BONN / REGION The KunstRasen in Bonn opens with Kim Wilde and "Sound of Heimat", the Springmaus theatre celebrates the summer, architects present their projects, and children become nature detectives – at the weekend there will be something for everyone in Bonn and the region.
Friday, June 28
Opening of the KunstRasen in Bonn
The KunstRasen in the Rheinaue is kicking off its eighth season. Sting, BAP and Nena are the biggest stars on the line-up this year. The opening will take place on Friday with the British pop duo "Tears for Fears", who will make a stop in Bonn together with Kim Wilde. On Saturday, under the motto "Sound of Heimat", Rhineland heroes such as Kasalla, Cat Ballou and Druckluft will meet the Bavarian cheerful natures of Kellerkommando, LaBrassBanda and Kreuzwort.
Where: KunstRasen, Bonn-Gronau, Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße, 53113 Bonn
When: Friday from 6 pm, Saturday from 1 pm
Tickets: for Tears for Fears with Kim Wilde are available at ga-bonn.de/tickets, tickets for Sound of Heimat as well.
Manteca at the Dottendorf Jazz Night
Rhythm and Joie de Vivre fresh from Brazil will be brought to the first summer edition 2019 of the Dottendorf Jazz Night by the quartet Manteca on Friday. Together with the Brazilian jazz singer Felicia Touré, Jürgen Peiffer (drums/percussion), Berthold Matschat (piano) and Fritz Roppel (bass) invite the audience on a musical journey across the Copacabana countryside - from samba and bossa nova to Latin and jazz. Popular classics like "Mas Que Nada", "Oje como va" and dance hits like "Despacito" bring Brazil's attitude to living the life.
Where: Bonn-Dottendorf, town centre, Dottendorfer Str. 41, 53129 Bonn, Germany
When: Friday, 8 pm
Admission: Tickets available at ga-bonn.de/tickets
Summer special at the Springmaus theatre
The Springmaus goes on holiday and presents her summer special of "Bääm - Die Gameshow". It delivers a colourful cocktail of summer improvisation stories - including turbulence.
Where: House of the jumping mouse,
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm each
are available at ga-bonn.de/tickets
Saturday, June 29
All over North Rhine-Westphalia, houses and buildings of all kinds can be visited on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Day of Architecture. In NRW there are 170 architectural projects in 88 cities and communities - including Bonn, where the Marie Kahle Comprehensive School in Castell can be visited. Projects in the region are also included - all locations can be found on the homepage of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects. This year's Day of Architecture has the motto "Shaping spaces“.
Where: Bonn and the region
When: Saturday and Sunday, different times depending on location
Summer party of the University of Bonn
„France and us" is the theme of this year's summer party of the University of Bonn on the Campus Poppelsdorf. Scientific lectures and experiments, but also participation actions, music and culture will be offered throughout the day.
Where: Campus Poppelsdorf, Endenicher Allee 19c, 53115 Bonn, Germany
When: Saturday, 1pm to 10pm
Petit Médoc in the Siebengebirge
Carnival in June, in the vineyards, and even quite sporty - all this the Petit Médoc promises in the Siebengebirge, to which the Spiel- und Sportgemeinschaft (SSG) Königswinter invites us again on Saturday. Start and finish are at the Weinhaus Gut Sülz. The special: More than 90 percent of the runners start dressed up. The best costumes and the most beautiful groups will be awarded prizes. This year there will be seven refreshment points along the course.
Where: Wine house Gut Sülz, Bachstraße 157, 53639 Königswinter
When: Saturday, from 1.30 pm
Walks on the island of Grafenwerth
Games, fun and action, plus music and party atmosphere, and all for free and outside: that's what visitors can expect at the festival "R(h)einspaziert" on the island of Grafenwerth in Bad Honnef. The organisers have given the open-air festival a fresh make-over and divided it into two: After a children's and family celebration with its own programme in the afternoon, the evening concert programme will start at 5 p.m. and will mainly feature Cologne's mood bands.
Where: Grafenwerth Island, Bad Honnef
When: from 12 noon
Tickets: Admission free
Children's theatre "There's room on the broom"
"The witch had a cat and a very tall hat“ - this is how the story begins in the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. At first the witch travels alone with her cat, but little by little more and more animals come along and join them on the broom, which finally breaks under the load. The passengers plop into a swamp, where a hungry dragon is already waiting for them. But the animals have a trick ready... The Junge Theater Bonn presents the production for viewers aged 4 and over. It is in German but easily understood - especially if the kids already know this lovely and clever story in their own language.
Where: Hermannstraße 50, 53225 Bonn, Germany
When: Saturday and Sunday, 15 o'clock
Tickets: 17 Euro for adults, 11 Euro for children. Tickets at ga-bonn.de/tickets
Sunday, June 30
Reopening of the House of Nature
For two years it was being rebuilt, now the House of Nature on the Waldau celebrates reopening. Visitors can find out about the diversity of native species, the forest ecosystem, bee colonies and sustainability goals. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Nature Detective Day takes place here, where children can experience and explore nature at eight exciting stations.
Where: Haus der Natur, An der Waldau 50, 53127 Bonn, Germany
When: Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
As part of the 14th Rolandseck Festival "Transfiguration - Magic of Light" a special concert with Rebecca Carrington and Colin Brown will take place at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. The artists present "Musik-Comedy at its best". The Rolandseck Festival runs from 28 June to 4 July.
When: Sunday, 8pm
Where: Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen, Germany
Tickets: available at ga-bonn.de/tickets
Special exhibition on donkeys
The Siebengebirgsmuseum in Königswinter dedicates a special exhibition to the donkey. It is often regarded as stubborn and lazy, yet in many places it has become a secret heraldic animal because of its important role as a riding, working and pack animal. In the exhibition "Donkeys - Tradition and Stories" everything revolves around the contradictory and fascinating character of the animals. On Sunday at 3 pm a curator's tour of the exhibition will take place.
Where: Kellerstraße 16, 53639 Königswinter, Germany
When: 3 pm
Admission: 8 Euro, concessions 5,50 Euro (including admission)
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: 0228/302256
- 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.
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(Original text: GA Bonn / Translation: Mareike Graepel)