Cultural life in Germany
Each year at the end of July, the world of classical music and opera casts its gaze towards the Franconian province. That’s when the curtain rises at the Festival Hall in Bayreuth for the world-famous Richard Wagner Festival. The 101st season will open on 25 July 2012 with the Wagner opera “The Flying Dutchman” in a new production by the gifted 30-year-old director Jan Philipp Gloger.
Bayreuth opera now live on cinema screens
The cat is out of the bag at last in Kassel. For a long time the theme of documenta 13 was a well-kept secret, but now the final preparations for this major international art event are underway. The art world will be gathering in Kassel again from 9 June 2012. Every five years, the city in the middle of Germany is transformed in a museum of contemporary art for 100 days.
Enlightened monarch, a lover of culture and a warring general: Frederick the Great (1712-1786) had a multifaceted personality and was one of the most outstanding yet controversial figures in German history. The influence of the Prussian King on the fate of 18th century Europe was matched by only a few of his contemporaries.
The world of “Old Fritz”
It is one of the world’s most successful programmes for cultural exchange: in 2012 UNESCO is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. That’s why people around the globe will be focusing this year on the significance of the convention for cultural cooperation.
UNESCO World Heritage