1st and 2nd grade


As Emil Einstein whizzes around the schoolyard with his Inventormobile, the annoying brothers from the fourth grade challenge him to a race: The Inventormobile against the Turbo-Scooter! Good thing nobody knows about the top-secret super apple juice which makes Emile drive even faster. Then suddenly the juice is gone – it has been stolen! Now he and his animal friends not only have to catch the thief, they have to devise a plan so Emil can win the race, even without his super juice.

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

preschool/first grade


Capy, a young female capybara, needs to find a lost parrot egg and return it to her parents. But she can’t do it alone. Good thing all the other animals rush to help her, because they must work together to succeed! Illustrator Lisa Rammensee and animal researcher Lydia Möcklinghoff – known from TV, radio (“Die Maus zum Hören”) and the GEO podcast – will teach you lots of interesting information about the Pantanal wetland habitat in western Brazil and its inhabitants.

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

1st and 2nd grade


It is a typical day in Verily Wood. Barely anyone notices that something curious is happening. On the edge of the forest, a strange creature appears and only the unicorn Zara observes that a brown rat, dressed in elegant trousers and a scarf smelling of the big city, is putting up a stage. A sign on the stage says: “Adventures every evening!” And for now, no one has any idea that Minna Melon will shake up life in the forest with her fantastic stories.

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th and 5th grade


Nova and Henry have a very special talent: They can speak with cats, they are the Felidix! As the protectors of the cats, they have to prevent a fur-raising crime: Penelope, a Siamese cat, has kidnapped the legitimate Feline Queen of England and is keeping her prisoner. If she can just get rid of all the Queen’s bodyguards, the Midnight Cats, she will seize the Feline throne. Nova and Henry embark on an adventure that will take them across London.

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility

5th and 6th grade


Fee is 12 years old when she returns to Mühlbach valley with her mother Olga and her little brother Hugo. She was born in this mountainous region, but what does she have in common with people in this area? She wishes she could return to her dad in Holland. But one day, when the toads in a nearby pond are massacred, everything suddenly becomes very real for Fee: One family secret after another is revealed – a domino effect. And Fee is right in the middle …

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

2nd and 3rd grade


This time, Shetland pony Choccie and his friends are supposed to go for a short vacation in their former home of Dammbüll. But as soon as they arrive, everything goes wrong: The humans get chickenpox and now the ponies are supposed to spend their time alone on a lonely island until the humans are healthy again. The island is reportedly home to a strange sea creature. And what is with all this garbage on the beach? Are ruthless environmental criminals responsible?

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


Nobody knows better than Finn how dangerous it can be to enter the Nightshade Forest. The Moonwalker captures everyone who enters after sundown. Even Finn’s sister Hannah did not return from the forest. But still he has his doubts: What if the stories about the Moonwalker are not true? Deep in the Nightshade Forest, Finn makes a discovery that is much bigger than the secret of Hannah’s disappearance.

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


LFF – that’s Dylan, Luisa, Felix, Boubacar, Kyoko and Matthew. These young hackers from all over the world got to know each other through a computer game. When they learn about human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that two US corporations are involved, they decide to hack into the suspects’ network ... A gripping thriller about six teens unwilling to stand by and do nothing while an unscrupulous international concern with life-threatening activities reaps millions. Host: Benni Bauerdick

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility

9th grade and older


From an early age, Dominik Bloh’s life is shaped by physical violence, theft and extortion. To escape reality and his mentally ill mother, he distracts himself with basketball, hip-hop and school. But when he gets in with the wrong crowd and they gull him into dealing drugs, he starts leading a double life. Gangsters become his heroes. His mother throws him out of the house when he is 16 and he has to learn to live on the streets. But he also learns to act with courage and, ultimately, how to change his life. This reading is being organized and presented by students from the high school Abtei G…

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

6th grade and older


Time is relative for children, just as it was for Albert Einstein. Yet there is one small but important difference: Einstein used this realization to develop one of the world’s most important theories. And to explain this idea to young children, author and illustrator Torben Kuhlmann sends a mouse on a journey. The mouse missed the Cheese Festival in Bern by exactly one day. How could that happen? But is a missed moment truly lost forever? The curious mouse starts thinking about the topic of time. No matter how much he learns, one question remains unanswered: Can we turn back time? With great i…

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  • Thu. 17 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • Brunosaal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Pre-school/1st grade


