Concerts and Events in April The majority of the links in this document are in English! Tickets to nearly all concerts and performances mentioned below can also be bought here: Amberg: newspaper "Amberger Zeitung" - ticket service 09621-306230 Nürnberg: Kultur-Information at the Nürnberg-Info, Kopfbau, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nürnberg, Ph 0911-231-4000 Theater- und Concertkasse Karstadt, Königstr. 14, Ph 0911-213-2050 Online: Oberpfalzkarten (more local events) Eventim (Germany-wide, partly in English) Argo-Konzerte (many events in Franconia but not restricted to this area) TicketOnline (Germany-wide) Mittelbayerische (Germany-wide) Konzertkarten (Germany-wide) Der Kartenvorverkauf (Regensburg) Tickets Concertbüro Franken (many events in Franconia) Weiden: newspaper "Der Neue Tag" ticket service, ph 0961-85550 If you don't like to drive into Nürnberg because of the fast traffic and the rude German drivers, there's a great alternative: the train! All train stations that are part of the “Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nürnberg” = VGN (English and German homepage) offer special tickets. Click on this interactive map to see which locations are part of the VGN (only available on the German page). Amberg, Freihung and Vilseck are VGN train stations, for example. At the participating train stations, you can purchase a special VGN family ticket for regular trains that take you straight into Nürnberg city center / Hauptbahnhof = main train station. In Nürnberg, the VGN ticket allows you to use all buses and S- and U-Bahnen (over- and underground trains) within Nürnberg's city limits for free! This way you could visit the zoo in the morning and do some shopping in the afternoon, for example. And then comfortably travel back home without having to worry about traffic. But that’s not all: if you purchase a VGN ticket, some establishments offer you a reduced entry fare - including the Nürnberg zoo! Fri., 01 Apr., 7:30 p.m.: Juli in 91054 Erlangen, E-Werk, Fuchsenwiese 1, ph 09131-80-050. Tickets. "Wunderbar" young pop music from Germany! Mon., 04 Apr., 8 p.m.: Marla Glen in 90441 Nürnberg, Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Tickets. Tour overview. Thu., 07 Apr., 8 p.m.: Wise Guys in 93053 Regensburg, Auditorium Maximum, Albertus-Magnus-Str. 2. Tickets can be bought online or per ph 0941-466-160 or 0180- 517-0517 (expensive). The Wise Guys is the best A-Capella group in Germany! Their songs are funny, intelligent, honest, and their voices are outstanding. It is recommended you understand German to fully grasp the wit and humour in their songs. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace. Fri., 15 Apr., 8 p.m.: Excellent Boogie Woogie with Albie Donnelly's Supercharge, in 93133 Burglengenfeld, Pfarrheim, Kallmünzer Strasse 16 (ca. 30 km / 19 miles north of Regensburg). Tickets. Europe’s best Rhythm & Blues Band, according to B. B. King, will sweep you off your feet! Albie Donnelly (Vocals & Saxophone), the guy with the shiny head, ZZ Top beard and sun glasses, is the creative wizard behind the band. He ranks among his influences legends like King Curtis and Junior Walker, and his British humour turns the shows into sheer lunacy! He’s toured with Queen, B.B.King, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and many others and has performed at festivals world-wide. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube search results. MySpace. Sat., 16 Apr., 8 p.m.: Die Happy in 80636 München, Freiheizhalle, Rainer-Werner-Fassbinder-Platz 1. Tickets. More about the artist: Homepage in German and English. YouTube. MySpace. Thu., 21 Apr., 8 p.m.: The Wombats in 81671 München, Tonhalle, Grafinger Str. 6, ph 089-672-0880. Tickets. A sensation in the UK for quite a while now, the Wombats have finally made it onto the international music scene! They will present both older songs like "Let's Dance to Joy Division" and their latest chart hit, "Jump into the Fog" at this concert. Wed., 27 Apr., 8 p.m.: In Extremo in 90762 Fürth, Stadthalle, Rosenstraße 50, ph 0911-749-120. Tickets. Tour overview. In Extremo play powerful "Medieval Rock". More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace. Sat., 30 Apr., 8 p.m.: Music Show: Scotland in 90471 Nürnberg, Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889- 7280. An evening like in the Scottish Highlands, with bagpipes, drums and dances. Tickets. April 2011 Fri., 01 Apr.: Today is April Fool's Day, International Fun-at-Work Day, and National Walk-to-Work Day. 01 - 03 Apr.: Wine Fest "Weinfreundschaften" in 97346 Iphofen (ca. 11 km / 7 miles SE of Kitzingen) Local wine makers, confectioners and restaurateurs come together every two years and present their delicious delicatessen. Many restaurants also offer special menus, please check directly with them. On Saturday and Sunday, local and international wines can be sampled and bought in stalls all around the town center. And to top it all off, you can go on a guided tour of Iphofen (in German) All details in German on their Homepage. It's the perfect event for every gourmand! 