What’s on in Germany: April 2 – 8

What's on in Germany: April 2 - 8
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Staatsoper Unter den Linden Festival Days

This year’s Festtage kicks off Saturday with the premiere of a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, by opera director Stefan Herheim. A highlight of the week-long program includes a collaboration with the orchestra and choir from the famed La Scala opera house in Milan.

Price: €25 – 260

Location: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Unter den Linden 7

Times: Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 12

Tickets: 030 20 35 45 55

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Carnival Within – An Exhibition Made in American

Once a horse depot, and then a garage for the BVG, Uferhallen is a massive warehouse in Berlin’s Wedding district. Last week, the three thousand-square-meter space took on a circus guise as the carnivalesque sculptures, videos, and wall pieces of eighteen international artists based in the United States were installed. Keep an eye out for Karyn Olivier’s one-chaired carousel and David Herbert’s giant Superman.

Price: €6

Location: Uferhallen, Uferstrasse 8 – 11

Times: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm-6pm; Thursday, 12-8pm; through May 3

Phone: 030 4690 6871

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Balkan Express Five Year Anniversary

Gebäude 9 celebrates the anniversary of their monthly Balkan-styled series with DJ Click, Kosta Kostov, Bam-Bou-Büs, and the infectious sounds of Tel Aviv-based, Mediterranean surf-rockers, Boom Pan. What a jubilant way to welcome these first warm days of spring.

Price: €15

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

Times: Saturday, April 4, 9pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Networks – The Art of Lacemaking

The weaving together of fine white threads into delicate works of beauty and grace is one of those revered crafts that gets passed on through generations. But all too often the art of lacemaking gets relegated to a nearly archaic, historical type of activity. This season, Cologne’s Museum für Angewandte Kunst proves that the age-old artform has evolved rather extraordinarily into the twenty-first century.

Price: €4,20

Location: Museum für angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; Thursday, April 2, 11am-10pm; through May 17

Phone: 0221 2212 6714

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Indian Wedding Jewellery

With their stunning collections of golden bangles, rings, necklaces, earrings and pendants, Indian brides really go all out. Each piece usually holds some sort of symbolic significance, or is a cherished family heirloom, worn by the bride’s own mother and grandmother before her. On Sunday afternoon, jewellery artist Ewa Doerenkamp presents classical examples of Indian wedding jewellery at the Museum of World Cultures in Frankfurt.

Price: €12

Location: Museum der Weltkulturen, Schaumainkai 29

Times: Sunday, April 5, 4pm

Registration: 069 212 3836

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Joy of Life Fair

Health and happiness. It’s what we’re all after. Dozens of experts roll into Hamburg this weekend for the annual Joy of Life Fair. Have a consultation with an energy healing master, take a workshop on spiritual money management, or simply relax in the “Sound Dream Lounge” and breath in time to the rhythm of the planets.

Price: €8, Friday; €10, Saturday & Sunday; €21 all three days

Location: CCH-Congress Center Hamburg, Am Dammtor / Marseiller Strasse

Times: Friday, April 3, 1-7pm; Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-7pm; Sunday, April 5, 10:30am-6pm

Phone: 04502 309 242

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New Faces – Model Casting

Want to be the next Heidi Klum? Sixteen to twenty-one year olds, who are at least five foot seven inches tall, should head over to the Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum Friday. New Faces is searching for their next top model, and it could be you!

Price: Free

Location: Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum, Kritenbarg 4

Times: Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5, 1-6pm

Phone: 040 538 930 45

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Loki Schmidt Haus

After a long winter, the Loki Schmidt Haus, located on the grounds of Hamburg University’s Botanical Garden, has re-opened with an exhibition on agricultural crops. Take a break from your spring gardening and learn about the plants that produce so many of the items we use nearly every day like cotton, vanilla, and cork, in this fascinating and educational exhibition.

Price: Free

Location: Loki Schmidt Haus, Botanical Garden at the University of Hamburg, Ohnhorststrasse 18

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm; Sunday, 10-5pm

Phone: 040 428 1658 3040

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Bob Dylan

His new album Together Through Life doesn’t drop until the end of the month, but he’s been pulling out all sorts of rare tracks on this spring tour. “One More Cup of Coffee” in Stockholm? Should have been there. Wonder what he’s got in store for Saturday night’s show in Munich. Best not to risk it. Get a ticket while you still can.

Price: €70

Location: Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29

Times: Saturday, April 4, 8pm

Tickets: 01805 570070 (0.14/Minute)

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Make Some Noise for Amnesty International

Local favourites Der Englische Garten and Soylent Green share the bill with Aussie rockers Silverflies on Friday. Loud, growling rock for a good cause.

Price: €6

Location: Glockenbachwerkstatt, Blumenstrasse 7

Times: Friday, April 3, 9pm

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Primitive

Myths and memories unravel in the haunting films of this Thai filmmaker. His latest project “Primitive” takes place in a tiny village near the Laos border and combines film with installation. Go and see how light sweeps over a rice field, and a bolt of lightning crackles across a sky.

Price: €5

Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Daily, 10am-10pm; through May 24

Phone: 089 21127 113

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New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.

New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’
Photo: DPA

When low-level pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is forced to smuggle an enormous amount of marijuana from Mexico to the States, he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teenager (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighbor (Will Poulter) to pose as his family in the hopes that “the Millers” will raise less suspicion at the border than a single man. We’re the Millers is a fun, lighthearted summer comedy marked by strong performances, a surprising script and tons of laughs.

Movies in eastern Germany

For Berlin click here

Movies in central and western Germany

For Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Landstuhl/Ramstein click here

Movies in northern Germany

For Hamburg and Bremen click here

Movies in southern Germany

For Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Bamberg click here