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Major Events July 2007

Jul 04
Hamburg - Opening of 'BallinStadt'
Exactly one hundred years after Albert Ballin had completed the 'emigrant halls' for European emigrants on the Elbe River's Veddel, a part of this "Emigrant City" will emerge again at the historical place. Three reconstructed settlement pavilions will house the museum complex where visitors from around the globe will be able to gain an authentic impression of the conditions under which last century's European emigrants traveled across the Atlantic to start a new life in America.
Apart from its historic edutainment attractions, the BallinStadt will also provide a range of hospitality services during but also after the museum's official opening hours. It will also serve as a venue for special exhibitions and cultural events.
A special feature is the integration of the research project 'Link to your roots'.
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Jul 06 - Sep 02
Travemuende - Sand world
75 sand-sculptors - so-called "Carvers" - coming from all over the world are building masterpieces out of 9.000 t sand, just with sand and water, with heights up to twelve meters and are creating a fantastic sculpture scenery on the Baltic Sea Beach of Travemünde, which 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.
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Jul 06 - Jul 08
Cologne - 17th Cologne Christopher Street Day
On Christopher Street Day, the international holiday of the Gay & Lesbian
and Transgender communities, Cologne hosts close to 1 million participants
and spectators for the CSD weekend celebrations. Cologne also will be the host of the international gay and lesbian games in 2010.
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Jul 06 - Jul 08
Rudolstadt - International Folk and Dance Festival
Germany's biggest folk, roots and world music festival - takes place annually on the first full July weekend. It lasts 3 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'.
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Jul 14 - Sep 1
Schleswig-Holstein - Music Festival
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. In 2007, the festival focuses on the music and musicians of Hungary.
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Jul 7 - Nov 19
Exhibition St. Elizabeth of Thuringia
One of the most famous women from the Middle Age in Europe, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, will be honored on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of her death. St. Elizabeth, daughter of King Andrew of Hungary, dedicated her life to works of charity and died between the poorest in a hospital she built. Her former home, the Wartburg castle, will host the exhibit.
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Jul 25 - Aug 28
Bayreuth - Bayreuth Festival
For more than 125 years the annual Richard Wagner Festival takes place in the Festival Theatre 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.
Centerpiece for the 2007 Festival is a new production of 'Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg'. Also playing:'Der Ring des Nibelungen','Tannhauser' and 'Parsifal'.
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Jul 27 - Aug 19
Berlin - German American Volksfest
The German-American Volksfest is one of the most popular festivals in Berlin. Together with other celebrations such as the Franco-German Volksfest, it is now a firm fixture in the city's events calendar. The action is centered around a specially built village, themed around a specific state or city in the US, where visitors can enjoy food, drink and music typical of the region. There is also a traditional fair with a Ferris wheel, wild water ride, carousels and fairground games. Enjoy an all-American experience in Germany!
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