Events and Celebrations in Germany 2010
Essen/Ruhr -2010 European Capital for Culture
Events will spotlight the Ruhr river region, one of Germany’s predominant industrial areas, as a cultural metropolis. The aim of the 2010 Cultural Capital year is to show the huge variety of everyday cultural activities that have enriched the region for years.
23 Jan. – 31 Dec. 2010
300th Anniversary of Meissen Porcelain – Exhibition
In 1710 the Meissen porcelain manufactory was founded in the town’s castle, Schloss Albrechtsburg, as the first of its kind in Europe, introducing delicate “china” to the Western world. In the 1860s, the manufacturing was transferred to Meissen-Triebischtal.
11 Feb. – 21 Feb. 2010
60th International Film-Festival in Berlin
On 6 June 1951, six years after the end of World War II, the Berlin International Film Festival opened its doors for the first time. In 2010, the Berlinale will celebrate its 60th anniversary and look back over its six turbulent decades, including the Cold War, the Prague Spring of 1968, the fall of the Wall – contemporary history as reflected on the screen and at the festival.
21 Apr. – 25 Apr. 2010
The 44th ART COLOGNE offers artworks for sale, represented by 180 modern, post-war and contemporary art galleries at the Cologne fair grounds (KÃ¶lnmesse).
15 May – 03 Oct. 2010
41st Oberammergau Passion Play
In the early 17th century, besieged by war, poverty and plague, the villagers of Bavaria’s Oberammergau, in southern Germany, vowed if they survived to put on a ‘passion play’ every ten years. Their descendants have done so ever since.
04 June – 06 June 2010
850th Anniversary of the City of Schwerin
Schwerin is the capital of Germany’s state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Highlight of its anniversary celebration will be this festive weekend when the city will re-live its history. It begins with the Night of the Chorus in the city’s cathedral.
11 June – 20 June 2010
325th Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig
During the year, various exhibitions at the Bach Archives, recognized as the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship, will celebrate the anniversary. The annual Bachtage (Bach Days) Festival will join in with concerts and events at different locations in Leipzig.
02 July – 10 July 2010
A Star is Born. Photography and Rock since Elvis Presley.
Exhibition in Essen’s Folkwang museum, with approximately 250 objects on display.
04 Sep. – 03 Oct. 2010
Beethoven Festival Bonn 2010
Every year, between the end of August and the beginning of October, Beethoven’s native city of Bonn celebrates its Beethovenfest, welcoming top international orchestras, ensembles and soloists, as well as promising young performers.
07 Oct. – 10 Oct. 2010
Art Forum Berlin
International galleries exhibit new work by recognized and aspiring artists of all kinds — painters, sculptors, installation artists, photographers and others.
04 Nov. – 07 Nov. 2010
Jazz Festival Berlin
Concerts with international jazz bands presenting well-known and aspiring jazz musicians.
07 May – 23 May 2010
IIHF World Championship in Cologne
No one can celebrate like hockey fans, and from May 7 to May 23, the IIHF World Championship brings the party to Germany!
05 June – 13 June 2010
Men’s Tennis in Halle
For the 18th time the Gerry Weber Open will take place from June 5 – 13 in Halle. The men’s tennis elite meets on grass courts in preparation for the grand slam tournament in Wimbledon. The Halle tournament has a prize of â¬750.000 and is part of the ATP International Series tour.
09 July – 18 July 2010
World Equestrian Festival – CHIO Aachen 2010
A world event of equitation in all its facets (Jumping, Dressage, Driving, etc.) in Charlemagne’s coronation city of Aachen
31 July – 07 Aug. 2010
8th Gay Games 2010 in Cologne
More than 12,000 participants are expected to take part in the 8th Gay Games to be held in Cologne in 2010. Competitions include soccer, beach volleyball, billiards, chess and, yes, dancing!
FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in DÃ¼sseldorf
One-of-a-kind cross-country skiing event in downtown DÃ¼sseldorf, with 3000 cubic metres of artificial snow made just for the World Cup track.
December 2010 – January 2011
Four Hills Tournament (FIS World Cup Ski Jumping)
The FIS World Cup in Ski Jumping starts its tournament in Oberstdorf. Next stop is on New Years Day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010
19 cities – 19 concepts. The IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010 sees itself as a “laboratory”, where different urban redevelopment “tools” are tested and applied. The aim of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt 2010 is to build practical urban redevelopment expertise, and to devise pilot schemes that will set standards for international urban research and design with respect of demographic, economic and social change.
05 June 2010
!SING Day of Song in Schalke
A party without songs is like a playground without kids. !SING – DAY OF SONG is the festival of a million voices – in streets, parks, concert halls and opera houses, in department stores, kindergartens, churches, and even a football stadium. Join in when all of Schalke, in the Ruhr Valley, bursts into song on June 5.
19 June – 20 June 2010
BerlinÂ´s 18th Lesbian and Gay City Festival
The festival will take place in an area of more than 20,000 square metres and feature the worlds of sports, radio, travel, film, AIDS and politics, as well as exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.
02 July – 04 July 2010
Summer Jam Festival in Cologne
Biggest reggae, dancehall & world music festival in Europe
02 July – 04 July 2010
During the first Gay Pride in 1991 in the historic old city, 3,000 lesbians and gays attended. In more recent years, between 750,000 and one million guests came to Cologne, making the CSD Parade at the conclusion to Cologne Pride one of Europe’s biggest queer events. Up to 120 floats and numerous pedestrian groups have taken part in the parade in recent years.
06 Aug. – 08 Aug. 2010
14th International Berlin Beer Festival
Every year on the first weekend in August, more than 240 breweries from 80 countries present 1,800 different brands of beer. The Berlin “Beer Mile” in the city centre is 2.2 km long. In 20 different âbeer regions’ visitors can enjoy cultural and culinary specialties, but beer is always the centre of attention. Each brand is only served in one place at the festival. Altogether 18 stages provide ample ground for a spirited live music program. Admission is free.
18 Sep. – 03 Oct. 2010
200th Anniversary of the Munich Oktoberfest
Exactly 200 years, ago Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Therese von Hildburghausen, an event that was celebrated with a horse race. This event continued on year after year and slowly evolved into what is now the biggest and most famous “Volksfest” in the world – the Oktoberfest.
24 Sep. – 10 Oct. 2010
165th Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart
Germany’s second biggest beer festival, in Stuttgart/Cannstatt, dates back to the year 1817, when King Wilhelm I of WÃ¼rttemberg founded an agricultural festival to rebuild the heavily damaged economy after the Napoleonic wars.
Christmas Markets in Germany
Stroll through festively decorated streets and explore the enchanting Christmas Markets with their seasonal music and hot mulled wine.
31 Dec. 2010
New Year’s Eve Party in Berlin
Along one of the world’s most famous streets, the StraÃe des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate and SiegessÃ¤ule, an outstanding party takes place each year on New Year’s Eve, attracting more than one million visitors to greet the new year.