Jeppe has a job to do! The King has asked him to deliver an urgent message to the neighbouring palace. So good-natured Jeppe dashes off into the hills, only to be stopped every so often, because, well, he just can’t help it. If there’s an animal in need, like the old squirrel or the exhausted mom of eight, he has to do something. And something else. And one more thing. And what is the King doing in the meantime? Jutta Bauer takes children along on Jeppe’s journey.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd an 4th grade


Freddy and Flo are fearless! They’re not even scared when they move into a house right next to the cemetery. But Freddy soon notices there is something very strange about the neighbors! Yet Papa and Flo don’t believe him that they are living under one roof with a witch, a werewolf and a vampire. Not even when Poppy the witch comes flying through the window! So Freddy will need evidence – and quickly, before the vampire attacks! A suspenseful mystery for kids!

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


Schuppe loves bubble baths, lava lemonade and mysteries that need solving. The Dragon Detective is always ready to help when strange things happen in his home town Wurmstedt. When a unicorn reports a dangerous, magic pile of garbage in the Enchanted Forest, Schuppe, the cool cat Grauwacke and feisty elf Jessamy decide to investigate. Fréderic Bertrand will provide live illustrations as Katja Brandis takes us deep into the Enchanted Forest!

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th and 5th grade


The Bukowskis don’t have a lot of money, but Alf, Katinka and Robbie are doing fine, especially when they stick together. Alf likes to box whenever he has a chance, while Katinka discovers her love of Coco Chanel and designs a collection made of clothes from the flea market. Robbie is too dreamy and gets sent to a psychologist. All of a sudden, Mr. and Mrs. Bukowski come into some money and buy an old pub, which they turn into a corner store that soon becomes the bustling hub of the town.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


All the schools are closed today because of the wintry weather. At first, Clara is thrilled but she soon gets bored. She is stuck at home with her overwhelmed parents. Luckily, Clara’s little sister has an invisible dog called “The Horse”. And then there is Vincent, the boy from the second floor. The three children are working together on a project: a documentary film about the very interesting inhabitants of apartment building. Host: Ines Dettmann

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Literaturhaus Köln
  • Accessibility

6th and 7th grade


Jolanda has a dream. She wants to be the best soccer player ever. The new training sessions with the boys’ team, Blue-White, are tough. But her greatest obstacle is her own self-doubt, which only she can overcome. However, the great thing is that so many people help her – her little sister Katrina, a trainer, and somehow also the piranha-breeding Kubitschek. Award-winning author Martina Wildner narrates with great virtuosity the story of a girl who fights passionately and for whom everything is at stake in this hot summer.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


Class trip to California! SharkWalker Tiago, DolphinGirl Shari and their friends can barely wait! Only PythonWalker Ella is not allowed to go. Is her mother, the ruthless lawyer Lydia Lennox, planning a new attack? When the friends encounter animal smugglers on the trip, they realise that Lydia Lennox is not their only enemy – and that they have been caught up in a battle between powerful environmental gangsters.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


Madina has escaped the war and survived the dangerous flight to safety. She no longer wears clothes from the donation box and she now totally fits in at school. But once her family is granted asylum, not everything is rosy: Racist graffiti starts to appear and more and more people are saying: “foreigners out!” But Madina refuses to look away – and she finds allies. A passionate plea against the division of society. The reading by the prize-winning author will be hosted by Lena Rumler.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

8th grade and older


Eric in Action! For the beloved ZDF children’s series “PUR+”, Eric Mayer has had some breathtaking adventures: He endured a parabolic flight, squeezed himself into a space suit, flew over a volcano, sunk into a swamp and much more. Eric is willing to try anything and find out everything. During this performance, he will take the audience on an exciting journey of knowledge – with amazing experiments, podcasts and stories about his adventures. The KIKA presenter will also share tons of interesting facts and background information.

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  • Fri. 18 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • Brunosaal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 6 years


In the forest, an adorable little unicorn is born. And even though everyone is very very sweet to him, the little animal does not act at all like a unicorn. He always says “no” to everything, so his family starts calling him the Unicorn That Loves Saying No. One day, the unicorn breaks out of his cotton-candy world and teams up with the raccoon who never listens, the dog who doesn’t care about anything and the princess who always talks back. And when the unicorn gets a visit from the king’s daughter, he soon gets frustrated and runs away. He ends up in a thick jungle where a Bored Constrictor hangs f…

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  • Sat. 19 March 2022
  • 14:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9 years


