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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 6 April through 9 April 2017

Only one more weekend to go before the Easter Bunny drops off Kinder Eggs and chocolate effigies of himself in every little one’s baskets all over Europe! What will you do until then?

We always have a few ideas, including one of the biggest spring fun fairs in Germany, one of the largest marathons in all of France, ballet in Amsterdam and an early warning on one of the loudest hard rock and metal festivals around Europe.

Can’t say we don’t bring you variety!!!

Let’s go!

2683Amsterdam – Haggenburg Festival: Classical music aficionados, lend us your ears!

This Saturday between 19:30 and 23:15 at De Duif is the first-ever Haggenburg Festival.

The festival was founded by the daughters of two brothers who A) loved classical music, and B) passed away from cancer.

In tribute to their memory, the Haggenburg Festival will raise money from ticket sales and sponsorships for the Dutch Cancer Society.

Presented by Joep Onderdelinden (known for his role as Postman Siemen in the Dutch children’s series Zaai), the lineup includes Arno Bornkamp, Floor Wittink and Amsterdam’s Bach Consort.

Tickets are 15€, while sponsorships range from 25€ for a table, to 150€ for the festival’s piano.

Onegin – Dutch National Ballet & OperaWhen it comes to the arts, Amsterdam is – along with Berlin and London – one of Europe’s capitals of culture. This weekend through Sunday, 16 April, you can see “Onegin,” the ballet based on the novel Aleksandr Poesjkin.

Onegin set in Russia in the year 1820, so there’s all sorts of drama, including a duel.

From the summary on the website:

The aristocrat Onegin rejects the young, lovesick Tatjana and occasionally adorns her sister Olga, although already his friend Lenski is engaged. It leads to a duel between Onegin and Lenski to the death. When Onegin unexpectedly meets the now married Tatyana at a ball, his love ignites again. He begs her forgiveness, but Tatyana rejects him. Both their lives are doomed to be unhappy.

Love and tragedy … okay, it sounds like a bummer, but ballet – above all art forms – appeals to your emotions in the most poetic ways. Real European culture in a most elegant setting.

Even the Dutch National Ballet website is divine, with elaborate videos.

Tickets start at about 20€, and you can get them here.

DSC01549Tulp Festival: What better way to welcome the warm days of spring than with Holland’s national flower, the tulip!

Beginning Saturday and continuing through 14 May 2017, the city will blossom with color during the annual Tulp Festival.

Sixty locations around Amsterdam will be painted in the bright petals of 500,000 tulips, including the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, NEMO Science Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

A guide to where you can see every tulip planted can be purchased for 2€ starting 1 April; the map with purchasing locations is here.

logo_rond4Brussels – Ceci N’est Pas Un Jeune: Every three years since the first gathering in 2011, around 500 young artists of all stripes come together in Brussels for Ceci N’est Pas Un Jeune.

The two-day festival this Saturday and Sunday at Place de la Monnaie is a celebration of artistic and cultural expression by young people, and provides a platform for young artists to display such expressions before the public in order to “open the debate” on identity, citizenship and interculturality.

Admission is free.

Frankfurt – Spring Dippemess: Say hello to spring in Frankfurt with the month-long Spring Dippemess!

Taking place at the Ratsweg Fairground from Friday through 1 May 2017, the spring edition of Dippemess will bring warm memories of state and county fairs gone by to many an expat, from the market full of wares, to the fairground full of food and fun.

From the website:

The Dippemess is a traditional fair that dates back to the 14th century. At that time, the “Maamess,” as it was then called, was a medieval market proffering domestic articles. Potters from the Westerwald, Kannebäckerland and Urberach came here to sell their wares, especially their ceramic bowls and pots. These were known in the Frankfurt dialect as “Dippe,” from which the event soon took its name. Over the years, more and more fairground booths and popular attractions joined the market.

Entrance to the fair is free, while rides range from 1€ to 3€.

