Earlier there was a saying: Bonn is half as big as Chicago’s graveyard but twice as dead on the weekend. Lots has changed since then. Tips for your evening...
At a restaurant, you may need to seat yourself; check with a waiter. When a restaurant is very busy, you may be asked if someone could share your table. You may do the same, but always ask in advance.
Tipping in a restaurant: Since service and VAT are already included in the price, people generally just round up to the next Euro, € 3 to € 5 increment, depending on the price of the meal and the service provided. When you have decided what your payment will be (food + tip), simply tell your server the total amount, hand over the money, and he/she will return the change.
Parents or guardians must always accompany children under 6 to the cinema. Children are allowed to watch a film alone without their parents being present:
- 6 - 13 years until 20.00
- 14 -15 years until 22.00
- 16 -17 years until 24.00
- 18 years - no restrictions
For example, if a 13 year old goes with friends to see a film that finishes at 20.05, they must be accompanied by a parent or person with parental authority.
Age 18 and over only in many nightclubs.
From the age of 14, adolescents can drink wine and beer only if they are in the company of their parents. From age 16, they are allowed beer and wine without accompaniment. From age 18, they are allowed distilled spirits (liquor) as well without accompaniment.
Tobacco products must not be sold to persons under 18 years old nor is smoking allowed in any public places.
Smoking is not permitted in most indoor public places or offices. You may find small smoking rooms at train stations or airports. Offices will generally have a designated smoking area, however this may be outside. Similarly some bars and clubs may have smoking permits.
Art & Music
The MultiCultural Choir (MultiKultiChor) Bonn was established in autumn of 2001 and has become a registered non-profit society in 2003. The founding members wanted to create a space in which people from different cultures living in Bonn and its surrounding area could meet and share songs from around the world - music as a way to international understanding!
Due to its commitment the MultiKultiChor Bonn received in 2006 a citizen award “For me, for us, for Bonn” with the motto „culture links together“. Since its foundation, the choir has been able to attract many new singers for this common idea. Presently the choir consists of more than 70 members from 16 different countries, between 30 and 80 years of age. The repertoire of the MultiKultiChor Bonn includes traditional as well as modern music preferably performed in four-part settings for mixed voices in the original language. It is the choir's declared aim to sing a song from the home country of each of its members.
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The Bonn English Singers: Bonn's original English-speaking choir, Originally The Embassy Singers, the Bonn English Singers formed after the British Embassy moved to Berlin in 1999. The choir was at first directed by composer and conductor Stephen Harrap and since 2001 has been led by jazz musician and conductor Fraser Gartshore.
We specialise in English-language choral music, both sacred and secular. The choir performs regularly in and around Bonn and is best known for its traditional Christmas services and concerts. We are currently looking for tenors and basses. If you are interested, feel free to contact us or come along to a rehearsal and try us out. We rehearse once a week. For more information on becoming a member, see our Join the Choir page.
The Bonn Players recently celebrated 30 years of performing English-language theatre in Bonn. Over those three decades, the group has ﬁrmly established itself as part of the cosmopolitan cultural life in the Bonn-Cologne region, performing over 80 plays, and winning a number of awards at the annual international Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies.
The group was originally founded in 1981 as The British Embassy Players. In May 1998, after the embassy moved to Berlin, they assumed the new name of The Bonn Players e.V. Most of the members are residents of the greater Bonn-Cologne area, and are of various nationalities. The name reﬂects their commitment to English-language theatre, but not to any particular nationality. In fact, they are thoroughly international and consider this to be one of their strengths. Their past productions have embraced a wide range of cultures, including plays by English, Irish, Scottish, American, and Australian authors,and also English translations from other languages.
Theatre is teamwork and they are always delighted to welcome newcomers and to integrate them in the many and varied tasks on and off stage. The Bonn Players are members of both the Amateurtheaterverband NRW and the Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater.
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The Bonn University Shakespeare Company e.V. (BUSC) was founded in 1992 at the English Department in Bonn. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of Shakespeare’s plays or plays written by his contemporaries or modern play-writes in the original English language. The members take on all the tasks that arise in a theatre production - be it acting or directing, building the stage or making up the actors. Everybody who is interested in theatre and Shakespeare’s plays is cordially invited to join us and help bringing a production to life.
Bonn University Shakespeare Company
Am Romerkastell 30
Head of committee: Peter Schild
CocoonDance was founded by choreographer Rafaële Giovanola and dramaturge Rainald Endraß in 2000. Swiss-born Giovanola was a soloist in Turin before being brought to the Frankfurt Ballett by William Forsythe for the duration of eight years. After this, she worked with Pavel Mikuláštik’s Choreographisches Theater, with Bonn as the last station. Since 2000, CocoonDance has been producing and performing in the independent Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn; since the season 2004/05 the company also is curating the dance program and is responsible for organization and financing of the theatre.
The Folk Club Bonn (FCB) is an unofficial, non-profit group whose purpose is to organize and carry out informal performances of purely acoustic music. The FCB meet on the first Friday night of each month from 7 pm to 10 pm. Where? in Haus Müllestumpe, An der Rheindorfer Burg 22, 53117 Bonn- Graurheindorf. Any and every musical style can be and is played at Folk Club Meets. Any instrument and any language are welcomed. Dance and recitations are also a part of the FCB repertoire. A foremost priority of the FCB organizers is to encourage diversity.
The only criteria is that the performers may not use electricity for the production or enhancement of the music presented. Anyone and everyone can and does play at the Folk Club, young and old, professional and amateur, in any language or musical style. Who is interested in performing for the Folk Club Bonn, send a requests or just walk in with an instrument and take a first-timer spot: newcomers are priority and are always guaranteed a floor spot.
In Bonn, many cinemas offer film programmes featuring current and international films. Some offer them in the original version (don’t forget the subtitles are in German)
OV: original version
OmU: original version with German subtitles
KiFi: children’s film, only German
dt.F.: German version