Bonn/Region. Take a little trip to another culture this weekend! There are plenty of events with an international flavor happening right here in the region, as well as ones that celebrate the rich local culture. Enjoy and leave the cold behind!
1 Drachenburg Castle Lights
On Friday evening at 6pm, lighting artist Wolfgang Flammersfeld will flip the switch and reveal a Drachenburg Castle in dazzling colors. In the park, several fairytale houses will be installed, around three meters high - drawing from the fairytale "The Three Little Pigs". In addition, visitors will be able to stroll through an approximately 60-meter-long "Walk of Light". And inside the castle, the shelf of a large Swedish furniture company unfolds an unexpected visual effect through video projections. It will all be open for visitors starting this Friday. Adults pay 9 euros, children aged 6 and up pay 4 euros (15/9 euros with train ride included. For further information, please visit the website (in English): schloss-drachenburg.de.
Info: Open for visitors from January 25 to February 24 on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 6 - 10pm. Drachenfelsstraße 118, 53639 Königswinter.
2 X-Change: With the international Speech Choir Bonn
With the international SprechChor Bonn (Speech Choir Bonn). Thirty-two Bonn residents from 13 nations form the ensemble of the International SprechChor Bonn, founded by the fringe ensemble last year. The members are of different ages, have grown up here or have immigrated from other cities, countries or continents. They fled here or are here for private or professional reasons. X-CHANGE reflects the early paths of political, cultural and economic exchange of European regions of the Middle Ages and the lives of the choir members in the Rhineland in contrast to their different origins. In the context of the exhibition, a bridge from the past to the present can be built. For more information, please visit: fringe-ensemble.de
Info: Theater im Ballsaal, Frongasse 9, Bonn. 8pm, Saturday & Sunday (0228) 797901.
3 World Beat Party
Bonn cultural initiative Taxi MunDJal MusiX (TMM), which focuses on cultural diversity and sustainability through the arts, invites everyone to two events on the weekend. On Saturday, the "World Beat Party" which is always on the lookout for news sounds, will feature everything from Bollywood tunes to global reggae and dancehall to electro-swing and much more. It begins at the Namenlos in Bonn’s Old Town at 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information about TMM, please see their website (English): taxi-mundjal.com
Info: Namenlos, Bornheimer Str. 20-22, Bonn. 9pm on Saturday.
4 Brunch on MS Beethoven
On Sunday, there is a second event from Taxi MunDJal MusiX. All are invited to brunch on board the MS Beethoven with The SoundBrunch featuring the Thiago Gois Band. It is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch costs 15 per person, children up to six years eat free of charge. The boat does not leave the dock. Reservations can be made by e-mail until Saturday, 4 p.m.. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org , also for information about where it is docked. The brunch takes place every two weeks until Easter.
Info: MS Beethoven ship in Bonn, Sunday 11am - 2pm.
5 Brazilian music and dance
Forró is a music and dance style from the northeast of Brazil, it spread nationwide and then internationally. The music is typically played on three traditional instruments – zabumba, sanfona and triangle – and the partner dance is not only easy to learn, but also leaves a lot of room for individuality and creativity. No matter if you are dancing a slow Xote or a quick Baião, with its flowing movements and catchy rhythms, Forró will win win over those who try it. Start the evening learning the basic steps in a sample course, enjoy the live music of Forró Urbano and then dance till the morning hours to the DJ’s music. Price is 5 euros
Info: Kult 41, Hochstadenring 41, Bonn. Sample course begins at 8pm, live music at 9pm, followed by dance at 10pm, Saturday(0228) 9085707.
6 BTHVN Week opening concert
Olli Mustonen on piano with the opening concert, playing works including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Five Variations in D Major on the Theme "Rule Britannia", Seven Variations in C Major on the theme "God save the King" and more. Tickets are 34 euros (17 euros for students). For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit: beethoven.de
Info: Chamber music hall Beethoven-Haus, Bonngasse 24-26, 7:30pm on Friday (0228) 981750.
7 Miss Saigon musical
The hugely successful musical production “Miss Saigon” will be playing in at the Cologne Musical Dome from January 22 to March 3. A highly emotional love story that takes place during the Vietnam War, it is well-known for the scene when the last helicopter leaves from the roof of the American Embassy. "Miss Saigon" is one of the most successful musicals ever. Since its premiere in London on September 20, 1989 and its Broadway premiere in April of 1991, the musical has been shown in more than 369 cities in 32 countries and attracted around 36 million viewers. Miss Saigon has been performed in 15 languages and has won 70 awards, including two Laurence Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. Tickets start at 39.90 euros and are available in the Bonnticket shops of the General-Anzeiger and online at ga-bonn.de/tickets
Info: Cologne Musical Dome, Goldgasse 1, 50668 Cologne. January 22 - March 3 (please see ticket link for exact times and dates).
8 "Toast to Our Differences"
"Toast to Our Differences" from Rudimental, a four-member music collective from the London Hackney district; combining drum, bass and electronic music. To date, the BRIT Award winning band has sold more than 2.6 million singles in the UK alone. In autumn 2015 the UK #1 album "WE THE GENERATION" followed, featuring the worldwide hit "Lay It On Me" featuring Ed Sheeran. The multicultural group Rudimental has always been concerned with building bridges between people, emphasizing commonalities and, most importantly, respecting differences. On January 25th the new album "Toast To Our Difference" will be released. Tickets are 27 euros in advance and can be ordered here: livemusichall.de
Info: Live Music Hall, Lichtstr. 30, Cologne. 7:30pm, Friday, (0221) 9542990
9 Beethoven Haus visit for families with children
An afternoon at the Beethoven Haus museum especially for children on Saturday, January 26. All children who participate must be at least 3-years-old (program in German). Register by calling (022) 98175-25 or e-mailing to email@example.com,
Info: Beethoven-Haus, Bonngasse 20-26, 2:30 - 5pm.
10 Feuerwerk der Turnkunst (The Fireworks of Gymnastics)
"Connected-Tour 2018/2019” featuring world stars from gymnastics and acrobatics. In 22 German cities viewers have had the opportunity to experience the fireworks of gymnastics, with many shows already sold out. Now it is coming to Cologne. Be enchanted and inspired by the world stars of the movement arts. Duration of the show including a break is approx. 2:45 hours. For more information or to order tickets, please visit: feuerwerkderturnkunst.de
Info: Lanxess-Arena, Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, Cologne. 4pm, Sunday (0221) 8021.
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 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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