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Next week in Munich – DOK.fest, Münchner Biennale, Peter Gabriel

The international documentary film fest DOK.fest starts today, running until next Wednesday at various cinemas in Munich. The program can be found here and there are also plenty of English-language films to check out, as well as workshops and panels.

At Maria Hilf Platz, the Auer Dult fest is currently on – I love this tri-annual fayre with lots of old ceramics, pottery and antiques. It’s a very child-friendly market – there are lots of rides for the children to try out, the food stalls are good and varied and if you’re worn out from entertaining hyperactive kids all day, head to the beer garden afterwards for a Maß and a good Bavarian meal.

Tonight sees Peter Gabriel at the Olympiahalle in Munich – the Genesis singer and flautist is now sixty-two and shows no signs of slowing down. Tickets are still available from 60,90 €.

Tomorrow is the start of the Münchner Biennale – a festival celebrating new music theatre. The festival focuses on opera, particularly from young composers. The Biennale runs until 19 May, giving you plenty of time to check out the new opera performances and composers. You can check out the program here and ticket prices are available on München Ticket (though tickets are available to purchase at a variety of locations in the city, noted here).

If you’re after something surreal, Dudeman is playing at the Atomic on Saturday. A friend of mine took me to see him a couple of years ago, with another mutual friend. She loved it, but the other friend and I were stood there totally puzzled for much of the concert. The lyrics are bizarre, but as Gram Parsons’ nephew, perhaps that’s exactly what you should expect.

As I’ve already mentioned, there are a LOT of Irish people in Germany. The St. Patrick’s Parade is huge and in order to celebrate the wonderful Bavarian-Irish union, there’s a festival especially dedicated to it. At Sendlinger Tor Platz you can dance to Irish and Bavarian music, sup Guinness and Augustiner in equal measure and celebrate the Irish in Bavaria, from Friday until Sunday.

Oh, and if you haven’t had enough of spring beer drinking, the Frühlingsfest at the Theresienwiese runs until this Sunday. You still have a few days to get some Wiesn practice in!

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