Tuesday, 09 October 2018

The former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer presents his merciless and shrewd analysis of the beginnings of a new world order in The Decline of the West. In recent times, we have seen dramatic ruptures in international politics: the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise of nationalist parties and politicians in Europe. Joschka Fischer investigates the underlying geopolitical…

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  • Tue. 09 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Our trilogy about goodbyes and new beginnings starts with no one less than Daniel Kehlmann. As an author, he has measured the world for us, jumbled up fact and fiction in a novel called “F”, given us the creeps in “You Should Have Left”, and most recently sent the prankster “Tyll” to finagle his way through the devastation of the Thirty Years’ War. And now, this genius of contemporary German literature ha…

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  • Tue. 09 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 12

As a singer, he wished for an okapi poster, marveled at fans of reality, suffered on behalf of the entire country with “heart crap” and “underactive thyroid”. And besides all these wonderfully facetious song lyrics, Funny van Dannen has also written great literature again and again. “A true poet” is how Kulturzeit described him. Now, the songwriter, musician and painter carries us away into a very specia…

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  • Wed. 10 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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Family. Does it provide a refuge, a source of strength and meaning to your life? Or is it a curse imposed on you at birth through no fault of your own? You didn’t choose to bring all these people into your life, but you have no choice but to throw parties and run errands for them. Family is the perfect subject for a literary exploration! Authors ranging from Leo Tolstoy to Alice Munro, from J…

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  • Wed. 10 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Essen: Philharmonie Essen
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Talk in English with reading in German

Martin Amis (born in 1949) is one of the most important authors of our times. Born in Oxford and now living in New York, he has written 14 great novels and is admired for his subtle and wild writing style. He was recognized early on as an “enfant terrible” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) of the literary scene. His essays are one of the key pillars of his insightful body of work. It is these ess…

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  • Wed. 10 October 2018
  • 19:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Thursday, 11 October 2018

A child in the war: At the start of 1945, twelve-year-old Luisa Norff has to flee to the countryside with her mother and her older sister as the bombardment of Kiel has begun. The estate owned by her brother-in-law in Schleswig-Holstein becomes an unexpected site of freedom: with no more school, Luisa is free to roam endlessly through the woods. The rural idyll is a sharp contrast to the general…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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The philosopher, soccer expert, best-selling author and presenter Wolfram Eilenberger proves just how lively, exciting and captivating the history of philosophy can be – when it is told well. In his hit book, Zeit der Zauberer - Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929 [“The Age of Magicians - Philosophy’s Great Decade 1919-1929”], he traces an epoch of unparalleled intellectual creativity when the…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 19:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 6

“What in the world would I rather be than myself? Everything but me,” claims Justus Mall, as he now calls himself. He was a high-ranking immigration official until one day he thoughtlessly groped an intern from the newspaper. Now he considers himself a philosopher with responsibility for everything and nothing. “Every truth has the capacity to become a lie. And: lies are errors committed on purpo…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 19:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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Today we’ll smirk at the shocking and find the drollness in doom. We will descend deep, many levels down, into the blackest of the black, where we will split our sides with laughter. After all, the only way to tolerate hell on earth is by laughing at it. You will hear pieces of great literature in the finest tradition of black humor. The great actresses and talented voice-over artists Hannelore H…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 19:00
  • Mülheim an der Ruhr: Ringlokschuppen
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An uber-intelligent student, a dancer with an irresistible propensity to party through the night, and a curvaceous baker. These three women plunge Joachim Meyerhoff’s life into turbulence in his fourth autobiographical novel, entitled The Togetherness of Loners. Physically and logistically, he can barely juggle all the events in his love life, but despite all his moral scruples, he hasn’t felt thi…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Heidelberg is a strange place. First, I couldn't find it, and then I couldn't find my hotel. They then sent me to a parking garage, which I couldn't find, so to take revenge I lost the hotel key. The people at the reading might be expecting Günter Grass, but that doesn't matter. In that case, I'll just grit my teeth and read Homo Faber. November 1, 1992 This was one of more than 1,000 postcards …

