The summer has been filled so far with lots of open-air festivals in Hamburg (Germany), even if the weather hasn’t always been perfect! I attended the Duckstein festival at Magdeburg Harbour (in front of and next to the International Maritime Museum).
As you may have already guessed, Duckstein, the main festival sponsor, is a brewery. This brewery sells beers such as the Bavarian classic Hefeweiss, Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier.
MAINLY ADULT AUDIENCE
The festival, due to its sponsor, was more adult-oriented. Shows during week time took place only in the evenings.
Furthermore, as you would probably be figuring out when visiting the festival website, you must be over 16 years of age to view its content. 16 years old is the minimum age to drink beers in Germany.
However, some of the shows were also open to families, in particular the circus shows.
For more information about this festival running in different cities of Germany during summertime, check their website.
DUCKSTEIN FESTIVAL PICTURES
Please find below few pictures of the festival (slideshow):
DUCKSTEIN FESTIVAL LIVE SHOW RECORDINGS
BIG DADDY WILSON
I watched the wonderful and witty Big Daddy Wilson acoustic blues band with soul and gospel influences from Southern United States.
Big Daddy Wilson is originally from Edenton, North Carolina, where he sang in church. Then, he lived pretty much a country boy’s life. He didn’t know nor breakthrough with blues music back then.
Other artists such as Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red, Eddie Boyd made Europe their home. They brought the blues with them and succeeded here better than in the U.S. And now there´s Big Daddy Wilson, an American singer and songwriter who found his home in Northern Germany.
But something is different regarding Big Daddy Wilson. When he came over from the U.S. there was no blues music in his baggage. He truly discovered his love for blues coming to Germany, where he has been awarded ‘Best Acoustic Artist’ in the Blues category.
His music is a fusion of gipsy queen from New Orleans, beats Jamaica-style as well as swing.
KATAY SANTOS CIRCUS STREET SHOW
Later on, I had a good laugh watching the funny and interactive acrobatic Santos Circus street show coming all the way from Venezuela.
Katay Santos street circus artist started learning Capoeira in 1998, where he began to develop strong skills in:
In 2003, he studied at the National Circus School in Havana, Cuba. Then he studied at the Acrobatics Art School in Wuqiao, China (2007-2008) where he learned:
- Handstand in High Chairs,
- Pot Balancing
- Chinese Pole.
In 2006, he became a part of the regular staff at many professional circus and theatre companies in Venezuela. Back then, he created his own shows as “Santos y Bigotes”, “A Chinese Tale” and “Santos Circus Show”.
Since then, he has been touring extensively over 100 cities worldwide, entertaining a variety of audiences.