Oh, yes, the month of August does have 31 days. And the most important one of them all is the 31st. That is when one of Berlin’s most important cultural events takes place. You read the headline. So you know it is the ‘Long Night of Museums’. It is around the corner and coming closer in big steps.
The ‘Long night of Museums’ is far more than just an opportunity to stare at dusty, old spoons. Frankly, it is about a whole lot. As many as 75 museums are taking part this year. All of them offer special events, including ‘express tours’ through their premises, ‘behind the scenes tours’ and even music.
The “unforgettable experience” the organizers are promising just became more tangible since the program was published. These are only some of the musical events at the ‘Long Night of Museums’:
- Right in front of the PalaisPopulaire at ‘Unter den Linden’ 5, the Asphalt Kollektiv will play “street music” from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m..
- At the Museum Ephraim-Palais at Poststrasse 16, a “wild mixture” of music will be presented by Sven van Thom and Martin Gottschild. The two comedians and musicians will “do” anything from German evergreens to Beyoncé, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m..
- At the Bröhan Museum, located in ‘Schlosstrasse’ (‘Schloßstraße’) 1a, none other than Arnold Krohne, accompanied by accordionist Maxim Shagaev, will be singing Chansons from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m..
- At the German Historical Museum located at ‘Unter den Linden’ 2, the Rufus Temple Orchestra will raise the roof with 1920s Jazz pieces. Hold on to your hats from 8:00 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.. There will be a break in between two sets.
- The Kunsthaus Dahlem is offering a special performance by Frances-Marie Uitti. The American cellist and composer adds a new dimension to her instrument by playing with two bows at the same time. She will perform from 10:00 to 10:30 p.m..
- At Schloss Charlottenburg, the Berlin-based Residenz Orchester will be playing compositions of the 18th century. They are scheduled to play from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., with several breaks in between.
The good news is that all of the above is only the tip of the iceberg, meaning there is more music, from Classical to Techno.
Early Bird Special
Guided tours in English are part of the ‘Long Night of Museums’ as well. The Pergamonmuseum on Museum Island will have those on an hourly basis. “Come with me. I show you some highlights.” This is what the official program says. Who could resist that?
Tourists and expatriates who have not experienced the event before might ask themselves what this ‘Long Night of Museums’ actually is. Well, it’s an opportunity to visit 75 museums during one summer night, with one single ticket per person. But it is also a big party with music and booze.
An Early Bird Special was just offered. Until August 19th, 2019, tickets are 12 Euro. Afterwards they will be 18 Euro. They can be purchased here.
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