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Schauspielhaus Bochum
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Unfortunately, most of the mail we receive is somewhat disappointing: tax statements, telephone bills, or a birthday card from the dentist. Or the contents are incredibly boring: postcards from somebody’s beach holiday, flyers from the supermarket, or a “save the date” notice for the tenth wedding of the summer. Yet there can be such lively, entertaining, hilarious examples of correspondence. Katha…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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english/german

Jon is a good person in a bad world: As a civil servant in the British government, he must commit unscrupulous acts on a daily basis. To escape his sense of emptiness and disaffection, he writes love letters for lonely women. One of them is Meg, a recovering alcoholic. Drawn by his handwriting and his words, she searches for Jon in the middle of the wildly pulsating city. Is there really such a…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Friday, 12 October 2018

english/german

Jonas Jonasson is back! And so is Allan Karlsson! The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man is the sequel to “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”, a favorite of millions of excited fans worldwide. Now the centenarian has had enough of his never-ending vacation on Bali and is delighted at the prospect of a new adventure: During a hot air bal…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 6

Even non-digital-natives have become aware of YouTuber Le Floid (known as Florian Mundt in real life), at least since his high-profile interview with Angela Merkel. Now the Online Grimme Award winner has written his autobiography Willkommen im Real Life [“Welcome to Real Life”], where he tells for the first time how the internet has changed his life. He describes what it’s like to be followed by 4 mil…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Farewells occur throughout our lives. We bid adieu to places, people, habits, goals, plans and situations. We say farewell and we transform ourselves. It therefore comes as no surprise that the pain of parting and the magic and consolation of a new beginning have found their way into literature from the world’s great authors: Sibylle Berg says goodbye to her youth (“worse than one thinks”), Josep…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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She was the first media celebrity in the German literary world, a star author in the Weimar Republic, and a Hollywood writer: Vicki Baum. Baum described herself as a first-rate second-class writer, but Elke Heidenreich is absolutely convinced: “Vicki Baum is a first-rate first-class writer!” She introduces us to this exceptional writer who took boxing lessons in her spare time and wrote the int…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in das Hans Sachs Haus

If the dead could speak, what would they say? Robert Seethaler (“The Newsagent”, “A Lifetime”) undertakes this experiment and lets them talk. And his experiment was successful: In his new novel, The Field, 29 deceased residents of a village called Paulstadt recount their stories. A man is born, falls to gambling and dies. Another finally understands the moment when his life was decided. A woman remembe…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Gelsenkirchen: Hans-Sachs-Haus
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In 2012 he published his surprise smash-hit satire about Hitler, “Look Who’s Back”, one of the most successful debuts in recent decades. The magazine Der Stern called it “screamingly funny”. The book was on the Der Spiegel best-seller list for 130 weeks, topping the chart for 27 of those. Now Timur Vermes (born in 1967) is releasing his latest, long-awaited novel, Die Hungrigen und die Satten [“The Hun…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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He’s finally a grandfather! Inspector Kluftinger’s joy at the birth of his first grandchild is quickly tempered: When attending church with his family, he discovers a freshly dug grave topped by a wooden cross – with his name on it. Outwardly, Kluftinger remains calm. But when his obituary is published in the newspaper, his colleagues are no longer the only ones worried: His whole world is turned upsid…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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Wouldn’t it be nice to throw a party again, thought Annette Frier and Gustav Peter Wöhler ... until they started reading. That quickly banished any thoughts of a bash. They realized they will never celebrate opulent parties like the Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald). From Jennifer Egan they learned about the potential hazards lurking in party decorations. And Günter Grass taught them how quickly the…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 6

english/german

The worldwide best seller “The History of Bees” (described as “a major coup” by Die Zeit) ponders the anxious question of a world without bees. Norwegian screenwriter and novelist Maja Lunde (born in 1975) is a mother of three who was motivated to write the book out of fear for her sons’ future. The artfully crafted novel caused an international sensation and will be adapted to film. Now comes the secon…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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Saturday, 13 October 2018

