What’s on in Germany: April 30 – May 6

This week's highlights: It's Art Gallery Weekend in Berlin, Audrey Hepburn graces the Hauptbahnhof, and Stuttgart hosts a fantastic animated film festival.

What's on in Germany: April 30 - May 6
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Gallery Weekend Berlin

The German capital erupts into one big art party Friday night when exhibitions open at thirty-eight Berlin galleries. Download the map and customise your own art-walk from Wedding to Kreuzberg.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3

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Timeless Audrey

With her natural grace and irresistible charm, Audrey Hepburn will live forever in our memories. On May 4, the iconic actress would have turned 80. Honour her life with a visit to an exhibition at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof that includes over 1,200 of her personal items such as costumes and jewellery and of course dozens of glamourous photographs.

Price: €9

Location: Metro Station Hauptbahnhof, Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Times: Daily, 9am-7pm; through May 10

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Boheme Sauvage

Dress up like a burlesque queen, a twenties flapper, or a debonair dandy Thursday night and shimmy over to Rodeo, in the Altes Postfuhramt. Live music and entertainment will have you doing the Charleston all night long.

Price: €20

Location: Rodeo, Altes Postfuhramt, Augustrasse 5a

Times: Thursday, April 30, 6pm

Tickets: 0163 7397 998

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Lily Allen

It’s been three years since the UK singer captured our hearts with “Smile” and her new record It’s Not Me, It’s You has us grinning from ear to ear. In her latest video “Not Fair” Allen plays a sultry seventies siren at a hoedown, you can be sure Monday night’s concert will be filled with equally fun scenarios and plenty of other cheeky moments.

Price: €22

Location: E-Werk, Schanzenstrasse 37

Times: Monday, May 4, 9pm

Tickets: 018 059 690 000 (0.14/min)

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This festival of Spanish and Latin-American film sets up its projectors at the German Film Museum in Frankfurt Friday. Thirty movies by Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Mexican, Guatemalan, Uruguayan, Venezuelan, and Spanish filmmakers comprise a thrilling program of feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

Price: €7

Location: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41

Times: Friday, May 1 – Thursday, May 7

Phone: 069 961 220 220

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Masala World Beat Festival

N’Faly Kouyate & Dunyakan kicks off this year’s festival Wednesday with a set of West African grooves. Dance to the sounds of Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, and more, as bands from all over the world set up in venues around Hannover.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, May 6 – Sunday, May 17

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Lili Fischer – Test Flight of the Crane Flies

See what it feels like to flap your wings like a crane fly. Volunteers can try Lili Fischer’s “crane fly simulator” on Sunday at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. While you’re there, be sure to check out the German artist’s stunning crane fly installation, which includes a graceful collection of the long-legged, winged creatures Fischer constructed after intense field research.

Price: €8.50

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Sunday, May 3, 4pm

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Train of Commemoration

A travelling tribute to victims of the holocaust rolled into Munich last Wednesday. Housed in a railway car, the exhibition documents the lives of some of the children who were deported from their homes in various European towns and cities, to the death camps in Poland.

Price: Free

Location: Munich Hauptbahnhof, Track 35

Times: Daily, 8:30am-7pm; through May 3

Tickets: 02297 1649

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24th International Documentary Film Festival Munich

Highlights from around the world are screened alongside brand new film premieres in this celebrated documentary film festival. Emerging talents and established professionals present films about life after the Lebanese civil war, a group of women who fight for children’s rights in South Africa, and a child born to blind parents.

Price: €7

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, May 6 – Wednesday, May 13

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (0.14 cents/min)

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Ballet Festival Week

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Bavarian State Ballet, and to celebrate, the company will perform a special premiere by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián called Zugvögel (Migratory Birds), to kick off its annual Ballet Festival Week.

Price: €7-77

Location: National Theater Max-Joseph-Platz 2

Times: Sunday, May 3 – Sunday, May 10

Tickets: 089 21 85 19 20

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Festival of Animated Film

In addition to the normal film festival theatre screenings, this festival includes a “Festival Garden” where bands perform on open-air stages, movies are screened beneath a star-filled sky, and a Japanese artists paints murals to the sound of her own music. Plus, kids can take free workshops in the “Activity Tent.” Cartoons are so much fun.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, May 5 – Sunday, May 10

Tickets: 0711 9254 6123

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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’
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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