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Slow Food Market, Bern (11 – 13 March) The Slow Food Market offers a great alternative to the cheap, ready-made food full of unhealthy ingredients. Here, visitors can discover handcrafted, regional products and find out more about the producers themselves. In the restaurant one can then try the new discoveries on the spot. INTERNORGA, Hamburg (11 – 16 March) About 1,300 exhibitors and 95,000 visitors come to the only international trade fair for gastronomy in Germany each year. All fields, from food and drink to kitchen techniques and IT, are represented and many delicacies can be tried on-site. Fribourg International Film Festival (11 – 19 March) Described as the 'festival of freedoms', this festival presents a varied programme representing the notion of freedom in all its facets. The audience is free to laugh about the absurdities of this world and directors from rather 'suppressed' societies can obtain a hearing here.

Lucerne Easter Festival (12 – 20 March)

Book Fair, Leipzig (17 – 20 March)

The Easter Festival is always characterised by spiritual music, with many concerts taking place in churches. Internationally renowned soloists, orchestras and choirs will delight fans of classical music with miscellaneous performances in Lucerne.

Authors, publishers and readers meet up in Leipzig to exchange ideas and make new discoveries. From fiction to fact books, audio books or screen adaptations, every genre is represented. A varying programme of readings and talks makes sure that you can spend an entertaining day or two here.

Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil (13 – 19 March) This music festival is not only a great experience, but also quite a challenge: the first concerts of each day take place at a height of 1,600 metres and can only be reached with skis. If one does not venture this climb, there are still the après ski concerts in the heart of the region's small towns.

Hamburger Frühlingsdom (18 March – 17 April) The Hamburger Dom is the biggest public festival in the North of Germany. Three times a year, visitors can experience thrilling rides, sweet treats and a bit of nostalgia, as the Dom dates back to the 11th century when it was actually held in a dome.

Improfestival, Berlin (11 – 20 March) Are you ready to discover a slightly different kind of theatre? Improvisation theatre is a genre that is defined by spontaneity and telling stories together. From improvised audio plays to musicals or stage plays taking place in a bus, the festival is sure to offer an exciting programme. Snow Jazz Gastein 2016 (11 – 20 March)

CeBIT, Hannover (14 – 18 March) The largest and most internationally represented computer expo will again be held at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds this year. Visitors can look forward to the latest IT trends, talks by high-calibre speakers, panel discussions and, of course, exciting product innovations from all over the world.

Osterfestspiele, Baden-Baden (19 – 28 March) In Baden-Baden, visitors can enjoy classical music for Easter amidst the magnificent scenery of the city's Festspielhaus. This spring's highlight is the new staging of Wagner's famous opera Tristan and Isolde. Other venues throughout the town will host master concerts and chamber opera.

Are you tired of the music at après ski parties? Why not combine your skiing fun with great jazz music? The Austrian region of Gastein makes that possible. This year's edition focuses on trios, which will present jazz, blues, tango, afro beats, chamber music and much more.

Main images: Book Fair in Leipzig. © Leipziger Buchmesse/Uli Koch Opposite bottom: Easter Market Schloss Schoenbrunn. © GERHARD FALLY Above, left: Lucerne Easter Festival. © Teresa Llordés Above right: CeBIT 2015. © Rainer Jensen (Link to Right: Snow Jazz in Gastein. © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH

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Discover Germany, Issue 36, March 2016  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

Discover Germany, Issue 36, March 2016  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.