What’s on in Germany: August 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: Poetry slamming in Hamburg, a culture festival in Dresden and Madonna drops in on Munich.

What's on in Germany: August 13 - 19
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12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Berlin 2009

From the high jump to the pole vault, 1,800 athletes from around the world are competing in 24 different disciplines starting Saturday in Berlin. Once you’ve had your adrenaline pumped at the Olympic Stadium, check out the KulturStadion at Pariser Platz for live music, cooking shows, performances by the Shaolin Monks, and more!

Price: €30 – 135

Location: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz

Times: Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 23

Ticket Hotline: 0180 512 0091 (0.14 €/Min)

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Gay and Lesbian Park Festival

For boys who like boys and girls who like girls, Berlin’s Volkspark Friedrichshain is the place to be this weekend. Go and dance beneath the trees to bands like Long Trigger and Squeezebox featuring Gloria Viagra as the park blooms into a colourful celebration.

Price: Free

Location: Volkspark Friedrichshain, Open Air Cinema

Times: Saturday, August 15, 3pm

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Open Air Classical Summer

The Berlin Symphony Orchestra plays Glinka, Rachmaninov, and Dvorak Wednesday night to kick off a five-concert series that includes James Bond themes, an opera gala, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an evening devoted to St. Petersburg. Witness the sounds of exceptional musicians as they merge with a fantastic display of fireworks each night in the magical open air setting of Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei.

Price: €24 – 40

Location: Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36

Times: Wednesday, August 19 – Sunday, August 23, 7:30pm

Tickets: 030 4431 5151

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Dresden City Festival

Art, music, food, and fun fill the streets of Dresden this weekend as the Saxon city kicks off its annual festival. For a look at Dresden’s sparkling cultural offerings, there’s no better time to be there than now.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

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Self Defense Seminar

This weekend, learn how to protect yourself. Beginners and experts will all enjoy martial arts expert Tom Sotis’ two-day course.

Price: €130

Location: Seishinkai Aikido School, Alt-Bornheim 35

Times: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16

Phone: 069 1757 2731

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There’s a big event going on in Hamburg this weekend that involves some really good music and some really good art. Four stages feature bands like The Whitest Boy Alive, Black Lips and MGMT, while a music and art playground offers activities for all ages.

Price: €29 – €62

Location: Reiherstieg Hauptdeich, Ecke Alte Schleuse

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

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Texperiment Poetry Slam

Hamburg’s poetry event of the summer kicks off Friday night. Head to Uebel & Gefährlich’s rooftop terrace and be enthralled as the region’s most skilled slammers battle it out.

Price: €5

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Friday, August 14, 8pm

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Leipzig Water Festival

Rejoice in Leipzig’s rivers, canals, lakes, and ponds. This year’s Water Festival features water skiing at Kanupark on Markkleeberger Lake, salsa night at the Klingerweg Boat House, beach volleyball at Lake Cospudener, fireworks at Lindenauer Harbour and lots more splashy fun.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Phone: 0341 4924 024

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Few can entertain quite like Madonna. The Queen of Pop plays Munich’s Olympic Stadium Tuesday night during a stop on her “Sticky and Sweet Tour.” Watch her perform tracks from her latest disc Hard Candy as well as favourites like “Vogue,” “Like a Virgin” and “Ray of Light.”

Price: €70 – 195

Location: Olympic Stadium, Spiridon-Louis-Ring

Times: Tuesday, August 18, 7:30pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 5570 070 (0.14 €/Min)

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Woodstock Tribute Concert

Didn’t make it to that mother of all music fests? Reenact it on Sunday when Munich’s Woodstock Tribute Band channels Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other icons of that legendary stage for the fortieth anniversary of Woodstock. Tie-dye is encouraged.

Price: Free

Location: Rotkreuzplatz

Times: Sunday, August 16, 2-10pm

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Sri Janmastami Celebration

Celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna with classical Indian dancing and a vegetarian feast. The yoga studio Krishnaloft hosts a Janmastami festival Friday.

Price: Free

Location: Zentrum für Heilenden Klang, Ötztalerstrasse 1b

Times: Friday, August 14, 6pm

Phone: 089 6880 0288

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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.