This event is in German

Josef Mengele, the brutal camp doctor at Auschwitz, fled to Argentina in 1949. In Buenos Aires he met a close-knit network of supporters, including the dictator Juan Perón, and gradually established a new life for himself. But he was being pursued: by Mossad, Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, and prosecutor Fritz Bauer, who wanted to bring him to justice. The prize-winning historical novel The …

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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italian/german

Teresa lives with her parents in Turin, but each year she spends the summer holidays with her grandmother in Apulia, playing with the young neighbors Bern, Tommaso and Nicola. The four friends go swimming and hiking together and tell each other everything. They are inseparable, until something happens between Bern and Teresa: They fall in love for the first time. But the next year, Bern is no…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache mit Lesung auf Deutsch

This event is in English with a reading in German

The name Calypso is shared by a nymph in Greek mythology, an Afro-Caribbean dance rhythm and a moon of Saturn. If you ask David Sedaris, he will tell you that Calypso is a particularly stupid name for a cat. But it is also an enticingly mysterious title for the long-awaited new collection of stories from one of the most successful humorists of our times. Sedaris has a unique way of discovering…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Astronaut Gerhard Thiele is one of only 11 Germans who have been to space. Now, his daughter Insa Thiele-Eich is preparing to depart on her first spaceflight. In a competition to be Germany’s first female astronaut, she beat out more than 400 candidates to become one of two finalists. Becoming an astronaut was one of her childhood dreams and now it may come true. But what does it mean to leave t…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 19:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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english/german

No, Georgia is not just an American state. Georgia – the country – is the most advanced region in the Caucasus, one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in the world, and home to a lively cultural scene. Tonight, lit.RUHR is pleased to welcome to Villa Hügel three writers who bridge the frontiers between the East and the West, tradition and modern: Director Nana Ekvtimishvili makes films in Berlin and …

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Essen: Villa Hügel
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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Blaise Pascal knew that 350 years ago. Unfortunately, people never learn. They love to travel and – even worse – tell us about it when they get back, in never-ending slideshows and long-winded narratives: “These colors in the Andes ... and the people! They live such simple lives and are so happy!” Travelling is supposed to exp…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Theater Oberhausen
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Lanzarote on the morning of New Year’s Day: Henning is cycling up the steep path to Femés, with miserable equipment and nothing to eat. As he struggles against the wind on the ascent, he recaps his situation in life. Although he really has nothing to complain about – his kids are healthy, his job is decent – Henning feels overwhelmed. He is the breadwinner of the family, husband and father – yet can’t re…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Weiden is a model town: The economy is booming, the women’s community club holds charity barbecues for refugees, the tennis club has won the regional youth cup, and when the new school year begins every wall is plastered with anti-drug posters featuring the tennis champions. Benedikt Jäger and his friends are smack bang in the middle of this beautiful world. But not everything is as it seems: At ni…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 2

