BONN. It's a great weekend to take advantage of some free concerts under open skies, get dressed in your favorite colors and party at the Holi Color Festival, cheer on youth at a junior soccer tournament or visit the Bonn Cactus Market!
1 Summer concert at Villa Hammerschmidt
Picnic concert at Villa Hammerschmidt: This majestic villa with gorgeous park-like grounds is the second official home to Germany’s Federal President. On the occasion marking 70 years of Germany’s constitution, the state of NRW is holding a traditional summer concert at the Bonn residence of President Frank Walter Steinmeier. The public is invited to the concert on the grounds of Villa Hammerschmidt. It will be a "picnic atmosphere". Visitors may bring blankets or folding chairs as well as their own picnic dinner and drinks. But food and beverages can be bought on site as well. Organizers ask everyone to refrain from using glass bottles and containers. Admission is free.
When: Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 pm
Where: Villa Hammerschmidt, Adenauerallee 135, 53113 Bonn, Germany
2 GA Summer Garden
GA-Sommergarten (GA- Summer Garden): From the beginning of June to mid-August, GA Summer Garden will present a series of six concerts on the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle (National Art Museum). Salsa, rumba and swing are on the program, as is an homage to the Woodstock Festival. This Sunday the concert features the Amsterdam based Quinteto Camey with front man Alvaro Pinto Lyon, which has Cuban music in its repertoire along with salsa, sure to bring that summer feeling to the roof garden. And the concerts with a rooftop view are a real bargain - admission is free. (Thomas Kölsch)
When: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Sunday, June 23
Where: Bundeskunsthalle, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, Bonn
3 Holi Colors Festival
Holi Colors Festival: “Color is beautiful” This event is a big colorful party with live music featuring Jan Leyk who has one million fans on Facebook and 250,000 Instagram followers. Other acts include Jaxx & Vega, Hotte, Kevin Weiler, Simon Andrews and Phunktjan the Holi resident DJ. For eats and drinks, there will be Street Food with salads, sandwiches, bowls, frozen yoghurt and colorful decoration with lots of imagination. Must be 16 or over to be admitted. The organizers recommend that contact lens wearers and asthmatics stay away from the color clouds and to keep at the outskirts of the festival. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for 23.80 euros: www.ga-bonn.de/tickets
When: Saturday, June 22, 12 pm - 10 pm
Where: Bonn BaseCamp, In der Raste 1, Bonn
4 Jazz in the beer garden
The Jazz'is: Music fills the Rheinaue Park Restaurant during this summer series of jazz music concerts. On Sunday afternoons, music lovers can hear some Swing, Latin & Funky beats in the beer garden of the restaurant at the Rheinaue. This Sunday features the New Orleans Jazz Band of Cologne. Admission is free.
When: 2 - 5 pm, Sunday, June 23
Where: Restaurant RheinAue, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 20, Bonn
5 GA Goal Fever Junior soccer tournament
GA-Torfieber 2019: This GA-Torfieber (GA Goal Fever) Junior Soccer Tournament features soccer teams from the entire region covered by the General-Anzeiger. More than 80 teams, including the smallest Bambinis, will compete for the cup, with the overall competition beginning on Thursday. All are welcome to come along and cheer on the young talent. Preliminary round matches of the F-Juniors begin on Saturday at 11 am. On Sunday, final rounds of the E- and F-Juniors will start at 10 am; quarter and semifinals from 2 p.m.; finals from 3:40 p.m.; Bambini tournament from 1:45 p.m.
When: Starts at 11 am on Thursday, preliminary rounds to quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am.
Where: Sportpark Pennenfeld, Bad Godesberg,Mallwitzstr.
