What’s on in Germany: September 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: Breakdancing in Hamburg, an art weekend in Munich, and a music festival sets up at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport.

What's on in Germany: September 8 - 14
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Berlin Festival

Ever partied in an airport before? Flughafen Tempelhof will be rocking with the rhythms of Suede, Santigold, Battles, Public Enemy, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Hercules and Love Affair, and many more of the best bands on the planet this weekend. Buckle up for the flight of your life.

Price: €48.40 (one day ticket); €81.40 (two day ticket)

Location: Tempelhof Airport, Platz der Luftbrücke

Times: Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10

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Akira Kurosawa – Complete Retrospective

Warriors, princesses, detectives, and gangsters all make their way through the timeless stories of Akira Kurosawa’s epic films. The legendary director concocted a fantastic crop of characters no doubt, but it’s his extraordinary imagery that makes watching these cinematic masterpieces on the big screen one of life’s great pleasures. A retrospective at Berlin’s Arsenal runs through October. Catch as many as you can.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Various times in September and October

Phone:030 26955 100

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Exhibition Opening – Seeing Is Believing

You didn’t have to be in New York on September 11 to know the extremity of what happened that day. The media delivered images of the terrorist attacks around the world in seconds, but how does the image relate to reality? We see the image, so we believe it happened, but does the image take on a life of its own? Those are just a few of the questions for you to ponder on Saturday while perusing works by nearly two dozen artists at KW’s new exhibition.

Price: Free (Opening); €6 (Regular)

Location: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststrasse 69

Times: Saturday, September 10, 5-10pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 7pm; Thursday, Noon – 9pm; through November 13 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 243 4590

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Cologne Music Night

Is it just me or is the whole world suddenly infatuated with singing? A certain TV show may or may not have played a part in this passion for all things vocal. Whether you watch “Glee” or not, the fact is, this year’s Cologne Music Night focuses on the voice. From jazz duos to chamber ensembles, to full-on choirs, musical groups of all kinds perform Saturday at 26 venues in Cologne.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, September 10, 6pm-1am

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Cologne Bierbörse

Let the Oktoberfest type shindigs begin. With the arrival of September comes the pomp and heraldry of that beloved beverage known as beer. Head to Cologne this weekend where you’ll be able to sample the offerings of a variety of different breweries. Raise a pint with as much pageantry as you can muster. What time is it? It’s Bierbörse time!

Price: Free

Location: MediaPark Köln

Times: Friday, September 9, 3-11pm; Saturday, September 10, 3-11pm; Sunday, September 11, 11am-9pm

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Swap in the City

It’s ladies night Sunday at Union Halle when Swap in the City sets up beneath the glittering disco ball at the glamorous Frankfurt event space. Grab a cocktail, get a beauty makeover, then 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: Union Halle, Hanauer Landstrasse 188

Times: Sunday, September 11, 4-9pm

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MMK After Work

Sip a cocktail on the orange terrace on top of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, and then take a stroll through the seven exhibitions currently on view. The museum’s “After Work” series continues this month with live music by Robert Johnson and a DJ set by Michael Satter.

Price: €12

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstrasse 10

Times: Wednesday, September 14, 7pm

Phone: 069 212 30447

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Red Bull Flying Bach

Can you breakdance to Bach? Cultures collide this weekend in Hamburg as skilled breakdancers backspin and scramble to the preludes and fugues of Johann Sebastian’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” Catch the hip-hop-meets-baroque bonanza as it stops off in Hamburg during its helicopter spin around Germany this fall.

Price: €20.50 – 45

Location: Curio-Haus, Rothenbaumchaussee 11

Times: Saturday, September 10 – Wednesday, September 14, 8:15pm

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Hamburg St. Pauli – Creative Night

Artist’s studios, offices, and workshops host a dazzling programme of music, art, and creative activities for young and old Friday night in Hamburg. Stroll around the city’s vibrant St. Pauli neighbourhood and take a peak into the dozens of open doorways.

Price: Free

Location: Various locations in the St. Pauli neighbourhood.

Times: Friday, September 9, 6pm

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Open Art

Sixty-five galleries unveil new exhibitions this weekend in Munich for Open Art, an annual event to celebrate the start of the fall art season. See Ute Reinhardt and Yvette Kyssling’s dreamy paintings at Galerie Gunzenhauser, Beili Liu’s crimson forest installation at Galerie Ruetz, and Aldo Cristofaro’s vivacious canvases at Joerg Heitsch Galerie. Then dance the night away at the Haus der Kunst after party.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, September 9, 6-9pm, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 11am-6pm (Gallery Hours); Friday, September 9, 10pm (After Party)

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Knot those obis and head over to Gasteig for an evening of Japanese court music. The ensemble Tenri Kawaramachi Gagakukai hails from Kyoto and plays music that’s over a thousand years old.

Price: €25

Location: Gasteig,

Times: Wednesday, September 14, 7pm

Tickets: 0180 54 818181

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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.