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July 2008

Jul 4 - Jul 6
Christopher Street Day, Cologne
On Christopher Street Day, the international holiday of the Gay & Lesbian
and Transgender communities, Cologne hosts close to one million participants
and spectators for the CSD weekend celebrations. Cologne also will be the host of the international gay and lesbian games in 2010.

Jul 4 - Jul 6
International Folk and Dance Festival, Rudolstadt
Germany's biggest folk, roots and world music festival - takes place annually on the first full July weekend in Thuringia not far from Weimar. It lasts three days (or rather 55 hours with no break) and presents more than 60 bands on more than 20 stages. Next year's festival will, besides musicians from all five continents, present: a country focus on Tanzania and as dance of the year the 'Polonaise'.

Jul 4 - Jul 13
Rifleman's Festival, Hannover
Visitors to the largest Rifleman's Festival in the world can expect a festival of superlatives. Electrifying, ultra-modern rides sit happily alongside their more traditional counterparts, and the place is packed with stalls, beer gardens and party marquees. Despite all of this, the highlight of this long-established festival is the riflemen's parade, the longest procession in Europe.

Jul 5 - Jul 6
Classics Open Air Festival on Odeonsplatz, Munich
Classics on Odeonsplatz is Bavaria's largest classical music event and the high point of Munich's Summer of Culture. High-caliber open-air concerts by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic on warm summer evenings bring a touch of Italian flair to the Bavarian capital.

Jul 5 - Jul 27 (only on the weekends from Friday till Sunday)
Kaltenberg Knights Tournament, Kaltenberg
The Kaltenberg Knights Tournament is the largest tournament of modern times.
Approx. 120,000 visitors come to Kaltenberg Castle each July, to step back into the Middle Ages, to see the Great Tournament, to stroll across the largest medieval market and to see an eight hour program set on seven stages

Jul 11 - Sep 7
Sand World, Travemuende
Approximately 75 sand-sculptors - so-called "Carvers" - from all over the world create masterpieces out of 9,000 tons of sand, just with sand and water, with heights up to twelve meters. This fantastic sculpture scenery on the Baltic Sea Beach of Travemuende is singular in Germany. During the first three days after inauguration, visitors have the unique opportunity to have a look at the sand artists work while they are adding the final touch to their masterpieces by using special sculpture sand. Because of its angular grain structure, the sand is stackable in height and remains smooth and in perfect shape for several weeks after "carving" and sand cutting.

Jul 11 - Nov 09
Exhibition: A Century Ago - Kandinsky, Münter, Jawlensky, Werefkin in Murnau
In August/September of 1908 these four artists spent their legendary study visit in Murnau which turned out to be a pioneering step for the development of the expressive art in the classical modern age. This ground breaking visit of a century ago is to be honoured with an exhibition of paintings and graphics of Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter, Alexej Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin from this decisive transition time of 1908/1909 as well as with works which show the important contemporary influence of the avant-garde art trends of that time.

Jul 12 - Jul 13
29th Christopher Street Day, Munich
Christopher Street Day (CSD) is a day of celebration for the gay community around the world. It remembers the day in 1969 when gays and lesbians took to the streets of New York to demonstrate against discrimination. CSD has been celebrated in Munich since 1980. Now, more than 200,000 visitors come to Munich every year to enjoy the open-air events at Marienplatz and Rindermarkt.

Jul 12 - Aug 31
Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein
Since it was founded in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein music festival has had a firm place on the list of the world's top international cultural events. The festival presents both the big stars of the classical music scene and exciting young artists, helping them launch their careers with an appearance in Schleswig-Holstein's attractive concert locations. The highly-varied program has different points of emphasis every year.

Jul 18 - Jul 20
Christopher Street Day, Frankfurt
Christopher Street Day (CSD) is a day of celebration for the gay community around the world. It remembers the day in 1969 when gays and lesbians took to the streets of New York to demonstrate against discrimination. Come and enjoy the CSD in Frankfurt.

Jul 25 - Aug 28
Richard Wagner Festival, Bayreuth
For more than 125 years the annual Richard Wagner Festival takes place in the Festival Theater on the Green Hill. A different selection of Wagner's musical dramas is shown every year in 30 performances per season to an evening audience of 2,000 people.
In 2008 a new production of 'Parsifal' will be the opening piece.