Highlighted Events in Potsdam

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The Dream Factory – 100 Years of Film in Babelsberg

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2029

Despite rapid technological progress, the making of films stil follows traditional patterns that even children are able to understand – and this is why the process of filmmaking is at the core of the exhibition. The starting point of every film production is an idea. Finding a producer for the project sets the stage for a long process that includes casting, costumes and make-up, set construction, shooting, editing and sound design. Interactive modules allow them to find out in a playful, intuitive way what it’s like to sing a long with Zara Leander or to replace actors in a casting session. Besides, the exhibition provides young people looking for professional perspectives with hands-on information on jobs in the media business. A computer-based information system and an exhibition guide shed light on the background of film production in Babelsberg, putting films and those who worked on them into their historical context.

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Sanssouci, Orangery: exotic plants in hibernating mode

11.01.2020 13:00 - 12.12.2020 13:00

Hundreds of palm trees, agaves, laurel and orange trees adorn the Prussian gardens in summer. In the winter months, the trees are well-protected in the greenhouses or “orangeries” – greenhouses built by the Prussian kings for citrus plants to hibernate in the cold season. A tour of the Orangery´s impressive greenhouse and heating structure provides visitors with information about the exotic plants and historic heating systems, partly still in operation today. Duration: approx. 90 minutes LIMITED ACCESSIBILTIY (in greenhouse only!)

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Cecilienhof Palace: Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World. Special Exhibition in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Potsdam Conference

01.05.2020 - 01.11.2020

The Potsdam Conference marks one of the most important historical events of the 20th century. World-wide, it stands as a symbol of the endpoint of World War II in Europe and the outbreak of the Cold War. The “Potsdam Agreement” that was adopted at Cecilienhof Palace laid the foundation for the reshaping of the world after 1945. The SPSG is showcasing a special exhibition on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference at Cecilienhof Palace. Visitors at this actual location will be able to experience a multi-medial journey back to these fateful days in the summer of 1945. A factual, ideology-free, presentation regarding the geopolitical decisions made contrasts with the moving and emotion-filled voices of those affected. Famous historical personalities such as Churchill, Stalin, and Truman stand opposite history’s countless “nameless” – including victims of atom bombs, displaced persons, and collaborators.

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Rembrandt's Orient

27.06.2020 - 11.10.2020

Trade with Asia, Africa and the Levant brought goods, writings and knowledge to the Netherlands. Rembrandt and the other painters of the Golden Age took up many ideas. Rembrandt's Orient. West-Eastern Encounter in 17th Century Dutch Art An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

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16th Potsdam Adventure Night - Your City - Your Night - Your Experience

25.07.2020 - 25.07.2020

Advance information One city, one night, one experience - the mixture and especially the peaceful and relaxed contact with each other make up the charm of the city and family festival.

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The Potsdam Palace Night 2020

14.08.2020 17:00 - 15.08.2020 17:00

On 14 and 15 August 2020, Sanssouci Park will provide the magnificent setting for two summer nights under the French-inspired motto "Les rendez-vous au Park Sanssouci". The multi-faceted voices of stars from radio and television will be performing works of world literature in the context of "Quiet tones, striking voices, exciting story(s)". During the Palace Night, various guided tours will introduce you to the park's various utility and ornamental gardens, give you an idea of life at court, take you away to the architectural world of paradise or explain the sculptural seasonal calendar at the Orangery Palace. Every year, the Palace Night offers the rare opportunity to experience these historical gems in romantic lighting and elaborate staging.

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Impressionism in Russia. Departure to the avant-garde

07.11.2020 - 28.02.2021

Numerous artists in Russia were inspired by the painting style of French Impressionists. They painted en plein air and felt the transience of the moment. Painters who later formed the avant-garde also developed their new art from the impressionist study of light. In collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

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River Blues goes aboard Weisse Flotte Potsdam

14.05.2020 18:30 - 01.10.2020 21:30

The “River Blues Band” joins the steamer “Gustav”. Its time for blues, rock ‘n‘roll and a pinch of country & western on Potsdam´s River Havel. A group of grown up musicians from Berlin and Brandenburg will be playing a great mix of music during the three-hour tour aboard the steam-powered boat “Gustav”. Classic hits by Eric Clapton and J. J. Cale are shared, as well as songs from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Guitarist Michael Schupke, singer and guitarist Michael Kunczak, drummer Thomas Warneke, bassist Peter Gläser, pianist Ludger Wirsig and singer and harmonicist Detlef Gottschling work the strings, play and sing to enthuse the guests, spreading an exuberant atmosphere of River Blues between dinner and summer night on deck. The hungry ones can savour culinary specialties from the charcoal grill and enjoy beer from the tap.

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Nächtliche Schösserimpressionen - Palace impressions by night - a romantic spectacle on River Havel

22.05.2020 20:00 - 05.09.2020 23:00

Immerse yourself in Potsdam’s enchanting water landscape dotted with marvelously lit palaces and parks. On five weekends during the year, the royal buildings and churches lined up on the banks of River Havel are ablaze with light. We welcome you aboard with a glass of champagne before the Potsdam White Fleet puts to sea for a three-hour parade, taking you back into King Frederick the Great’s realm. Starting off at Potsdam Harbour, the convoy of boats takes you along the capital’s royal gardens until you glide into the sunset for the first highlight of the evening at Sacrow. A classical concert of brass instruments in front of the Church of the Redeemer illuminated with numerous torches gets you in a festive mood for the night ride past the splendidly illuminated castles and palaces of the Hohenzollern dynasty and past dancing elves on the banks of Lake Jungfernsee. A baroque rain of fire at Glienicke Bridge marks the crowning moment, transforming the Havel into a sea of lights.

