"JUNE: The Annual Altonale Street Festival" Top 5 Page for this destination Events Tip by ericaj.

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Every June, the Hamburger neighborhood of Altona has a two week community festival celebrating art, literature, music and crafts, culminating in a 72 hour weekend celebration.

The festival begins in the heart of Altona, at the Altona Train Station, and stretches out to the surrounding streets and promenades with exotic crafts shopping, carnival style food, stage performances, and discounted bargains from partcipating shops.

It's an incredibly lively event with people young and old coming out to have a beer or glass of wine . Families come out with baby carriages and cute dogs. Street performers have sidewalk shows in full costume, maybe playing a South American Indian woodwinds concert, or a Brazilian percussion club parades through the streets. Street vendors set up stalls hawking exotic wares from West Africa, Nepal, India, Morrocco, Germany, and other parts of Europe. Theatres and museums in the area offer special productions and exibitions, and bookshops both modern and antiquarian offer literary activities . For the kids there are usually a couple of small rides and face painters. Food stalls dot the promenades of Ottensen Haupstrasse (and parts of Grossebergstrasse), with endless sweets, crepes, German street food, gourmet wines and cheeses, Indian, African, Asian, and Turkish specialties.

The last weekend of the festival is a (practically) non-stop party, with 3 different soundstages set up and top bands from Northern Germany performing free concerts from noon til evening. Musical offerings range from gospel to swing, to pop, rock, and reggae . Unltimately,the festival is a fun way to spend a few hours- drinking, eating, maybe picking up some Morroccan kitchenware...and it's "equal opportunity" fun: great for either families, seniors, students, singles, or romantic couples!

The Hamburg Altonale Festival 2006 takes place this year from June 2-Jun18. See the website for specific activities.

Website: http://www.altonale.de

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2006
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