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Cultural highlights of Cologne during spoga+gafa

From 2nd to 4th September the garden fair spoga+gafa in Cologne is presenting trends, new products and innovations from the green sector. But besides all this the City of Cologne is also attracting visitors with a colourfully-structured leisure and culture programme. Here are several tips for going out to suit every taste.

Circus artists at the Cirque Bouffon

On 2nd September the Cirque Bouffon is presenting its new “Solvo” programme at the Schokoladenmuseum. According to the philosophy of the “Nouveau Cirque”, an overall work of art consisting of imaginative costumes, circus artists, theatrical elements, music and dance is being presented. In this connection the organizer is promising that the artists ensemble and music especially composed for the event will take the audience to a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and sounds.

From the Bible through to Eau de Cologne up to pop art

Up to the end of September 2012, the Noah’s Ark, Europe’s first swimming Bible theme park, will also be moored in the Rheinauhafen next to the Schokoladenmuseum. On four floors, the 70-metre long wooden reconstruction of the biblical ship is presenting a partially interactively structured exhibition from the Old and New Testaments. On  2nd September the “Farina” Fragrance Museum is inviting you to a historic guided costume tour: an actor will be introducing visitors to the secrets and history of the world-famous Eau de Cologne, enriched by anecdotes from the Rococo period. In connection with spoga+gafa, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, with works from Stefan Lochner through to Rembrandt up to Renoir and van Gogh, is showing a retrospective of the so-called “Sonderbundausstellung”. The Museum Ludwig, famous for its outstanding Picasso and Pop Art presentation, is also showing an exhibition on Claes Oldenburg, one of the great names in American Pop Art.

Lady Gaga and Coldplay at the close of the fair

On  4th September no less than two pop concerts of superlative class will be on the agenda: with her “The Born This Way Ball” tour, Lady Gaga will be rocking the LANXESS arena not far from the exhibition halls. On the same evening British band Coldplay will be performing at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne.

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