Cultural Splint #47

This Cultural Splint is all under the sign of the approaching Christmas Days. We wish all readers a wonderful second Advent and lots of fun reading!

Guided tour thru the exhibition “Früher war mehr Lametta” (There used to be more tinsel)

On Sunday, 9 December, Peter Salchow will lead you through the exhibition “Earlier was more tinsel… Christmas rarities” at the Historisches Museum Bielefeld. The collector takes a closer look at the history of Santa Claus and the Christmas presents and tells about the development and change of Christmas. A hundred years ago, a wealth of decorative accessories were produced, which today almost seems like a fairy tale to us. The lecture and the guided tour begin at 3 pm in the Historisches Museum Bielefeld. The entrance fee is eight euros.

Reading of the Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann with Han-Jürgen Schatz

On Sunday, 9 December a reading of the world-famous work “Nutcracker and Mouse King” by E.T.A.Hoffmann will take place at 5 pm in the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Museum in Ekern with musical accompaniment. The actor Hans-Jürgen Schatz will accompany the story with excerpts from Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker” ballet music, including the march of the tin soldiers, the reed flutes, the Spanish and Arabic dance as well as the flower waltz. The 200-year-old fairy tale of the grandmaster of the fantastic, comfortably gruesome tale still fascinates children and adults alike today. Admission to the reading amounts to seven euros. More information can also be found at

Participatory exhibition on the subject of language in the Ludwigsburg Museum

The Ludwigsburg Museum will open the interactive exhibition “hää? Language, games, adventure” with an interlude by Robeat, one of the world’s most talented beatboxers, in the exhibition space of the MIK. The exhibition is full of ideas for playing with language and puzzling together. Everything can become language, be it writing, sound, facial expressions or hand movements. You can expect language experiments, such as whispering bowls, a puzzle film, a face memory, a film dubbing station, a translation agency, a secret language laboratory, and a pneumatic mail service through the entire room to young and old visitors. You can try out and experiment in the exhibition from 8 December 2018 to 24 March 2019. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm with the exception of holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. You may determine the admission price yourself.

Guided tour for children in the Museum St. Marien

The Museum St. Marien Müntzergedenkstätte invites children and school groups to the special guided tour “Ein Kind in der Krippe” – Die gemalte Weihnachtsgeschichte” (A child in the crib – the painted Christmas story) on Tuesday, 11 December at 10 am. The celebration of Christmas and the birth of a child over 2000 years ago is already often depicted in medieval pictures. The museum educator Steffi Maass leads through the exhibition of “Unicorns and Dragon Slayers” and tells of the arrival of the Child Jesus on earth, which we celebrate every year on 24 December. The entrance fee including the guided tour is two euros for children and seven euros for adults. Kindergartens and schools with an annual entrance ticket to the Mühlhäuser Museums pay a guided tour fee of 30 Euro for a group visit.

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