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service 31Show Preview IDS Cologne 2011 nInlateMarch,Cologneisofferingits visitorsadiverseculturalprogramme. The fact that city is one of the world’s top travel destinations when it comes to art is well known. Some of the city’s major attractions are actually the mu- seums. The Museum Ludwig, famous foritsoutstandingPicassoandPop-Art presentation, is showcasing special exhibitions from young artists Lucy McKenzie (Scotland) and Joel Shapiro (USA). Furthermore, the Wallraf-Ri- chartz-Museumishostingatemporary exhibition with works of Alexandre Cabane, one of the most important French artists of the 19th century. The Roman Germanic Museum (Römisch-Germanisches Museum), is presenting the exhibition “Magic in Amber”. There, rich necklaces will be presented alongside magnificent di- adems, precious belts or enchantingly carved lucky charms, created by jew- elry artists as early as the 8th century B.C. Besides, the museum provides an fascinating insight into Cologne’s Roman history through select finds in its permanent exhibition. The newly built Cologne museum inside the Cologne Kulturquartier (cultural quarter) is also worth a visit. It opened in October last year. Also located inside the new museum com- plex, the Museum Schnütgen, has be- comeoneofthemostsignificantmuse- ums housing medieval art in Europe. Europe’s largest literary festival lit.COLOGNE, will also be held during IDS. The festival is an established event in the Cologne literature scene and usually invites to over 100 read- ings, discussions and narrations pre- sented by well-known national and in- ternationalauthors.ElkeHeidenreich, afamousGermanbookcriticandjour- nalist, will be hosting the Great Gala on Saturday, 26 March, 2011, in the Cologne Philharmonie. Music lovers can definitely look forward to a broad and exciting pro- gramme.AttheColognePhilharmonie (Cologne Philharmony) the Gürzenich Orchester Cologne will be performing MozartandTchaikovskyon22March. A day after soloists from the Mahler ChamberOrchestrawillbepresenting a musical potpourri featuring among others works by Chopin and Hector Berlioz. Finally, on Friday, 25 March, 2011, the WDR Big Band will take to the stage. As far as opera and theatre are concerned, the artistic collaboration between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill will be on the agenda. While the theatre aspect is presented through theThreePennyOpera(Dreigroschen- oper), the opera side will feature “Auf- stieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny” (RiseandFalloftheCityofMahogany). Duetotherestorationandredevel- opment of the opera district, visitors can also experience operas in a rather unusual setting. For example, the “The Turn of the Screw” opera from James Britten will be performed on 24 and 26 March in the Trinitatis- kirche (Trinity Church) in English with German subtitles. As a highlight, British pop star Chris de Burgh & Band will be presenting the Moon- fleet Tour 2011 on 26 March in the LANXESS Arena near the exhibition centre. 7 (Source Koelnmesse/Edited by Daniel Zimmermann, today international) Germany’s finest in art and music Literary festival and concerts invite to a week of cultural extravaganza during IDS Cologne AD