What’s on in Germany: February 10 – 16

What's on in Germany: February 10 - 16
This Week's Highlights: The Berlinale begins in Berlin, Finnish musicians perform in Hamburg, and storytime in Munich takes on a Valentine's Day theme.



Berlinale International Film Festival

From a new film by Wim Wenders to Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, the 61st annual Berlinale features hundreds of cinematic gems from around the world. Slip into one of the host venues around town this week and succumb to the magic of the motion picture. For a breakdown of this year’s highlights, take a look at The Local’s guide here.

Price: €8-12

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, February 10 – Sunday, February 20

More Information: www.berlinale.de


Ingmar Bergman – Of Lies and Truth

Film buffs in town for the big festival should check out the Ingmar Bergman exhibition at the Berlin Film Museum. Stills, scripts, and sketches join a collection of artefacts from the Swedish director’s work and personal life to form a creative portrait of one of the most extraordinary filmmakers of all time.

Price: €6

Location: German Museum of Film and Television, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through May 29

Phone: 030 300 9030

More Information: www.deutsche-kinemathek.de

Viva Ukrajina – A Photographic Exhibition by Gabriela Sarževská

Get a glimpse into the lives of Ukranian citizens at a new exhibition opening Thursday night in Berlin. Czech photographer Gabriela Sarževská spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 traveling throughout the country with camera in hand. Get acquainted with the many faces she encountered while en route.

Price: Free

Location: Cozmic Underground, Gneisenaustrasse 51

Times: Friday, February 10, 8pm (Opening); through March 10

More Information: berlinphotographer.net



Azure Ray

Since joining forces over ten years ago, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have worked with Moby and Bright Eyes. Their own music is a gentle, dreamy electro-pop blend. See them Wednesday in Cologne.

Price: €14

Location: GEBÄUDE 9, Deutz-Mülheimer Strasse 127-129

Times: Wednesday, February 16, 9pm

Phone: 0221 814637

More Information: www.gebaeude9.de



Gregorian – The Dark Side of the Chant

With a track listing that includes tunes by Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, and Alanis Morissette, you can safely conclude that this isn’t your typical Gregorian chanting. Frank Peterson and his choir of classically trained singers put a pop spin on the ancient singing style. In their spooky mediaeval robes, the guys take the stage in Frankfurt, Tuesday. Escape to a world of gothic magnificence.

Price: €38.35-56.75

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Tuesday, February 15, 8pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

More Information: www.alteoper.de



Rantakala – The Finnish Festival

Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie presents a musical portrait of contemporary Finland with a festival featuring all sorts of different musical styles. Hear jazz, techno, folk, classical, and other genres performed by talented artists from “the land of a thousand lakes.” Electro-soul artist Jimi Tenor headlines.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, February 12 – Saturday, February 19

Tickets: 040 357 666 66

More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de


Out of Focus – After Gerhard Richter

Twenty-one artists show their photographs and paintings at a new exhibition in Hamburg. What’s the link? They’re all inspired by Gerhard Richter. Including around twenty works and an early experimental film by the master himself, the show opens Thursday night.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Thursday, February 10, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; February 11 – May 22 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 040 428 131 200

More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

For the Love of Art – Valentines Greetings at Gallery Carstensen

For some, there is no greater love than art. Show art a little love Sunday afternoon when Galerie Carstensen offers a guided tour of its current exhibition. Wink at German artist Arnold Fiedler’s paintings while sipping prosecco.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Carstensen, Brüderstrasse 9

Times: Sunday, February 13, 12-4pm

Phone: 040 796 96 755

More Information: www.galerie-carstensen.de



Arash Sasan & Friends

Like most songwriters, Iranian composer Arash Sasan has a deep relationship with his lyrics. On Saturday, he sings and strums new arrangements of Persian folk songs along with Benedict Jahnel on piano, Peter Cudek on bass, and drummer Guido May.

Price: €17 – 24

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, February 12, 8pm

Tickets: 0180 54 818181 (.14/min)

More Information: www.gasteig.de

Children’s Events

Valentine’s Day Storytime for Children

We can all get into a good love story. Even four-year-olds. Take the kids (ages 4 – 10) to The Munich Readery Saturday for Valentine’s Day stories and card making.

Price: Free

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104

Times: Saturday, February 12, 10:30am

Phone: 089 121 92 403

More Information: www.readery.de


Handmade Market

Could you use a new knit cap? How about a bag for your yoga mat? Ten local crafters have organised a market where myriad beautiful and creative hand made things will be on offer. Stop in Saturday and pick up something nice for your Valentine.

Price: Free

Location: Laden für Schöne Dinge, Stemmerhof, Plinganserstrasse, 6

Times: Saturday, February 12, 1-9pm

More Information: www.kreativeinmuenchen.blogspot.com