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Sounds from the water

Berlin, July 9, 2012

From the year 2007 on, a crowning jewel is being built at 53° 32′ 29″ N, 9° 59′ 3″ O: the Elbphilharmonie. According to the last official reports, the curtain of Hamburg’s future concert hall will rise on time for the season 2015/16.


Located between the new urban project HafenCity and the mythical Speicherstadt, the place where the Elbphilharmonie is being built makes it possible for it to be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The new Philharmonie will thus become a sort of “musical lighthouse” of Hamburg, considering its privileged position on the waters of the Elbe river.

From an architectural and design point of view, the building by Herzog & de Meuron will be 110 high, a 26-storey, thus ousting the Radisson Blu Hotel as the highest construction in the city. The huge glass window will be made up of more than one thousand pieces.

Looking back up to the moment when the project was announced, the vital process of the Elbphilharmonie has been anything but quick, and its opening date has been postponed several times. It seems, though, that its coming-out will definitvely be in 2015. The building will have cost about 323 million euro, far beyond the 77 million inicially estimated.

As long as the Elbphilharmonie is not ready to host concerts, these take place at the historical Laeiszhalle, where maestros like Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky have performed. Both institutions, Laeiszhalle and Elbphilharmonie, will share the city’s music centrality as soon as the builfing now in construction is finished.

Photo: Elbphilharmonie (c) mjaschy CC BY-SA

Links and more

To know the programme of concerts and activities at the Laeiszhalle:
Live picture from the Elbphilharmonie:

Finally, a video to stroll around the yesterday, today and even tomorrow of this emblem of Hamburg. Enjoy it!

Rhythm, Rhythmus

Berlin, July 2, 2012

“An update on Germany” is happy to start a new month with a bunch of different rhythms, all of them having a common factor: they are born in Germany. Within the past few months, you already had the chance to eventually discover some of the most popular German singer-songwriters, musicians, composers… This, in the case you are actually following us on, of course 🙂

Sportfreunde Stiller is a Bavarian group, born near Munich:

Formed in Berlin by Annette Humpe and Adel Hawil in 2003, Ich & Ich manage to convert each and every theme in huge success. This is, among many others, the case of “Was wär’ ich ohne dich” (“What would I be without you”):

Gerhard Schöne is a singer-songwriter born in the GDR. Ever since 1981, when his first album was published, he has achieved to be atop the ranking of the most popular artists in Germany. No wonder!

Rocker, writer, painter… Udo Lindenberg is also an absolute maestro. In this video, he sings “Cello” alongside with Clueso:

Raabe, Max: he founded the Palast Orchester back in 1986 and devoted himself to the music of the 20’s and the 30’s. A great example of his unmistakable style is “Küssen kann man nicht alleine” (“You cannot kiss alone”):

And finally, a last sample of music made in German: “Sommerzeit”, to greet the summer theoretically around!

Needless to say, there is much, much more music made in German/y, this being just a small sample. We at will bring yo some more in the weeks to come!

LGBT: Germany in six colors

Berlín, June 11, 2012

Two highligts excel in the social-cultural agenda of Berlin, in June: next weekend (16 & 17), the celebration of the Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest, the gay-lesbian festival: four stages offering live performances, and also stands with food, beverages and information of interest about the LGBT community. A not to miss (if you understand German): the Wildes Sofa time, the “wild sofa” that brings well-knowns to the stage located on the Eisenacherstrasse, on Sat. and Sun. between 3 and 4PM. The festival takes place in the district of Schöneberg, and is easily accessible with the U-Bahn to Nollendorfplatz station, lines U1, U2, U3 and U4.

Only six days later, the parade of Christopher-Street-Day (CSD): tens of vehicles will cover part of the city, to demand the equality of rights for everyone. The starting point will be at the Gitschiner Str. in Kreuzberg, at 12.30PM. Through the Potsdamer Platz, the vehicles will reach the Brandenburg Gate in the late afternoon. You have the chance to follow the event per live-streaming from 5PM on, via AlexTV (

Of course, not only Berlin will see a number of activities organized by the LGBT community:

+ In Hamburg, the Christopher-Street-Day Straßenfest (street festival) will take place within the first weekend in August, from Friday 3 till Sun. 5. As for the parade, it will be on Sat. 4.

