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By Deb A.
Saturday evenings at the Berlin Philharmonic present a unique opportunity to stand amongst ardent music-lovers and phone-checking partners, born-and-bred Berliners and reverent tourists, aging women in ball gowns and bespectacled students in jeans. And yet, to some extent at least, everyone is there for one reason: to get inside the music.
This campaign — from the first orchestra in the world to break tradition by bringing the musicians into the middle of the hall, encircled by the audience — brought a city even closer to the classical by bringing them inside the instruments themselves.
The photos are magical: at times majestic, at times gently graceful, but always strangely silent. The quiet nooks of the violin and the empty cathedrals of the organs are breathtaking, like the Philharmonic itself, but they do not share its movement, nor do they invoke its sound. They are tranquil, static. They are waiting for you to come inside, to come closer, to enter these unconventionally familiar spaces in your ball gown or your faded jeans and wait patiently until the music begins.
Today marks the birth and death of William Shakespeare, as well as the deaths of literary giants Miguel Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla. In 1995, UNESCO decided to commemorate their extraordinary achievements by celebrating this day in world literature. Thus, the International Day of the Book was born!
What literary events are happening in your city? We've put together some highlights for you from around the globe. If you'd like to see another city featured or tell us about an event, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bestselling author Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors) will be speaking and signing copies of his new book This is How. The event will take place on May 1 at Book People. Books and tickets are available now for pre-order.
Annual Buenos Aires Book Fair at La Rural Exhibition Complex. Admission is free. Find books in all languages, listen to special lectures and attend special events for kids.
Franschhoek Literary Festival will be held May 17-May 19th. This year's festival features Alexander McCall Smith (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency) and Kate Mosse.
Tickets are available now for the acclaimed Chicago Humanities Festival showcasing art, literature, multimedia and more.
Ireland's premier literary event, the Dublin Writer's Festival 2013 will be held from May 20-26. Visit www.dublinwritersfestival.com
Literary events will be happening around the city on April 23 to celebrate World Book Night. Visit www.cityofliterature.com
Join Southbank Centre as they present the London Literature Festival, May 20-June 20. Two prize-reading events will be featured: 2013 Man International Booker Prize and Women's Prize for Fiction Readings. Join best-selling authors for lectures, poetry discussions and more.
Tickets are now available for An Evening with David Sedaris at Royce Hall. The event will take place on May 1. Tickets may be purchased online via Ticketmaster or Vividseats.
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be taking place in NYC, April 29-May 5. Festival participants include Jamaica Kincaid, Ursula Krechel and Earl Lovelace, among many others. Tickets are available on their website at http://www.worldvoices.pen.org
The American Library in Paris will be honouring the most distinguished book of the year with a 2013 Book Award. Nominations should be written in English about France or speak to the French-American encounter. Judges for the prize include Julian Barnes, Adam Gopnik and Diane Johnson. Please contact email@example.com
The Asian Festival of Children's Content will be taking place at the National Library Building May 25-30. Visit: http://afcc.com.sg/
Nine finalists from across Canada will compete for $25,000 at the 2013 national finals of Poetry in Voice. Tickets are available now for May 15.
Hemingway and Fitzgerald: All American Males is a one-day course offered by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Visit www.nofuncity.com for more information.
The Nigerian Embassy and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa will host a celebration of life for the late Nigerian literary icon, Chinua Achebe. The event will take place on April 25.
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