Fete de la Musique – Berlin
From punk rock in Friedrichshain to hip hop in Kreuzberg, music will fill the air in Berlin Thursday. Fete de la Musique features bands of all stripes on stages across the city. Groove to electro beats in Neukölln, party in Pankow, and take the kids to an open air concert on Revaler Strasse.
Times: Thursday, June 21
More Information: www.fetedelamusique.de
Exhibition Opening: When Violence Becomes Decadent
Eleven Indian artists created works that take into consideration various aspects of their country’s history for this group exhibition at Berlin’s Freies Museum. The three-year-old art space opens the exhibition Saturday evening. Go and mingle with a creative crowd.
Location: Freies Museum Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse 91
Times: Saturday, June 23, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Saturday, noon-7pm; Sunday, 3-6pm, Sunday, noon-10pm; through July 29 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 030 34 72 18 14
More Information: www.freies-museum.com
Revolution! The 200th Anniversary of the Painter Willhelm Kleinenbroich
In 1848 a swath of revolutionary uprisings was spreading across Europe. The German painter Wilhelm Kleinenbroich was among the masses rallying for change in Cologne. In honour of the 200th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Cologne City Museum is hosting a Kleinenbroich retrospective. See the entire spectrum of his work when the exhibition opens Friday night.
Price: €6.50 (Special Exhibition and Permanent Collection)
Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3
Times: Friday, June 22, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday, 10am-8pm; Wednesdsay – Sunday, 10am-5pm; through September 16 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 0221 221 25789
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
Wanderings through the Canadian countryside inspired the French singer’s new album L’Ancolie, which translates to “columbine” in English. Like the flower, Fredda’s music is delicately lovely and sweetly nostalgic. See her perform live at the French Institute in Cologne
Tuesday. She sets up in the garden, naturally.
Location: Institut Français Köln, Sachsenring 77
Times: Tuesday, June 26, 9pm
Reservations: 0221 9318 770
More Information: www.institutfrancais.de
Favoured by kings and artists alike, the scenic landscape that runs along the Elbe River has inspired celebrations for centuries. One such storied fete occurs the last weekend in June. Head to Dresden this weekend when the seven kilometer stretch between Loschwitz and Pillnitz transforms into a massive fairground. A program of music, dance, sporting events, and family activities begins Friday.
Location: The Elbe River between Loschwitz and Pillnitz
Times: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24
More Information: www.elbhangfest.de
A step up from your everyday German market festival, Frankfurt’s annual shindig at Opernplatz features such culinary delights as sushi and champagne. Sip some bubbly and bop around the cobblestones to the sounds of bands like The Gypsys and The Gibsons.
Times: 11am-11pm, Wednesday, June 20 – Friday, June 29
More Information: www.opernplatzfest.de
Parade of Cultures
Shimmy to the sounds of African beats and Brazilian rhythms Saturday when the Parade of Cultures paints a multicolored stripe across Frankfurt. Clad in vibrant traditional costumes, dancers and musicians from around the world present a dazzling display as they make their way through the city streets. This year’s parade is not only about celebrating cultural diversity, but about fighting racism as well.
Location: Parade begins at Untermainkai and ends at Römerberg
Times: Saturday, June 23, Noon
More Information: www.parade-der-kulturen.de
Hamburg Harley Days
Get your motor running and ride like the wind to Hamburg this weekend. Tens of thousands of bikers will be converging in the Free and Hanseatic City for Europe’s biggest celebration of motor cycle culture. There will be stunt shows, demo rides, live bands, a Harley Davidson exhibition, and even a pole dancing competition. It’s going to be one wild weekend.
Location: Hamburg Grossmarkt
Times: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24
More Information: www.hamburgharleydays.de
John Malkovich – The Infernal Comedy: Confession of a Serial Killer
John Malkovich in the role of a serial killer? Yes, please. “The Infernal Comedy” is an opera/play for an orchestra, two sopranos, and an actor that relays the story of Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger. Be seduced by what the New York Times called “a debonair, cerebral psychopath.”
Price: €44.20 – 101.80
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Sunday, June 24, 8pm
Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/min-landline, .42/min-mobile)
More Information: www.gasteig.de
Yvonne Pouget – The Doll: The Assembled Woman
In lacy red underwear or floor-length black garb, dancer and choreographer Yvonne Pouget explores femininity and how the idea of womanhood differs in Christian versus Muslim societies in her solo piece “The Doll.” The captivating performer presents her weird and wonderful work this week in Munich.
Location: I-Camp, Entenbachstrasse 37
Times: Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23, 8:30pm
Tickets: 089 65 00 00
More Information: www.i-camp-muenchen.de
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
All kids should have a chance to play music. Talented youngsters in the Dallas, Texas region are lucky to have an orchestra just for them. This year marks the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the 80-member group is touring Europe! See the spirited young players perform a free concert in Weimar on Monday.
Location: Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere, Schloss Belvedere 1
Times: Monday, June 25, 7pm (They also play Saturday in Dresden, and Wednesday in Bad Mergentheim)
Phone: 0 36 4386 6310
More Information: www.gdyo.org