August 2022

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DANCE: Oona Doherty in Hamburg and Berlin, August

Northern Irish dancer and choreographer Oona Doherty’s world premiere for the big stage is a dark choreography for twelve dancers cast throughout Europe and with original music by Jamie xx. 10-13 August at Kampnagel Hamburg and at Tanz im August, 18-19 August, Berlin.

EXHIBITION/VISUAL ART: Sean Scully: Song of Colors, until 7 August, Langen Foundation, Neuss

Royal Academy of the Arts member Sean Scully presents his exhibition Songs of Color, comprising more than 50 works from different phases of his artistic endeavour, at the Langen Foundation in Neuss. Scully selected the works on the relationship between them and music, which always played an important part in his life.The spectrum of the works ranges from early works on paper from the late 1960s to his expansive paintings.

FILM: British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin, 5-8 August

British Shorts, Summer Edition is back in Berlin between 5-8 August! Short films of all genres – comedy, drama, animation, experimental, documentaries and more… as well as a free film workshop and 48 hr film project. Films playing at Freiluftkino Insel in den Atelier Gardens, Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Sputnik Kino Südstern: see dates and get your tickets

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LITERATURE: African Book Festival Berlin, 26-28 August

The African Book Festival Berlin is back, curated by Johannesburg-based writer, filmmaker and photographer Lidudumalingani in a programme entitled Yesterday.Today.Tomorrow, with British author, podcaster and musician Musa Okwonga and British-Ugandan writer Jennifer Makumbi. 

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LITERATURE: British Council Literature Seminar, watch online

Now Neu NI: Contemporary Writing from Northern Ireland. The British Council Literature Seminar 2022 will connect a new generation of writers and readers. Join the conversation and watch new and established writers from Northern Ireland first-hand in discussions and readings. Watch online now

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MUSIC: Cologne Jazzweek, 13-20 August

Don’t miss the stellar British line-up at Cologne Jazzweek, 13-20 August, which includes saxophone-tuba-drums ensemble Sons of Kemet (16 Aug), guitarist Rosie Frater-Taylor (18 Aug), Jazzrock/trad British folk blend from Deadeye (14 Aug) and singer Zoe Francis (19 Aug) and others. All info here.

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MUSIC: Musikfest Berlin, 27 August until 19 September

Musikfest Berlin returns with performances by British artists and ensembles including viola player Lawrence Power performing with Ilya Gringolts and Nicolas Altstaedt, the Monteverdi Choir conducted by John Eliot Gardiner performing Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with a performance celebrating the genre of dance, and Tenebrae Choir presenting a programme including Gregorian chant, Purcell, Tomkins and Giles Swayne.

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MUSIC: Pop-Kultur Berlin, 24-26 August

Pop-Kultur Berlin is back in the Kulturbrauerei Berlin, with 120 concerts, commissioned works, DJ sets, talks, panel discussions, readings and films, including British artists Anna B Savage, Colin Self, Hannah Catherine Jones, Hannah Diamond, and German-British artist Christin Nichols, amongst others. Have a look at the programme here.

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MUSIC: Sean Shibe at Rheingau Musik Festival, 20 August, Kurhaus Wiesbaden

Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at Rheingau Musik Festival with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, alongside an orchestral programme of Dvorak, 20 August. Only a few tickets left!  

PERFORMANCE ART: curator Phil Collins at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 19 and 20 August, Berlin

Turner-prize nominee, artist and curator Phil Collins curates 'Desire Lines: Queer Love Across Island Imaginaries' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Desire Lines is a long-term public artwork which foregrounds queer love in the Caribbean, the diaspora and beyond, with talks, discussions, performances, screenings, radio-broadcasts and more. Info here