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Potsdam Antique Mile

30.05.2020 11:00 - 27.09.2020 18:00

At the end of May and the end of September, the working group "Innenstadt Potsdam" (Potsdam City Centre), together with the tradesmen of Jägerstrasse and Gutenbergstrasse, will once again invite you to browse, discover and enjoy the Potsdam Antique Mile. Around 60 antique dealers and craftsmen from all over Germany are setting up their stands in the heart of Potsdam's city centre and offering their antique, handcrafted and artistically designed valuables for sale. With the individual shops, the great commitment of the adjoining restaurants and shops, but also the stylish supporting programme, the event in spring will again be a very special experience. The local shops will again come up with special activities. The local restaurateurs will provide special culinary delights and a cosy atmosphere at their own stands and there will be live music on both days.

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International Kite Festival

05.09.2020 13:00 - 06.09.2020 18:00

The sky above Potsdam's Volkspark promises to be colourful this weekend. Many international kite-flying teams are going to present their heavenly interpretations of kite art, flying the world's most beautiful and curious kites in the wind. Wonderful designs, a sky ablaze with colours and adventurous air manoeuvres - this weekend brings together kite flyers from all kinds of different countries to experience a fun spectacle. It will certainly include impressive tricks and fascinating duels of warrior kites. Again, a great family entertainment programme will be provided featuring: Theatres and clowns, trampolines, a large area for flying private kites and fun crafting activities at the long workbench.

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Open Monument Day

13.09.2020 - 13.09.2020

Preliminary info On 13 September 2020 for the 27th time, those interested in monuments will have the opportunity to participate in the Open Monument Day in Potsdam. The German Foundation for Monument Protection has been coordinating the Open Monument Day since 1993.

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Apple festival in the Volkspark - A festival for the whole family!

03.10.2020 10:00 - 04.10.2020 22:00

The apple is the Germans' favourite fruit and a culinary all-rounder. With around 20,000 varieties worldwide, there is a true variety of flavours to discover this weekend! Pomologists will present local and almost forgotten varieties for nibbling and give worth knowing tips for your own harvest. And to the delight of all medieval fans, the park becomes the scene of a medieval spectacle with musicians, knights, Vikings, jugglers, puppet shows and colourful market life. The programme of the 15th Apple Festival in the Volkspark: All about the apple: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Determination of apple varieties by pomologists, apple and pear exhibition, organic farm products, cider, apple specialties, juice presses for children.

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Guided City Tour - City Stroll through Potsdam

05.01.2020 11:00 - 29.11.2020 11:00

An entertaining journey through the past with a view into the Potsdam of tomorrow: Starting at the Old Market, the historic centre of Potsdam, which shines in new splendour with the Nikolai Church and its reconstructed baroque buildings, the Barberini Museum and the State Parliament in the shell of the old City Palace. Through the baroque city centre you will pass Potsdam's shopping mall the "Broadway", to the Dutch Quarter. Small shops, cafés and bars characterize the flair of this unique Dutch settlement outside the Netherlands. Here the tour ends. The city tour takes place in January, February, March, November on Saturday and Sunday and from April to October daily. From April to October the city walk is also guided in English and German every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Meeting point: 11.00 a.m. Tourist Information Centre Old Market Duration: 2 hours

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19. Potsdamer Feuerwerkersinfonie

17.07.2020 18:00 - 18.07.2020 18:00

Four spectacular fireworks displays on two evenings, a breathtaking competition of firework art and finest entertainment on three stages. Firework teams from Brazil, Poland and Germany conjure up breathtaking compositions of pyrotechnics and gripping music in the night sky above the Volkspark. Each fireworks display is a premiere and a work of art made up of colours, shapes and effects especially composed for this evening. After the event was cancelled in July 2019 due to bad weather, three top-class teams will compete against the winner of 2018, Pyrogenie Feuerwerk, from Berlin. There will be a full entertainment programme on three stages until nightfall. Music, comedy and artistry at its best - welcome to an all-round successful summer evening!

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07.05.2020 10:00 - 17.12.2020 10:00

On the Science Floor (WIS) of the Bildungsforum Potsdam, the exhibition FORSCHUNGSFENSTER shows exciting scientific research projects from Potsdam and Brandenburg. The windows of the seven exhibition cubes provide an insight into the real world of researchers and developers. In the form of questions, videos, unique objects, touchscreen monitors and interactive graphics, visitors can find out what the Potsdam and Brandenburg scientific institutions and universities are researching. Every Thursday an insight into the RESEARCH WINDOW is offered in German.

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Sehsüchte Film Festival - 49th International Student Film Festival

23.09.2020 - 27.09.2020

Sehsüchte - Meeting place for film students, film enthusiasts and established film makers Motto: 20:20 Vision in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Sehsüchte is one of the largest student film festivals in Europe and is an important platform for young international film talents every year. Constant dynamics, a wealth of ideas and the courage to try out new things characterize Sehsüchte. As the largest student film festival in Europe, Sehsüchte wants to give young filmmakers the opportunity to network within the industry and to make the best works of the world's young filmmakers accessible to a broad audience. Every year, Potsdam-Babelsberg creates a very special Sehsüchte atmosphere - German film history and current studio operations meet student creativity and academic curiosity.

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