Visit the design fair Schöne Bescherung with Sardine Shop

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Hi guys! Are you already looking for Christmas presents for your loved ones? How about visiting the design fair Schöne Bescherung? On December 3 and 4 you will find special little somethings at Römerkastell Stuttgart. And if you have been a good person this year, you might be lucky and win two free tickets sponsored by Sardine Shop, with whom I teamed up for this post! More about that at the end of the article…

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Picture credit: Schöne Bescherung

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The day I had 60 minutes to solve a criminal case – or: fun playing an ExitGame in Stuttgart

Hi guys! Dim light, a dead rat in the corner and a clock on a screen is counting down 60 minutes… Does that sound scary? Well, maybe a little bit. But that’s the fun when playing an ExitGame in Stuttgart!

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New Evening Market in Bad Cannstatt

Hi guys! I discovered a new market recently – the Evening Market in Bad Cannstatt. The Abendmarkt on every Friday night ’til the end of September and offers food stands, an entertainment program that varies from week to week plus the cozy atmosphere of the old center of Bad Cannstatt. The market is not huge but you have a small selection of food and drinks.

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As a vegetarian, it was clear that the sausage stands were not for me so I headed over to a stand that was selling African food. Good decision Smiley I chose the chickpea vegetable stew and was very satisfied. If you’re brave, you can add very hot sauce to your dish (I chickpead out … uhm, chickened out Smiley mit herausgestreckter Zunge).

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To drink, my friend and I had something really special: Rosecco! That’s prosecco that tastes like roses. Very very nice!

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When we returned our glasses at the end of the night to get our glass deposit (called a Pfand) each of us got a rose instead of the usual Euro. Nice idea Smiley

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As I mentioned earlier, Evening Market in Bad Cannstatt offers a different program each week. When I was there, it was “Comedy Night”.

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Four young comedians performed live on stage and you could vote for your favorite. They were quite good actually.

On the 11th of September, it’s Croatian night and on the 18th, it’s kids’ night Smiley.

So if you have no plans for the upcoming Friday nights, check out this new market!

More information about:

Abendmarkt Bad Cannstatt (only in German)

 

Lunch at Weindorf 2015

Hi guys! It’s Weindorf time again! This wine festival is held in Stuttgart for 39 years by now and is a very relaxed, fun event. While most people visit the Weindorf in the evening, I went there for lunch last week and had a great time at Weindorf 2015. The good thing about visiting this event during the day is that it’s not as crowded as it is in the evening and you find a seat at every Laube (stand) you wish.

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My friends and I went to the Schillerplatz, next to the Old Castle. I have to admit it was quite tricky to find vegetarian dishes but we finally sat down at “Die Württemberger”, Laube No. 4. I had Kaiserschmarn (pieces of pancake) with apple sauce and my friends went for Käsespätzle (cheese noodles). While my meal was not too big, their Käsespätzle were huge and came with a side salad.

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As it was during the day, we had “Neuer Süßer” –  fermented grape juice that thus contains less alcohol – instead of real wine .

Prost! Smiley

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As on every food festival, prices are quite high, but I like the relaxed atmosphere at Weindorf 2015 , and I can totally recommend going there during the day!

Have you been to the Weindorf yet? Which is your favorite Laube?

More information about:

Stuttgarter Weindorf 2015

 

US-Car Meeting 2015 right outside of Stuttgart

Hi guys! Any US-car-enthusiasts around?Then the 8. US-Car Meeting 2015 at the beer garden “Schwabengarten” is your thing.

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They have all sort of flashy cars there…

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My favorite one was “Rosalie the witch” Smiley:

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She even had her own Jack Daniels bar…

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And then we met two of my childhood idols (before you judge me, remember: I’m German Zwinkerndes Smiley):

K.I.T.T…

and the one and only Michael Knight aka David – I brought the Berlin wall down – Hasselhoff:

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Next to the cars they have several stands at US-Car Meeting 2015 where you can browse for all kind of fun stuff – for example those clocks:

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The US-Car Meeting 2015 is still on on Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm. But even if you like cars, you should consider hopping on a train as the parking is limited (don’t worry, the Schwabengarten is next to the U-Bahn and S-Bahn station “Leinfelden”).

More information about:

US-Cars Meeting 2015 (only in German)

 

World class dance companies at Colours International Dance Festival 2015

Hi guys! For the last three weeks Stuttgart has been the place where world class dance companies from all around the globe met. We are quite blessed with amazing dance companies in Stuttgart anyway, with the likes of Stuttgart Ballet and Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus but Colours International Dance Festival 2015 has put a cherry on top of it.

Colours – this name was chosen wisely by Eric Gauthier, the artist director of the festival and director of Gauthier Dance who came up with the idea and concept of the festival. All the different colours represent diversity and a huge variety of meanings. A great name for a dance festival that has the goal of bringing all kind of people and dance companies together and of stirring this huge crowd only to watch the audience performing with the professional dancers (as seen on the pre-opening event on the Marktplatz or in the different workshops) and thus add another colour to the big picture.

I was lucky enough to see three amazing performances of very different dance companies at Colours International Dance Festival 2015. I started with “Kamuyot” from star choreographer Ohad Naharin, performed by Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

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Photo credit: Regina Brocke

If you want to put all the ideas of Colours International Dance Festival 2015 into one play, you would end up with Kamuyot. Performed in the gymnasium of the Theaterhaus the atmosphere was very relaxing and easy. At the beginning, the dancers sat among the audience, you could even chat with them. When the music started, the fireworks began. Ranging from classical to raggae and Asian pop, the variety couldn’t have been more colourful. And when the dancers started to invite members of the audience on stage to join them, it became obvious that dance is truly for everybody, no matter how old you are or what language you speak

Kamuyot at Colours International Dance Festival 2015 by ReginaBrocke

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Photo credit: Regina Brocke

The second show I saw at Colours International Dance Festival 2015 was “Milonga” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler’s Wells. And that night, it was tango time.

A scene from Milonga @ Theatre Jorat, Switzerland. Directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Produced by Sadler's Wells. (Opening 23-05-13) ©Tristram Kenton 05/13 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

I didn’t know much about tango before but I was thrilled. What a show! What a dance! The play showed how different tango styles can be performed by telling the tales of different couples. Once, it was fast and breathtaking, then calm and romantic. One couple was cheeky, the next one sad. Once, you watched two young people fall in love, in the next scene you were in the middle of a fight only to witness a tragic break up a few minutes later. And the music, played by an original Argentine tango band live on stage, did the rest. Did I already mention that I was thrilled?! Smiley

A scene from Milonga @ Theatre Jorat, Switzerland. Directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Produced by Sadler's Wells. (Opening 23-05-13) ©Tristram Kenton 05/13 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

I had decided to see a funny show, too. That’s how I got myself right into “Blue Love”, a physical theatre comedy by Shaun Parker. The evening started with the two actors handing out popcorn and free beer to the audience. Sweet! Smiley  In “Blue Love”, the fictive couple of Glenn and Rhonda Flune tells the audience about their love story, backed-up by home made films.

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Photo credit: Prue Upton

However, their relationship isn’t as perfect as they want it to be and they find themselves right in the middle of a huge fight, conducting their marital dispute in quotations from pop songs: “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden, “ says Glenn and Rhonda answers “Love is a battlefield”. I could have watched their pop song fight forever. Soooo funny!

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Photo credit: Prue Upton

What a festival! What a colourful variety and selection of performing companies! I really hope that Colours will be held in Stuttgart again next year. And the year after. And  the year after that and… Smiley

 

More information about:

Colours – International Dance Festival