What’s on in Germany: June 21 – 27

What's on in Germany: June 21 - 27
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This Week's Highlights: Malkovich in Munich, Harleys in Hamburg, a parade of cultures in Frankfurt, and Fete de la Musique in Berlin.



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.

Price: Free

Location: Various

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.

Price: Free

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.

Price: Free

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.

Price: €8-12

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.

Price: Free

Location: Opernplatz

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.

Price: Free

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.

Price: Free

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.

Price: €16

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.

Price: Free

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