Current daily listings for downtown Cologne clubs: SM / Fetish/ naked events for men at STATION 2B COLOGNE; and whats happening Fridays and Saturdays at Baustelle4U gay music bar + lounge.
Fridays + Satudays 10pm-5am at Mathiasstraße 4-6. Mostly Lesbian/ gay-friendly dance club and cocktail bar featuring DJanes Thunderpussy, Anna Andersson, and more; karaoke, theme parties.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and/or 11pm, at ARTheater, Ehrenfeldgürtel 127, Ehrenfeld. Performance art, music performers, electronic music, dance nights, SpokenWordClub comedy, poetry, AudioIntensiv, Carnival events, Sector Adepts, Rave or Die - for ongoing events see their facebook page.
Every 4th Saturday of the month from 11pm at Venue, Hohestrasse 14. HomOriental LGBT Oriental party. Turkish Pop, Oriental & house music, Black Music, Kurdish, Arabian, Persian, Greek, Jewish, Armenian and Balkan sounds in the mix. Admission: €6 up to midnight, €8 after.
Second + Fourth Wednesdays from 11:30pm at Gloria. Stylish setting gay dance night, 18+ young crowd, men/women mix. Dance Classics, Mainstream, Charts, Pop & House with DJane Djumelle and DJ GinaG. Seperate Area with Trash & Bad Taste Sounds from DJs Scampi and Tunar. 5€ entry before 11pm, 8€ after.
September Ongoing after reopening. Athleti'CUM sports/underwear/naked; THUs 1pm Pure naked party; FRIs 10pm SINFriday; SATs 4-10pm Heaven vs Hell - innocent in HEAVEN/ Sinners in Hell (basement); SUNs 9pm Horny Sunday Naked; MONs Green Monday. Mar 31st, 11pm Ere-X-ion XXL - naked/fetish night - 18+ men-only.
September 2-6, 2020. Online Films: Becks; Benjamin; Bizarre, Buddies; Concussion; Équation à un inconnu; Five Dances; The Florence Foster Jenkins Story; The Four-Faced Liar; Los Fuertes; Jamie and Jessie are Not Together; Keep The Lights On; Little Men; Lola vers la mer; Love and Death on Long Island; Saturday Church; Pólvora en el Corazón; Xposed Shorts.
September 2-6, 2020 online. Fictional, documentary, experimental shorts from Britain, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, the USA: Stereotype - Inés Espinosa; Szép alak/ Beautiful Figure - Hajni Kis; Something Said - Jay Bernard; Be Mine Sometime - Carson Parish; Get - Martin Edralin; Pirate Boys - Pol Merchan; Itch/ Thrust - Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira.
September 2, 2020, 9:30pm. A child of prosperous millennial-generation Iranian immigrants, Parvis tries to escape Hildesheim provincial life with pop culture, grindr-dates and raves. Caught shoplifting, he does refugee shelter community service, and meets Iranian siblings Banafshe and Amon. Their fragile relationship is increasingly tinged with awareness that their futures are unequal.
September 2, 2020, 10pm. Wye and her Vogue sisters dance on the Port Authority bus station steps. Paul, stranded in New York, watches, attracted by her beauty and elegance. He dares to make the first move, and Wye takes him to meet her queer adopted family in the ballroom community, and then to her house. Realizing Wye is trans, Paul must question his ideas about identity and gender.
September 3, 2020, 7pm. Loving his grandmothers in need of care, but longing for a different life, Markus daydreams. Swarms of iridescent demons appear as harbingers of a queer urban family. Falling in love with Duc makes everything more complicated - his boxes are already packed for the move. Then a non-normative plan liberates him from conservative constraints of sexuality and gender.
September 3, 2020, 9pm. The tall, gaunt, young Iya has protected the son of her friend Masha during the war, but she has an attack of shock, causing a tragic accident. Learning her son is dead, Masha demands that Iya pay her debt. A devastating story of the horrors of war from a female perspective, but also a most unusual non-heterosexual love story.
September 4, 2020, 5pm. Soon after completing school, nineteen year-old Jonna leaves her small town life behind for the capital, Helsinki. LIfe in the big city is good, until one night after leaving a gay bar she is attacked by a male stranger. Saved by Piki, a 30-year-old butch woman, Jonna discovers she's fallen in love with her saviour.
September 4, 2020, 9pm. Hampus and Adrian split up from a long-term relationship. Hampus is relieved: hurt and disappointed by his ex all too often. But Adrian grieves deeply, not knowing how to go on. Even after both find new partners, he cannot forget the love of his life. Swedish director David Färdmar shows shards of a broken relationship and quiet hopes for new beginnings.
September 5, 2020, 5pm. Erika and Tine, both 81, have been a couple for 40 years, and live on a Brandenburg farm they restored themselves. In the GDR era they always had to fight for their personal and artistic freedom. In this documentary film they take a humorous look back, contextualising and contradicting the Stasi police files with memories, photos, paintings, sculptures and texts.
September 5, 2020, 7pm. In 1981, like all white young men, Nicholas Van der Swart must serve two years in the military, defending against communists, perverts and black people. That Nicholas is gay must remain a secret, as any moffie found among the troops is brutally harassed. But then, falling in love with fellow soldier Dylan, Nicholas finds he is now one of the deviants.
