Jewish Culture Days
The Avishai Cohen Trio kicks off Jewish Culture Days in Berlin this week. Applaud the Israeli jazz bassist at the Rykestrasse Synagogue Thursday, then hit up all the festivities at Jewish centers and synagogues around the city. On Sunday, the Fasanenstrasse street festival will bring the spirit of Tel Aviv's largest market to Berlin as artists, vendors, musicians, and dancers provide a bustling atmosphere.
Times: Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 26
More Information: www.juedische-kulturtage.org
Alfredo Jaar Film Selections
To accompany his exhibition at NGBK, the Berlinische Gallerie, and the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar has selected a series of films that relate to his “aesthetic of resistance.” The Bang Bang Club (2010) follows a group of photographers as they document the final days of apartheid in South Africa, while Il Conformista (1970) is Bernardo Bertolucci's drama about an Italian fascist's plan to assassinate his old teacher. Both screen either in English or with English subtitles this week.
Location: fsk-Kino , Segitzdamm 2
Times: Monday, August 20, 6:15pm (The Bang Bang Club); Tuesday, August 21, 6:15pm (Il Conformista)
More Information: www.ngbk.de
La Strada – International Street Circus Festival
They breath fire, they walk on stilts, they juggle better than anyone you know. Street circus performers from around the world gather in Bremen this week to fete their craft. The four-day festival features a diverse program of music, miming, magic, and more at venues around the city. Marvel at a most spectacular troupe of acrobats and clowns.
Times: Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 19
More Information: www.lastrada-bremen.de
Gute Aussichten – Young German Photography
Gute Aussichten is Germany's most prestigious competition for young photographers. This year's selections have been traveling around the world from Berlin to Washington D.C., Innsbruck, and Hamburg. Starting Saturday, they'll be hanging at Cologne's Museum of Applied Arts. See how architecture fits into its natural surroundings in Nicolas Wollnik's “Constructures,” and how different television studios around the world set up their spaces in Shigeru Takato's series before they continue on to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. The artists will be in attendance at Friday night's opening.
Price: €9 (Collection and Special Exhibition)
Location: MAKK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule
Phone: 0221 221 23 860
Times: Friday, August 17, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; through October 14 (Regular Hours)
More Information: www.guteaussichten.org
Dresden City Festival
This weekend, the beautiful city of Dresden is throwing a big party. From jazz bands to rock groups, classical trios, and live DJs, dozens of musical acts set up on open air stages around the city. Rock out all day then check out the 3D light show at the Zwinger Saturday night.
Times: Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
More Information: www.dresdner-stadtfest.com
It's always nice when local shops and restaurants band together to celebrate their community. This Thursday, Frankfurt's Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood is doing just that. Roam the streets, grab a bite, and pop into a shop or two. You'll find live music and a variety of special events at thirty spots around the district.
Times: Thursday, August 16, 7-11pm
More Information: www.bahnhofsviertelnacht.de
Heimersheim Historical Wine Festival
A new wine queen parades through the streets of Heimersheim amidst a swirl of mediaeval knights, jugglers, and musicians this weekend in honour of the town's 17th Historical Wine Festival. Head to the Ahr Valley, one of the northernmost wine growing regions in the world and taste the late summer bounty in a magical setting right out of the Middle Ages.
Location: Heimersheim, Marktplatz and surrounding areas
Times: Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
More Information: www.historisches-weinfest-heimersheim.de
Otl Aicher – Olympic Design 1972
The London Olympics may be over but that doesn't mean you can't keep the torch aflame. In your heart anyway. An exhibition at the Munich Volkshochschule celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Olympic Games, which were held in Munich. Go and see the posters and prints designed by German graphic designer Otl Aicher, plus photographs from that beloved event.
Location: Munich Volkshochschule, Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Daily, 10am-10pm; through September 9
Phone: 089 480 060
More Information: www.mvhs.de
LILALU Summer Festival
Got a gaggle of kids who need to burn of some end of the summer steam? Bring them to the Olympic Park this week. The LILALU Summer Festival features live theatre, cinema, circus workshops, and fun things to jump on like bouncy castles and trampolines. And there's a beer garden with live music every weekend. Bonus!
Location: Olympic Park South
Times: Monday – Saturday, from 2pm; Sunday, from Noon; through September 2
More Information: www.lilalu.org
Potsdam Palace Night
Potsdam is enchanting all year round, but especially so on Potsdam Palace Night. The gardens and palaces of Sanssouci Park become a baroque paradise Saturday night as actors in period costumes promenade around the romantically lit grounds. Follow their lead and revel in the atmosphere as baroque ensembles fill the air with music. The night magic culminates in a grand fireworks display. Dear Old Fritz would most certainly approve.
Location: Sanssouci Park
Times: Saturday, August 18, 5pm
Tickets: 01805 288 244
More Information: www.potsdamer-schloessernacht.de
26th German Open Championships Stuttgart
Ballroom dancing! Get swept up in the drama of it this week in Stuttgart. The best of the best compete for the prize as they tango, waltz, and boogie woogie around the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Center. That precision! That flare! Gape at the dazzle of it all.
Price: €29 – 83
Location: Liederhalle Culture and Congress Center, Berliner Platz 1-3
Times: Tuesday, August 14 – Saturday, August 18
Tickets: 0711 222 8243
More Information: www.goc-stuttgart.de