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Ten cultural highlights this summer in Hamburg

Several events guarantee quality of life and fun in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Overview of highlights

An exciting summer with many diverse events awaits people in Hamburg. And the variety is becoming key to the attractiveness of a city and surrounding region when professionals and executives look at relocating. The following is a selection of interesting cultural events this summer:

John Neumeier’s latest creations

The 18th altonale is underway until July 17, 2016. Altona is brimful of literary, theatrical and artistic events including urban hip-hop, street theatre, parades, musical events and film screenings. Around 700,000 visitors, 2,000 artists, 180 organisations are expected this year.

A fortnight of Ballet Days is ongoing at the close of Hamburg’s State Opera season. The 42nd edition of the Ballet Days opened on July 3rd with John Neumeier’s premiere of Turangalîla and includes other works such as Duse, Peer Gynt, Othello, A Cinderella Story, Giselle, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Winterreise.

Urban art in St. Pauli

Two urban art exhibitions are among the highlights in St. Pauli. Twelve galleries are showing the works of young artists in an exhibition called “142 Years of Art in Hamburg” until July 24, 2016. Graffiti, urban art, photography and installations are on show in the Millerntor Gallery in the FC St. Pauli Millerntor Stadium from July 14-17, 2016. Some of the takings will go towards the World Health Organisation’s water and sanitation projects in developing countries, which is a theme of the exhibition.

The tenth edition of Hamburg’s MS Dockville, a music and art festival in Wilhelmsburg, will be held from August 19-21, 2016. The event attracts upwards of 60,000 visitors and this year’s acts include bands like Foals, Bastille, Crystal Fighters and Half Moon Run. Milky Chance, David August, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Gloria, Schniposchranke, Drangsal are among the German musicians who will take to the stage.

Anyone in need of cooling off can head to a museum for intellectual inspiration now that the Hamburger Kunsthalle has reopened under the theme “Art is back”. An exhibition entitled “The World Upside Down: Hieronymus Bosch’s Century” illustrates how the reception of his work changed along with cultural and intellectual ideas from the late Middle Ages until the seventeenth century. The show includes around 90 works by artists in the generation after Bosch.

Festivals in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is also offering a wealth of cultural events A festival called “A Summer’s Tal” in Luhmühlen Lower Saxony will feature film screenings and concerts by international musicians such as Sigur Rós, José González, Adam Green, Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, Garbage, Amy Macdonald and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Visitors to the 27th edition of the Mecklenburg-West Pomeranian Festival can look forward to fairy tale venues, which will host 133 events in sheds, castle parks, factories and churches until September 17. Sol Gabetta, Hélène Grimaud and Christoph Eschenbach, the NDR Elbpilharmonie Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra are just some of the expected classical musicians.

International music and digital world at the Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival has morphed into a key international event in music and digital world and the 11th edition will get underway from September 21-24, 2016. Around 460 concerts will be given at over 70 locations frequented by the Beatles including discotheques, strip bars, open-air stages and even churches in St. Pauli. More than 30,000 visitors are expected this year.

The 13th Hamburger Theaternacht is a drama highlight and will be held on September 10th. Fans can glimpse current productions and 41 theatres will show the diversity on offer ranging from modern, music and spoken theatre productions in German and English.

Readings with Cornelia Funke and Joy Fielding

Fans of literature can attend readings by national and international authors from September 14th to October 24th, 2016 at the main venue, the Cap San Diego museum ship in the port of Hamburg. Readers include German writers such as Cornelia Funke, Dora Heldt, Ronja von Rönne and Sebastian Fitzek as well as Canada’s Joy Fielding, Ireland’s Cecelia Ahern and Dutch author and musician Herman van Veen.

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