Among the highlights of DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s cultural event calendar this fall are two major annual festivals that differ in the art forms they present â€“ one features nouveau-cirque and large-scale dance theater and global and classical music productions, the other pop and indie music â€“ but have one thing in common: they present the best of the unusual and boundary-pushing in the respective genres, artists and performances that are both unexpected and refined. Discover very unusual nouveau-cirque at the 25th â€œdÃ¼sseldorf festival!â€ (September 9 â€“ 28, 2015) and very unusual pop and indie music at â€œNew Fall Festivalâ€ (October 28 â€“ November 1, 2015).
DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany â€“ DÃ¼sseldorf is known as a place where you see and hear things for the first time. The names and creations of many pioneers and mavericks who moved to super-stardom in art and music are connected to DÃ¼sseldorf. Two major annual festivals celebrate the unusual and create a forum for the best artists in emerging art forms. Donâ€™t miss out on seeing the brilliantly new performances in nouveau-cirque and indie and pop at these two festivals:
â€œdÃ¼sseldorf festival!â€ â€“ 25th Anniversary (September 9 â€“ 27, 2015)
This festival of new kinds of performance is so successful in finding fresh talent and shows every year that it turns 25 this year. Join the special anniversary festival of fantastic nouveau-cirque, spectacular dancing and innovative music productions — and enjoy any of these program highlights:
The Band â€œJambinaiâ€ combines Asian sounds with heavy-metal punk (9/13); â€œDreamersâ€™ Circusâ€ creates magic by mixing Scandinavian folk and classical music (9/17); Cabaret artist Heike Beckmann presents a musical piece about a collection of toothbrushes from exes and male harems (9/21); Dance group â€œBorderlineâ€ performs its particular style that has been described as movements by dancers attached like puppets to invisible strings (9/22 and 9/23).
Other artists and shows include: Richard Galliano, who plays jazz on an accordion; Star flutist Dorothee Oberlinger; Sengalese HipHop dandy Faada Freddy; whimsical flamenco dancer RocÃ-o Molina; spectacular dance projects by both Compagnie XY from France and HipHop shooting stars SÃ©bastien Ramirez & Honji Wang. Nouveau cirque by Canadaâ€™s hit export â€œLes 7 Doigts de la Mainâ€ and the ensemble â€œCirca.â€
New Fall Festival (October 28 â€“ November 1, 2015)
DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s New Fall Festival transcends boundaries of pop music for the fifth time this year, and it creates its particular magic of pop-music newness by curating the most unusual performers and productions and booking them in unexpected venues like the cityâ€™s top-notch classical music spaces, churches, and stages in fancy business hotels.
• Duo â€œBoyâ€ performing its symbiosis of acoustic elements and synthetic sounds in DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s classical music venue â€œTonhalleâ€ (10/30)
• Belgian pop band â€œBalthazarâ€ introducing their third album â€œThin Wallsâ€ (10/29)
• Electro pop-duo â€œHundredsâ€ performing their rare acoustics (10/29)
• â€œPatriceâ€ (10/30)
• Marianne Faithfull (10/31)
• Olli Schulz (11/1)
Also performing: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Alligatoah, Apparat, Bernhoft, Aurora, Two Gallants, Malky and Curtis Harding. German rapper Alligatoah will play a one-time show with RheinBrass of Robert Schumann.
DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for stays in 2015. The package, called â€œDÃ¼sseldorf Ã la Card,â€ can be booked right from the tourism officeâ€™s website at https://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/accommodation/hotel-packages/duesseldorf-a-la-card/. Prices start at â‚¬49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at â‚¬95 per person for a 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast, one DÃ¼sseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.
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DÃ¼sseldorf Airport, Germanyâ€™s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit www.dus.com.