Matilda is an exceptional girl. She could speak fluently at the age of one-and-a-half and taught herself to read when she was three. Since her family hates books, she borrows everything from the library. Matilda’s mind is so bright and clear that it should be obvious to even the dimmest parents. Unfortunately, Matilda’s parents are dimmer than dim. And the school principal is even worse. Miss Trunchbull hates all children and makes their lives miserable. Matilda discovers that she’s not only incredibly bright, she also has telekinetic powers. Her parents and mean Miss Trunchbull will be in for s…

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  • Sat. 19 March 2022
  • 15:00
  • BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 6 years


Booop is hanging on to the faucet. Someone is swimming below him. “Hello!” says a friendly voice from inside a small floating ring. “Who are you?” booop whispers down in a scared voice. “I am plop,” comes the reply from the ring, “I am a sound!” Booop asks: “A sound?” Suddenly there it is, booop, a noise. But booop does not know to whom or what it belongs. What goes BOOOP? A drop dripping into water – no, that goes PLOP. A driving car – no, that goes VROOM. Leaves in the forest – no, that goes RUSTLE. The little noise goes on a search, booop must belong somewhere ... Comedian and presenter Bernhard Hoëcker and Eva …

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  • Sun. 20 March 2022
  • 11:00
  • BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

For children of 6 and above


This is how it starts: The lion can’t write but that doesn’t bother him because he can roar and bare his teeth and that’s all he really needs to do. One day, though, he meets a very beautiful lioness. And she’s reading a book. The lion knows: You can’t just walk up and kiss a lioness like her – she’ll expect a love letter first. So the lion asks the monkey to write one for him. The monkey puts pencil to paper and asks the lioness to climb with him into the trees and eat bananas. What nonsense! And the lion nearly explodes with anger at the ridiculous love letters written by the hippo, dung beetle, vultu…

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  • Sun. 20 March 2022
  • 14:00
  • BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 8 years


Chaos in the magical pet store! Who will get a talking animal this time? Is the pet store in danger? A seagull delivers a mysterious invitation to Mr. Morrison. Right away, Mortimer packs his things and leaves. Along for the ride: Mary Cornfield – and, well hidden, a few children with their magical animals. At the same time chaos breaks out. Not only the meerkats are dancing on the tables... The children and their magic friends help wherever they can. In doing so, they make an amazing discovery: The magical world is much, much bigger than they previously believed! Who wouldn’t want to go to the…

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  • Sun. 20 March 2022
  • 15:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

2nd and 3rd grade


All the neighbors in Emma’s apartment building live together like a big family – the Patchwork Family. Out of the blue, Rebecca, the mother of Emma, Ben and Jojo, returns from Australia, and turns the lives of everyone at Number 11 upside down. Emma obviously wants her mom to stay there for ever ... Meanwhile, it’s holiday time and the kids head off on camping trip to the North Sea. Their holiday gets off to a great start – until Emma discovers that her mother has a secret. What on Earth should they do now?

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Pre-school


Kids discover something new every day – and they have a lot of questions. Why does it get dark in the evening? Why is sleep important? And why do we celebrate certain nights? Susanne Gernhäuser-Schmauder shines a light into the darkness and answers children’s questions about the night. She takes children on a night-time discovery tour: What is that shining up there in the sky? Which animals are rustling in the bushes after the sun goes down? It’s fascinating to see what is happening in the city during the night.

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

1st and 2nd grade


There is always something happening at the School of Magical Animals! Now, Murphy the polar bear has become a detective. His latest case: Eddie’s parents are planning an exhibition. But “The Coconut,” their most valuable picture, gets stolen! Luckily, Murphy soon finds some evidence – and it leads into the forest. Will Murphy and the magical animals find the thief there? Margit Auer delivers an exciting mystery for all budding detectives and younger fans of the world of the Magical Animals.

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


It’s always wonderful at Grandma Inge’s! That’s why Martha, Mikkel and Mats want to spend their Christmas holidays in Sommerby. Everyone is looking forward to a cozy Christmas. But then a marten wants to attack Grandma’s chickens. And the Helmsman’s Island is going up for sale, which prompts all of Sommerby to protest. When the village gets snowed in, chaos reigns. But one thing is clear: The children won’t let anything or anyone spoil their Christmas!

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th and 5th grade


Fritz and his mother are getting a new housekeeper – as they always do when Fritz’s mother is out of commission for a while. But this time, it’s a young man named Pepa who appears at their door and he has no idea how to clean or cook. And when Pepa arrives, it appears Fritz’s streak of bad luck is over. Suddenly, things start happening that Fritz has only dreamed of! Is this all just coincidence or something else going on? A touching story about luck.

