What’s on in Germany: June 14 – 20

What's on in Germany:  June 14 - 20
Photo: Dario Lehner, 48 Stunden Neukölln
This Week's Highlights: An art festival in Berlin, a new ballet in Hamburg, and Munich celebrates its 854th birthday.



Gay City Festival

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Europe’s biggest gay festival is taking place in Schöneberg this weekend. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups from around the world will set up their booths among food and drink stalls, open-air stages, dance floors, and beer gardens. Go and party like the cute gay boy you are, if only for a weekend.

Price: Free

Location: The area around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg

Times: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, from 11am

More Information: www.regenbogenfonds.de

48 Hours Neukölln

Neukölln is officially the new Kreuzberg, with hundreds of artists making their homes in the multicultural Kiez. Go and see what those cool creatives have been up to this weekend. From music to architecture and everything in between this group has been making it happen. The 48 Hours Neukölln festival presents a vast program of exhibitions, concerts, theatre, and dance performances that will surely have your brain swirling for well over 48 hours.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

More Information: www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de


The Way it is 
- An Aesthetics of Resistance

Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar began his career making installations on the streets of Santiago before moving to New York where he’s now based. Often inspired by major societal world events, his works have dealt with the Rwanda genocide and US/Mexico border issues. On Friday, a retrospective of the artist’s work begins simultaneously at three different Berlin venues: NGBK, the Berlinische Galerie, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Catch some of his films, gaze at his photographs, and contemplate his view on language.

Price: NGBK Free, Alte Nationalgalerie
 and Berlinische Galerie €8

Location: NGBK, Oranienstrasse 25; Alte Nationalgalerie
, Bodestrasse 1-3 and Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128

Times: Thursday, June 14, 7pm (Opening); Friday, June 15 – September 17 (Exhibition)

More Information: www.ngbk.de, www.berlinischegalerie.de, www.smb.museum



Ugly Kid Joe

Dig out those flannels, it’s the 1990s again! They rocked back then and they rock now. After a 16 year hiatus, Ugly Kid Joe is back on tour. Their reunion EP Stairway to Hell hit the racks last month and now the guys are in the midst of a tour across Europe. Catch them in Cologne Saturday. “I get sick when I’m around, I can’t stand to be around, I hate everything about you!” Sing it!

Price: €19

Location: Die Werkstatt, Grüner Weg 1B

Ticket Hotline: 0180 504 0300 (.14/min-landline, .42/min-mobile)

Times: Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm

More Information: www.werkstatt-koeln.de



International Harbour Festival

Two rivers, the Rhine and the Ruhr meet in Duisburg, forming the largest inland harbour in the world. Now that’s reason to celebrate. The Duisburg International Harbour Festival starts Friday afternoon with a dragon boat race and continues Saturday and Sunday with a big children’s festival, a market from the Middle Ages, and more racing. Join in on the fun!

Price: Free

Location: Various locations around Duisburg Harbour

Times: Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

More Information: www.innenhafen-portal.de



Schweizer Strasse Festival

Switzerland may be 300 kilometers from Frankfurt, but this Saturday, alpine horns will be blowing in the German city. Every year, Schweizer Strasse hosts a big summer street fair where a variety of open-air entertainments offer a full day of fun for the whole family. Go and have a glass of apple wine and yodel like a true Swiss miss.

Price: Free

Location: Schweizer Strasse

Times: Saturday, June 16, noon – midnight

More Information: www.die-schweizerstrasse.de

Höchster Schloss Festival

From a U2 cover band to a jazz parade, this summer festival has something for everyone. Lovers of French foods will enjoy the French gourmet market where specialty products from the rural regions around Lyon will be on offer, while model ship builders will want to set sail for the Schlossfest Regatta. Got kids? Family day is this Sunday.

Price: Various

Location: Höchster Schloß, Höchster Schloßplatz

Times: Saturday, June 16 – July 9

More Information: www.schloss-fest.de



Hamburg Ballet Premiere – Renku

Renku is a form of Japanese poetry where several authors compose verses that are linked together. The Hamburg Ballet calls on this technique for its latest piece “Renku,” choreographed by Hamburg Ballet dancers Yuka Oishi and Orkan Dann. With music by Franz Schubert, Alfred Schnittke, and Philip Glass “Renku” premieres Sunday.

Price: €6-158

Location: Hamburg State Opera, Grosse Theaterstrasse 35

Times: Sunday, June 17, 6pm

More Information: www.hamburgische-staatsoper.de

Children’s Festivals

Laut and Luise – Children’s Day of Music

A drum workshop, Chinese dancers, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, and more! Laut and Luise Children’s Day of Music is one of those super fun extravaganzas that makes you want to spin around and clap your hands all day long. Be sure to bring along your homemade vegetable instrument and join the world’s biggest vegetable orchestra.

Price: Free

Location: The Music Pavilion at Planten un Blumen

Times: Sunday, June 17, 1-6pm

More Information: www.kinderkinder.de



City Founding Festival

Eight hundred and fifty four is a ripe old age. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from one of Europe’s oldest cities. For lovers of traditional crafts and costumes, there’s no better time to be in the Bavarian capital. Head to Marienplatz this weekend where you can dance to folk music, shop for traditional wares, and chug down Mass after Mass of Augustiner Bräu. Go ahead and do it. Wear your Lederhosen.

Price: Free

Location: Marienplatz

Times: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17

More Information: www.muenchen.de

Book Presentation

Ernesto Bazan: Colors of Cuba

For 14 years, the Sicilian photographer Ernesto Bazan lived in Cuba. He took lots of pictures. Bazan Cuba chronicles the photographer’s time there, documenting the city’s street life with captivating black and white imagery. Meet the award photographer Tuesday evening when he presents his book at Amerika Haus in Munich.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.de