de
It’s fiesta time over at Muffatwerk Monday when La Pegatina hits the stage. The Spanish band’s latest album Xapomelön blends merengue, disco, and ska for a feisty set of tracks that’s non-stop party. Arriba!
Location: Muffatwerk, Ampere, Zellstrasse 4
Times: Monday, September 5, 8:30pm
Phone: 089 458 750 10
More Information: www.muffatwerk.de
Immigrant Integration Post 9/11 – Managing Ethnic Diversity and Multiculturalism Ten Years Later
If you’re an expat in Germany you probably know a thing or two about integration. Got an interest in knowing how the process works in America? Head to the Amerika Haus Wednesday when Emira Habiby Browne, founder of the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans in New York discusses immigrant integration in a post 9/11 environment.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Wednesday, September 7, 7pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de