Cologne’s LGBT Christmas Market against homophobia

Köln. Cologne’s deputy mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes will preside over the official opening of Christmas Avenue at 7 p.m. on November 25, 2013.
Mistress of Ceremonies will be Sophie Russel, a popular comedienne and drag artist at the city’s Startreff night club.
Also performing on opening night will be Wanda Kay, who entertained visitors to Christmas Avenue last year with her modern, danceable songs and cheeky lyrics.

Along with the fun there will also be a few serious moments.
Deputy mayor Scho-Antwerpes is known as an outspoken advocate of marriage equality and serves on the board of directors of the local AIDS help center.
This year, Christmas Avenue will turn its attention to homophobia in Russia.
A special event dedicated to opposing homophobia and transphobia is planned for Human Rights Day on Tuesday, December 10, when Christmas Avenue will call for solidarity with the entire queer community.

And World AIDS Day on December 1 will also afford many possibilities to make a positive difference.
Parliamentarians Ingrid Hack and Dr. Regina Börschel, both members of the SPD faction, will be on hand to sell Glühwein, the hot mulled wine that plays such an important role at Germany’s Christmas markets, with proceeds going to Cologne’s AIDS charity.
Musical guests on the Christmas Avenue stage will include Ella Endlich, whose hit Kiss Me, Hold Me, Love Me from the fairy tale Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella will spread some special Christmas charm. Many other fantastic artists and performers will also take to the stage to entertain visitors to Christmas Avenue.

Program highlights
An absolute highlight of the entertainment program will be the performance by Kathy Kelly, formerly the lead singer of the Kelly Family who has now established herself as a solo artist.
This veteran performer with a career spanning 30 years will be on the Christmas Avenue stage on December 3.
The performance by Kasalla on December 5 is sure to be a special treat for residents of Cologne.
The popular band performs all its songs in the local Cologne dialect and is sure to bring an element of Cologne Karneval to Christmas Avenue.
On December 14, one of the world’s best known Elvis impersonators will take to the stage when Mark Janicello brings his A VERY ELVIS CHRISTMAS CONCERT to Christmas Avenue another of the many stage highlights planned for the 2013 Christmas Avenue market.

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25 November to 23 December 2013
from 12 hours to 22 hours.
The Christmas is near the Neumarkt Christmas.
Parking made easy. Visitors will enjoy 24-hour access to the barrier-free garage of the Cologne-Bonn Savings Bank.
Located directly underneath Christmas Avenue, the garage offers an inexpensive evening rate of just €1.50 per hour from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The normal hourly rate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. is €1.80.

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