6 Romeo and Juliet in dance
Highlights of International Dance: "Romeo + Juliet” in dance featuring 20 dancers from the Austrian Dance Company Linz and the choreography of the highly acclaimed Mei Hong Lin, born in Taiwan, having received an education in classical Chinese dance in her home country, followed by training in Italy and Germany. William Shakespeare's tragedy is certainly one of the most famous and tragic love stories in world literature and it is brought to dance on stage at the Bonn Opera. Music: Serge Weber. For tickets online, please visit: www.ga-bonn.de/tickets
When: 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 22
Where: Bonn Opera, Am Boeselagerhof 1, Bonn
7 Bonn Cactus Market
Bonn Cactus Market: The Cactus Friends Bonn invite the public to an exhibition with lectures at the Botanical Gardens of the University, Main Entrance, Remise at Poppelsdorfer Schloss. On Sunday, there will be an auctioning off of the plants to benefit the Christmas charity "Aktion Weihnachtslicht” run by the General-Anzeiger Bonn (3 p.m.).
When: Saturday, Sunday, June 22 & 23, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Botanical Gardens of the University, Main Entrance, Remise at Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Meckenheimer Allee 169, Bonn
8 Divas - A travesty revue with real guys
Divas: For the finale of their first season in the Spiegelpalast (Tent Palace) in Bonn, the two hosts Knut Vanmarcke and Dirk Vossberg-Vanmarcke present a spectacular travesty spectacle with four dancers and lots of charm. Weekend tickets start at 29 euros. For tickets and more information, please visit the website: www.theaterpalast.de
When: Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 pm, Friday, Saturday, June 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 23 at 4pm. Runs until July 14 with performances Thursdays - Sundays.
Where: Bonn, Malentes Theater Palast, Godesberger Allee 69 (on the B9), at the tram stop “Hochkreuz”
9 Mobile Labyrinth in the Rheinaue
Open again since May, this giant labyrinth in the Rheinaue is a fun maze to navigate while out and about in the Rheinaue Park. It’s open every day and is a fun activity for everyone young and old - providing at least one of you have some decent navigation skills! It covers around 1.5 kilometers - and spectators can watch the action from a tower. Children and teenagers up to age 17 pay four euros, adults pay 4.50 euros.
When: open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: park area in the Rheinaue, Bonn
10 Hit singer/songwriter Dean Lewis in Cologne
Dean Lewis: The Australian singer/songwriter is best known for his debut single “Waves” and his single from 2018 “Be Alright”. The 31-year-old is considered by many a major emerging talent, he recently hit a billion streams worldwide and has appeared on television shows in Europe and played headline shows and festivals across Australia and the U.S. For more information and tickets, please visit: www.e-werk-cologne.com
When: Saturday, June 22, 8 pm
Where: E-Werk, Schanzenstr. 37, Cologne
Sampling of museums and exhibitions in Bonn and surrounds
Courage: 100 years of women's political awakening, Frauenmuseum, Im Krausfeld 10. 2 - 6pm, Saturday, (0228) 691344
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Exhibitions: A current schedule can be found on the website (English): arpmuseum.org Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen, (02228) 94250
Bundeskunsthalle Exhibitions: A current listing and opening hours can be found on the website (English) Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4., (0228) 91710
Deutsches Museum Bonn: A current listing can be found on the website: deutsches-museum.de (English), Bad Godesberg, Ahrstr. 45, 10am - 6pm, (0228) 302255, For more information on children’s programmes: (0228) 302 256
Kunstmuseum: A current listing can be found on the website (English).Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 11am-6pm, (0228) 776260
LVR Landesmuseum: A current listing can be found here: times on website (English). Colmanstr. 14-16, (0228) 2070351
Cinemas offering English-language movies
Want to see a movie in English? Check out the GA “Kinofinder” (Film finder), just click on the OV Original Version films and you will find out when and where they are showing. You can also check out the following theaters which normally offer at least a couple of movies in English. Films labeled with OV (Orig. version) or Omu (Orig. version with German subtitles) are generally in English unless otherwise noted, i.e. (Russ) = Russian, (Frz) = French.
Kinopolis, Moltkestr. 7-9, Bad Godesberg: kinopolis.de
Woki cinema, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 1-7, Bonn: woki.de
Brotfabrik, Kreuzstrasse 16, Bonn-Beuel: bonnerkinemathek.de
Metropolis, Ebertplatz 19, Cologne: metropolis-koeln.de
Odeon-Lichtspieltheater, Severinstraße 81, Cologne: odeon-koeln.de
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