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Major Events February 2007

Feb 01 - Feb 04
Stuttgart - Eclat - New Music Festival
The festival's goal is to search out and introduce all of the innovative movements in contemporary music today, and to present them in connection with the great compositions of the twentieth century. As well as the music non-musical art forms, music theater and interdisciplinary projects play central roles in the festival's itinerary.
Finally, Eclat intends to serve as a forum for young artists, to support the new generation and provide it with performance opportunities.
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Feb 03 - May 28
Duesseldorf - Picasso 'Painting against time'
Pablo Picasso spent the final years of his life in Mougins (1960-1973), where his art was dominated by pastoral love scenes, disparate couples, nudes, self-portraits and cloak-and-dagger masquerades. For in all of these works, whether executed at the easel or on paper, the artist has invested a certain quantum of time. Sixty paintings, sixty drawings, sixty graphic sheets and several "collapsible sculptures" serve to vividly embody this dialectic.
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Feb 08 - Feb 18
Berlin - Berlinale
The Berlin International Film Festival is already in its 57th year. The public program features around 350 films, most of which are world or European premières. It functions both as a showcase for international filmmaking and as a global industry event, attracting talent from all over the world to Berlin.
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Feb 15 - Feb 19
Duesseldorf - Carnival in Duesseldorf
This is one of the biggest and most ebullient carnival bashes in Germany. Düsseldorf is turned upside down as more than 6000 revelers parade through the city, dressed in screaming colors and uniforms with more than 60 lorries and 120 horses. Share the experience with more than a million spectators.
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Feb 15 - Feb 19
Cologne - Carnival in Cologne
Called Cologne's Fifth Season, carnival comes with imaginative costumes, parties and balls, ending with several parades, on Sunday and Rose Monday.
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Feb 15 - Feb 19
Mainz - Carnival in Mainz
Carnival is the most important popular festival in Mainz. The carnival campaigns begin on New Year's Day with a procession of Carnival regiments through the centre of town. Thereafter, numerous carnival sessions in and around Mainz lead up to the 'crazy climax', which is the world-famous Mainz Carnival Parade. This takes place on the Monday before Lent and is watched live by over half a million visitors. Let yourself be swept away by the masquerade and admire the uniforms in the traditional colors of the city.
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Feb - Mar
Various locations - Easter Markets
The Easter tradition in Germany can be traced back to the pagan tradition of worshiping the maiden-goddess of fertility Easter and the coming of spring. Before the Easter celebration, Easter egg markets are popular throughout the country. With all of the crafts, decorated eggs and Easter goods they are wonderful way to rediscover traditions and rituals and to prepare for the Easter holidays.
The Easter bunny, egg decorating and egg hunts are all well known traditions in Germany, some of which have been around for thousands of years.

Feb - Apr
Munich - Strong Beer Season
It's 'Strong Beer Season' in Munich! Traditionally strong beers are served during Lent after the end of Fasching. The tradition, "spring health cure," started with the monks who since time immemorial brewed an especially "nourishing" beer during Lent to strengthen the body weakened by Fasting. In Munich, the Loewenbraeu Cellar festival takes place from February to April and the barrel is tapped in the Paulaner Wirtshaus am Nockherberg in early March. 
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