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October 2012: DW's culture calendar

The rich history of Russian-German cultural exchange, fireworks in Berlin and literary delights for book worms are some cultural highlights this fall. This month, our culture tips come from DW's language departments.

Maghreb dance festival

From October 3-7, four dance productions from the Maghreb can be seen at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt. Under the title "Arab Contemporary," artists will be presenting dance between love and war, between estrangement and get-togethers, between revolution and coffee. Moroccan choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou with his Compagnie Anania will also be taking to the stage on October 4 and 5. "AALEEF" explores questions of identity: Am I Moroccan, African, Mediterranean, Arab, or a world citizen? The performance from ex-boxer Izeddiou will be accompanied by music from traditional Gwana musician Maalem Adil Amimi.

A culture tip from Laura Döing, German culture desk

German-Russian cultural exchange

From October 6 to January 13, 2013, the exhibition "Russians and Germans: 1,000 Years of Art, History and Culture" will be open to the public at Berlin's Neues Museum. It is a key contribution to Russia Year in Germany and Germany Year in Russia 2012/13. The art historical shows examining the diverse cultural connections between Russians and Germans are unique in their chronological and thematic breadth and invite viewers to discover Russian traces in German history and vice versa. That includes not only contact between the most powerful at the epicenter of society, but the activities and work of traders, researchers, craftspeople and artists are also documented.

Romanian-born German writer Herta Muller

Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller is set to make an appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

Literary chat at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Authors from a range of countries meet to discuss the latest literary trends in the German language - that's what foreigners especially like about the Frankfurt Book Fair. Book worms from all over the world come to the world's biggest book event, which takes place this year from October 10-14. It's worth the investment: German and international new publications are presented, as well as many books which have not yet been translated into German - a special treat for multilingual readers. Notable this year is the appearance of Romanian-born German Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller, who has just released a new volume of surrealist collages and poems, entitled "Father Telephones the Flies."

A culture tip from Alexandre Scherle, Middle and South-eastern Europe culture desk

Fire sculptures and candle-lit paths formed the 'Fire Garden' by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse

A firework installation by Compagnie Carabosse will light up Berlin for the 775th City Jubilee

Jubilee firework spectacle in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago, a divided Berlin organized two celebrations to mark the 750th anniversary of the founding of the city. This year - on October 28 - German reunification will stand in the foreground of a colorful program marking the 775th city jubilee, taking place close to the Nikolai Quarter in the oldest part of the city. Alongside a ceremonial act and a church service with the mayor and co., Berliners can look forward to an evening firework installation by the French Compagnie Carabosse. Fire-breathing sculptures, burning festoons and countless sparkling pots will illuminate the streets of the Nikolai Quarter after dark. There's also a performance by the street theater group 'Titanick,' inspired by after-life visions of the Middle Ages.

A culture tip from Kate Bowen, English culture desk

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