02 - 17 Apr.: Volksfest in 97082 Würzburg, "Talavera" fest site between Mainaustraße and Georg- Eydel-Straße Opening times of the fest: Mon. - Thu. 2 p.m. - midnight. Fri. + Sat. 2 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sun. 1 p.m. - midnight. Opening times of the tents: Mon. - Thu. midday - midnight. Fri. midday - 1 a.m. Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - midnight. Sun., 03 Apr.: - 9 a.m.: Mineral and Fossil Fair in 92670 Windischeschenbach, "KTB" (where the attempt to drill the world's deepest hole was made), am Bohrturm 1 (ca. 20 km / 13 miles north of Weiden). Admission: 3.- Euros per adult, 1.- Euro per child. - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Modelmaking Exhibition in 92334 Berching, Volksschule, Schulstraße 17 (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Show with flight models and vehicle models. Kids can have a go at making their own model. Children can have a go at putting a model plane together. Free entry. - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Easter Market "Ei-Zeit" in 92334 Berching, Europahalle, Schlesierstraße (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Show and sales market of Easter articles and ornaments. Coffee and cake on sale. Admission 1.- Euro pp. - 1 - 5 p.m.: Open Stores on Sunday in 92334 Berching (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels) Mon, 04 Apr.: Today is Hug-a-Newsman Day. Tue., 05 Apr.: Today is Go-for-Broke Day. Sometimes you need to take a little risk to progress in life. Thu., 07 Apr.: Today is No Housework Day. Simply have someone else do the chores! :D Fri., 08 Apr., 8 - 10:30 p.m.: Show: Night of the Musicals in 92637 Weiden, Max-Reger-Halle, Dr.-Pfleger-Str. 17, ph 0961-48080. With highlights from Tarzan, Sister Act, Dirty Dancing, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Hair, and many more. Sat., 09 Apr.: - 10 a.m.: Car Show: Werdenfelser Autotage in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Garmisch subdivision, Richard-Strauss-Platz. Well-known local car dealers present their current range of modern cars in the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). Lots of entertainment: stilt walkers, an inflatable jumping castle, animals out of balloons, and much more. Sun., 10 Apr.: Today is National Sibling Day. Show your brothers and sisters how much they mean to you! - 10 a.m.: Agility Competition of Cart Horses (Cold Bloods) in Pollanten, at the "Kutscher-Alm" inn, Hauptstraße 2b (part of 92334 Berching, ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Program: 10 a.m.: Weighing of the participating horses. 11 a.m.: Timber-pulling. midday: Weight- pulling competition. Admission is 2.- Euros pp, children under 14 are free. Every ticket takes part in a raffle. - midday: Easter Market in 92345 Dietfurt (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels), in the inner courtyard of historic "Gasthof Stirzer", Hauptstraße 45. Find many handcrafted wares and food products at this lovely Easter market. There will be musical entertainment, and children will enjoy the little stables with sheep and lambs. Even the Easter bunny will stop by! - 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Open Stores on Sunday in 92339 Beilngries, Innenstadt (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels) - until 5 p.m.: Street Market and Open Stores on Sunday in 92345 Dietfurt, inner city (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). Start time wasn't listed online but more than likely, the market starts at around 10 a.m., and stores open around 1 p.m. - no time specified: Vendors Market and Open Stores on Sunday in 97318 Kitzingen, Altstadt (old city). Thu., 14 Apr.: International Moment-of-Laughter Day. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. 