Bonn/Region Carnival is a big tradition in the Rhineland and this Saturday, the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 am, carnival-goers will be in city centers swaying to the music. It promises to be an especially international crowd in Bonn this time around. Join in the fun, have a Kölsch and get a taste of the carnival season to come!
A very warm welcome to our UN World Climate Summit visitors! We are delighted to have you in Bonn and want to share with you a few of our recently published lists about restaurants and bars in the area. It is by no means comprehensive and it’s not based on any ratings system, but still we hope it gives you an idea or two about where you can go in Bonn. Just scroll down to the end for the links. Enjoy!
Friday, November 10
Climate Tour Bonn: Greenwalker tour in English on the theme: "Using mobile phones fairly", everyone is invited to meet at the Beethoven monument on Münsterplatz at 3pm, sponsored by the City of Bonn in conjunction with the climate conference
Bonn Festival: On Friday, there will be 12 events - concerts, theater, comedy and parties at 11 locations for one price (€9.90). The festival was planned to take place during the Cop 23 for international and local visitors alike. One of the acts is the band Mr. Matt & the Mad Sonix - moderated in English, performing hits from film & television at Cult 41 (Hochstadenring 41) from 8 - 10pm. “Time After Time” is a dance party event with a different decade of music every hour, at midnight: 70’s, 1 am: 80’s, 2 am: 90’s and on it goes, with DJs and video artistry, at the Brückenforum (Friedrich-Breuer-Str. 17). A complete listing of the events and a map of their locations can be found at: www.bonnfestival.de
The Night Watchman: Tour in English on Nov. 10, Friday at 7pm. Travel with the night watchman through Bonn. A walk through the darker, wilder sides of the city. These were dangerous times; apart from dealing with the normal rabble and riff-raff in and around the city, the electoral capital of Bonn was threatened in the 17th century by war, fire and pestilence with the bubonic plague. Tour meets on Rheingasse at the corner of Brassertufer, 7pm and takes approximately 2 hours. €10-12
Where music cultures meet: As part of the UN Climate Conference, a cooperation of the Cultural Department of the City of Bonn and three cultural event organizers are hosting an international music festival from 7 to 10 November 2017 with Fiji and some of their international project partner cities and related partner associations. It runs from Tuesday to Friday, 7 to 10 November. The evening takes place in cooperation with the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn. Free entry. Pre-orders at firstname.lastname@example.org . Guests are kindly requested not to bring backpacks and large bags to the concerts. Dubovik-Dubovski (Minsk, Belarus) and Gulzoda (Bukhara, Uzbekistan), LVR-Landesmuseum, Colmantstr. 14-16, 7:30pm, (0228) 2070351
Toys: GOP Varieté-Theater: A look through the window of the little toy-shop on the corner lets us all rediscover them - the joys of our childhood. But the toys wake up after closing time - opening up a world full of poetry, magic and wit that touches our hearts. Be part of this colorful theater, which can only take place in the dark of the night! Karl-Carstens-Str. 1, 6 & 9 pm, https://www.variete.de/spielorte/bonn/ (0228) 4224141
Friday concert: Midori Goto (violin) and Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, with works from Schnittke, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovic, Opera Bonn, Am Boeselagerhof 1, 8pm, (0228) 778008
Huis Clos: From Jean-Paul Sartre, in French language, Euro Theater Central Bonn, Münsterplatz 30/Eingang Mauspfad, 8pm, (0228) 652951
Judas Rising: "A Tribute to Judas Priest", Harmonie, Frongasse 28-30, 8pm, (0228) 614042
Saturday, November 11
Bonn carnival opening session: Bonn carnival officially opens with a large gathering at the Marktplatz in Bonn city center. With music and entertainment and the Bonn carnival royalty, many carnival-goers will be in costume swaying to the music. Begins at 10:30 am with the official opening at exactly 11:11 am on the 11th day of the eleventh month
Bad Godesberg carnival opening session: Bad Godesberg carnival also opens with music and entertainment on stage for several hours, with carnival royalty, food and beverage stands and lots of carnival fans in costume; on Theaterplatz in Bad Godesberg city center, official opening celebrated at 11:11 am
International Mineral and Fossil Exchange Bonn: 30 exhibitors present their treasures and rare minerals and fossils; from the Mineral and Fossil Friends of Bonn; in the auditorium of the Johannes-Rau School, Bad Godesberg, Albertus-Magnus-Str. 21, 10am - 5pm, (0228) 777590
Toys: GOP Varieté-Theater: A look through the window of the little toy-shop on the corner lets us all rediscover them - the joys of our childhood. But the toys wake up after closing time - opening up a world full of poetry, magic and wit that touches our hearts. Be part of this colorful theater, which can only take place in the dark of the night! Karl-Carstens-Str. 1, 6 & 9 pm, (0228) 4224141
Endenich St. Martin’s Market: Arts and crafts, culinary specialties and hands-on activities for children; on Endenicher Straße between Pastoratsgasse and Frongasse, Endenicher Straße, 11am - 8 pm
Roskapankki: Celebrating the start of carnival season with Bonn band Ska, Kult 41, Hochstadenring 41, 8pm, (0228) 9085707
"Sing together": The participants sing Christmas carols in African languages, supported by the German-African choir Pamoja, Protestant student community, Königstr. 88, 10am - 2pm, (0228) 911990
Pappnassparty (A “fools” carnival party): Traditional opening of carnival season with live music and party DJ’s, Gaffel am Dom, at the Cologne Central Station square, 9:11 am, tickets are €15 and available only on location. All bags will be checked.
