July/August 2021

ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN: La Biennale di Venezia, 22 May–21 November

Have a first look (online): The British Council presents The Garden of Privatised Delights at the British Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition: see here.

DANCE: Russell Maliphant: Opus 131 at Beethovenfest Bonn, 22 August

Russell Maliphant’s ’Opus 131’ remains entirely abstract, creating an impressive energetic fusion of dance, light and music. His uniquely flowing kinetic language plays with gravity, balance and speed. On this basis the 19 dancers develop fleeting new body images of enormous sculptural expressivity, all within the flow of music provided by the young french Quatuor Arlequin. More info here.

DANCE: Tanz im August 2021: Colette Sandler + Mikko Gaestel, SOPHIENSÆLE, 13 August

Tanz im August returns with performances by Berlin-based Scottish choreographer Colette Sadler, whose works straddle the realms of virtual and physical reality. Since 2016 she has been developing Present Futures, a cycle of works that deal with the themes of speculative futures and post-humanism. Tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: A Symphony of Noise, 15 August, Zoopalast Berlin

Director Enrique Sánchez Lansch takes the viewer on a journey with Matthew Herbert, the revolutionary British musician and composer. Into the mind of the artist known for his political pieces, combining music derived from real life sounds with politically sensitive issues. More info and tickets here.  

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY/MUSIC: British Shorts, 5 – 11 August, various cinemas, Berlin

“Proper Cinema!” The British Shorts film festival returns for its 14th edition running at indoor and outdoor cinemas across Berlin. Highlights include Riz Ahmad in “The Long Goodbye”, Maxine Peak in “It’s me” and David Tennant in “Heart to Heart” along a a fantastic programme of wrap-around events including live music by Efa Supertramp, a photo exhibition about “The ties that bind” by Grey Hutton and a retrospective of short films about UK subcultures. Info and Tickets.

MUSIC: European Youth Orchestra / Gillam / Petrenko, 21 August, Elbphilharmonie

Young British saxophonist Jess Gillam rose to prominence after reaching the final of BBC Young Musician 2016, and is now adored for her stunning performances and infectious enthusiasm. She enjoys an active career as a performer and presenter on BBC Radio 3. In her debut performance at the Elbphilharmonie she will play English composer Michael Nyman’s ‘Where the Bee Dances’ with the European Youth Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. 21 August. Get tickets here

MUSIC: Isata Kanneh-Mason, 15 and 20 August, Lübeck, Musik- und Kongresshalle

British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason will take to the stage at both the Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau music festivals this summer with two contrasting programmes including Clara Schumann’s piano concerto, Gershwin, Beethoven and Barber. Don’t miss this young rising star in action. 15 and 20 August

MUSIC: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle, 6 September, Elbphilharmonie

Known for his ingenious programming, Sir Simon Rattle kicks off the LSO’s residency at the Elbphilharmonie with a programme of dance music by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Click here for tickets. 

MUSIC: Tenebrae Choir | Nigel Short, 13 August, Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein

Tenebrae have been singing choral music at the highest level since their founding by Nigel Short, former member of the King’s Singers, in 2001. In this concert, they return to the Rheingau Musikfestival to sing British composer Joby Talbot’s ‘Path of Miracles’. Get your tickets now.

PHOTOGRAPHY/EXHIBITION: Nadine Ijewere, c/o Berlin, 29 May–2 September

Nadine Ijewere: Beautiful Disruption is a solo exhibition of 28-year old fashion photography pioneer Nadine Ijewere featuring over 80 images and three films