14 - 17 Apr.: The Grand Russian State Circus in 96052 Bamberg, Plärrerplatz along Berliner Ring / Memmelsdorfer Straße (Breitenau subdivision). It's Bamberg's Volksfest site. With this festive gala program, the "Oleg Popov Jubilee Tour", the Grand Russian State Circus wishes to thank his famous Clown Oleg Popov for his unique life work, and celebrate his 80th birthday. Of course this calls for a stunning show full of diversity and surprises. In addition, the organizers will hold a special Russian evening at each location of the tour, with cultural entertainment from Moscow and St. Petersburg, a special Croissant breakfast, and a "Blini Festival". To find out more details such as dates and locations, or to order your tickets, click on the homepage of the Organiser - just scroll to the desired city. Sun., 17 Apr.: - midday - 5 p.m.: Trade Fair in 97346 Iphofen (ca. 11 km / 7 miles SE of Kitzingen), business park on Alte Reichsstraße and Bahnhofstraße. Vendors and restaurateurs offer a large variety of products. - 1 - 6 p.m.: Easter Market in Wegscheid 1a, at the historic inn "Alte Wegscheid" (only GE), part of 92334 Berching (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). This is a pretty arts and crafts market under the roof of the inner courtyard. - no time specified: Street Market and Open Stores on Sunday in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). Stores in the city center will be open 1 thru 5 p.m. Tue., 19 Apr.: Today is National Garlic Day. Not the best day for vampires, it it? :>> Wed., 20 Apr.: Today is Volunteer Recognition Day. 21 - 22 Apr.: Peak nights for the Lyrids meteor shower. Viewing tips. Fri., 22 Apr.: Karfreitag = Good Friday = German holiday. All German stores and authorities are closed. Sat., 23 Apr.: Today is Lovers Day. Give love a chance today! 23 Apr. - 01 May: - Spring Volksfest in 95448 Bayreuth, Volksfestplatz, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße Traditionally, the Frühlingsfest starts with a gun salute, the selling of surprise envelopes and of course the obligatory official tapping of the first keg in the fest tent. Enjoy the spectacular rides and diverse entertainment! - Spring Volksfest in 97318 Kitzingen, fest site in Etwashausen subdivision next to the Alte Mainbrücke (old bridge). Sun., 24 Apr.: Ostersonntag = Easter Sunday. Sun. + Mon., 24 + 25 Apr.: - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Garden and Sales Market "Rödelseer Frühling", in 97348 Rödelsee, Schloss Crailsheim (mansion), Schloss-Straße 2, ph 09323-3416 (ca. 8 km / 5 miles east of Kitzingen). On the grounds of the romantic mansion "Schloss Crailsheim" as well as between the two churches you will find lots of unique offers for wines, garden decor, and arts. --------------------------------- Good to know: Burg, Schloss and Berg You may have wondered why some castles are called "Burg" [pronounced BOORgh, not BURG(er)] while others are referred to as "Schloss". Simply put, it depends on when the castle was built and what its purpose was. A Burg (EN) was usually built in the Middle Ages and intended as a fortification to protect the inhabitants. Its origins were often no more than a donjon or keep (EN). A Schloss (EN) was built much later as a stately residence for wealthy nobles. For more information, check out this impressive list of castles in Germany on Wikipedia. And just to complete the thought: Berg [pronounced BEARgh, not BURG(er)] is a mountain, or in colloquial speak also a hill. You will quite often see both -burg and -berg in city names. Now you know that -bUrg always indicates that at least at one point in time, they had a castle; whereas -bErg points to a hill or mountain in the vicinity. Of course, very often you'll find a Burg on top of a Berg … --------------------------------- Mon., 25 Apr.: Ostermontag = Easter Monday = German holiday. All German stores and authorities are closed. Wed., 27 Apr.: Today is Admin Professionals (Secretarys) Day. The most important day of the month *COUGH* :> It is also Tell-a-Story Day. Just don't tell it to the secretary! ;D 29 Apr. - 01 May: Trade Fair "PEGA" in 92655 Grafenwöhr, Kulturelles Zentrum / Stadthalle, Schulstraße 18 (next to the Mexican restaurant). All details will be announced on their Homepage. 29 Apr. - 08 May: - Spring Volksfest in 92637 Weiden, fest site along Leuchtenberger Straße Sat., 30 Apr.: Today is National Honesty Day. Honesty always gets you further than lies! - 7 p.m.: Erecting of the Maypole in 91171 Greding, sports area in Herrnsnberg subdivision, Jurastr. 12 (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). - 7 p.m.: Dinner: "The Beatles Dinnershow", in 92637 Weiden, Max-Reger-Halle, Dr.-Pfleger- Str. 17, ph 0961-48080 Enjoy a three-course menu and travel back to the Swinging Sixties. First you'll travel back to their "wild Rock'n'Roll years" in Hamburg, then you'll hear all their famous songs from the Beatlemania area Tickets at www.dinnershowtickets.de, or from Der Neue Tag, ph 0961-85-550, or from www.eventim.de You can also call their hotline 0700-9222-9222 for a postage-free delivery of tickets. 30 Apr. + 01 May: - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Maypole Fest in 92363 Breitenbrunn, Hamberg subdivision, Breitenegger Weg (ca. 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels). 30 Apr.: Picking and erecting the Maypole. 