September 5, 2020, 9pm. Adam, age 16, visits his lesbian sister in New York City with great expectations: he wants to fall in love for the first time or at least finally have sex! He and Gillian, a student he meets at a queer party, share a spark - but she thinks he's a trans man, and he doesn't dare correct her. This leads to some amusing misunderstandings among her friends.
September 6, 2020, 6am-6pm. First Sunday of each month LGBTQ afterhours party w/ DJs MARC VISION, FARIUS, THOMAS PIECHOTTA, and MAX DEL PRINCIPE. Next dates: Oct 4; Nov 15; Dec 6.
September 6, 2020, 2pm. Eleven-year-old Emma had always thought of her family as being like everyone else's - until her father Thomas outed himself, declaring he wanted to live as a woman. As Thomas became ever more elegantly dressed, the relationship between them changed - leading Emma to understand that sometimes change can be the most normal aspect of human affairs.
September 6, 2020, 4pm. In the Russian Jewish community of Brighton Beach a yeshiva student discovers clues to his sexuality in a most unlikely place, moving in with his widowed grandfather. As boys his age try to pick up girls, he is left awkwardly alone. With cues for queer audiences to pick up on, other men check out the boy, before his ecstatic loss of virginity to one of them.
September 6, 2020, 9pm. Twenty-year-old Jaime stabs his best friend to death during a night of drinking. Sent to prison he is put in a group cell run by Potro, the stallion, who, as Jaime's protector, makes him a prince. In return he expects loyalty and sex. At first the relationship fulfils Jaime's need for affection and belonging, but then a brutal power struggle breaks out.
September 22, 2020, 9pm. The child of prosperous millennial-generation Iranian immigrants, Parvis tries to escape Hildesheim provincial life with pop culture, grindr-dates and raves. Caught shoplifting, he does community service in a refugee shelter. Meeting Iranian siblings Banafshe and Amon, a fragile relationship is increasingly tinged with an awareness of their unequal futures.
September 26, 2020 Cologne Pride. October 9-11, Street Festival with stage entertainment plus Parade/Domonstration October 11. After parties at Bootshaus and SEXY PARTY/ Greenkomm. Updates at FB and website:
October 1-8, 2020. Eight days of international film screenings at: CINEPLEX FILMPALAST / FESTIVAL CENTRE, Hohenzollernring 22; FILMFORUM NRW IM MUSEUM LUDWIG, Bischofsgartenstraße 1; FILMPALETTE, Lübecker Straße 15; plus other locations - see:
October 13, 2020, 9pm. Twenty-year-old Jaime stabs his best friend to death during a night of drinking. Sent to prison he is put in a group cell run by Potro, the stallion, who, as Jaime's protector, makes him a prince. In return he expects loyalty and sex. The relationship fulfils Jaime's need for affection and belonging, but then a brutal power struggle breaks out.
October 24, 2020, 10pm. About 300 mostly young/ sexy boys from all over Europe celebrate and have fun. Only those in dress code who fit the concept may enter. With dance floor, bar, Sniff area and darkroom. Resident DJ playing a mix of Charts, House, Dance, and Pop. Meet the Sk8erboy team and models from the movies - get an autograph; maybe sniff his smelly socks?
October 31, 2020 (TBC), 10pm-5am, Eventlocation Wall 7, Gladbacher Wall 7. Annual Mottokultevent attracts LGBTQ people from Cologne and the world with its extraordinary walking acts and visuals including guests in costume. DJs provide beats at two musically different areas.
November 16, 2020, 6pm-5am. From the 28 who entered the race there can only be one "Survivor of the living Drag". Featuring: Gloria Gossip, Eddie Cheeks, Loreley Rivers, Daniel Lu, Caya Caya, and Menorah Tea. Jury: Sascha, Chef + Dragbändiger; Bambi Mercury Queen of Drags, Berlin; Vava Vilde Queen of Drags, Stuttgart; and Patrick Dähmlow CEO Mr. Gay Germany.
November 19 - December 23, 2020, 12-10pm daily, Heavenue Cologne, Schaafenstraße. Enter the heavenly portal at the pedestrian zone on Sparkasse KölnBonn/ Schaafenstrasse. Everyone is welcome. Party events, music, entertainment, food, drinks, and shopping in a festive sea of lights and colorful market huts.
November 21, 2020, from 5:30pm-midnight at Station2B, Pipinstrasse 2, Cologne. Private events on irregular dates in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mannheim, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne clubs, where, willing "mares" offer themselves to "stallions" without ever seeing their faces. Entry: 12 €. Next date: see website.
November 25-29, 2020. Past years have included WED Cruising Check-In at Pullerman's. THU Gigantic Foam Party at Phoenix Sauna. FRI Bears & Beard Party at Klub Domhof + Mr Bear Germany Election. SAT PIPE Men-Only Main Party at Bogen 2+5. SUN Farewell events at Badehaus Babylon, Phoenix Sauna, Gentle Bears, and Barcelon Colonia. For updates / full 2020 schedule see:
February 11-19, 2021, annual festival week, Friday/Saturday/Sunday Carnival and Parade, Monday Rosenmontag, street & club parties, bar closing times suspended for the festival duration; costumes, drinking, singing all over the city. Midnight Tuesday burning of Nubbel -- the straw doll scapegoats for all the sins of the year. Ash Wednesday traditional fish dinners.