BONN/REGION The circus is coming to town, along with a wine festival this weekend, an arts and crafts fair, and classical music. For a rainy day, the Playmobil exhibition at the Deutsches Museum Bonn might be a good choice.
Circus Roncalli in Bonn
"Storyteller: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow". The German circus has a long tradition in Germany, founded in 1976. Two years ago, Circus Roncalli took animals out of its program, and is now a troupe of 120 artists and clowns. It is back in the big tent in Bonn once again this season and will run through June. The circus tent is situated in the Stadtgarten near the university. Expect family entertainment with breathtaking moments provided by the artists and acrobats.
Where: Stadtgarten am Alten Zoll, Adenauerallee, 53111 Bonn
When: May 10 - June 1, Wednesday through Friday performances at 3:30 & 8 pm, Saturdays at 3 & 8 pm, Sundays and holidays at 2 pm & 6 pm (no performances on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Tickets: start at 27.40 euros, available online at ga-bonn.de/tickets
GoVinum wine festival
Bad Godesberg welcomes its first GoVinum wine festival this weekend from May 10 - 12. Wines from the Ahr, Nahe, Mosel and Rheinhessen will be on offer at wine stands in Bad Godesberg city center. Visitors can also enjoy French specialty foods and live music. On Saturday, there will be a performance by the Bad Godesberg dance school at 6:30 pm. The weekend event is put on by Bad Godesberg City Marketing.
Where: Theaterplatz in Bad Godesberg
When: 2 pm to 10 pm, Friday, 11 am - 10 pm Saturday, and Sunday until 8 pm
Playmobil special exhibition
Playmobil at Deutsches Museum Bonn: This special exhibition of Playmobil technical history features thousands of Playmobil figures. Hamburg artist Oliver Schaffer stages impressive Playmobil landscapes which highlight the main themes of the museum, science and technology. From an airport to a car factory to space travel, it’s all there. Visitors can also see how Playmobil figures are made. Playmobil began in 1974 and ever since then, the colorful plastic figures have been been a part of creative play for many children.
Where: Deutsches Museum Bonn (German Museum Bonn), Ahrstr. 45, 53175 Bonn
When: runs through August 25, open Tuesday - Friday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday from 12 - 5 pm
HofArt in Wachtberg
This arts and crafts fair offers many handmade originals for visitors looking for something unique to take home. It takes place in a rural and rustic setting in Wachtberg, and includes musical entertainment with the Ruckes Vintage Band.
Where: Hofanlage Kemp (in the Kemp farm buildings), Wachtberg, Holzemer Str. 4
When: 7 pm on Friday, May 10, 2 - 7pm on Saturday, May 11, 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday May 12
Bonn Master Concert
The 146th Bonn Master Concert will take place in the auditorium of the Bonn Kunstmuseum (Art Museum). The guest is Spanish guitarist Marco Socías, who received a professorial chair in guitar at the age of 21. The musician, born in Malaga in 1966, has made eight albums and performed concerts in 40 countries. In Bonn he interprets compositions by John Dowland, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Federico Moreno Torroba, Julián Bautista and Regino Sainz de la Maza. Music media praise his "sensitive playing and a lively stage presence".
Where: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn
When: Sunday, May 12, 3:30 pm
Concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Vienna-Berlin Chamber Orchestra: The German violinist and four-time Grammy Award winner comes to Cologne this weekend for a concert where she will play music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Her 2019 concert calendar is booked with performances in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, showing her musical versatility and international prominence in classical music.
Where: Philharmonie Cologne, Bischofsgartenstr. 1, Cologne
When: Sunday, May 12, 8 pm
More information: (0221) 204080
"Taken out of the fire": 86th remembrance of the book burning
In remembrance of the burning of books by the Hitler regime, the Bonn Memorial, in collaboration with the Literaturhaus Bonn and the General Student Committee (AStA), commemorates authors whose works went up in flames on May 10, 1933 on Bonn's Marktplatz in the city center. After the commemoration, the books will be given away to the public. The treasure chest is then filled with new books and closed again until next year.
Where: Am Lesemal in front of the Old Town Hall, Markt, 53111 Bonn
When: Friday, May 10, 12 noon
More information:Aus dem Feuer geholt (Taken out of the fire)
"Duets" by Bonn Players
“Duets” will be performed by the Bonn Players, an English-language theater group. The play from Peter Quilter is about four sets of characters at four critical moments. It offers a humorous look into the chaotic world of love and relationships and is “a hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart.” Tickets cost 20 euros for adults and 15 euros for students.
Where: Brotfabrik, Kreuzstrasse 16, Bonn-Beuel
When: May 14 - 18 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: For more information and tickets, please visit the website: www.bonnplayers.de
A Special Relationship from/with Tony Durham & Andy Valvur
“For roughly 400 years, the United Kingdom and the United States have been…well… united… in a relationship that runs the gamut from intimate to frosty. A bit like a really long marriage filled to the brim with ups and downs. And yet we stay together because… er… no one else will have us.” This is the entertainment theme these two men bring to the stage. Tony Dunham has written over 25 plays and his work has been staged all over Europe. Andy Vlavur has worked in comedy in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and has written for top publications and radio, TV.
Where: Euro Theater Central, Mauspfad, 53111 Bonn
When: May 14, 15 from 8 pm - 10pm
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/ck / Translation:ck)