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He dubbed himself the “first servant of his state”. King Frederick II of Prussia is regarded by many as the most well-known German of all. However, both his admirers and critics probably agree on one thing: the sovereign and military strategist, artist and author of numerous writings never spared himself as long as he lived. And the title of an exhibition is a reminder of this. In 2012 “Friederisiko” was staged in Potsdam to mark the 300th birthday anniversary of the Prussian king. It is organized by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
In 1876, Richard Wagner fulfilled his dream of having a festival venue of his very own. And today the descendents of this famous composer still organize the Bayreuth Festival in his honor with resounding success for five weeks during the summer. The program features the works of Wagner – excursions into German mythology.
Ludwig van Beethoven‘s passionate compositions have revolutionized the world of music. Bonn, the city of his birth, reminds us of this heritage each fall during the Beethoven Festival. Stars and talented newcomers present his masterpieces classically as well as playfully in swing or jazz style. The program also includes exhibitions, readings, films and debut performances of commissioned work.
Each year in October writers and publishers, agents and film producers meet up in Frankfurt at the Frankfurt Book Fair. But they are not the only ones there. On Saturday and Sunday of one-week event, the world’s most important trading centre for books and media opens its doors to private visitors as well. And each year a different country is invited as guest of honour to present its literature at the city on the River Main.
Half a millennium ago, Martin Luther wanted to reform the Roman Catholic Church with his 95 Theses. Ultimately, his ideas led to the division of Western Christianity and the birth of the Protestant Church. 2017 will see the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s disputation.
The culmination of the Munich opera season: at the Munich Opera Festival, you will have many an opportunity to experience ballet performances, concerts and evenings of song, not to mention any number of different opera productions. On the “Opera for Everyone“ weekend, music fans are invited to attend a free, open-air performance per live video broadcast.
Music fans regularly swarm to the Rhine District on the north shore of the Rhine River from June to September. This sunny region between Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Rüdesheim and Lorch is transformed into a concert stage of international renown each year. The Rheingau Music Festival is the largest classical music event in Hessen. It presents classical music, as well as jazz and readings at a wide variety of different venues.
Germany’s largest international theater festival: “Theater der Welt” (Theater of the World) presents current trends in the world of theater. Companies of actors, dance, music and puppet theater have been giving guest performances in different host cities every three years since 1981. The organizer is the German Center of the International Theater Institute, which operates under the auspices of the UNESCO.