01 May: Festivities around the Maypole with lunch, coffee and cake. - 6 p.m.: Erecting of the Maypole in 97346 Iphofen, Marktplatz = market place (ca. 11 km / 7 miles SE of Kitzingen). - 6 - 11 p.m.: Citizens Fest and Erecting of the Maypole in 97332 Volkach, Marktplatz = market place (ca. 17 km / 11 miles north of Kitzingen). - 6 p.m.: Erecting of the Maypole in 97337 Dettelbach, Rathausplatz (ca.8 km / 5 miles north of Kitzingen). At 8 p.m. you can watch traditional Volkstänze (folk dancing) by the children and juveniles. - no time specified: Erecting the Maypole and Fest in Schernau (part of 97337 Dettelbach, ca.10 km / 6 miles north of Kitzingen). - no time specified: Erecting of the Maypole and Fest in 97359 Schwarzach am Main, Stadtschwarzach subdivision (ca. 12 km / 7 miles NE of Kitzingen). ----------------------------------------------------- Good to know: "Walpurgis-Nacht" (30 April) and Maypoles (01 May) Walpurgis-Nacht is very similar to the traditional albeit very unpopular (among adults) American "Mischief Night" In Pagan times, the night of 30 April used to be the night of celebrating Spring and nature coming back to life. In their belief, the dark forces of Winter were making an effort to return one last time, and in order to scare them off, people cracked whips and made lots of other noise with whistles, drums and firing-off weapons. The traditional bonfires that followed finally fought the dark forces off for good. But the upcoming Roman-Catholic religion refused to accept any other religion and called it “the night when the devil leads the witches and druids”, but they couldn’t erase the deep-rooted traditions from people’s minds. So the Roman-Catholic priests dedicated 30 April to the Saint Walpurga. She became the patron saint of maids and farmer’s wives. Over the years and under the Roman-Catholic influence, the traditional scaring-off changed, and young boys (and often girls, too) are now playing tricks on their neighbours. Usually these tricks are quite innocent, like writing something funny in chalk on the pavement in front of someone’s house, or unhinging garden doors, or bricking up entrance doors, hiding something, wrapping cars in toilet paper, putting whipped cream or tooth paste on door handles, heaving garden furniture or cars onto garage roofs, and so forth. So don’t be alarmed if you see young kids playing a harmless trick to a neighbour, just make sure it doesn’t turn into anything serious (e.g., bricking up the entrance door of a disabled person can cause that person serious difficulties, or if the youngsters are out to destroy something). This "night of misconduct" became known as the “Walpurgis-Nacht”. It is the night before May 1st (a German holiday, all stores will be closed !!), the day when many towns erect their Maypoles. This too has roots in the Pagan religion in so far that they saw gods in nature and revered trees (among other nature beings). It cannot be determined when exactly the maypole became a tradition but first traces can be found in the 13th century. At the end of the 18th century, the maypole became a symbol of pride in the new Bavarian State which is also expressed by the insignias of the church and the city coat of arms. During the Third Reich, the maypole was misused for propaganda but after WWII, it regained its status and became a symbol for the wealth and the soul of a community. Throughout Bavaria, you will find different types of maypoles, some with bark, some painted white and blue (the Bavarian colours). In some areas the pole will stand for a complete year, in other areas it is taken down at the beginning of June. Many towns also add carved figures and the coats of arms of local guilds, and at the bottom an aphorism about the unity of the town is attached. It is really interesting to see how the maypoles - often as high as 30 meters - are erected. Some use modern cranes but more often they are still put up manually with lots of helping hands. Since the maypole represents the pride of a community, it provokes of course neighboring communities to steal it. That is usually done at night with lots of dedication to the cause. Therefore, each community protects its maypole with local men as guards and electronic equipment, yet sometimes they just cannot prevent the theft. The thieves consequently ask for ransom beer (large amounts of it) or a grilled sucking pig (never money), which is then drunken / eaten jointly by the thieves and the ransom payers when the maypole is returned. If the pole is erected before the theft can be completed, it does not mean that the pole is safe - chainsaws are readily available... It might well happen that an unguarded maypole is sawn down and stolen.
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