Berlin to show off its arts and culture at Tai Kwun

Local | Stella Wong 4 Sep 2019

Berlin will come alive at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in a two-week festival from November 4 to 17, which will feature the German capital's arts, music and film programs.

In partnership with the German consulate-general in Hong Kong, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and visitBerlin, Projekt Berlin boasts lighting installations, live concerts, film screenings, public art and flash mob performances.

There will be an installation of light, projections and sound at the Prison Yard, transforming facades of surrounding buildings into a reimagining of Berlin. Lights will be on at 6pm every day, while Berlin artistic group WENU will create street art at the Parade Ground.

Dance troupe The Flying Steps from Berlin will join local street performers at the Parade Ground on November 16 and 17 to entertain visitors free.

Paid programs include three concerts by the German ensemble Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn from November 8 to 10.

On November 16, German singer Ute Lemper will perform songs of composers such as Kurt Weill and Frederick Hollander, whose sounds capture the decadent decades between World War I and II in the 1920s and 1930s.

From November 4 to 10, there will be film screenings of some of the most iconic movies by German filmmakers, including Wolfgang Staudte, Tom Tykwer and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck .

Ticket sales will start on September 12.

Timothy Calnin, director of Tai Kwun and curator of Projekt Berlin, said Berlin is one of the most thrilling and distinctive cities in the world.

"Its history has seen it razed and rebuilt, destroyed and reinvented, torn in two and reborn. Its intrinsic resilience always finds new edge and relevance in every era," he said.

He said Projekt Berlin is an autobiography of a city that is a powerhouse of creativity across the full spectrum of the arts.

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