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9th grade


New city, new Stella: When introverted Stella starts at university, she is happy to leave her old life behind her. She doesn’t want to be the unpopular, invisible outsider anymore. Then she meets Ellie, who is so different from herself – impulsive, always happy – and Stella’s whole life gets turned upside down. Because this friendship feels like something more. But, unlike Ellie, Stella cannot openly deal with her feelings.

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 8th grade


Hamburg, June 1945: The city is in ruins. And in the midst of the ruins live Traute, Hermann and Jakob. But Jakob calls himself Friedrich because he still doesn’t want anyone to find out that he is Jewish. When Hermann discovers the secret, he wants nothing more to do with Jakob. Kirsten Boie’s powerful and vivid book explores anti-Semitism and how the main characters are linked to each other by the terrors of war and the Nazi regime. Host: Angela Furtkamp

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


Not part of this world. This is how Esther has felt as long as she can remember. The world and the people outside of her religion – Jehovah’s Witnesses – are off-limits to her. But when she moves with her family to Eastern Germany and suddenly has to get by without her best friend Sulamith, the glass bubble which protected her from the outside world starts to crack. Stefanie de Velasco grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness until she left the religion at the age of 15. In her moving and gripping novel No Part of the World, the narrator Esther reveals what life is like in the world of the Jehovah’s Witnesses…

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 8 years


The Muscleteers are in Paris! In Monsieur Albert’s cargo ship, hidden among 700 Camemberts, Picandou, Gruyère, Pomme de Terre and the hamster Bertram have travelled to France in an entirely unplanned cloak-and-dagger operation. But there’s little time for sightseeing, because Filou, Monsieur Albert’s house mouse and all-round guardian angel needs their help: Albert’s Camembert factory is facing ruin! A cheapo-cheesemaker has set his sights on Albert’s ancient secret recipe and is planning a horrible act of sabotage that will sink Albert’s business. Not only that, but the four heroes have to keep a myste…

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  • Mon. 21 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


Here comes another adventure with Fonk, the alien who is perfectly disguised as a budgie. He has not yet completed his mission to find out whether people are good or evil. His latest task: Fonk and his friends are supposed to get Emil, the boy everyone calls “Eumel”, elected class president. And a mean photo of Emil has appeared online and everybody is making fun of him. What can Fonk and his friends do to stop the bullying?

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Preschool


Is this event for the birds? Of course! The poet lets his feathered friends glide, flap and waddle freely over the pages, revealing secrets a little bird told him. Do the swallows swallow their words, or do they gossip about the woodpeckers all night long? And what do the 38 quails do? They spend quaility time together. At whose behest did the bird get its name “robin redbreast”? Enlightening poems about birds – as lively and surprising as you would expect from Arne Rautenberg!

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

2nd and 3rd grade


Picandou hates parties, but his friends have arranged a surprise birthday party for him on board a cruise ship! The game of musical chairs turns out especially lively, with music from the ship’s mouse Vitello Tonnato, the ukulele virtuoso. The dormouse has come aboard as a stowaway. But when the seaman Alfonso discovers the friends partying, the Muscleteers are in mortal danger because there’s nothing he hates more than greedy rodents! Will the friends be able to save themselves? Ute Krause explores big topics for small heroes!

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


In reality, Maya would have preferred to get an axolotl rather than a rabbit. She only realizes how fond she is of Hannibal when he runs away. The problem: Life around them is at a standstill, and everyone is supposed to stay at home. How, pray tell, is she supposed to find her rabbit again? Maya receives unexpected help from cool kid Niko, who lives in the building behind the one her family occupies. A story about an exciting search, family life under lockdown and the growth of a wonderful friendship.

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th and 5th grade


When Zacky wakes up in his rock crevice, as he always does, he realizes right away that something is wrong: It is much too warm and yet still dark. And it seems like the other laws of the reef do not apply any more, either. With the heat, comes the hunger and the feeding silence, which makes the fish go crazy. The coral is bleaching and the dangerous squids are moving up towards the surface. The only way to save the day is if the residents of the reef stick together ... A deep-sea adventure about the environment from “Three Investigators ???” author Boris Pfeiffer.

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


It will soon be dark times for Luzie and her friends: Her adversary Edgar de Richemont is attempting to break into Villa Evie, where the Magical Pharmacy is located. He needs the scents from the Magical Pharmacy to carry out his shady plan. Luzie and Mats must protect their home and the magical scents. As they try, they discover hidden hallways and rooms, which reveal more and more secrets. And Edgar is more dangerous than ever and appears willing to do anything.

