What’s on in Germany: September 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Frankfurt, literature in Hamburg, and Fritz Lang with live music in Cologne.

What's on in Germany:  September 13 – 19
Photo: Harbour Front



Berlin Art Week

One thing’s certain. Art. It’s one of the German capital’s biggest draws. This week hundreds of small galleries join museums like the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie in presenting a new event that’s said to be the art highlight of the autumn. From Man Ray and Mario Testino fashion photography to Paul McCarthy’s studio “box,” a bevy of refreshing art has sprung up in spaces across the city. Go and immerse yourself in the invigorating atmosphere.

Price: €28 (One ticket allows entrance to all partner venues)

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 16

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Long Night of Pictures

Those looking for a smaller scale art fair can focus on two districts in the eastern side of the city. Galleries in Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg stay open late on Saturday night for a “Long Night of Pictures,” and some of them will be complimenting their visual arts with live music and theatre performances. Pedal your way through one of several suggested itineraries and see artwork inspired by cartography, black and white photos from 1980s Berlin, and countless colourful paintings.

Price: Free

Location: Various galleries in Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg

Times: Saturday, September 15, 3pm-Midnight

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One of a gazillion Brooklyn bands working hard to get famous, Relatives mixes minimalist vocals with a folksy lilt and a classical wink. Two out of five members, Katie Vogel who sings, and Ian Davis who sings and plays guitar, harmonize at Madame Claude’s on Friday night. Pull up a seat at the brothel turned “bar for common people” and enjoy a beer while the band plays on.

Price: Donation

Location: Madame Claude, Lubbener Strasse 19

Times: Friday, September 14, 10:30pm

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Fritz Lang – Woman in the Moon

Blast off to the moon! Fritz Lang’s last silent film is considered to be the first in the genre of science fiction. The black and white classic was first shown in 1929 and deemed revolutionary. Countdown to zero Monday night at the Cologne Philharmonic when Dennis James and Mark Goldstein perform organ and electronics along to all the space travel action.

Price: €25

Location: Kölner Philharmonie
, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1

Ticket Hotline: 0221 280 280

Times: Monday, September 17, 8pm

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Thomas Witzmann – Angle of Incidence/Refraction

Spread out across all floors, a choir, musicians, and soloists explore the cathedral-like acoustics of the Museum of Applied Arts’ 1957 building in Thomas Witzmann’s video/music-theatre piece “Angle of Incidence/Refraction.” With a variety of different mediums, the German composer and director presents a part documentary, part narrative multi-sensory work about the turbulent history of Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts.

Price: €15

Location: Museum of Applied Arts, An der Rechtschule

Tickets: 0221 221 238 6

Times: Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16, 8pm

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To Hell With Lines – The Photographic Style of the New School of Wood Engraving

During the 19th century, magazines like Harpers Weekly and Scribner’s hired wood engravers to reproduce drawings and paintings for publication. An intricate art form, the technique was made obsolete by modern printing technologies. A new exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum features approximately thirty engravings by masters like Timothy Cole and Henry Wolf. Examine the detailed lines of an earlier time when the show opens Friday.

Price: €8

Location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday, September 14 – January 6, 2013

Phone: 0221 2212 11 19

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Breaking the Code – A Play By Hugh Whitemore

Considered by many to be the father of computer science, Alan Turing played a major role in influencing the world as we know it. Seems like a good guy to write a play about. The English Theatre Frankfurt’s production of Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code opened last week. Take a seat in the audience and find out all about the life of the man who broke German codes during World War II, created the first designs for a “stored-program computer,” and was nearly imprisoned for being gay.

Price: €22 – 34

Location: The English Theatre, 
Gallusanlage 7

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 6pm; through October 27

Tickets: 069 242 316 20

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Film Noir Exhibition

The lights are low, the click of an old typewriter fills the air. Is that cigar smoke you smell? Or just your imagination getting carried away in the mysterious atmosphere of the German Film Institute Film Museum. A special exhibition presents the style and history of film noir with movie projections, posters, scripts, and props set up like a film noir movie set. Wear your fedora.

Price: €10

Location: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41

Times: Tuesday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Thursday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 14

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Harbour Front Literature Festival

Writers from Germany, elsewhere in Europe, and points further abroad gather in Hamburg this week for the city’s biggest gathering of bookish types. Anglophones will appreciate the “Literature from Overseas” section featuring discussions with American authors Chad Harbach and Teju Cole, and New Zealander Anthony McCarten as well as Colombian author Antonio Ungar.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, September 12 – Saturday, September 22

Tickets: 0180 50 15 730 (14-42 cents/min)

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La Fete – A French Variety Spectacle

French villagers prepare for their big day in this show-within-a-show. Combining impressive acrobats with hilarious humour, the actors create an exuberant circus atmosphere. Be dazzled by the talented team of dancers, comedians, jugglers, and contortionists this week in Munich.

Price: €33-39; €14 (Under 14)

Location: GOP Variety Theatre, Maximilianstrasse 47

Times: Wednesday – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 5pm and 8:30pm; Sunday, 3pm and 6:30pm; through October 28

Tickets: 089 210 288 444

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Journey Back in Time – Impressions from Late 19th and Early 20th Century Travellers to Asia

There’s a gallery in Munich that specialises in fine art photography from Asia. It’s called Kobeia, and its current exhibition “Journey Back in Time” ends Saturday with a little soiree. Go and enjoy light refreshments while gazing at historic images of stunningly beautiful Far East landscapes, serene women performing a Japanese toilette, and kimono-ed artisans engrossed in their work.

Price: Free

Location: Gallery Kobeia, Luisenstrasse 49

Reservations: [email protected]

Phone: 089 1892 1101

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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.