What’s on in Germany: April 22 – 28

This week's highlights: A music festival in Cologne, a theatre festival in Frankfurt, a spring fair in Stuttgart, and Munich celebrates ballet.

What's on in Germany: April 22 - 28
The spring fair in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA



Freedom and Disorder – Young Art From Columbia

Everyday life, political circumstances, and a history of violence are the topics tackled by a group of young artists from Columbia who present their work at this 10-day festival. From music to theatre, video art to dance, a variety of mediums convey a most intriguing story of this diverse Latin American nation.

Price: Various

Location: Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU), Hallesches Ufer 32

Times: Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, May 1

Phone: 030 259 0040

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Berlin Spring Classical Concert 2010

Robert Schumann is the focus of this springtime concert. The Berlin Mozart Quartet performs the Romantic German composer’s “String Quartet Op. 41,” at the Französischer Dom, Saturday night.

Price: €32

Location: Französischer Dom, Gendarmenmarkt

Times: Saturday, April 24, 7:30 pm

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Cologne Music Triennale

Three weeks of music kicks off Saturday in Cologne. From family concerts to lunch concerts to concerts devoted to 20th century film music, the Far East, and young composers, the next month and a half will have the city resounding with good tunes. Be sure to check out the film programme too.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, May 16

Ticket Hotline: 0221 280 281

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Night of the Museums

Four dozen museums in Frankfurt and Offenbach invite you to step inside Saturday night for some live music, theatre, refreshments, and plenty of special exhibitions. It’s the Night of the Museums, and one ticket gets you in to them all.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 24, 7pm-2am

Ticket Hotline: 069 9746 0555

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Starke Stücke – International Children’s and Youth Theatre Festival

Companies from Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany descend on Frankfurt this week for an exuberant program of children’s theatre. Marvel at the sounds and colours of Compania Teatrale Piccoli Principi’s “Ba Ba,” see theatre and puppetry intermingle in Theater Couturier und Ikkolas “Duck, Death, and Tulip.” delight in the music of Prokofiev in “Peter and the Wolf.”

Price: €2 – 12

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, April 21 – Thursday, April 29

Phone: 069 2577 1760

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Long Night of Museums

Delve into Hamburg’s maritime past, follow a family friendly route, or check out the city’s contemporary art scene. This Saturday’s Long Night of Museums features a host of cultural offerings to please all palates.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 24

Phone: 040 428 1310

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Rolando Villazón, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

Be wooed by the music of Georg Friedrich Händel. Paul McCreesh leads Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, English soprano Lucy Crowe, and the ensemble Gabrieli Consort & Players through segments of the Baroque composer’s most beloved operas and oratorios.

Price: €15 – 149

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Monday, April 26, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 040 357 666 66

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Ballet Festival Weeks 2010

It has been a marvellous two decades for grand jetés and pirouettes. The Bavarian State Ballet’s 20-year jubilee culminates in a festive finale. Witness highlights from the company’s repertoire as well as premieres. Dance devotees won’t want to miss Tuesday’s screening of Pina Bausch – Le Sacre du Printemps

Price: Various

Location: National Theater, Max-Joseph-Platz 2

Times: Sunday, April 25 – Sunday, May 9

Tickets: 089 2185 1920

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Yvonne Rainer – Lives of Performers

In 1972 the American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker directed Lives of Performers, a piece of experimental performance cinema based around a love story told through movement. Munich’s Film Museum, in co-operation with Kunstverein München presents a rare screening of the 16mm, black and white film Thursday.

Price: €4

Location: Filmmuseum München, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Thursday, April 22, 7pm

Phone: 089 233 22348

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Closing Reception: Für immer Dein…

Saturday night’s finissage will be a good time to check out this group show at Laden. Artists from Germany, Russia, and the United States tackle the topic of parental relations.

Price: Free

Location: Laden, Lothringer Strasse 13

Times: Saturday, April 24, 7pm

Phone: 089 4591 1905

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Stuttgart Spring Festival

Ride a plastic elephant, soar high through the sky on twirling swings, dance to the rhythms of the Alpine hinterlands. It’s springtime in Stuttgart and the city is bursting with festivity as the Stuttgart Spring Festival begins.

Price: Free

Location: Cannstatter Wasen, Mercedesstrasse

Times: Monday – Thursday, noon-11pm; Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday, 11am-midnight; Sunday, 11am-11pm; through May 9

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.