Marburger Christmas Market

I have visited the Christmas Market in Marburg (one hour away from Cassel by train) for the first time and it’s a real secret. Marburg is a small town (73000 inhabitants) with a castle, medieval streets and a lot of students arround.

There are two Christmas Markets infact that are less crowded than the Christmas Market in Cassel. One is arround the Elisabeth Church and one is infront of the old Town Hall. Inside of the Town Hall you will find a lovely Crèche Exhibition right now. The merchants sell ceramics, toys, socks, gloves and scarfs in all the different colors you can think of. Not to mention all the sweet things that are available, if you get hungry.

There are also a lot of extraordinary creative shops in Marburg, e.g. “My Regalbrett” where artists rent a shelf and sell their handmade products (jewelery, self-knitted things, cards, bookmarks, cockies, etc.). I found a lot of small christmas presents while I strolled arround. I would say you should allow yourself a full day to really enjoy the atmosphere in Marburg. IThe city was a real discovery for me at the end of this year and I will defenetly check it out again in a different season. Did you made a discovery lately? Let me know about it!

And if we don’t get in touch in the next few days, I wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year 2016!

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Me at the Marburger Christmas Market (Town Hall in the back)
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December in Germany

Have you ever visited Germany in December? It’s a magic month, where all of a sudden Germans become a little more social and might even say “hi” to a stranger like you at one of the various Christmas Markets. It’s the decorations, lighting, music, the sweet smell of “Mutzenmandeln” (traditional warm pastry with icing sugar) and of course “Gluehwein” (mulled wine) that seduces us to smile and be happy. I have visited Christmas Markets is France and New Zealand, but believe me it’s worth a trip to come to Germany and enjoy the extended version of it all. Huge real Christmas Trees everywhere instead of the faked ones that you know from your town or shooping mall. Small wooden houses, lovely decorated, where people sell ceramics and socks…forget about your Santa Parade. It’s nothing like that. The Christmas Markets in Germany are pretty unique and you know you are German, if you can’t resist:

  • gebrannte Mandeln
  • Speckkuchen
  • Reibekuchen
  • Mutzenmandeln
  • Crepes
  • Bratwurst
  • Grünkohl
  • Glühwein
  • Schokolade mit Amaretto

Happy Advent Season!

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Christmas Market in Cassel / Germany
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Looking for a Christmas Tree

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fringe* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

I love to attend Fringe Festivals as a visitor and it’s interesting to read this post on how to survive the Fringe as an artist!

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Let’s be honest. We’re silly, silly people.

We spend our Summers travelling to strange towns on our own dime, only to plaster the city with images of our desperate, pandering smiles, and then beg strangers to come and see our new work.

All because our families didn’t adequately love us and we can’t afford therapy. Right, every single Fringe artist? Right guys? Just me?

It’s almost that time again. As the temperatures rise this Spring, so too does our collective excitement, anxiety and dread.

But before we set out Fringing this summer and pack our overweight suitcases with our packing tape, handbills and curl-defining shampoos and conditioners, here are some helpful tips for how to survive out there:

  1. Bring good shoes. No. Bring GREAT shoes. I’m talking arch support. I’m talking shoes that have ventilation. You’re going to be on your feet all day every day. You’re going to walk to…

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So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Great overview on how to learn to tell stories!

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Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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Small Talk Is Horrible. And Everyone Should Know How To Do It.

Interstings thoughts about the topic Small Talk! I miss Small Talk a lot in Germany! Let’s talk more and find new friends!

Small talk is one of the rare social activities we perform where both people involved a) aren’t enjoying themselves and b) know the other person isn’t either. I know you hate talking about the weather, you know I hate listening to you talk about the weather, I know you know, you know I know, yet on and on we go, la la la.

Like a chess game, we play out the initial, routine moves like a sort of ritual (‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘How was your weekend?’) until we get somewhere neither of us has been before. Then we start paying attention.

Yet small talk is weirdly important. Most of your best friends began as people with whom you made inane, obligatory chitchat (‘So, how do you know Steve?’) in a bar, a classroom or a workplace somewhere. It’s like our entire species has decided, hivelike, that…

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Your Disco needs You

 

You know these days, when you think you really would love to go out? You desperately need music, you want to hear your favorite songs, you want to dance, you want to enjoy life…and then, all of a sudden you realize that you live in a city right now, where you have almost no options…at least not with respect to what you had in mind and you don’t know where to go.

It happened to me last week-end again, because I live in Cassel right now. The options are very limited and usually I don’t go out anymore, because most of the time I am disappointed. Either because the music does not suit my taste or because there are hardly any people around, if there is a good (small) event.

Seriously: People, go out! Your disco needs you and your theater needs you too!!!

No excuses anymore I said to myself, so I went out on Sunday and was happy that I did. There is a wonderful performance/concert on display at the Staatstheater Kassel right now, that is called “DISCO” and that I really recommend to anybody, who lives in town and loves the music of the 70’s. It is a reopening, performed by the Cassel Symphony Orchestra under the Musical Director Rasmus Baumann. You will hear all the famous songs from “The Weather Girls” to “KC & The Sunshine Band” (“That’s the way aha, aha I like it…”) to “The Jacksons”. It is very rare these days, that I see the audience in the theater move, not to say dance in the auditorium. My heart as a Dramaturg jumped up and down and I danced too, of course. This production not only caught my spirit but it merged (and will do so in the future) with an overwhelming need in Cassel for live music!
Check out the dates in January, February, April and June 2016 and do yourself a favor. Go out and enjoy a live performance with more than thirty artists on stage!

Or go out, wherever you live and let me know how your evening was!