January 18 - 20

Weekend tips for Bonn and the region

Die internationale Möbelmesse IMM in Köln ist von Freitag an auch für das breite Publikum geöffnet.

International furnishing fair: imm Cologne

BONN/REGION. Into interior decorating? Have a wedding coming up? Or maybe you are interested in the Chinese New Year? Cool things are happening this weekend, and let’s not forget the Fantasy Film Fest in Cologne which is showing some interesting films in English and other languages.

1 International furnishing fair

imm Cologne: International furnishing fair:  Be the first to see what’s new in interior design. This furnishing fair showcases inspiring interior design ideas for trendsetters and provides markets with new inspiration. Designers Market for innovative products of young and independent designers, home accessories, furniture, textiles, fashion & jewelry.  During the week, the fair is reserved for those working in the industry but it is open to everyone from January 18 - 20.  For more information, please visit the English language website: imm-cologne.com

Info: Cologne Messe exhibition grounds,  Koelnmesse, Messeplatz 1, Cologne.  Friday & Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm.

2 Wedding exhibition and fair

Wedding Day in Bonn: Retailers and service providers from Bonn and the region present their offers, ideas and services to help engaged couples organize a dream wedding.  Stroll from stand to stand, ask questions, compare offers and be inspired.  Around 40 retailers and service providers will be on hand, and don’t forget the bridal fashion shows.  More information can be found here:  www.tag-der-hochzeit.de.

Info: La Redoute, Bad Godesberg, Kurfürstenallee 1, 11am - 5pm, (0228) 367720.

3 Traditional carnival march through the city

“Sternmarsch”: One can tell that carnival season is coming closer. The carnival traditional corps from Bonn and the Rhineland will march through the Bonn city center, playing music and in uniform on Friday evening.  Around 500 members of the corps will proceed through the inner city, ending at Marktplatz, where there will be a gathering in front of the Old Town Hall. 

Info: Bonn city center, Marktplatz, 7:00pm, Friday.

4 Bonn VOKAL - A capella festival

For anyone who enjoys a capella music, this is for you! The jazz choir of the University of Bonn took 2nd place at the WDR television show "Der Beste Chor im Westen 2017" and 1st place at another German Choir Competition. Here, they will perform in the newly renovated auditorium.  Tickets are 34.30 euros (some qualify for reduced rate of 28.50) and can be ordered online here: bonnticket.de

Info: Auditorium of the University of Bonn, Regina-Pacis-Weg 1-3, 8pm, Friday

5 Concert for the Chinese New Year

The Great Chinese New Year's Concert is billed as one of the most successful unconventional concert formats worldwide. Every year, a traditional orchestra from different Chinese regions is selected by a panel of experts to perform the highlights of its local music-making in the West. Under excellent conductors and experienced musicians in traditional costumes, both traditional Chinese music and contemporary works will be performed. This year, the famous Suzhou Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Pang Kapang, is on tour. Tickets can be purchased online: bonnticket.de

Info: Opera Bonn, Am Boeselagerhof 1, 7:30pm, Saturday (0228) 778008

6 China Light Festival in Cologne Zoo

It’s the final chance to visit the China Light Festival at the Cologne Zoo this weekend.  There are lighting displays of colorful animals and fantasy figures, including turtles, swans and giant puffer fish, along the circular path through the zoo. Every evening from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, visitors can enjoy the lights. Adults pay 16 euros, children 4 - 12 years-old pay 8 euros.  There is also an accompanying program for the whole family to enjoy.  For more information, please see: koelnerzoo.en

Info: Cologne Zoo, Riehler Straße 173, Cologne, Sunday at 5:30pm

7 Japan Fever Convention

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck: Gamesroom, cosplay workshops, Far Eastern live music and much more - the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck will be the venue of a Japan Fever Convention! Cosplayers* are expressly welcome.To purchase tickets online (15 euros), please visit: https://arpmuseum.org/en/events.html 

Info: Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 11am - 6pm, Saturday (02228) 94250.

8 Cushion concert for small children

Cushion concert at Bonn Opera: "Das kleine Ich-bin-ich" (“The little I am Me”) based on a story from Mira Lobe and Susi Weigl about a colorful little animal who goes on an adventurous search for his identity.  With Nadine Schwitter (narrator) and the Chamber Ensemble of the Beethoven Orchestera, for children from 3 to 5-years-old (in German).  The concert is 40 minutes with no intermission.  Tickets are 13 euros and can be purchased online here:  bonnticket.de

Info: Oper Bonn, Am Boeselagerhof 1, 10am and 12pm, (0228) 778008

9 Exhibition: From Neanderthal Man to the Present

This exhibition at the LVR Landesmuseum takes visitors through 400,000 years of cultural history in the Rhineland.  It shows the development of the region from the very beginning from the Stone Age until present day.  “Not only is the world-famous original Neanderthal man (40,000 years B.C.) on display here, but also the world's largest Neolithic well. Further highlights are the Fritzdorf gold beaker from the Bronze Age, the Pfalzfeld Column dating from Celtic times, and a treasure that had once belonged to a Celtic princess from Waldalgesheim.”  For more information, please visit the English language website: landesmuseum-bonn.lvr.en

Info: Colmanstr. 14-16, Bonn, open Tues - Fri, Sundays 11am - 6pm, Saturdays 1pm - 6pm. (0228) 2070

10 Fantasy Film Fest in Cologne

The organizers bill this as “10 FILMS - 2 DAYS - 7 CITIES - JANUARY 2019”  On January 19/20 the film festival comes to Cologne with some interesting movies: “Keepers” - a British suspense story which takes place on a small island near Scotland, “Office Uprising” - a horror comedy from the U.S., “Burning” - a South Korean mystery thriller (with English subtitles), and many more. Festival passes are sold out but single tickets are available for 11 to 13 euros.  For complete information about movies, times and tickets in English, please visit: fantasyfilmfest.com

Info: White Nights Venue, RESIDENZ - Astor Film Lounge, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring 30–32, Saturday and Sunday

COMING UP

“Magic of the Dance”:  The successful Irish show “Magic of the Dance” combines the top tap dancers of the world with wonderful music and an exciting love story for a fast-paced and thrilling performance.  It combines both traditional tap with modern dance with innovative choreography.  The love story is told by none other than Hollywood star Sir Christopher Lee known from “Lord of the Rings”.  The show is Saturday, February 2 at 8pm.  Bad Godesberg Stadthalle, Koblenzer Straße 80.  Tickets start at 37 euros and can be ordered at www.ga-bonn.de or purchased at Bonnticket shops. 

Sampling of museums and exhibitions in Bonn and surrounds:

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Exhibitions: A current schedule can be found on the website (English): arpmuseum.org/en/  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, E-Mail

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?  The following theaters 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

Or check out this site filmstarts.de tap in your location and then select the OV Original Version.

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