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


Paul goes hiking through the Italian countryside to put some things out of his mind – mainly Jonas, his former best friend who secretly outed him. At least his 80-year-old walking companion can distract him with a story: Helmut and Enzo meet in summer 1957 – and fall in love. Helmut, who is engaged at the time, struggles with these terrible yet beautiful feelings in a relationship that was illegal at that time ... Two summers, four lives, one heartbeat! Host: Benni Bauerdick

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


Who is playing with whom? Janusz never really belongs, not even when gaming. When he hears his “friends” talking about a user called Y who has launched an alternate reality game, it awakens his ambition: To solve the “riddle of the disappeared children”, players must crack codes and find encrypted artifacts in the real world. And this is happening in their own city! An explosive thriller about gamers, fake news and conspiracy theories. Host: Angela Furtkamp

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

7th and 8th grade


It’s hard to breathe, sweat beads on his skin, his chest tightens. Jakob is having a panic attack. It’s not the first time that fear has taken control of his body. He always has the feeling that he’s not normal. That he’s too much. Until he meets Lotti, who takes him on a hike and has a plan. The two become closer and learn from each other. A moving young adult novel about anxiety and depression, which depicts how even young people can be pushed into burnout by too much pressure. A story with which boys can also identify, and a very sensitive treatment of young people’s emotional distress. Host: Len…

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

for 12 years and younger


What does it feel like when it starts to rain? Just slightly damp or soaking wet? Is it a shower or a summer storm with sheets of rain? Cold and uncomfortable or warm and refreshing? Are we wearing rubber boots or walking barefoot? – When you write a story, there are no limits on your imagination. You can think up whatever you want. At this event, children are encouraged and guided to do just that. Social educator and “Bear House” author Heiner Kämmer and a surprise guest will work with the group to develop a story. Everyone will collect ideas, invent protagonists and agree on the settings and si…

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  • Tue. 22 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

1st and 2nd grade


Jonny Ant isn’t like other ants. However much he tries, the others are always better: They can carry more, smell and see better than him, and always fit through the tunnels in their anthill. When Jonny’s suspiciously large body starts to tremble and he is diagnosed with the contagious Broommps, he decides to run away with his friend Butz. Together they get caught up in an adventure in which Jonny’s weaknesses increasingly turn out to be strengths. This will be a lively reading with images and sounds. All questions about insects and feelings are welcome!

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility

Preschool


How do robots work? How do they help in factories, hospitals and fields? How can robots save lives? Which vehicles do they use? With this book, Andrea Erne takes children on an exciting journey. She gives them insight into the inner workings of robots and shows how these technological marvels can be used for deep-sea and space exploration, for example. The book explains technical concepts in a lively way.

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Preschool/1st grade


Mr. Bert and his dachshund Alfonso live in a small town. Unfortunately, because they are both short, the two of them are often overlooked by everyone. But since Mr. Bert’s a detective, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When a thief becomes active in town and suspicion falls on Mr. Bert and Alfonso, they have to find the real thief before they get arrested! They engage in a wild chase with the police (due in part to Alfonso’s lust for sausages). Young Swiss illustrator Laura D’Arcangelo will also talk about how this book came to be.

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

3rd and 4th grade


Matti and his little brother Sami have just gotten used to life in Finland, when life’s unpredictable circumstances bring them back to Germany again. With all their belongings in tow, the family moves in with their favorite uncle, Kurt. Matti couldn’t be happier, but Sami misses his friends and feels more like a Finn than a German. It’s clearly time for a typical Matti mission: A little piece of Finland needs to move to the small German town. But how?

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th and 5th grade


Elmo is eleven, lives in Berlin-Neukölln, and is a detective. His cases are a welcome diversion from normal life: things haven’t been the same since his big brother died. When Elmo meets super-sassy gamer Tuna, they set out to hunt for the ‘master melody’ in the notorious online game MELOdiy. There’s a big reward for whoever finds it first. But Elmo and Tuna aren’t the only ones trying to find it. Thus a harmless case turns into a huge, crazy adventure.

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

7th and 8th grade


We have reshaped our planet in such a way that we have almost brought it to its knees. What is left to do about it now? Sascha Mamczak and Martina Vogl jump right into the middle of the ecological crisis. And they manage to do something amazing: They create clarity! In this well-founded narrative, they explain how the Earth’s ecosystem works and trace the profound changes that humans have made. Despite all the drama, this book conveys an optimistic view of a world that can be changed for the better. The authors encourage us to marvel, think and act.