+ In Munich, CSD will last over one week, July 7 till 15. The official opening will be on Sat. 7 at 3PM, and piles of activities will take place on the next weekend, at the central Marienplatz and adjacent streets.

+ In Cologne, the activities organized by the LGBT community will develop at the Heumarkt square and the streets nearby, where three stages will be set up, on (and around which) the party will be celebrated. On Sunday 8, the parade will start at noon and cover some parts of old Cologne!

In many other German cities will CSD alsoo have a place in the local agendas: in Dresden it actually took place already, but on Sat. 7 July the Think Pink Party will be celebrated. Leipzig will see the CSD celebrations on July 7 till 14; on Sat. 14, parade and the Bärenstolz party at Stoned (Kolonnadenstraße 15).

Would you still like to see more cities in this list? No panic, there are many: in June, in Oldenburg, Trier, Münster and Regensburg (Sat. 16th); on the 23rd, the Fantasypride will take place in Brühl, and the Wupperpride in Wuppertal. On the 30th, time for Bielefeld and Würzburg. In July, the celebrations go on all over Germany: Schwerin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, Rostock, Erfurt, ChemnitzBraunschweig, Mainz and Duisburg, and in August Essen, Augsburg, Wiesbaden, Nürnberg, Bonn, Mannheim, Ulm, Magdeburg, Lübeck, Kassel, Darmstadt, Weimar, Dortmund and Siegen. Iserlohn and Gießen will shut the season down, on the 1st of September.

Whoever might want to -and can afford it, can spend the next three months travelling from city to city, from party to party. Viel Spaß!

When the city gets painted with sounds and colors

Berlin, May 21, 2012

Despite the hard times many people in many countries are living through, when many values seem to have lost their meaning, the social and cultural agenda of Berlin includes in the next few days a long awaited activity, actually one that was born with the aim of bringing together important values like respect and tolerance: the Carnival of cultures (“Karneval der Kulturen“). It is a unique ocassion to live through three intense days with a representation of the huge human variety that lives in the German capital city, and it is also the access to the summer, a very beloved season in a normally cold city like Berlin!

The Karneval lasts a long weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Whit Monday. From 4PM on, the stands around the Blücherplatz, in the district of Kreuzberg, will open up to their first visitors. Smells from India, flavors from the Mediterranean and sounds from Latin America will conspire to welcome berliners and visitors, who for sure will feel like if they had travelled to some exotic place on our planet. The stands will be open until Monday 28th in the early evening. From that moment on, the square and adjacent streets will recover their usual traffic and order. Until then, though, one specific celebration will have gathered about 600,000 people on the streets of Berlin…

An ethnic pie

The parade on Sunday is the central activity of the Karneval. Because it lasts many hours and the streets are packed with enthusiastic people, being patience is a must; anyhow, witnessing the event at least once, at least for a while, is a very advisable thing to do. The 5.000 participants will leave from Hermannplatz at 12.30PM, and from there walk and dance along Hasenheide, Gneisenaustr. and Yorckstraße. Would you like to see a hint of it? Enjoy the video!

Opening times of the stands around Blücherplatz:

Friday, from 4PM till midnight
Saturday and Sunday, from 11AM till midnight
Monday, from 11AM till 7PM

The Carnival of Cultures on Facebook:
To learn more (in English):
Entire listing of the participant groups:
The wheather forecast for those days…

Berlin Music Week

Berlín, September 5, 2011

Berlin becomes the capital city of music September 7 thru 11!

In 2010 the Berlin Music Week was created, with the intention of offering those who work in the music industry and fans, the opportunity to get to know different formats, styles and music shows. The programme of this year’s edition gathers the best international performers as well as future stars. It also shows the current trends in all genres; this you can enjoy thanks to a non-stop programme of parties and concerts.

Here you have the official video of the Berlin Music Week 2011, and that of last year. Do not let the music stop, have fun in Berlin!

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