What’s on in Germany: April 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: A night of opera and theatre in Berlin, a festival of light in Frankfurt, and the circus comes to Cologne.

What's on in Germany: April 8 - 14
Frankfurt's Luminale festival. Photo: DPA



Long Night of Opera and Theatre

For the second year running, drama unfolds across Berlin as the city erupts into a medley of arias and soliloquies. From classical to avant-garde, choose from among nearly 200 fabulous opera and theatre productions this weekend.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 10

Ticket Hotline: 030 479 974 44

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Music Concerts

The Zafraan Ensemble Plays American New Music

George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Mark Barden, Rama Gottfried, and Steve Reich round out a programme of American composers Thursday night at the Concert House Berlin. Be surrounded by the quintessentially European setting of the Gendarmenmarkt and take in a little culture from across the pond.

Price: €10

Location: Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt

Times: Thursday, April 8, 8pm

Tickets: 030 20309 2101

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Re-Cycle! Re-Use! Re-Joice!: Re-Fashion Workshop

From knitting to sewing, all sorts of creative and crafty classes take place at La Bastellerie. Learn how to make a tote bag out of a couple old shirts, Friday.

Price: €23

Location: La Bastellerie, Lausitzerstrasse 13

Times: Friday, April 9, 6pm

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Roncalli Circus

Since the Circus Roncalli shows were selling out fast, the talented troupe added a new date. Set aside Saturday morning for acrobatic entertainment under the big top.

Price: €14 – 49

Location: Köln Circus Roncalli, Neumarkt

Times: Saturday, April 10, 11am

Tickets: 01805 22 45 22 (.14/min)

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Live Report: Corsica – Island of Beauty

Take a trip to the Mediterranean this weekend without leaving the confines of Cologne. Photo journalist Hartmut Krinitz presents breathtaking scenes of Corsica’s sun-drenched terrain.

Price: €14

Location: Studio Dumont, Breite Strasse 72

Times: Sunday, April 11, 7pm

Tickets: 0221 71 99 1515

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Luminapolis: Luminale

You don’t have to be a lighting designer, architect, artist, or town planner to enjoy this international festival of lighting culture – though there will be plenty of those types on hand in Frankfurt this week. Take a ride on the “Light Tram,” peruse the exhibitions in museums and galleries around the city, or simply stroll the streets of Frankfurt and be dazzled by the light.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Sunday, April 11 – Friday, April 16

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Hamburg State Opera Anniversary Gala

Opera, ballet, orchestras and more! Opera director Simone Young and ballet director John Neumeier hold court Sunday night at this grand affair held in honour of the 50-year anniversary of Foundation for the Promotion of the Hamburg State Opera.

Price: €8 – 154

Location: Hamburger State Opera, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25

Times: Saturday, April 10, 6-10pm

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

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David Schnell – Hour

There’s a lot of action happening in the colourful, large-scale paintings of German artist David Schnell. Architecture merges with nature jarringly, but beautifully. Get a comprehensive overview of the artists’ oeuvre at this new exhibition, which opens Friday night at the Hannover Art Association.

Price: Free (Opening), €5 (Regular Times)

Location: Kunstverein Hannover, Sophienstrasse 2

Times: Friday, April 9, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 12-7pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm (Regular Hours); through May 30

Phone: 0511 1699 2780

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With album titles like Wonderful Wonderholic you’ve just got to love this Japanese “visual kei” duo. Maya sings and Aiji plays guitar. Wonderlicious!

Price: €29

Location: Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7

Times: Friday, April 9, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 0521 66 100

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A Winter Journey

Based on Franz Schubert’s song-cycle “The Winter’s Journey,” Hans Henning Paar’s choreography features some extraordinary imagery. Vivid costumes by Isabel Kork aid in the creation of striking characters, though the dancers themselves can sure carry their own.

Price: €5.50 – 49.50

Location: State Theater on Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz 3

Times: Friday, April 9, 7:30 – 9:30

Tickets: 089 21 85 19 60

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Unexposed: Munich Photographers in Exile

In the 1930s, Alfons Himmelreich, Efrem Ilani, and Jakob Rosner emigrated to Palestine. Photographers all, the trio documented the Israeli landscape as well as the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in the 1940s. This exhibition marks the first time their stunning works have ever been on view in Germany.

Price: €6

Location: Jewish Museum Munich, St.-Jakobs-Platz 16

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through May 23

Phone: 089 233 96096

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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.