Cul­ture Cal­en­dar

Discover Germany, Switzerland & Austria - - Contents - TEXT: MAR­ILENA STRACKE

Dis­cover Ger­many’s Cul­ture Cal­en­dar is your per­fect guide to what not to miss in April and May.

Easter hol­i­days, spring in full flow and plenty of amaz­ing events. April prom­ises to be a great month through­out. No mat­ter if you are look­ing for cul­tural hap­pen­ings, mu­sic events or marathons, you cer­tainly won’t get bored in the up­com­ing weeks.

Vi­en­nese Easter Mar­ket at Schön­brunn Cas­tle, Vi­enna (28 March - 14 April)

The Easter mar­kets across Vi­enna are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by lo­cals and tourists alike. The colour­ful Easter mar­ket at the fa­mous Schloss Schön­brunn brings an im­pres­sive 70 ex­hibitors from Aus­tria and other coun­tries to the city. Here, you can get some in­spi­ra­tion for your own Easter egg dec­o­ra­tions and, of course, take a lit­tle crafty sou­venir home with you.

Fes­ti­val Days Ber­lin (4 - 12 April)

Fes­ti­val Days Ber­lin cel­e­brates opera and is held at the Phil­har­monie and the Staat­soper Unter den Lin­den. The fes­ti­val is a unique col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween star con­duc­tor Daniel Baren­boim and the Staatskape­lle Ber­lin. On the oc­ca­sion of the fes­ti­val days and Beethoven’s an­niver­sary year 2020, all nine of his sym­phonies will be pre­sented as a cycli­cal per­for­mance.

Ber­lin Half Marathon (5 April)

‘The fastest sight­see­ing tour in sneak­ers’ is what this half marathon across Ber­lin is of­ten lov­ingly re­ferred to as. Over 30,000 pas­sion­ate run­ners take part each year. This year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of the marathon, which prom­ises to be a fun-packed day for both the run­ners and those who cheer them on.

Easter Fes­ti­val of Knights, Zi­tadelle Span­dau (11 - 13 April)

Im­merse your­self in the Mid­dle Ages and en­joy his­tor­i­cal mu­sic and great cos­tumes at this unique fes­ti­val. This is a must for any medieval fans and great fun if you’re look­ing for an ex­cit­ing al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional Easter mar­kets.

In­ter­na­tional gamesweek­ber­lin, Ber­lin (17 – 25 April)

A whole week ded­i­cated to gam­ing, busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment awaits at the In­ter­na­tional gamesweek­ber­lin. A range of dif­fer­ent events en­sures there is the right thing for ev­ery game lover. It’s the lead­ing cross-in­dus­try com­mu­ni­ca­tion and net­work­ing plat­form, which brings the three sec­tors to­gether. This is a great event for both pro­fes­sion­als and game en­thu­si­asts.

Record Store Day, Ber­lin (18 April)

Each year on the sec­ond Satur­day in April it’s Record Store Day. All over the world in­de­pen­dent record stores, in­clud­ing Ber­lin’s vinyl and in­die mu­sic spe­cial­ists, open their doors to cel­e­brate this day in style. The tra­di­tion orig­i­nally started in the US, but the idea is con­tin­u­ously spread­ing all across Europe, Asia and Aus­tralia, ever since its early days.

Cherry blos­som fes­ti­val, Ber­lin (19 April)

The pas­tel-coloured cherry blos­soms send a clear sig­nal: spring is in full flow. This beau­ti­ful fes­ti­val in Ber­lin cel­e­brates the stun­ning Ja­panese cherry blos­soms that fill the Gärten der Welt in Ber­lin’s Mahrzahn as far as the eye can see. Each year around 25,000 guests flock to the gar­dens to ad­mire the beau­ti­ful blos­soms and wel­come spring to­gether.

Han­nover Messe 2020, Hanover 20 – 24 April)

This fair is also called the ‘home of in­dus­trial pi­o­neers’ and it’s the world’s lead­ing trade show for in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy. This year, 5,500 dif­fer­ent ex­hibitors from the fields of soft­ware, IT, au­to­ma­tion and en­ergy present the most in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies world­wide. 80 fo­rums for knowl­edge ex­change and net­work­ing com­plete the pro­gramme. If you want to see what tech­nolo­gies the fu­ture will bring, this is the place to be.

Sech­seläuten Spring Fes­ti­val 2020, Zurich (20 April)

When the first flow­ers are start­ing to bloom, the city of Zurich of­fi­cially wel­comes spring with this tra­di­tional fes­ti­val. A snow­man fig­ure called ‘Böögg’ is placed on the top of a bon­fire. The Böögg is then ‘asked’ to fore­cast the weather for the com­ing sum­mer, the fire is lit and the faster the fire reaches the Böög and his head ex­plodes, the warmer sum­mer will be. Fin­gers crossed for a nice and warm sum­mer.

ART COLOGNE, Cologne (23 – 26 April)

ART COLOGNE is the old­est fair of its kind hav­ing started with just 18 gal­leries in 1967. To­day, around 180 com­mer­cial gal­leries come to­gether each April to present works by over 2,000 artists. It cov­ers all price seg­ments from well-known blue-chip artists to the new­est young and emerg­ing artists.

Spring fun fair, Mu­nich (24 April – 10 May)

The tra­di­tional spring fun fair, or ‘Früh­lings­fest’ in Ger­man, is of­ten re­ferred to as the small Ok­to­ber­fest in April, as it has two big beer tents. With around one hun­dred dif­fer­ent rides and at­trac­tions, this is a great day to re­lax and sim­ply have some fun.

Marathon, Zurich (26 April)

This marathon is suit­able for pro­fes­sion­als and marathon en­thu­si­asts alike. The idyl­lic route takes run­ners along Lake Zurich and across the city cen­tre. Want to set some goals this year and kick­start marathon sea­son? This is the place to do it.

KLANGLICHT, Graz (30 April – 2 May)

Klanglicht is a beau­ti­ful fes­ti­val of light and sound or­gan­ised by the theatres of Graz. Dur­ing th­ese days the whole city be­comes some kind of lu­mi­nes­cent po­etry. Each year, dif­fer­ent artists dec­o­rate the city us­ing light and sound in­stal­la­tions. Con­sid­er­ing the free ad­mis­sion, Klanglicht is the best ex­cuse to visit and ex­plore the lovely city of Graz.

www.os­ter­ www.staat­soper-ber­ KLANGLICHT: IN­TRUD­ERS XL, Amanda Parer. Photo: © Chris­tian Thiess for Klanglicht 2019 www.ber­liner-halb­ www.ber­ www.gamesweek­ber­

www.record­store­dayger­ www.ber­ www.han­nover­­ Photo: © ART COLOGNE­ KLANGLICHT: Dundu. Photo: © Alex Koch for Klanglicht 2016

Ber­lin Half Marathon. Photo: © SCC EVENTS / Spor­tografen

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