What’s on in Germany: April 9 – 15

This week's highlights: Russian folk songs in Munich, Japanese film in Frankfurt, and a musical Easter egg hunt in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: April 9 - 15
The Amazonien by Yadegar Asisi. Photo: DPA



Kids Workshop: Musical Jazz Dance and Costume Design

Sticking around for the Easter holiday? Get the kids away from their Facebook accounts and into one of the creative workshops at The Center in Prenzlauerberg. Six to eleven-year-olds can learn to dance like “Cabaret” stars in this four-day English-language workshop.

Price: €149

Location: The Center, Esmarchstrasse 5

Times: Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, April 17, 9:30am-2pm

Tickets: 030 4004 8440

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Trio Nexus

Unerhörte Musik is BKA’s weekly series for new and contemporary German music. This week, flutist Erik Drescher, pianist Frank Gutschmidt, and drummer Claudia Sgarb play the works of Dror Feiler, Bill Dietz, and Chris Newman.

Price: €10

Location: BKA Theater, Mehringdamm 34

Times: Tuesday, April 14, 8:30pm

Phone: 030 20 22 007

More Information: www.bka-luftschloss.deg



Leisure Activities Under Fascism

This exhibition compares holiday policies during the eras of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy through private photo albums as well as historical advertisements from the recreational organisations of both states. But don’t let those smiling bathing beauties fool you, both governments sought to merge private and public spheres, so restful moments alone, away from the watchful eye of the regime were rare.

Price: €3.60

Location: NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Appellhofplatz 23-25

Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-4pm; Thursday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm; through May 24

Phone: 0221 2212 6332

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Like Wagner? A “music theatre experiment” created by c.t.201, Kölncampus and Studiobühneköln offers an intriguing way to experience the composer’s last opera.

Price: €13

Location: Studiobühne Köln, Universitätsstrasse 16a

Times: Friday, April 10, 5-10:30pm

Phone: 0221 470 4513

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Film Fest Dresden – International Short Film Festival

From England to Spain, over twenty countries are represented in this year’s film festival. To honour the twentieth anniversary of Germany’s Peaceful Revolution, the program includes several events with the theme “20 Years After the Revolution.” Be sure to catch a couple films, and don’t miss the film ball and vampire procession Saturday night.

Price: Single Screening €5, Film Ball €10

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19

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Jorge Pardo

Perhaps you’ve sipped a martini at the Bar am Kaiserteich in the K21, mesmerised by the hanging sculpture of glowing green and blue blossoms. Pretty, huh? It was created by Jorge Pardo, and now you can see more of the Cuban-American artist’s vibrant sculptures, pictures, and designs at this new exhibition devoted entirely to his work.

Price: €6.50

Location: K21 Kunstsammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ständehausstrasse 1

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

Phone: 0211 8381 600

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Nippon Connection – Japanese Film Festival

Over twenty Japanese filmmakers present their latest movies in Frankfurt starting Wednesday. This year’s festival includes a section devoted to “Pink Films,” a genre of Japanese erotic movies, as well as the regular stew of features, documentaries, and anime delights. But it’s not simply a day at the movies, workshops on sushi and shiatsu, plus concerts, dance performances, and an exhibition on stone lanterns turn this event into a cultural cornucopia.

Price: €6-35

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 19

Phone: 069 798 22 986

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A Musical Easter Egg Hunt

Look in the violin case! Look in the drum! Laeiszhalle’s Easter egg hunt is sure to be a glorious affair. Five to eight-year-olds are invited to partake in the spirited search, which culminates in an Easter Day concert by the Bremen Chamber Orchestra.

Price: €8

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Sunday, April 12, 2pm and 4:30 pm

Phone: 040 357 666 33

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Panorama pictures don’t really have the allure they once did, say in the nineteenth century, but rest assured, a visit to “Amazonian” will be a day to remember. German artist Yadegar Asisi’s 32,000-square-foot image depicts the Amazon Jungle in all its tropical glory.

Price: €9

Location: Asisi Panometer Leipzig, Richard-Lehmann-Strasse 114

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 10am-8pm

Phone: 0341 121 33 96

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Russian Easter

If those glorious painted eggs tell us anything, it’s that the Russians sure know how to celebrate Easter. Spend Saturday evening listening to Russian and Ukrainian folk songs based on the Orthodox Easter theme.

Price: €24 – 54

Location: Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, April 11, 8pm

Phone: 089 54 81 81 54 (0.14 cents/minute)

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Tutankhamun – His Tomb and Treasures

King Tut’s one of history’s greatest superstars, and the discovery of his tomb in 1922 was one of the most sensational discoveries of all time. See the famed Pharaoh’s majestic coffin, his gilded chariot, and all those glistening treasures that were sealed up by his side over three thousand years ago.

Price: €8-19

Location: Event-Arena in the Olympiapark, Toni-Merkens-Weg 4

Times: Friday – Wednesday and Holidays 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through August 30

Phone: 0180 557 0097 or 0180 54 818181 (0.14 cents/minute)

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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

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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