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On 13 and 14 May 2014 Europa-Park and the German Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology are inviting young children and their families to a very special event – the tenth anniversary of the Science Days for Kids. For two days, the Europa-Park arena will be transformed into a fantastic forum of ideas and experimentation for children aged between four and nine. "In the not too distant future, our children will play a major role in the development of our country," says Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park. "It is therefore important to encourage them from a young age and get them interested in science."

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The Fête de la Musique is a unique event that takes place every year on 21 June, the start of summer, in countries all over the world. First held in 1982, this festival of music has now become a global phenomenon. Concerts and musical entertainment are offered in 520 towns and cities worldwide, 297 of which are in Europe. In Germany alone, 42 towns and cities take part. Bands, orchestras, choirs and soloists perform music of every genre. You don't even have to pay, because all of the musicians perform for nothing!

Berlin is one of the places in Germany that hosts the Fête de la Musique – and is doing so this year for the 20th time.

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The Thuringian Palace Theatre Festival is the most popular open-air festival in the area where Thuringia meets Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. It is organised by Nordhausen Theatre and the Loh Orchestra on behalf of the town of Sondershausen and enthrals people of all ages.

The Palace Theatre Festival gives aspiring young singers the chance to work together under professional guidance, getting their first taste of appearing at a festival and gaining invaluable experience in the process. The cast will be performing My Fair Lady this year, from 27 June to 19 July. Be there and see the stars of tomorrow!

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This year's Hamburg Ballet Festival will be presenting a series of productions at the Hamburg State Opera House from 29 June to 13 July. The festival features 15 ballet performances in total, including Romeo & Juliet and Othello, and opens with the premiere of John Neumeier's Tatiana. The event concludes with the grand Nijinsky Gala. Look out for John Neumeier productions of Liliom and Ballets for Piano and Voice, which come highly recommended.

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2014 marks 1,200 years since the death of Charlemagne. In honour of this anniversary, the city of Aachen is running a special exhibition entitled 'Charlemagne – Power, Art, Treasure' from 20 June to 21 September 2014. The exhibition is split into three sections, which are on display in selected venues on the site of the Palace of Aachen, including the town hall, the Centre Charlemagne and the cathedral treasury. The year of Charlemagne also features a diverse programme of events that offers something for everyone.

Aachen Cathedral, the final resting place of Charlemagne, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1978, making it the first German monument to receive this accolade.

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With its Festival Perspectives, the city of Saarbrücken presents a series of unique events. From 22 to 31 May 2014 audiences can watch Franco-German performing arts live on stage in the Saarland. Unconventional venues such as former industrial facilities provide the backdrop for modern theatre, dance, street performances, circus acts and contemporary French music. International directors and fresh young talents will prove their artistic merit and dazzle audiences. Come and see for yourself!

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From 6 to 9 June 2014 countless sails will be hoisted in the waters around Heligoland for North Sea Week (Nordseewoche), now in its 80th year. Around 1,500 sailing enthusiasts travel to Germany's only remote offshore island to seek victory in the regatta and entertain the crowds. North Sea Week is one of the biggest regatta events in Germany and the only one to take place out on the high seas.

Heligoland is an ideal destination for health and wellness, thanks not only to the mild maritime climate and the virtually pollen-free North Sea air, but also because the island is car-free so there are no emissions.

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Hannover's annual International Firework Competition, now in its 24th year, is held at the magnificent Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. On five evenings between May and September 2014, a different team will be choreographing the fireworks. This year's competitors come from the Czech Republic, England, Switzerland, Japan and Greece. The teams will be setting out to dazzle the panel of judges with their pyrotechnic displays and accompanying music, with the winner announced on the final evening.

Each night will also feature a programme of live music, variety entertainment, dance and theatre. Experience the magic and the sparkle of the oldest firework competition in Germany!

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From 21 June to 6 September 2014 the Baltic island of Rügen will be hosting the Störtebeker Festival. Held at the stunning open-air theatre in Ralswiek, it brings to life the adventures of the legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker. More than 150 cast and crew, 30 horses, four ships, spectacular stunts and breathtaking special effects make this a theatre experience to remember. And to make your visit to the island of Rügen even more memorable, there is a firework display every evening above the Great Jasmund Lagoon.

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From 29 May to 1 June 2014 Emden will be hosting its 25th Matjes festival in celebration of this soused herring delicacy. The town on the North Sea coast looks back over a 450-year tradition in herring fishing. There will be delicious matjes dishes to try all around the harbour. The festival is a perfect opportunity to explore Emden, or there's the now traditional Matjeslauf running event.

Hooksiel is next up with its own herring festival from 7 to 9 June 2014, when you can sample a wide range of fish specialities in the seaside town. Another culinary highlight follows soon after in the shape of Hooksiel shrimp festival, on from 1 to 3 August 2014.

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