Taxes. The subject often seems to come up in conversation at the pub or in the beer tent. It’s no wonder, because the big question hanging over all the debates about top tax rates or tax evasion is always: How fair is our social system? No politician in recent years has fought tax fraud more aggressively than the former finance minister of North Rhine Westphalia, Norbert Walter-Borjans. By p…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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As part of a television documentary, the internationally celebrated actor Christian Berkel (“Downfall”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Der Kriminalist”) went on a journey to fill in the gaps in his family’s history. From this experience discovering his roots, he has created a novel told with elegance and excitement. Der Apfelbaum [“The Apple Tree”] follows three generations from Ascona, Berlin, Paris and Moscow all th…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Luther Opoku is the sheriff of Sierra County, a sleepy gold mining region in the California Mountains, where he has to deal with petty crimes, the production of illicit drugs and a constant lack of staff. But when he gets called out one morning, everything changes. A woman has fallen into a gorge under mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident? Murder? Luther’s investigations lead him to a s…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Lichtburg Essen
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Debates are raging once again – about the concept of homeland, cultural identity and the proper understanding of patriotism. Do terms like these encourage backward-looking, narrowminded thinking, which will lead to new forms of chauvinism, racism and nationalism? Or is it quite the opposite? In these times of migration, globalization and technocratization, is cleaving to our unique cultural and h…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 11:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Twenty-three years old, fierce, stubborn and sassy, Fräulein Nette is the black sheep that refuses to fit in with the herd of her aristocratic relatives. While her aunts and cousins sit dutifully by the fireplace embroidering, she ventures into the marl pits armed with a pickaxe to quarry for minerals. But the worst thing is her sharp tongue. When her uncle August’s artist friends come to Bö…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 17:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 6

english/german

Young women need strong female role models in order to succeed in this male-dominated world. Greer Kadetsky appears to have found her idol: The great Faith Frank, a women’s rights activist since the 1970s and everything that Greer wants to be: fearless, quick-witted, combative. Mentored by Faith, Greer goes looking for own identity as a woman. But what happens when role models don’t live up to the…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 17:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 2

chinesisch/deutsch

“Barack Obama is a fan, so is Mark Zuckerberg” (Spiegel online). “The Three-Body Problem”, the first volume of Cixin Liu’s epic science fiction trilogy, “Remembrance of Earth’s Past”, became an international literary phenomenon. Today the superstar of Chinese science fiction literature is our guest in the Ruhr region. In the second band of his series, The Dark Forest, the first contact with an alien species p…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 17:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Nowadays, “taking a stand” is a topic of public discussion. People want others to do it. In fact, they are demanding it. Apparently, not enough people have a backbone. People who take a stand – journalists, politicians, whistleblowers – get praise and “likes”. Or they make enemies. But what is taking a stand, anyway? Is it attitude, composure, standing tall? Where are the role models? Who can show us how…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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The second half of life gets a bad rap! The mid-life years can certainly be a trying time. All the stress factors weigh on you at the same time: work, kids, parents, and the first physical ailments that just won’t go away. Does it feel like everything is downhill after the age of 40? No, according to the doctor and best-selling author Eckart von Hirschhausen (“Die Leber wächst mit ihren Aufg…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Messe Essen: Foyer Ost
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Berlin, April 1945. In the final hours before the Soviet troops are closing in and all hell breaks loose, two German soldiers receive an assignment that takes them straight into the heart of the danger. Fritz and Schulz have managed to survive the war by keeping their heads down. But in the home stretch, they are suddenly tasked with bringing their unit’s cash box to the Reich Air Ministry in B…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: Stratmanns
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Veranstaltung wurde verlegt in Halle 6

For years, the legendary German writer Karl May pretended to the world that he himself was Old Shatterhand – invincible adventurer, strapping tracker and Winnetou’s blood brother. His readers devoured May’s tales of the American West and the Orient. But in truth? Karl May almost never ventured beyond Saxony. It was not until he was nearly 60 years old that he set off on an excursion to the Orient – wit…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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It seems as though Marcus Wiebusch was born to write stories in the form of songs. As head of the group Kettcar, he writes lyrics in which every line counts. Most recently, the Hamburg-based musicians released their fifth and perhaps best album, entitled Ich vs. Wir [“Me vs. Us”], a highly opinionated guitar album which can also be seen as a political statement, while leaving room for great pop son…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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What is funny? Does it mean amusing, or strange? According to Merriam-Webster, the word can mean affording light mirth and laughter AND differing from the ordinary in a suspicious, perplexing, quaint, or eccentric way. Is it entertaining or unusual? This is nothing new. Either you laugh at something, or are puzzled by it. But who laughs at what? And who just shakes their head in bewilderment? Of…

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
  • Sold out
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