What’s on in Germany: October 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: A French DJ in Cologne, Tori Amos in Frankfurt, and Hungarian chamber music in a Munich museum.

What's on in Germany: October 20 - 26
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Magazine Launch party

Each issue of the bilingual German/English magazine Ein Magazin über Orte (A Magazine about Places) focuses on a specific location like the park, the sea, the kitchen … The current issue spotlights Berlin! Pick up a copy Friday night at the launch party at Do You Read Me?’s fancy new reading room in Tiergarten. Guitarist Martyn Heine from the Amsterdam band Trygghet provides the soundtrack.

Price: Free

Location: Do You Read Me? Reading Room, Potsdamer Strasse 98

Times: Friday, October 21, 7pm

Phone: 030 695 49 695

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Lauren Oliver – Delirium

A world free of a pesky little emotion called love is the premise of Lauren Oliver’s new novel for the young adult set. All you gotta do is take the cure. See the Brooklyn author read from Delirium, a nominee for this year’s German youth book award, Thursday.

Price: Free

Location: Humboldt-Universität, Audimax, Unter den Linden 6

Times: Thursday, October 20, 4pm

Phone: 030 695 49 695

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Asian Film Festival Berlin

Three generations share their perspectives in Bi Dung So! a Vietnamese film, which opens this year’s Asian Film Festival Berlin Wednesday. The five-day biannual event presents cinema from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other East Asian and Southeast Asian locales.

Price: €5

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Wednesday, October 26 – Sunday, October 30

Tickets: 030 39 78 7175

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Laurent Garnier

Laurent Garnier has always been fascinated by music, disco balls, and making people dance. The sole Frenchman on British magazine Mixmag’s list of “Best DJs of all time, he mixes it up at Bootshaus Friday night. You’ve never seen a dance floor so dazzling.

Price: €15

Location: Bootshaus, Auenweg 173

Times: Friday, October 21, 10pm

Phone: 0221 91 40 910

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Tori Amos

The fiery chanteuse arrives in Frankfurt Wednesday in the midst of a tour in support of her new album Night of Hunters. Drama and intensity still characterize Tori’s show, but this time around she’s got a string quartet in tow. Haven’t you heard? Night of Hunters marks the “Cornflake Girl’s” foray into classical music. Lady rocks the fugue.

Price: €57.15

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz

Times: Wednesday, October 26, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070 (.14/min)

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Night of the Clubs

Shuttle around from party to party this weekend. One ticket gets you entrance to over 20 bars and dance clubs where DJs from London to Australia will have you grooving until the wee hours. Shook me aaaall niiiight long.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Friday, October 21, 10pm-4am

Hotline: 069 97460 555

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Children’s Events

Musical Fairy Tales with Ferdinand the Palace Cat

Dig out the tiny maracas, tambourines, and penny whistles from the pile of Legos and Teddy bears. It’s musical fairy tale time at Frankfurt’s magical moated palace, Holzhausenschlösschen. Ferdinand the palace cat reads German fairy tales while the kids make music.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung in the Holzhausenschlösschen, Justinianstrasse 5

Times: Tuesday, October 25, 3:30pm

Phone: 069 55 77 91

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Japanese Fashion Design – Body-Wrappings from Kenzo to Yamamoto

Have you seen the Japanese fashions on view at Hamburg’s Arts and Crafts Museum? Exquisite designs by Kenzo, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons and other superstars of the Japanese fashion word are displayed until the end of the month. Elegantly inspiring.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Steintorplatz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Thursday, 11am-9pm; through October 30

Tickets: 040 428 134 880

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British actors James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, and Julian Glover provide the voices for the lead marionettes in this fantasy puppet film. Written and directed by Danish filmmaker Anders Rønnow Klarlund, the timeless tale of love and vengeance screens at Munich’s Film Museum Thursday.

Price: €4

Location: Filmmuseum München, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Thursday, October 20, 7pm

Reservations: 089 233 24150

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Modern Night Music – The Munich Chamber Ensemble

A portrait of the great Hungarian composer Sándor Veress unfurls at the Pinakothek der Moderne Saturday night. For the 25th edition of the museum’s “Modern Night Music” series, the Munich Chamber Ensemble presents works from the maestro’s opus including “Homage to Paul Klee.”

Price: €30

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Saturday, October 22, 10pm-Midnight

Phone: 089 23805 360

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Samuel Beckett – Waiting For Godot

It’s been over half a century since Samuel Beckett penned his famous tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot,” but the storyline continues to resonate with audiences in our 21st century world. BeMe Theatre stages the iconic absurdist play this week in Munich.

Price: €18

Location: Einstein Kulturzenturm, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 8pm; Tuesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 29, 8pm; October 20, 26, and 28, 11am

Tickets: 089 385 377 66

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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.