What’s on in Germany: August 25 – 31

This Week's Highlights: Frankfurt's Museum Embankment Festival, Berlin's Long Night of Museums, and a wine village in Stuttgart.

What's on in Germany: August 25 - 31



Druck Festival Berlin

Among the myriad artists who call Berlin home, there’s a strapping contingent of silk screen printers. Get a glimpse into their intriguing world of paper and ink at a two-day festival presented by the local printing house Mother Drucker. In addition to workshops and live printing demonstrations, the festival features an exhibition of vibrant works by silk screen artists from across Europe.

Price: €5 (Day Ticket); €8 (Weekend Ticket)

Location: Stattbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65

Times: Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

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Long Night of Museums

Music takes the spotlight at Berlin’s 29th Long Night of the Museums event this weekend. Over 35 Berlin-based choirs signed on to perform in places like the Ethnological Museum and the Planetarium. But it’s not all about singing. Head to the Fire Service Museum for a fire magic show, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a bonfire.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, August 27, 6pm-2am

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Swap in the City

It’s ladies night Sunday at Goya when Swap in the City sets up beneath the chandeliers at the glamorous Berlin dance club. Grab a cocktail and groove to the tunes of DJane Monique while you browse the racks of chic threads. But you have to give in order to take, so clean out those closets and head over to Goya with at least three new or gently used pieces and let the swapping begin.

Price: €15

Location: Goya Berlin, Nollendorfplatz

Times: Sunday, August 28, 4-9pm

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Chto Delat? Perestroika: Twenty Years After: 2011-1991

“What should I do?” is the translation of “Chto Delat,” a collective of Russian artists, critics, philosophers, and writers, which has a show opening at the Kölnischer Kunstverein this week. See films, videos, sculptures, and photographs that offer a perspective on the way Russian society evolved after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Price: €4

Location: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke, Hahnenstrasse 6

Times: Friday, August 26, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 1-7pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm (Regular Hours); through September 18

Phone: 0221 217021

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Museum Embankment Festival

Three days of live music, DJs, workshops, and exhibition tours make Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment Festival one of the highlights of summer in Germany. From the Archaeology Museum to the Museum of World Cultures, all the city’s major museums host special events, while an open-air program offers plenty of opportunities to soak up some culture outdoors. Don’t miss the dragon boat races Saturday morning, and the fireworks show Sunday night.

Price: €4 (Festival Button)

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 26, 3pm-1am, Saturday, August 27, 11am-1am, Sunday, August 28, 11am-Midnight

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Jean Rouch – Petit à petit

French filmmaker Jean Rouch started making ethnological films in his native Nigeria in the 1940s. His work fuses fictional storytelling with documentary to form a new style called ethnofiction that combines cinéma vérité and La Nouvelle Vague. See the director’s 1972 film Petit à petit Wednesday night in Frankfurt.

Price: €3

Location: Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37

Times: Wednesday, August 31, 7pm

Phone: 069 212 45115

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Catalina Olea Sings the Beatles

Jogi Kirschner, Thomas Schilling, and Peter Fahrenholz join Catalina Olea, a New York-born, Germany-based singer of Ecuadorian heritage who sings Beatles songs Friday night at Frankfurt Art Bar. Be wooed by her serene version of “In My Life.”

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt Art Bar, Ziegelhüttenweg 32

Times: Friday, August 26, 8:45pm

Phone: 069 63 30 79 38

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Live Album Debut

Their tenth studio album I’m With You drops Tuesday in Germany. Celebrate what Anthony Kiedis and the guys are calling a whole new band by watching a live high-definition broadcast of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing their entire new album in addition to some of their biggest hits. “Take me to the place I love/take me all the wayy-yay-ay-yay.”

Price: €17

Location: CinemaxX Hamburg, Dammtordamm 1

Times: Tuesday, August 30, 9pm

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La La La Human Steps

“Dido and Aeneas” fuses with “Orpheus and Eurydice” in Canadian choreographer Edouard Lock’s latest work for the dance company he founded in 1980, La La La Human Steps. Characterized by high-speed virtuosity and exquisite precision Lock’s troupe comprises some of the world’s most skilled dancers. Witness their inspiring mix of classical ballet and contemporary movements Wednesday at Muffatwerk.

Price: €20 – 47

Location: Muffatwerk, Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Wednesday, August 31 andThursday, September 1, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 458 750 10

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Annette Neuffer Quintet

Billie Holiday and Lester Young formed one of the finest musical romances of the twentieth century. This weekend, the Annette Neuffer Quintet brings the timeless tunes of that legendary vocalist Lady Day and her saxophone blowing mate Prez to Jazzclub Unterfahrt.

Price: €14

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Thursday, August 25, Friday, August 26, Saturday, August 27, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 27 94

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Stuttgart Wine Village

Who doesn’t welcome an icy glass of Riesling on a warm summer’s day? Stuttgart’s Wine Village is an annual festival featuring over 200 different types of wines from the Württemberg region. Relax among a traditional Swabian setting, and have a taste of the local Trollingers, Ruländers, Lembergers, and other flavourful varieties.

Price: Free

Location: Marktplatz, Kirchstrasse, Schillerplatz

Times: Wednesday, August 24 – Sunday, September 4; Daily, 11am-11pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am-Midnight

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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.