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

swedish | german// 5th and 6th grade


Vinga is thrilled to be spending the summer with her grandpa on the island. Surrounded by sea and wind. Far away from her parents, who always say that everything is fine, even though nothing is fine in their lives anymore. On the beach one day, a girl named Ruth suddenly appears. Ruth is the same age but so very different. Vinga’s world is dramatically shaken, especially her feelings. Told with empathy and heart, this story is about an unusual summer when childhood comes to an end. Host and German text: Tobias Goldfarb

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang
    • schwedisch | deutsch

7th and 8th grade


“It’s coming” – but what is it? Darius and Lina are best friends, who live in a rather unusual village. Everyone in the village has to follow the “UHU” rules. But some village residents doubt that these rules are actually strengthening social cohesion. And now there is suddenly a spooky noise, and nobody knows where it is coming from. Host: Students from International Class 2 (IK2) at the Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium in Leverkusen.

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

7th and 8th grade


After six years of training, André Wiersig became the first German-speaking open swimmer to swim all of the world’s seven straits. He describes his experiences in such a thrilling and yet down-to-earth manner that it takes your breath away. The IT expert wasn’t actually a competitive athlete when he got the idea to swim the English Channel. It took years of hard training and getting used to icy water temperatures before his body was finally able to take on the challenge. His sense of adventure didn’t save him from near-death experiences and lots of pain, but it rewarded him with wonderful encoun…

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9th grade


Als Vio mit ihrer Familie in ein Dorf zieht, hofft sie auf einen guten Neuanfang. Sie will nicht mehr zurückdenken müssen – alles auf Anfang ist genau das, was sie möchte. Und als sie Anschluss an eine Clique findet und die Pizza auch noch vom supernetten Konstantin gebracht wird, bekommt das Landleben fünf Sternchen von Vio: durch leuchtende Maisfelder radeln, am See liegen, den Jungen ihrer Träume neben sich. Aber auch das neue Leben bekommt bald einen Schatten: die Clique von Konstantins Bruder mit ihren fremdenfeindlichen Sprüchen. Gehört Konstantin dazu? Vio merkt, dass er zwischen den Stühlen …

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Wet nose, faithful eyes. Dogs are best friends to many children and adults. And they’ve been Paul Maar’s life-long companions. That’s why he has so many dog stories, old and new, to tell, along with some funny poems and interesting facts. Of course, Paul Maar’s best-loved characters didn’t want to be left out, so Mr. Bello and Snuffi Hartenstein are joined by the Sams and the Little Kangaroo. He’ll bring them all to life and get the children in the audience to join in. Paul Maar will not be alone on stage. He and his amazing stories will be accompanied by two fantastic musicians, Konrad Haas and Wolfgan…

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  • Wed. 23 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Accessibility
    • Gebärdensprachdolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


Nils and Evi are certain that something is terribly wrong! Their friend Lina, who usually does everything right, is always coming late to school and has no time for detective work anymore. Does this have something to do with all of the applications the Syrian girl has to fill out? Or something to do with the red cross that can be seen on some of the papers? And what does the boy in the photo have to do with it? And when someone is hot on Lina’s heels, Evi and Nils realize they must investigate!

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Preschool


Mr. Beaver sent out an invitation! But Quaaks the duck is afraid of the river because he doesn’t know how to swim! Rabbit and Rosina the mouse try to help her – with a swim ring, kickboard and pool noodle – but Quaaks always sinks like a stone in the water. The duck is almost prepared to skip the party, but his friends won’t give up. With their help, Quaaks soon figures it out, even though the swim ring is not quite airtight. A story about being scared of new things and a boost of bravery from friends.

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

2nd and 3rd class


Sarah Welk’s characters are delightfully cheeky and lovable, whether it is the best sisters Mimi and Flo, or the chaos brothers Bela, Ben and Henry. And they all have the world’s greatest silly ideas! A mouse family is looking for a home? No problem for Mimi and Flo – there is plenty of room in the dollhouse! And the chaos brothers can barely believe it: Do Mama and Papa really want to spend the school holidays without television and internet? But the World Cup of soccer is on!!!

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

4th und 5th grade


Karline and her father are a great team, until he falls in love with Arve. Suddenly, Karline feels like a fifth wheel. When she discovers an enchanted Japanese garden with her friend Grete, it becomes her secret getaway. But there are plans to pave over the garden to create a truck stop! The girls have to find a way to save the garden! A boy from the nearby refugee settlement house helps them. Maike Siebold tells a warmhearted and humorous tale of mindfulness and tolerance.

