What’s on in Germany: September 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A music festival in Munich, a birthday party for an airport in Hamburg, and the Oktoberfest reaches Berlin.

What's on in Germany: September 22 - 28
Photo: Hamburg Airport.



Holy Mass with the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI starts his four-day German tour Thursday in Berlin. Celebrate mass with his holiness Thursday night at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Registration is required.

Price: Free

Location: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3

Times: Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm

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Oktoberfest in Berlin

Why should the Bavarians have all the fun? Berlin celebrates Oktoberfest too you know. Gather beneath the blue and white lozenges at Berlin’s Central Festival grounds and raise a glass of wheaty goodness like a true Bavarian.

Price: Free

Location: Zentralen Festplatz at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm

Times: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, October 9

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D’Accord Exhibition Opening

Typography, painting, photography, graphic-design and installations converge in a new group show at Neonchocolate Gallery. Join the art and design collective 44flavours at Saturday night’s opening and fete the work of 14 international artists.

Price: Free

Location: Neonchocolate Gallery, Lychener Strasse 23

Times: Saturday, September 24, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday and Thursday, 5-8pm (Regular Hours); through October 6

Phone: 030 9651 9988

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She was The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day” in April, and Rolling Stone’s “Artist to Watch” in May. EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) has been on a roll all summer. Move your body to the South Dakota native’s grungy country-goth rock Saturday at Gebäude 9.

Price: €14

Location: Gebäude 9, Deutz-Mülheimer Strasse 127-129

Times: Saturday, September 24, 8:00pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Encore – Städelschule Graduate Exhibition

Frankfurt’s Städelschule has nourished the talents of young artists from around the world since 1817. See what this year’s batch of graduates has to show for themselves at the graduate exhibition opening Tuesday evening.

Price: €12

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Zollamt, Domstrasse 10

Times: Tuesday, September 27, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm (Regular Hours); through October 23

Tickets: 069 2123 0447

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Newcomers Festival

New in town? Head to the Römer (Frankfurt’s City Hall) on Sunday where you’ll learn about everything a newbie would ever want to know like where to open a bank account, where to take German classes, and where the local AA meetings are held. Groups, clubs, camps, schools, and churches of all stripes will try to get you to join their ranks while apple juice flows and live music fills the air.

Price: Free

Location: Römer, Frankfurt’s City Hall, Römerberg

Times: Sunday, September 25, 1-6pm

Phone: 069 71 91 65 81

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Hamburg Airport’s 100th Anniversary

With Hamburg’s harbour getting all the attention lately, it’s nice to hear its airport is getting a little love too. A big party takes place this weekend in honour of the airport’s 100th birthday. Over 40 planes will be on display including the historic Super Constellation from the 1950s. Help the grand old dame celebrate a century.

Price: Most activities free; Tickets required for airplane show €5 (Adults), €3 (Ages 6-16), €15 (Family Ticket)

Location: Hamburg Airport

Times: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 10am-6pm

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Cage 99

Hamburg Airport may be 100-years-old, but if John Cage was still alive the legendary composer would be 99. A milestone like this calls for a three-day interdisciplinary festival, which is exactly what Kampnagel and the NDR Symphony Orchestra had in mind. The performances start Thursday with Hungarian choreographer Eszter Salamon’s “Dance for Nothing,” a solo piece incorporating Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing.”

Price: Various

Location: Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Thursday, September 22 – Saturday, September 24

Phone: 040 270 9490

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Hiroshi Kawano – The Philosopher at the Computer

In the early 1960s, Hiroshi Kawano created his first published computer artworks on his OKITAC 5090A, setting in motion an extensive exploration of the philosophy of making art through digital means. See the pioneer’s straight lines and primary hued pixels at ZKM in Karlsruhe, where a retrospective of his works opens on Friday.

Price: €5

Location: ZKM Medienmuseum, Lorenzstrasse 19

Times: Friday, September 23, 6pm (Opening); Wednesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 8, 2012

Phone: 0721 81000

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Ander Art

From the Austrian Empress Sissi’s poems to hip hop and funk from the Caribbean, this year’s Ander Art festival features an assortment of stylistic enterprises. Head to Odeonsplatz Saturday for your fill of aural delights from around the world.

Price: Free

Location: Odeonsplatz

Times: Saturday, September 24, noon-10pm

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Birth of the Cool Revisited – A Tribute to Miles Davis

It’s been 20 years since legendary jazzman Miles Davis passed away. In his honour, French saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave put together a nonet that includes German trumpet player Axel Schlosser, American saxophonist Roger Jannotta, and Australian guitarist Peter O’Mara. On Wednesday, the guys play their version of The Birth of the Cool. Sidle up to the stage at the studios of Bavarian Radio, or tune in at home.

Price: €10

Location: Bayerischen Rundfunk, Studio 2, Rundfunkplatz 1

Times: Wednesday, September 28, 8pm

Tickets: 089 59 00 45 45

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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.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

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.