It is April, and finally the flowers and trees are starting to properly bloom, the days are becoming longer, and the temperature is rising. This month is packed with many exciting events around theatre, art and sports. It will certainly help you to get rid of the winter’s cobwebs. Hello, spring!
Hannover Messe 2019, Hanover (1 – 5 April)
This is the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology. With 5,000 different exhibitors from 75 countries, this trade show presents the absolute best today’s technology has to offer, with 500 applications. The 1,400 lectures and panels complete the programme. Watch the future unfold right in front of you.
Festival International New Drama (FIND), Berlin (4 – 14 April)
The Schaubühne in Germany’s capital has been organising this exciting annual festival for almost two decades now. Over time, it has turned into a large-scale theatre festival, which attracts international visiting productions and is a popular choice for all theatre enthusiasts.
Opening Ceremony of HANNOVER MESSE, Sunday, April 22, 2018, Hannover Congress Centrum. Photo: © HANNOVER MESSE
Viennese Easter Market, Vienna (5 – 22 April)
The Easter Markets across Vienna are greatly appreciated by locals and tourists alike. The one at Freyung in the city centre offers the ideal mix of arts and crafts as well as Easter classics. Get some inspiration for your own Easter eggs and take a crafty souvenir home.
Berlin Half Marathon (7 April)
The Berlin Half Marathon is also often referred to as the fastest sightseeing tour in trainers as it takes runners from all over the world across beautiful Berlin. A great day packed with athletic passion, celebration and fun, certainly not to be missed. Start training for it and hop on a plane.
Sechseläuten Spring Festival, Zurich (8 April)
The festival in Zurich officially welcomes spring and celebrates that the days are finally getting longer. The ‘Böögg’ is a snowman figure which is placed on the top of a bonfire. It is tradition to ask the Böögg to forecast the weather for the upcoming summer. During the ceremony, the fire is lit and the faster the fire reaches the Böög and his head explodes, the warmer summer will be. Fingers crossed.
gamesweekberlin. Photo: © Grzegorz Karkoszka / Booster Space
International gamesweekberlin, Berlin (8 – 14 April)
Visitors can look forward to seven days packed with events dedicated to gaming, business and development. It is the leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for those three sectors and offers various events for professionals as well as game enthusiasts.
ART COLOGNE, Cologne (11 – 14 April)
The art fair, which is now in its 53rd edition, is held on three levels at the Koelnmesse. Over 200 galleries and art dealers present classics, contemporary art and exciting new pieces. The art fair’s focus lies traditionally on progressive art of the 20th and 21st century.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Photo: (C) Staatsoper Unter den Linden / Marcus Ebener
Festival Days Berlin (12 – 22 April)
Festival Days berlin is an opera festival held at the Philharmonie and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. International opera stars and the state orchestra “Staatskapelle Berlin” perform together and turn the festival into an unforgettable event around classical music.
Record Store Day, Berlin (13 April)
The second Saturday in April is known as Record Store Day. All over the world, independent record stores, including Berlin’s vinyl and indie music specialists, open their doors to celebrate this special day in style. Originally started in the US, the idea has since spread to Europe, Asia and Australia.
Cherry blossom festival, Berlin (14 April)
Now in its 13th edition, this beautiful festival welcomes spring and celebrates the stunning Japanese cherry blossoms that fill the Gärten der Welt in Berlin’s Mahrzahn as far as the eye can see. Around 25,000 guests are expected again this year.
‘TRANSIENCE’, PHILIP ROSS & JOEP LE BLANC. Photo: (C) Klanglicht, Stadt Graz, Harry Schiffer
KLANGLICHT, Graz (21 – 23 April)
Each year, the theatres of Graz are hosting the beautiful festival of light and sound and turn the whole city into a centre of luminescent poetry. Artists from different fields decorate the city with light and sound installations as far as the eye can see. With free admission, this is an excellent excuse to visit and explore lovely Graz.
Gallery Weekend Berlin (26 – 28 April)
The Gallery Weekend started as a private initiative of Berlin galleries but has become one of the leading events for contemporary art in Germany. It attracts art fans and collectors from across the globe. For three days, around 50 galleries open their doors throughout Berlin. A true hotspot for contemporary art.
Spring fun fair, Munich (26 April – 12 May)
The traditional spring fun fair, or Frühlingsfest in German, offers around one hundred different rides and attractions. With its two big beer tents it is often referred to as a small Oktoberfest – right in April. What is not to like?
Marathon, Zurich (28 April)
This is a sporty highlight for professionals and marathon enthusiasts alike. The picturesque route takes runners along the beautiful lake Zurich and across the city centre. The Zurich Marathon is an ideal way to kick-start marathon season.
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE