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25 YEARS OF GERMAN UNITY

On October 3rd, Berlin will celebrate the Day of German Unity. The 25th anniversary of reunification will be marked by the traditional street party at Brandenburg Gate, as well as a number of other special events. The German Historical Museum, for instance, is running the exhibition "Unity Day-to-Day - a portrait of a society in transition". The exhibition explores the way people from both sides of Germany have experienced German unification and runs until 3 January 2016. A major museum festival will be taking place on October 3rd and 4th, beginning on October 3rd with various lectures and discussions. Special tours for children mean the festival is also an ideal family outing. To reawaken memories of what the divided city was like, the Berlin Wall Memorial is also well worth a visit.

DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVALS

2015 marks 50 years of German/Israeli friendship, fostered inter alia by the ID festival. The arts venue Radialsystem will be staging one hundred dance, theatre and concert performances by Israeli artists from October 16th - 18th. The JazzFest Berlin 
has been a fixture on Berlin's cultural scene for more than 50 years. From November 5th to 8th it will be exploring the fascinating questions: what is jazz today and where is it headed? The festival presents progressive and traditional jazz side by side at various venues, such as the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Academy of the Arts, Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church and jazz clubs A-Trane and Quasimodo. Families should also mark October 10th in their calendars, when the city will be buzzing with events as part of the "Long Night of Families" (Lange Nacht der Familien), with events as diverse as talks on children's theatre to roasting twist bread over bonfires.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS FROM MADONNA TO HEINO

This fall, several musical anniversaries for a hugely diverse range of musical tastes await Berlin's residents and visitors: on October 23rd, German artist Heino will be celebrating 50 years in German pop at Huxley's Neue Welt. Meanwhile, Motörhead, who have been rocking for 40 years, will be celebrating with a new album and a live performance in the Max-Schmeling-Halle on November 27th.

Madonna has also been in business almost as long. On November 11th she'll be gracing Berlin with her presence at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena (formerly the O2-World). At the end of September, the Mercedes-Benz Arena will host U2 for four nights in a row.

 

HOW ABOUT A TRIP TO THE MUSEUM?

Things are quieter but no less exciting at Berlin's museums. The exhibition "From Hockney to Holbein. The Würth Collection in Berlin" has been on show at the Martin-Gropius-Bau since September 11th. 400 pieces from this collection, spanning 16,800 works in total, are on show at what was once Berlin's Museum of Applied Arts. The exhibition includes works from the classical modern period, through the Middle Ages, to works of contemporary art. The exhibition will run until January 10th next year. The work of society photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985) is equally fascinating. She gained international recognition through her photo reportage on the homeless community of Paris and as a photojournalist in Indochina. The Martin-Gropius-Bau will be showing a retrospective of her work from October 15th.

MADE IN BERLIN

From November 20th, the Berlinische Galerie Gallery of Modern Art, which traditionally focuses on the work of Berlin's artists, will be showing the exhibition "Max Beckmann and Berlin", which is guaranteed to be a magnet for visitors. As a painter and sculptor, the artist worked in the style of Expressionism and New Objectivity. The newly renovated museum will be staging an extensive exhibition showcasing Beckmann's career and his relationship with the city of Berlin. Since mid-September, the Berlinische Galerie has also been showing an installation on the subject of "Museum" which is well worth seeing. "The Dialogic City: Berlin becomes Berlin" is 40 meters long and ten meters high and was created by architects Arno Brandlhuber, Florian Hertweck and Thomas Mayfried.

 

A LARGER THAN LIFE VISITOR

By now, Berlin is used to welcoming plenty of new visitors and tourists. After all, around 50,000 people a year choose the German capital as their new home. In July, the city welcomed a very special new resident when the crates containing "Tristan's" bones arrived at the Museum of Natural History. A team of experts is currently meticulously piecing together the twelve-meter long T-rex skeleton. Tristan will be on display to the general public from December. It is the only specimen of its kind in Europe and the best preserved in the world. So, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to winter in Berlin!

 

 

Images and photo credits:
01 German Museum of History, photo credit: © visitBerlin, photo credit- Günter Steffen
02 Charles Lloyd plays at the Berlin Jazzfest, photo credit: Dorothy Darr
03 Mercedes Benz Arena has several concert highlights on offer
04 Installation "The Dialogic City" by Arno Brandlhuber, photo credit: © The Dialogic City