German Pulse Note: If you are planning on taking a trip to Germany in 2012, you may want to plan on taking part in one of these four milestone events this year…
Frederick the Great’s 300th Birthday
Rediscover “Old Fritz”, the great Prussian king. With 2012 marking the 300th anniversary of his birth, the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg is paying tribute to a king with a risk-loving character. The anniversary exhibition – entitled “Friederisiko” (“Frederisk”) – will run from April to October 2012 at the New Palace, Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, the place that Frederick loved most.
800th Anniversary of St Thomas Choir
Leipzig has a famous triad: St Thomas Choir, St Thomas School and St Thomas Church. These three venerable Leipzig cultural and educational institutions are celebrating their 800th anniversary in 2012. The motto of the festival year is “Believe, Sing, Learn”, also a triad: it offers many musical and cultural events including concerts by the St Thomas Choir in England, South Korea and Japan.
A 100-day museum of contemporary art: documenta 13, one of the most important and internationally famous contemporary art exhibitions, opens on 9 June 2012 in Kassel. The exhibition will present a wide variety of topical international artistic positions until 16 September. The works of more than a hundred international artists will again be on show in 2012 at various locations in Kassel. The genres represented will include painting and sculpture, as well as installations, performances, photography and film.
Berlin’s 775th Anniversary
Berlin is always worth a visit – and this is especially true in 2012, because the German capital is celebrating its 775th birthday. Starting in late August, the anniversary will be marked by a wide range of exhibitions, urban installations, guided tours and events. Berlin will be remembering its medieval roots and also presenting itself as a cosmopolitan city: In this context, there will be two major open-air projects in Berlin-Mitte (the city centre). The official birthday celebration will be held on 28 October in St Nicholas Church, Berlin’s oldest parish church. That evening will also see the launch of a party in which the city’s historical centre will be illuminated with fire and light, accompanied by sounds of the Middle Ages.
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