“Handbagged”: Just in time for Frankfurt to take most of London’s finance jobs post-Brexit, there really is a play about the rocky relationship/rivalry between late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II. And it really is in English, playing in Frankfurt.

From the English Theatre of Frankfurt website:

One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

“Handbagged” runs through 30 April, and you can get tickets here.

Tickets start at 27 euros, and no … you can’t pay in Pound Sterling.

London – London Coffee Festival: Spring may be in the air, but it’s still a chilly breeze in Jolly Ol’ England.

No matter: a nice hot cuppa will do nicely, and you can do no wrong by getting yours at the London Coffee Festival this Thursday through Sunday.

Held at the Old Truman Brewery, the festival brings over 250 coffee and food booths to the caffeinated party, alongside workshops, tastings, music, coffee-themed art, and even a masterclass comparing coffee to whiskey (along with tastings).

Tickets run between £4.50 and £45 online, £5.50 and £65 at the door.

LGF-2016-scheduleLondon – London Games Festival: Gamers, London’s calling … attend the 2017 edition of London Games Festival.

Put on by Games London, the festival serves as a showcase for the city in an effort to “support, grow and promote the games and interactive entertainment sector in the UK capital.”

About 50,000 are expected to attend between today and 9 April, whether to promote their games, invest in potential IPs, partake in the closing cosplay parade, or otherwise celebrate all things gaming.

An all-access pass is 120£, while single-event tickets range between 8£ and 35£; information and purchasing can be found here.

Paris – Marathon de Paris: Though it is too late to register as a runner in this road race, you can watch 57,000 competitors from 145 nationalities duke it out on the 42.195 km Marathon de Paris this Sunday.

The marathon starts and ends near the Arc de Triomphe, and runs through such landmarks as the Champs-Elysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower; the route map is here.

The race starts at 8:13, with the last group of runners taking off at 9:50.

image_ScaledFullscreenVienna – Pro(s)thesis: One day, our world will resemble that of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Ghost in the Shell, where flesh and circuitry are intertwined in ways great and terrifying.

The Academy of Fine Arts’ latest exhibit, Pro(s)thesis, “explores the technological penetration of the human body, which has been culturally accepted in the meantime on a large scale.”

Curated by Berenice Pahl and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, the exhibition — paired with Posthuman Complicities, an exhibition devoted to themes of the Atlantic Ocean, the deep sea, and fluidity — tackles the implications tied to the desire of upgrading one’s self, and the possibilities for self-empowerment and self-invention in the pursuit of bettering the self.

Artists include Renate Bertlmann (Austria), Lisa Bufano (U.S.) and Kumi Machida (Japan).

Admission to Pro(s)thesis is free, while access to the Paintings Gallery – where related pieces are on display – is 8€ for regular admission. The exhibition ends 14 May 2017.

image_leading_article_teaserKalvarienberg Festival: Put away those ball gowns and tuxes, and check out the third edition of the Kalvarienberg Festival at Kalvarienberggasse!

The arts and culture fair is set to continue until 16 April 2017.

There’s something for everyone at Kalvarienberg, including jazz concerts, Easter art, workshops, a wide range of programs tailored to specific age groups, a gift shop… lots to do and experience!

Admission is free.

Wacken – Wacken Open Air: As Europe’s music festival season draws closer and closer, we want you to be able to attend the biggest festivals all over the continent, all of which will be sold out by the time they actually occur.

This week’s festival is the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. Taking place in the village of 2,000 between 3 August and 5 August 2017, Wacken Open Air is only about one thing: cranking the knobs all the way to 11, then breaking the damn things off!

Only the finest in hard rock and metal will do at Wacken, and this year’s lineup is no exception: Alice Cooper, Europe, Marilyn Manson, Prong, and Turbonegro are only a few of the 150 acts on the three-day bill.

Want to raise some hell with a few of your friends? Then now is the time to act! Tickets are 220€ for a regular, all-in three-day pass, which includes the festival’s famous Full : Metal : Bag. But do not delay, for Wacken has sold out every year since the 2007 edition, and we expect no different this year.

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