Awesome Somerfest

SOURCE: Art vs Commerce


WHEN: Fri, 09/08/2017 from 3 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON, 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03, Washington, DC
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)

Chill out @GoetheDC

Join us for this year’s awesome Sommerfest! Learn about the work of the Goethe-Institut, participate in totally cool activities, and end the day with some of DC’s rad punk bands. Old Europe restaurant will be on site selling delicious German food and drinks!

3 – 6 pm
German Speed Courses (Schnupperkurse auf Deutsch)
Whether you just can’t say “nein” or are trying to translate all of Nietzsche, we have a German language class for you! Samples are being offered every half hour – come try one out and get a gift.

3 – 7 pm
Brilliant Dilletantes (Geniale Dilletanten)
This multimedia exhibition presents videos, photos, posters, audio samples, texts and objects giving an overview of German subculture in the 1980s.

Put yourself out there performing German and English-language songs from the ‘80s.

Design a Button
Express yourself with a collage mixing images and phrases from the ‘80s.

Photo Shoot to the Max
Totally impress us – and your friends – with your new style! On Instagram at goethe_dc using the hashtag #goethedc

Short and Sweet (Kurz und Gut)
Animated short films by young filmmakers – in German with English subtitles.

Interactive Scavenger Hunt
Explore the Goethe-Institut, play a language game, discover our Germany Unwrapped (Deutschland im Koffer) exhibition, talk to staff, and win a prize.

4 – 7 pm
Upcycle It!
Sew your own bag from outdated Goethe-Institut banners! Inspired by the Future Perfect Project.

7 – 9 pm
Punk Bands
Featuring local bands curated by the DC Punk Archive at the Library Express branch of the DC Public Library.

Foul Swoops, Courtesy DC Public Library
Foul Swoops, Courtesy DC Public Library
Northern Virginia-based brothers and guitarists Sean and Devin Connell started their garage rock band Foul Swoops in 2009, and together with drummer Jacky Majic perform a grouchy-cool mix.

Br’er, Courtesy DC Public Library
Br’er, Courtesy DC Public Library
Br’er is a DC-based experimental noise pop band consisting of Benjamin Schurr (Voice, Guitar) Ben Usie (Drums, Sampler) Erik Sleight (Synth, Sampler) and Johnny Fantastic (Synths, Voice). Ever evolving and expanding, their dynamic audio brutalism tackles class, power, gender, queer politics and dark humor through the sonic area between catharsis and chaos.

The Library Express will also host activities for the public from 3 – 5 pm.


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