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Hardware After Hours: Multi-Choice in Cologne


From 4 to 7 March 2012 visitors to the International Hardware Fair Cologne (open 09:00 to 18:00) will have access to the very latest trends, new products and ideas in tools, industrial supplies, connectors, fixtures, metal fittings, building supplies and DIY-products. But not far from the vast exhibition halls the Cathedral City of Cologne has much more to offer the visitor.

For example, art-lovers could visit the Von Aalto bis Zumthor – Architektenmöbel exhibition (‘From Aalto to Zumthor – Architects’ Furniture’). The Museum für angewandte Kunst Köln (www.makk.de) (‘Cologne Museum for Applied Art’) will have on view a selection of exclusive architects’ furniture chosen from the past 100 years – an aesthetic, historic and superlative cultural exhibition, with interior furnishings and fittings, individual examples by renowned designers and craftsmen, great architects such as Alvar Aalto, Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster and Peter Zumthor.

Visitors with a taste for up-to-the-minute pop culture should head for the nearby Laxness-Arena on 7 – 11 March for the ‘Batman LIVE World Arena Tour’. Starting at 19:30, the show is a combined spectacle of stunts, acrobatics and theatrical effects (www.lanxess-arena.de).

Those with a nose for a spot of sleuthing on 3 March at 14:00 could join in the murder mystery hunt Tödliches Verlangen. The task will be to combine facts and gather evidence from suspects. Amateur sleuths will be right in the thick of events: so who murdered the male victim whose body was found on the banks of the River Rhine? The organisers will be happy to organise a ‘special murder’ for business customers or groups of twelve or more (www.citythriller.de).

Next stop could be the local Cologne Comedy Cabaret Trude zum Dessert (‘Trude for Dessert’) with live song, dance and plenty of laughter. The comedy was written by Walter Bockmayer – with a local reputation as the cutting edge of Cologne Theatre – and tells the story of Meta Quallmann. She is right in the midst of the wedding preparations for her amusing daughter Trina, when a mysterious new neighbour barges in, keen to offer a spot of inspiration to ‘ordinary folk’. The performance on 3 March takes place in the SCALA-Theater, Hohenzollernring in Cologne, at 19.30 (www.scala-koeln.de).

More Cultural Highlights:
6 March 2012 (20:00): Orchestra of the National Theatre, Prague (www.koelner-philharmonie.de)
7 March 2012 (19:30): Opera: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria (‘The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland’) (www.operkoeln.com)

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