Sunday, 4 May 2014


This week in Munich is going to be HUGE. Five (!) festivals kick-off, the Frühlingsfest continues with a great program, and there are enough events to get every geeky culture vulture's heart beat faster! Naturally we are especially looking forward to the opening night of the 100-Word-Pilgrimage at Platform on Thursday, after weeks of hard work by Anna and her fellow artists and helpers. Come along and say hi!

All week:
FUNFAIR CONTINUES: The 50th Frühlingsfest is still on. Apart from beer, fried chicken and funfair rides, there are some highlights in the program. Don't miss the musical fireworks on Friday (10PM) and the street artists' competition on Sunday (11AM).
Monday, 5 May:

FREE CONCERT: The US folk rock trio The Sweet Remains play the Amerika Haus tonight at 8PM. All three band members are songwriters playing different instruments and used to be solo artists until a chance meeting in 2008. The gig is free, so why not give it a go?

Wednesday, 7 May:
FESTIVAL I - DOCUMENTARY FILM: The international documentary film festival DOK.fest kicks off tonight at the HFF and will continue until Wednesday next week. The festival is a must for all film lovers - 135 films in the official selection, specials, retrospectives, open air screenings, a Best-of-Oscar series, a framework programme with concerts and exhibitions - it's just WOW. 
FESTIVAL II - MUSIC THEATRE: The Münchner Biennale is another international festival kicking off today. This one should not be missed by fans of classical music, opera and experimental musical theatre. Check out the programme here.

Thursday, 8 May:
BIG OPENING NIGHT: It's the big opening night of the 100 Word Pilgrimage at Platform! Come and see the results of several weeks of hard work and artistic creativity, meet the wonderful international artist team and enjoy a live performance by the fantastic 8-string-guitarist Alexander Vynograd. Check out Anna's recent blog post to learn more about the project, subscribe and share the event on Facebook. The exhibition will run until Monday.

FESTIVAL III - SCI-FI FILM: As a kind of an antipole to the DOK.fest, a new film festival premieres in Munich tonight: Munich's first Science Fiction Festival "ALL über ALL". The festival venue is the KiM-Kino in the Einstein Kulturzentrum. The programme sounds absolutely amazing: classics such as Georges Melies' "A Journey to the Moon" (1902, with live piano accompaniment) and the director's cut of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (1985), local productions such as the Bavarian trash sci-fi horror "Zombies from Outer Space" (2012), a Stanislaw Lem Special on Saturday, an afternoon programme for children, interesting guests, talks, drinks and live music. Sounds like a hell of a start - the only downside being that you probably need to speak Germany to fully enjoy it. Check out the full programme here. Dressing up is encouraged, aliens enjoy free entry.

FESTIVAL IV - CONTEMPORARY DANCE: The festivals keep coming. Admittedly, Relations: Tanz is quite a small one. Still, if you are an admirer of contemporary dance theatre, you probably shouldn't miss it. Three different shows will run at Kammerspiele / Spielhalle: Sketches / Notebook from on 8th, 9th and 10th of May, Non stop on 14th and 15th of May and finally For love on 18th and 19th of May. Tickets are quite affordable for theatre (19€), especially if you are a student (8€).

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY: If you are not in the mood for cultural events and would rather get your hands dirty - no problem! Bring your broken stuff to Repair Café at WerkBox3, or get your bikes ready for summer at the BikeKitchen at MackWerk.

Friday, 9 May:
FESTIVAL V - LIVE MUSIC: The weekend begins with another festival start, and this one we are quite excited about. The team of Hauskonzerte has been pampering us with "Munich's finest live sessions" since 2010, and now they are organising a festival! "Deeper Down" is supposed to be a week full of gigs, arts, table tennis, beer, BBQ and Bill Murray - quite a promise! The list of participating bands and artists is impressive:  Tiny Ruins, Ian Fisher, Diane Cluck, Leif Vollebekk, Rosalie und Wanda, Town of Saints, Muup Mumu and De'Borah. As always with Hauskonzerte, to find out where and how you can join, you need to send an email to the organisers. Be quick, places are limited!

Saturday, 10 May:
FIVE FESTIVALS: Just to make it clear - all of the five festivals described above run through the weekend, and in most cases into the next week. So check out what's on tonight at DOK.fest (don't miss the free open-air-screenings if weather allows!), Biennale, ALL über ALL, Relations: Tanz and Deeper Down!

ROCK THE KITCHEN: Here's an alternative to eating out in a restaurant: Cookasa. Whatasa? Exactly our first thoughts. So, here is the idea: 6-8 people are randomly thrown together. They build three teams, each team being responsible for one dish. They shop, get to a kitchen, where they meet their hosts, and start cooking. The costs for the ingredients are shared, as is the food and the fun. Sounds pretty simple and ingenious. What's more, the ingredients for tonight's big simultaneous Cookasa party in Munich come at no cost at all, thanks to a collaboration with Foodsharing. Register here and rock the kitchen!

Sunday, 11 May:
FIVE FESTIVALS: And once again, for those of you jumping straight to the day: Check out what's on tonight at DOK.fest (don't miss the free open-air-screenings if weather allows!), Biennale, ALL über ALL, Relations: Tanz and Deeper Down! And visit the 100 Word Pilgrimage at Platform!

Munich, Ostbahnhof

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