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

7th and 8th grade


Anti-Semitic abuse is once again a daily occurrence in many places. We want to talk to author Levi Israel Ufferfilge, who as a teenager decided to wear a kippa in public, going against the wishes of his parents. And we will talk to author Burak Yilmaz, who grew up in a Muslim family and today works to combat anti-Semitism. They will join Lena Rumler to discuss their experiences and anti-Semitism in the schoolyard.

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

7th and 8th grade


Noah has scored a spot in the renowned Project Lazarus. It’s his chance at a better future, since he comes from a very poor family. But without his knowledge, he is integrated into an apparently harmless research project with artificial intelligence – and it turns into a nightmare for him. It quickly becomes clear that much more is being “researched” here than was initially evident. Can he save humanity from the machinations of this AI research?

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

5th and 6th grade


What is democracy? How exactly does it work? And what do kids have the power to change? Quite a lot, actually! Sarah Welk provides a lively and understandable explanation of how politics and our society work. And she gives children practical examples of how they can achieve a lot. How do I negotiate a higher allowance? What can I do if I want to have a zoo at school? And what has to happen to ensure that cars can only drive slowly through cities?

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

6th and 7th grade


Climate change affects us all: How much hope is there still? What has to happen to save the world as we know it? How can each one of us do our part? Martin Verg, former editor in chief of children’s magazine “Geolino” provides insight into topics such as energy, nutrition, equality and the environment, and makes complex issues understandable. At this event, he will join in a discussion with young climate activist Franziska Wessel.

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

9th grade and older


Levi Israel Ufferfilge and Burak Yilmaz have more in common than one might think at first glance. They both fight against anti-Semitism. Levi Ufferfilge, as a Jewish man who wears a kippa in public and is repeatedly subjected to anti-Semitic hostility because of it. And Burak Yilmaz as someone who comes from a Muslim family and believes it is a matter of honor to combat anti-Semitism. Both men have written about their experiences. Host: Lena Rumler

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

french/german, 9th grade and older


With high school graduation on the horizon, Deborah’s life has never been as chaotic as it is now. While her best friend has luck with boys, she feels ugly and unloved. She has a crush on Victor, but he just sees her as a buddy. But worst of all, her mother is behaving erratically and her father is kissing another woman. It will require friends, courage and a large dose of humor to break through the dark clouds that are so stubbornly blocking the sun. Host and German text: Tobias Goldfarb

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

10 years and older


Things get spooky during the latest mission for the Three Investigators: A wrestling show comes to Rocky Beach and the three ace detectives do not want to miss the spectacle. But shortly before the big fight, the troupe’s star, The Golden Salamander, is accused of robbing a bank. Can Justus, Peter and Bob prove his innocence? Author Christopher Tauber will present this exciting new story and he will be joined by comic illustrator Calle Claus, who illustrated this graphic novel. While Christopher Tauber reads, Calle Claus will draw in real time so all comic fans can see how the story comes to l…

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  • Thu. 24 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Gebärdensprachdolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

english/german, 5th and 6th grade


Billy Plimpton loves telling jokes, but he has one problem: He stammers. He tries not to stand out at school, but actually he would rather be anything but invisible. He wants to be up on stage making people laugh. But how can he do that if he can’t even get to the end of a sentence? And he gets bullied too. Helen Rutter got the idea for this story from her son, who has a stammer. Julian Greis empathetically provides Billy’s voice. Host: Tobias Goldfarb

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang
    • englisch deutsch

1st and 2nd grade


Giraffe’s days on the savanna are boring, so he decides to write a letter: He tells Pelican to give the letter to the first animal he meets beyond the horizon. And so the letter makes its way to Penguin. Penguin writes back and the two animals become pen pals. One day, Giraffe decides to go visit Penguin. This enchanting children’s book by Megumi Iwasa will be read by the incomparable Marian Funk as Penguin and Ilka Teichmüller as Giraffe.

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Preschool/1st grade


Everyone is fond of old Grimm, but bookstore owner is lonely. Until one day a little zonkey, who looks like a miniature cross between a zebra and a donkey, moves in with him and Grimm’s life is no longer the slightest bit boring. After all, with a little zonkey like Möhrchen, even the everyday things become an adventure. Especially since Möhrchen adores unusual things and words, which can create some surprises. Illustrator Stefanie Scharnberg will demonstrate live how she creates her pictures.

