15 – 21 April 2020: Cultural Events Online
From a film festival to a song contest
Getting bored at home? Well, fortunately, there are plenty of digital events to amuse and enthuse you and take your mind off things this week once again. Starting with a virtual house concert, followed by the reading of a debut novel, a diabolical opera, an Instagram guided tour, a virtual song contest and a festival that no one is allowed to attend.
Thursday 16 April, 2 pm
CONCERT | MARTIN KOHLSTEDT
CLASSICAL MEETS ELECTRO – during your lunch break. Composer, pianist and electronic musician Martin Kohlstedt is giving an online house concert at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong.
>>> Live recital by Martin Kohlstedt
Friday 17 April, 5 pm
OPERA | STUTTGART STATE OPERA PRESENTS “MEFISTOFELE”
DIABOLICAL TUNES. Starting 17 April, a visually stunning production of Mefistofele, the only complete opera by 19th-century Italian composer Arrigo Boito, can be streamed from the Stuttgart State Opera’s online opera house. In the opera, which is based on Goethe’s Faust, a bored scholar makes a pact with the devil …
>>> Stuttgart State Opera’s Online Opera House
Friday 17 April, 7 pm
CONCERT | IPF ONLINE PIANO CONCERT HALL
NICE AND PIANO. The award-winning Korean pianist Jeung Beum Sohn plays Frédéric Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata and Franz Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole on the International Piano Forum’s live stream.
>>> International Piano Forum
Saturday 18 April, 8.15 pm
MUSIC | VIRTUAL SONG CONTEST
ALL 12 POINTS FOR ... The Eurovision Song Contest was actually supposed to take place in Rotterdam in May but, needless to say, it was cancelled. The Austrian national public broadcaster ORF is now providing some virtual consolation for ESC fans: a Virtual Song Contest, and the finals are to be held this Saturday. The ten-member jury are evaluating each song on a scale of one to twelve, as in the usual ESC voting. And in the final round, the home audience gets to crown the ESC Video Winner 2020. So if you want to cast a vote for your favourite: #ESCORF.
>>> Virtual Song Contest on ORF’s TVTHEK
MUSEUM | GERMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC MUSEUM IN STRALSUND
LONGING FOR SEA. If you’re hankering after the ocean and looking for a way to slake your wanderlust, you might find it by digitally exploring the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, thanks to Google Arts & Culture. The museum displays natural coastal and marine environments and habitats as well as their rich flora and fauna, along with exhibits on oceanography and the maritime economy and a great many aquariums. Click here to take the plunge:
>>> German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund
POETRY | LYRIKLINE
ANYONE FOR POETRY? What could be a better way of transporting you to a different world, the inner realm of the mind, than poetry? On Lyrikline, the world’s biggest platform for contemporary poetry, international poets read their works aloud in the original language. You can also read translations thereof and find out about the poets themselves.
Monday 20 April, 2–2.30 pm
GUIDED TOUR | BERLINISCHE GALERIE
EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY can be experienced live Monday afternoon on Instagram when the Berlinische Galerie holds a live guided tour of the exhibition “Umbo. Photographer. Works 1926–1956”. With his wealth of ideas and his delight in experimentation, Umbo (Otto Umbehr) was one of the leading photographers of the Bauhaus and modernism, and a seminal proponent of the “Neues Sehen” or “New Vision” avant-garde movement.
>>> Berlinische Galerie on Instagram
PODCAST-TIPP: “FEST UND FLAUSCHIG” (FIRM AND FLUFFY)
HARD AND SOFT. For eight years now, comedians Jan Böhmermann and Olli Schulz have been talking about nearly everything that’s on their minds, ranging from current events and developments in politics and society to the five things that are hard to eat in a car. The twosome usually put on a long show on Sundays and a shorter one on Wednesdays. But in these times of the coronavirus crisis, they’re coming out with new content every day!
>>> Fest und Flauschig
Tuesday 21 April, 7 pm
READING | OLIVIA WENZEL’S DEBUT NOVEL “1000 SERPENTINEN ANGST”
ME AND THEM. Olivia Wenzel reads from her debut novel 1000 Serpentinen Angst (“1000 Coils of Fear”). “I have more privileges than anyone in my family ever had,” admits Wenzel's young black queer heroine from Eastern Germany. “And yet I'm still screwed.” Telling her story from a first-person point of view, she talks about how it feels to have a different skin colour in a white-majority society: about experiences of discrimination, anxiety, loneliness – and happiness, too – in Berlin, New York, Vietnam and Morocco.
>>> Olivia Wenzel’s debut novel 1000 Serpentinen Angst
Tuesday 21 April – Sunday 26 April
LICHTER FILM FESTIVAL
HOME CINEMA FOR A HOME FILMFEST! What’s a festival like where nobody’s allowed to show up? The Lichter Filmfest has decided to find out and shifted the whole event to the net. Starting Tuesday, the featured films will be available online, along with interviews with the filmmakers and panel discussions on the festival theme of “Power on Demand” – and even a virtual festival party! The viewers at home will vote online to decide which regional short film wins the audience award.
>>> Lichter Film Festival