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      Cultural life in modern Germany bridges the inherited with the emergent. While the Germany boasts a strong heritage of arts, literature, music and architecture, it also integrates a pluralistic, multicultural society where nearly a tenth of the population is of foreign descent. The cultural scene in Germany is interestingly rich, diverse and alive – ranging from its world-renowned theaters, museums, orchestras and opera houses to traveling art shows, avant-garde performances, experimental themes and post-modernist identity.

Though Germany still holds the world record for 5,000 varieties of beer, the German Riesling Wine is fast climbing the gourmet charts. And the country has outstripped Italy to 2nd position for the number of Michelin 3-star fine-dining restaurants. Modern German design movements such as the Bauhaus have shaped design philosophy around the world. And contemporary designs from Germany continue to thrive in the newly defined aesthetics of the digital age.
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Germany Art & Culture: An interview with German writer Günter Grass / Copyright picture alliance We were considered denigrators, says German writer Günter Grass
The Goethe-Institut is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. It was first entered in the register of associations on 9 August 1951. Günter Grass calls the institute “one of the finest achievements of the Federal Republic.” In an interview, the writer looks back at five decades of a very personal bond.  more
Art & culture in Germany: Conductor Jan Moritz Onken leads the Kazakh Symphony Orchestra in Berlin / copyright dpa - Report Music without borders: the Young Euro Classic Festival
From 5 – 21 August 2011, when the blue carpet with the yellow stars is rolled out in front of the Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt, it’s time for the start of a special concert event. Each year youth orchestras with about 1,500 young artists travel to the German capital from around the world to perform at the Young Euro Classic festival.  more
Art & culture in Germany: Lohengrin (Jonas Kaufmann) (R) and Elsa of Brabant (Annette Dasch) performing the opera 'Lohengrin' in Bayreuth / copyright dpa Annual Bayreuth Festival celebrates Wagner
The annual Richard Wagner opera festival in Bayreuth begins on 25 July with a performance of the romance Lohengrin. Guests expected at the famous Festspielhaus on the Green Hill, home to the event since 1951, include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and newly-named International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.  more
Art & culture in Germany: Hans Holbein's Madonna on display at Frankfurt's Staedel Museum / copyright dpa Sale of Renaissance masterpiece breaks price record in Germany
Frankfurt's Städel Museum has long negotiated with a German family for Holbein's Madonna, one of the most valuable Renaissance works of art. A private German collector outbid the museum, and plans to exhibit the work.  more
Art & culture in Germany: The headquarters of the Goethe-Institut in Munich / copyright dpa On Goethe’s Sixtieth: “Art is Never Innocent”
It was a party to be proud of: The Goethe-Institut celebrated it’s sixtieth anniversary in Berlin by looking back at a changeful history. There have been successes, travails and scandals, not to mention a memorable encounter in the Alps.  more
Art & culture in Germany: Energy and renewal – the HipHop Academy Hamburg / copyright Colourbox Energy and renewal – the HipHop Academy Hamburg
It’s more than just youth culture. At the HipHop Academy Hamburg, dancers and musicians receive professional training.  more
Art & culture in Germany: A concert at the Rheingau Music Festival / copyright dpa - Report Liszt and Mahler – The Rheingau Music Festival 2011
From 25 June to 27 August 2011, the 24th Rheingau Music Festival is inviting guests to classical concerts in the Rheingau. This year’s focus is on works by Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler.  more
Art & culture in Germany: Joseph Beuys' work 'Capri-Batterie' at MMK in Frankfurt / copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011 Frankfurt museum celebrates 20th birthday with a present for young art lovers
On Sunday, 19 June, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt am Main opened an exhibition that presents its entire collection for the first time until 9 October. And to celebrate its '20 Years of Presence', the museum will give anyone also celebrating their 20th birthday this year a free museum membership.  more
Germany Art & Culture: Berlin is known as a city with a magnetic attraction for international artists / Copyright dpa 'based in Berlin' exhibit to support local art scene
Berlin is known as a city with a magnetic attraction for international artists, and in order to promote some of the talent teeming within city limits, the city has organized a free exhibit to showcase the work of 80 young Berlin artists, from painters and sculptors to filmmakers, writers, and multimedia performers. The exhibit, titled “based in Berlin,” will run from June 8th to July 24th at the Monbijoupark Atelierhaus in Berlin Mitte.  more
Germany Art & Culture: The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is exhibiting 'Container Architecture' / Copyright dpa Düsseldorf museum exhibits container architecture
The freight container has been called a “fetish of the modern age.” Used to transport goods by sea around the world, they can be seen as a symbol of mobility, flexibility, and economic prowess.  more