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


My name is Andro Neumann. I’m 10 years old. I’m new in the class. Shhh, nobody here can know that I’m a robot equipped with artificial intelligence. My mission is to infiltrate the school disguised as a boy and spy on everyone. I need to do arithmetic, sports, homework and make friends. Beep – error! It’s not easy for Andro because, unfortunately, there are no instructions for how to be a human. And when he gets to know Lili, things get complicated.

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

3rd and 4th grade


When you write a story, there are no limits on your imagination. You can think up whatever you want. You can think up whatever you want. At this event, children are encouraged to do just that. Social educator and “Bear House” author Heiner Kämmer and a surprise guest will work with the children to develop a story. Everyone will collect ideas, invent protagonists and everything else you need for a story. More information: Event on March 23 at 4 p.m.

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9th grade, Dutch/German


“Talking is betraying”, Frans impresses on them repeatedly. After Freddie had to witness how the Jews they’d been hiding were taken away, she joined his resistance group. But her work in the resistance takes its toll. Who can Freddie still trust? Wilma Geldof’s multiple award-winning novel is based on the true story of the youngest Dutch girl in the resistance. German text: Verena Kiefer; Host: Lena Rumler

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9th grade


It’s obvious that there’s a problem. On the one hand, politicians are too tentative when making decisions; on the other, people are losing their homes. The protests in recent years show that young people in particular recognize the gravity of the situation and are demanding more ambitious climate policies. Four of them explain, each from their own perspective, how they became politically active for the climate. Laura and Dodo of “Locals United”, a Young Friends of the Earth Berlin project, grab our attention by linking climate policy with German colonial history. Join in! Livia Kerp explains how. In…

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 9th grade, English/German


South London, a Saturday night full of riots and destruction; the summer heat lies heavy over the city. An unmarked police vehicle picks its way through the ruins and the burned-out shells of cars. Sitting in the vehicle is Castro, allegedly 16, probably younger, known to everyone simply as Bad Castro. The leader of a youth gang, he was on the run and has just been arrested by a young police officer named Judy. Two other officers are sitting in the car and lose their lives when it’s brutally rammed and attacked. Castro is able to rescue Judy and together they flee from the unruly mob, which i…

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang
    • englisch deutsch

From age 6. The ship does not depart.


I was lucky. I had Ferdinand. That’s how the book “The Singing Gorilla” begins, a collection of some of the best poems for children. Cheeky, moving, critical – and sometimes completely bananas! Curated by Suli Puschban from Berlin, who is a familiar figure on the songwriting scene. Together with “Cowboy Klaus” illustrator Karsten Teich, the band sings and draws its way through this colorful world of rhyme, meeting a singing gorilla, a squirrel with shakers and an over-excited rat as they wander around town making discoveries. You’ll hear songs such as “Ich hab die Schnauze voll von Rosa”, “Ein Hase im Cabr…

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 16:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Accessibility

from 14 years


Since 2012, the charity CARE has invited young writing talents to apply their creativity to societal questions. This year’s topic is “If not now, then when?!” In a world in which forests are burning, people are fleeing and political and social conflicts continue to worsen, there’s no time for excuses! We might not be able to save the whole world straight away, but we can make a start. For example, by writing about great thoughts and ideas. CARE invites young people and adults between 14 and 25 to answer the question: In your opinion, what needs to change? And what can we do to achieve that? It can …

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 19:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

from 8 years


Children’s hearts beat faster whenever the Mouse turns up. And that’ll certainly be the case this afternoon, when André Gatzke and the Mouse take their fans on an exciting new journey with Cleo Fischer, the detective from the beloved Mouse audio play. Cleo Fischer is ten years old and lives with her mother in a high-rise building in the peaceful town of Wiebelmund. Fortunately for Cleo, who is a private detective, Wiebelmund has a pleasingly high crime rate. Together with her friend and partner, Ben Schombrutzki, known as “Brunzi” because it’s easier to say, she investigates very special cases. Whe…

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 14:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

From 8 years. The ship does not depart.


When Alice’s curiosity leads her to follow a white rabbit, she falls into a deep hole. She lands in a world of wonder, populated by strange creatures such as the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. British mathematician Charles Dodgson published “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll in 1865. Since then, the quirky characters have delighted generations of children and young people. Adults, too, enjoy Alice’s adventures. Carroll’s wordplay and boundless imagination are simply legendary and explain the book’s unbelievable international success. Actor and com…

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  • Fri. 25 March 2022
  • 14:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Accessibility
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