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Cultural highlights in 2016

Concerts, shows, clubs and bars - a selection of cultural highlights on offer in the Hansa city this year

The six-storey chapter house or Klubhaus St. Pauli is the latest temple of entertainment on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. The huge media wall plunges both the Spielbudenplatz and the newcomer’s stage in “Schmidtchen”, where future comedians, delight their audiences into a sea of colour at night.

Brand new art gallery

Hamburg’s Schatzkammer is to celebrate its reopening at the end of April. Every single part of the Kunsthalle building will form a single museum complex including the main entry portal with its expansive foyer. The first exhibitions include a retrospective of Danish painter Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg’s work from February 11 to May 16. Later, large musical institutions, orchestras, concert promoters and clubs will join forces and lure people with musical highlights from April 21 to May 22. The “Elbphilharmonic Concert” series is just one climax of the international music festival to be held before the new landmark opens and featuring Bach’s Passion of St. Matthew conducted by the celebrated Kent Nagano.

Volume to go up in the Deichtorhallen

The new music director of the Hamburg State Oper will conduct the orchestral performance of the “Pelléas et Mélisande“ opera on January 6. Other climaxes are the premiere of “Stilles Meer” (Calm Sea) by Toshio Hosokawa and the Opera stabile’s programme – the state opera’s experimental lab for new kinds of music theatre. The sound is likely to go up inside the steel-glass architecture of the Deichtorhallen as well. The exhibition “Volume. Kunst and Musik seit 1975” (Volume. Art and Music since 1975) shows the close relationship between art and music in pop culture. Exhibits include works and multimedia installations by some 30 artists including Nick Cave, Daniel Richter, Bob Dylan or Laurie Anderson and runs until May 16. Hamburg’s two showcases are also bursting with energy: shooting star Sven Schelker appears in “The Threepenny Opera” at the Thalia Theater.

Five centuries of Hamburg residents

The “Trilogy of My Family” according to Émile Zola by Luk Perceval and Franz Kafka’s “Das Schloss” (The Castle) proved big hits with theatre audiences. Michael Houllebecq’s “Submission” will premiere at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and on March 5, “Die disparate Stadt“ or literally “The disparate city” by Schorsch Kamerun will debut. These are just two of some 16 premieres on offer in Hamburg in 2016. Meanwhile, Hamburg Museum will take a closer look at the city’s history – from its founding to the current day. The exhibition “Hamburg ins Gesicht geschaut” (A look at the face of Hamburg) which runs until March 6, presents hundreds of Hamburg’s residents from five centuries. They range from dock workers to the folk theatre actor, Heidi Kabel, and from coinage right up to 21st century selfies.

Sources and further information:
Tourism Report 4/2015

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