International Museum Day
“Museums in a Changing World – New Challenges, New Inspiration” is the motto for this year’s International Museum Day. From Schleswig-Holstein to Baden-Württemberg, museums across Germany are taking part, and the activities are diverse. Learn about the physics of flying in Dresden, get better acquainted with Karl Marx in Trier, or hear a Mozart concerto in Augsburg. Check the website to see what’s going on in your region.
Location: Museums across Germany
Times: Sunday, May 20
More Information: www.museumstag.de
Alsfeld Culture Days
The medieval town of Alsfeld is full of half timber homes, stone towers, and fairy tale turrets. Take a trip to the historic hamlet this week to get your fill of contemporary culture in an age-old setting. A “body-percussion-workshop,” a family festival, and a multi-media presentation about Antarctica are just a few of the interesting events that join a rich program of music, art, theatre, and dance performances.
Times: Wednesday, May 16 – Sunday, May 27
More Information: www.alsfelder-kulturtage.de
Kreuzberg Open-Air Cinema
You know it’s summertime when gigantic movie screens start popping up all over Berlin. Freiluftkino Kreuzberg is one of the city’s best open-air cinemas, and this week features a nice selection of English language options. Pack a picnic, stretch out on a blanket, and watch Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris on Sunday night.
Location: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Inner Courtyard, Mariannenplatz 2
Times: Sunday, May 20, 9:30pm
More Information: www.freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de
Radio Art Preview Soiree – Antje Vowinckel
Berlin-based composer Antje Vowinckel has an affinity for the human voice. She pieces together fragments of speech to create “dialogue melodies,” often for radio plays. To create “Folgen Sie mir pausenlos (follow me constantly)” Vowinckel recorded the automatic speech of nine people as they toured Tempelhof Airport’s Hangar 6. Get a preview of her sound panorama Saturday night.
Location: Quiet Cue, Flughafenstrasse 38
Times: Saturday, May 19, 8:15pm
More Information: www.quietcue.blogspot.fr
Family Time: Dancing and Drawing with Indian Gods
You and your kids can learn how to dance Indian style Sunday at the Dahlem Museum. At a special family workshop, instructors will teach some basic moves from classical as well as Bollywood dance. And when your arms and feet get tired out from all those quick steps and rhythmic movements, spend some quiet time drawing some of the Indian gods in the museum’s collection.
Price: €5 (workshop); €6 (admission)
Location: Museen Dahlem, Lansstrasse 8/Arnimalle 25
Times: Sunday, May 20, 2-5pm
Phone: 030 266 42 42 42
More Information: www.smb.museum
Cologne Museum Festival
Let your nose lead you on a tour (in English) of eau de Cologne at the Duftmuseum at the Farina Haus, or take a musical journey through Baroque art at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. This year’s museum festival in Cologne includes dozens of special tours and workshops for kids too. Twenty-five museums are taking part in the festivities, so it shouldn’t be hard to get some culture this weekend.
Times: Sunday, May 20, 10am-8pm
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
Agnes Varda – Vagabond
Fictional and documentary elements often merge in the works of French filmmaker Agnes Varda. One of France’s most influential female directors, her 1985 drama Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) follows one woman’s drift through a wine country winter. See it in French with English subtitles Tuesday at Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Location: Goethe-Universität, Campus Bockenheim, Studentenhaus, first floor, Senckenberganlage 31
Times: Tuesday, May 22, 8:30pm
More Information: www.institutfrancais.de
Just outside Munich, Hauslerhof is a beautiful working farm in the town of Hallbergmoos. Every year the farm hosts a jubilant festival of Irish culture complete with fiddlers, rugby players, step dancers, and Murphy’s Irish Stout. Bring the whole family! And if you don’t feel like making the journey back home, pitch a tent.
Price: €7, €12 (Family Ticket)
Location: Hauslerhof, Garchinger Weg 72
Times: Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20
Phone: 0811 1830
More Information: www.greenfarmfestival.de
The three ladies and four gents who make up Bar Nineteen have got oodles of talent. The Munich a-cappella group has been performing hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Fever” for a decade now. Witness their vivacious vocals Friday.
Location: Theater Keller 2, in the Hofbraukeller, Innere Wienerstrasse 19
Times: Friday, May 18, 8pm
Phone: 089 88 90 33 99
More Information: www.keller2.de
The Blue Night – The Night of Arts and Culture
Light installations illuminate the city while music fills the air. To be in Nuremberg this weekend is to be surrounded by a vibrant landscape of cultural happenings. There are dolphins in the park, art in the church, and jazz in the cellar. Go and see what you can discover on “Blue Night.”
Times: Saturday, May 19
More Information: www.blauenacht.nuernberg.de
Kryptonite Radio Theater – Sci-Fi Radio
The retro theatre troupe Kryptonite Radio Theater recreates the golden age of radio with an entertaining stage show reminiscent of the 1940s. Their English-language show “Sci-Fi Radio” is classic science fiction story complete with aliens, strange planets, and zany comedy. Turn up and tune in Saturday night in Wiesbaden.
Location: Walhalla Studio Theater, Mauritiustrasse 3a
Times: Saturday, May 19, 9pm
Phone: 0611 910 37 43
More Information: kryptonite.bplaced.net