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Germany's Top Five

Get up-to-date with what's going on in Germany this week from a Christmas market with a difference in Munich to a hyped-up drama in Berlin and rock through the night at the Musical Dome in Cologne.


Munich has a lot more to offer than its Christmas market

Tollwood Festival

Anne Weissbecker from the Circus School in Montreal performs at the Tollwood Festival in Munich

Slip into the festive spirit in Bavaria at a Christmas market with a difference. Munich's Tollwood Winter Festival offers an extensive cultural program, with cabaret, theater, readings, concerts and performances, all against a colorful backdrop of traditional market stalls and culinary delights from the world over.

Combine war, media and art in an exhibition of the same name at the Bietigheim-Bissingen gallery. With work by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger and Anselm Kiefer, the show doesn't only deal with the way mass-media such as newspapers, television and the Internet tackle war-time coverage, but also looks at memorials, medals, historical symbols and gestures and documentary and amateur photography.

Eldorado in der Schaubühne, Berlin

Dieter Mann (r) and Stephanie Eidt in a scene from the play "Eldorado"

Follow the hype and check out the premiere of Eldorado at Berlin's Schaubühne theater. The play by Marius von Mayenburg is both old and topical. It tells the tale of an unusual couple looking for fulfilment in a world which has its own yardsticks, and of their hopes and dreams which are threatened by the reality of modern life.

Tanz der Vampire Roman Polanski

Polish director Roman Polanski at the premier of the musical "Dance of the Vampires" in Hamburg

Sink your teeth into Roman Polanski's erotic and spooky musical parody, Dance of the Vampires. Based on his film of the same name, in which took on the lead role himself. Showing at Hamburg's Neue Flora Theater. The music has made its mark on the musical landscape, with a rock score by Jim Steinman which has sold 80 million copies over the past few years.

Rock through the night with Queen in the highly successful musical rendition of the British band’s story. After two years of sold-out performances in London and more than a million viewers world-wide, “We Will Rock You” takes the story of the British rock sensation on the road to the Musical Dome in Cologne, Germany. Written and directed by former Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, the musical features 25 of the group’s greatest hits, some sung in German, others in their original.

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