Saturday May 18, 2013
Berlin is home to the Schwules Museum, the world's first Gay Museum, which opened in 1985 in the district of Kreuzberg. On May 18th, the museum re-open in its new premises in a former printing house, covering more than 1,600 square meters on three floors.
Besides its permanent exhibition "Self-Awareness and Endurance: 200 Years of Gay History", which explores the history of gay Berlin, from its wild times during the Golden 20s, the persecution of the Nazi regime, to the present day, the museum will also host various special exhibitions. The unique library of the museum holds around 10,0000 books on homosexuality, and the archive is filled with a collection of films, photographs, costumes, art works, and periodicals dating back to 1896.
New address of the Schwules Museum:
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 2p.m. - 6p.m.; Sat 2p.m. - 7p.m.
Thursday May 16, 2013
Leipzig, where Wagner was born on May 22, 1813, celebrates the composer's 200th birthday with range of events under the slogan "Richard - Leipzig born and bred"; a highlight in 2013 will be the Leipzig Wagner Festival, which presents some of Wagner's most famous operas including 'Parsifal', 'Rheingold' and a children's version of 'The Ring of the Nibelung'. Coinciding with the festival is the Wagner Congress for the international Wagner associations, as well as a six-day musicology conference at Leipzig University on the life, work and legacy of the city's famous son (May 16 to 26, 2013).
Monday May 13, 2013
Berlin is at its best in summer - beaches along the river Spree, outdoor festivals, open-air movies, lush parks and lakes galore... it's the loveliest time in the German capital. If you are visiting Berlin next weekend, make sure to check out the city's unique summer carnival, Carnival of Cultures in the district of Kreuzberg.
The four-day street street festival, which celebrates the multicultural spirit of the German capital, starts May 17th and features exotic food and drinks, concerts, performances, and parties. Highlight of the colorful festivities is the carnival parade on Sunday, May 19th, which brings a bit of Rio de Janeiro into the streets of the German capital: Soak up hot samba rhythms, and enjoy Brazilian drummers, Congolese singers, Korean culture groups, and artistic larger than life puppets.
Find out when, where and how to celebrate in our Profile of the Berlin Carnival of Cultures 2013.
Festivals in Germany
Friday May 10, 2013
From hip-hop and blues, to jazz, sing-alongs, and church music: This Saturday, between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., you can explore Munich's vibrant music scene during the "Long Night of Music" with only one ticket (15 euros). Free shuttle buses will take you to more than 400 concerts all over Munich's city center. The shuttle buses start at Odeonsplatz.
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