Elfter im Elften (11th of the 11th): Opening of carnival season at 11:11 am at Heumarkt in the Atlstadt (Old Town), with music from the local Kölsch scene, and thousands of carnival fans excited about the start of the carnival season -many in carnival attire. Since 2016/2017, these items are banned from the area: backpacks and travel bags, glasses and bottles, tables, chairs and wagons. At Lanxess Arena, there will also be a huge show with 18 Kölsch bands, begins at 7:45 pm, tickets €41-45.
Used bicycle market: Buy or sell a used bike. Friesenplatz, VenloerStr./Ring, 8 am
Sunday, November 12
Climate Tour Bonn: "Creative Climate"; exhibitions, demonstration of online tools, discussion and music to wind it down, Clubschiff Township/MS Beethoven, boat pier at Brassertufer, 11am - 5pm
Climate Tour Bonn: Greenwalker tour in English on the theme: "Fair trade and climate change", all are invited to meet at the Beethoven monument on Münsterplatz at 2:30pm, sponsored by the City of Bonn in conjunction with the climate conference
Party, Peanuts, Pop & Pathos: Live and in color they meet: Beethoven 's piano works, Psychedelic Folk by NUNUK, Minimal Electro by SALZ - all on par, without conventions or dress code, crossing the music genres. The classical music is from young Hong Kong pianist Rhythmie Wong, with live music from Beethoven to Beats per Minute, 11 pm at the Pantheon Lounge (Siegburger Str. 42), tickets 7 euros
Toys: GOP Varieté-Theater: A look through the window of the little toy-shop on the corner lets us all rediscover them - the joys of our childhood. But the toys wake up after closing time - opening up a world full of poetry, magic and wit that touches our hearts. Be part of this colorful theater, which can only take place in the dark of the night! Karl-Carstens-Str. 1, 2 & 5 pm, (0228) 4224141
Endenich St. Martin’s Market: Arts and crafts, culinary specialties and hands-on activities for children; on Endenicher Straße between Pastoratsgasse and Frongasse, Endenicher Straße, 11am - 7 pm
Altan: Legendary Irish folk band with “sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs”, Harmonie, Frongasse 28-30, 8pm, tickets on this website, (0228) 614042
Im Spiegel (In the Mirror): Midori Goto; (violin) and Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, works from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, conversation with Midori Goto and Dirk Kaftan, Oper Bonn, Am Boeselagerhof 1, 11 am, (0228) 778008
Scandinavian dance music: Sveriges Vänner from Leipzig playing traditional tunes from all regions of Sweden with flutes, accordion, frame drum and vocals. Waltzes, love songs, ballads and drinking songs invite you to dance and dream. Weinhaus Steinbach, Spießgasse 2 in Bad Honnef, 12 noon, tickets 15 euros in advance (0176) 63 65 43 68
“Brief Encounter”: Production of the Bonn Players - a play with music adapted for the stage by Emma Rice from the play STILL LIFE and the screenplay BRIEF ENCOUNTER, both by Noël Coward. To order tickets and for more information, please visit their website (runs November 14 - 18 at the Stiftstheater Augustinum): https://www.bonnplayers.de/
One Year With Trump. What about the United States and Europe?: Amerika Haus e.V. NRW, Europe direct Köln, Volkshochschule Köln, and the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf cordially invite you to a panel discussion in English. Guests: Angela Freimuth, MdL (VP of State Parliament of NRW), Prof. Jeremy Mayer, PhD (George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia), and PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche (North American Studies, University of Bonn). Nov. 16 at 7pm, Cäcilienstr. 29-33, Cologne, Mandatory Registration on this website.
Independent Bonn International School Open Day (IBIS): November 18, 10 am - 12:30pm for all parents and students who may be interested in attending the international school. Students and staff will be happy to answer questions and show visitors around the school to see what’s happening. There will be an information stand and cake and coffee will be provided, Tulpenbaumweg 42, Heiderhof
Thanksgiving dinner organized by the American-German Business Club: Thursday, November 23 from 7 to 10:30 pm, at Konrad's Restaurant in the Bonn Marriott hotel, includes a 3 course-meal with Turkey, a welcome drink and water, and a wonderful atmosphere. To purchase tickets, please visit this website.
Sampling of Exhibitions in Bonn and surrounds
The Human Face of Climate Change: Photography from Monika Fischer and Matthias Braschler, Wissenschaftszentrum (Science Center), Bad Godesberg, Ahrstr. 45, 8am- 7pm, Fri., 0228) 3020
Exhibition from Anja Kleeman-Jacks: “Treibgut” (floating debris) Fitting for the UN Climate Conference, the artist uses items found washed up on the shore as her work material, calling attention to pollution of the sea and climate change. Her materials come from harbors, beaches and coastal towns but also urban and rural areas. It runs Oct. 30 - Nov. 16 at the Casino des Wissenschaftszentrum on Ahrstraße 45, Bonn. Admission is free. Open Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 7 pm.
Exhibition: "The United Nations in Germany under the Agenda 2030": Haus der Bildung, Mülheimer Platz 1, 10am - 7pm Fri., 10am - 2pm Saturday
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Exhibitions: A current schedule can be found on the website (English), Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen, (02228) 94250
Bundeskunsthalle Exhibitions: A current listing 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 (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 tap in your location and then select the OV Original Version.
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