What's on in Germany: August 22 - 28
This Week's Highlights: A family flashlight concert in Munich, poetry on the beach in Hamburg, and city festivals in Frankfurt and Berlin.
Wedding Gerichtshoefen Open Studios
It's the Long Night of Museums in Berlin! Want to do something a little different this time around? Head to Wedding where forty-four visual artists invite the public in to their private studios. Art scholars guide visitors on a one-hour tour through the paint-splattered rooms, but the adventurous can wander around on their own if they so desire. Get a glimpse into the way Berlin artists work, and then go romp around the city's hundred or so museums.
Location: Wedding Gerichtshoefen, Gerichtstrasse 12/13
Times: Saturday, August 25, 6pm-2am
More Information: www.gerichtshoefe.de
Exhibition Opening – Klone: New Land. We Need New Land
The Israeli artist Klone made a name for himself as a street artist in Tel Aviv. Over the last decade or so he's metamorphosed into a gallery artist, developing a body of work that encompasses watercolours, drawings, and collages. Meet the artist and see his beautiful scaly moth, and other images that relay a “sense of loss and an urge for creation” at the opening of his first solo exhibition, Thursday night in Berlin.
Location: Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Strasse 99
Times: Thursday, August 23, 7pm (Opening); Daily, Noon-8pm (Regular Hours); through September 20
More Information: www.urbanspree.com
You may see people promenading with parasols and traipsing in chain mail this weekend in Berlin. One of Europe's largest history festivals is taking place, and this year's event is framed around the city's 775th birthday. With a motto of “775 years of diversity,” the festival will present how various groups of immigrants have shaped the city's cultural life. Browse the market stalls and boogie to the big bands set up in the Nikolaiviertel.
Times: Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26
More Information: www.historiale.de
A buddy of Mozart's, and a teacher of Beethoven's, Joseph Haydn is one of classical music's most celebrated composers. This week in Brüel, master musicians play his symphonies and string quartets as well as those by his contemporaries during the annual Haydn Festival. Catch a concert or two, and be sure to head to Schlosspark Sunday night when a fireworks show synchronized to Haydn's music lights up the summer sky.
Price: Various; Firework Finale: €6.50
Times: Concerts: nightly, through Sunday, August 26; Fireworks: Sunday, August 26, 10pm
More Information: www.schlosskonzerte.de
Cologne's Reitz Gallery is curious to know what young artists in capital cities around the world are up to. So they've gone and done what any smart gallery would do and started a new series showcasing works by painters, sculptors, photographers, and other visual artists from major global metropolises. The first one focuses on London. Go and see excellent and varied works by seven English talents.
Location: Galerie Reitz, St. Apern-Strasse 44–46
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 2-7pm, Saturday, noon-6pm; through September 1
Phone: 0221 169 389
More Information: www.galerie-reitz.com
City Embankment Festival
One of the unique things about Frankfurt is the string of museums that rises up along its riverside, making it one of the most cultural embankments in the world. Each year the city celebrates that fact by hosting a grand celebration right there along the Main River. All the museums take part, offering special workshops, performances, and parties on stages under tents along the water. This year's roster includes a flamenco workshop, demonstrations of life during the Middle Ages, a bungy trampoline, and a Johnny Cash tribute band.
Price: €4 (Festival Button)
Location: Main River Embankment
Times: Friday, August 24, 3pm-1am; Saturday, August 25, 11am-1am; Sunday, August 26, 11am-midnight
More Information: www.museumsuferfest.de
Rheingauer Wine Market
Wine lovers, reserve Wednesday evening for a date with a Rheingau vintner. Thirty of them will be pouring their liquid gold into tall stemmed glasses beneath the leafy trees of Frankfurt's pedestrian shopping area, the Fressgass. With 600 wines of the sparkling and still variety on offer, there will be plenty of love to go around.
Location: The Fressgass, between Grosse Bockenheimer Strass and Opernplatz
Times: Wednesday, August 29, 6pm (Official Opening); Daily, 11am-11pm; through September 7
More Information: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Poets on the Beach
Bring a beach towel and pack a brolly because rain's not going to keep away this brood of brooding balladeers. Young poets from The Writer's Room, a space in Hamburg where writers can meet and work, take a seat on a stool at the Strandperle beach Sunday evening. Lie on the sand and grab an earful of their lusty lamentations.
Location: Strandperle, Oevelgönne
Times: Sunday, August 26, 6pm
More Information: www.writersroom.de
Alice Francis Retro Mash Party
Owen Wilson's character in Midnight in Paris would like to live during the 1920s. Alice Francis would too, judging by her glamorous beaded flapper dresses and frisky Weimar era stage personality. But Miss Flapperty, as she's often called, isn't one to shun modern day music. Her brand puts a retro spin on 21st century pop. Dance a modified Charleston Friday night when Alice and her band host a “Retro Mash” party.
Location: Muffatwerk, Ampere, Zellstrasse 4
Phone: 089 458 750 10
Times: Friday, August 24, 11pm
More Information: www.muffatwerk.de
Rumpelstil Flashlight Concert
They've got pizzazz, they've got lyrics that will blow your socks off. No wonder the kids love 'em. Ever been to one of Rumpelstil's flashlight concerts? Bring the whole family to West Park Friday night, because when those torches are firing like a gazillion lightning bugs, magic happens.
Location: West Park
Times: Friday, August 24, 8pm
Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (14c/min)
More Information: www.muenchenticket.de
Stuttgart Music Festival
“Belief” is the theme of this year's Stuttgart Music Festival. From the Cleveland Orchestra to Ute Lemper to a Sardinian singing group, musicians from around the globe play 64 concerts over the course of three weeks. Holy, heavenly tunes about lotus blossoms, conversion, and the Ten Commandments unfurl in twenty venues around Stuttgart. With Bach, Weill, and Cage, the program is surprisingly diverse.
Times: Sunday, August 26 – Sunday, September 16
Tickets: 0711 61 921 61
More Information: www.musikfest.de