Discover Germany, Issue 35, February 2016

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Discover Germany | Culture | Culture Calendar Il Ballo di Casanova, Graz (27 February) The Venetian carnival with its extravagant costumes and mysterious masques is famous around the world. However, every year the Austrian city of Graz also hosts an Italianinspired ball, Il Ballo di Casanova, with a dress code including an evening dress with a Venetian eye mask or a Rococo costume. A highlight is the election of the Casanova: where candidates can sing, dance or recite a poem in front of a jury to show their potential. Mozart! The Musical, Vienna (various dates throughout February) This musical offers a modern approach to the biography of the musical genius. Mozart appears as two opponent figures: The 'human', grown-up Wolfgang and the prodigy Amadeus. Whereas Amadeus composes without respite, the character Wolfgang gambles, drinks and tries to break with conventions.

Opposite top: International Mozart Competition. © Christian Schneider Opposite bottom: Shrove Monday procession at Cologne’s carnival. © J. Rieger, Köln/Festkomitee Kölner Karneval Above: The Berlinale. © Ali Ghandtschi/Berlinale 2015 Top right: The Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Welzel (image 1& 2) Right & below: The Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibiton GmbH / Valentin (image 3 & 4)

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