Culture Calendar: November 2023
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
As the days grow shorter and the air gets crisper, November brings a wealth of entertainment. From captivating fairy tales to the glitz and glamour of international cinema, here are some remarkable events to warm your spirits.
FAIRY TALE DAYS OF BERLIN (2 – 19 NOVEMBER)
Step into the realm of magic during the Berlin Fairy Tale Days. This cherished event breathes life into beloved childhood stories, promising enchantment for both young and old. This year’s theme, ‘arguing and forgiving’, adds depth to the tales.
29TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (3 – 12 NOVEMBER)
Prepare for grand international premieres, informative master classes, and networking galore at the legendary Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF). Dive into the world of cinema, television and digital art – a must for film aficionados.
INTERNATIONAL A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL VOICE MANIA, VIENNA (3 – 30 NOVEMBER)
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Voice Mania in Vienna offers a diverse musical experience, from pop and rock to jazz and world music. In the heart of the city, vocal ensem- bles and soloists create a harmonious celebration of cappella music, with new acts each year.
CARNIVAL SEASON KICK-OFF, COLOGNE (11 NOVEMBER)
On the iconic date of 11/11, Cologne ignites the carnival season with a spectacular celebration. Thousands of carnival enthusiasts don elaborate costumes, turning the city into a ‘carnivaltastic madhouse’. It’s a chance to witness the stars of the German carnival scene.
PLAZA CULINARIA, FREIBURG (10 – 12 NOVEMBER)
Savour the flavours at Plaza Culinaria, one of South Germany’s top food fairs. With over 40,000 visitors annually, it offers a vibrant blend of culinary experiences, evening entertainment and informative stalls. Secure your tickets in advance for this month’s gastronomic highlight.
VINIFERA, BIEL (15 – 19 NOVEMBER)
Indulge in the world of wine at Vinifera, the international wine fair in Biel. A haven for wine connoisseurs, it combines the best of a fair and festival in a convivial atmosphere. Guests can look forward to a fabulous selection of liquid delicacies. Raise your glass at the Vinifera.
BUCH WIEN, VIENNA (08 – 12 NOVEMBER)
Book lovers unite at Buch Wien, Vienna’s international book fair. This gathering welcomes enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe, offering a rich array of literary events. It’s a cornerstone of Austria’s literary landscape.
CITY OF THE STARS, ST. GALLEN (30 NOVEMBER – 06 JANUARY)
At the end of November, we are entering the countdown to Christmas. A perfect start to the festive season is a visit to St. Gallen, known as the ‘City of the Stars’. It ushers in the Christmas season with the stunning illumination of 700 twinkling lights above the old town’s Christmas market. Experience the en- chantment of Christmas in this most charming Swiss city.
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