What’s on in Germany: May 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: The Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne, and a night for dirndls and lederhosen in Munich.

What's on in Germany: May 20 - 26
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Carnival of Cultures

Berlin’s most fabulous street festival begins Friday in Kreuzberg. Dance to salsa rhythms and African beats as performers from all over the world perform on four stages, then join in on Sunday’s vibrant global parade when the exuberant crowd makes its way through the city.

Price: Free

Location: The parade starts at Hermannplatz and continues down Hasenheide and along Gneisenaustrasse. The street festival takes places near Hallesches Tor.

Times: Sunday, May 23, 12:30-9:30pm (Parade); Friday, May 21, 4pm-midnight; Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 11am-midnight; Monday, May 24, 11am-7pm (Street Festival)

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Flhip Flhop

Classic comedy meets hip hop in this whimsical show that tributes the Marx Brothers while incorporating 21st century pop culture style. See how Joey D and Matt Bailey hilariously fuse dance with beat boxing.

Price: €15 – 25

Location: Postbahnhof at the Ostbahnhof, Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8

Times: Friday, Thursday, May 20 – Saturday, May 22; Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6

Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 777 (0.14/Min)

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Youth Theatre Meeting

Young thespians from Düsseldorf, Hannover, Munster, and other German cities gather in Berlin this week to showcase their talents. Out of 105 applicants, only eight were selected. Witness the theatrical skills of companies like Theatergruppe am Goethe and Tanztheater Hagazussa now, before they get too famous.

Price: €4

Location: Wabe, Danziger Strasse 101

Times: Friday, May 21 – Friday, May 28, 8pm

Phone: 030 254 89 100

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Electronic Beats Festival

With a line-up that includes Moderat, Major Lazer, Kele, Miike Snow, Turboweekend, and Little Dragon, this is one party you won’t want to miss. That is, if you’re a lover of electro-tastic fun. Still hot from Graz, the Electronic Beats Festival touches down at Cologne’s E-Werk Thursday night.

Price: €24

Location: E-Werk, Schanzenstrasse 37

Times: Thursday, May 20, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0221 2801

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Frankfurt Forest Days

Revel among the majesty of the Frankfurt City Forest. An age-old tradition takes place just outside the city this weekend. From a salsa orchestra to a Dixieland band, all sorts of live music will fill the air as carnival rides twirl, frothy beers flow, and bratwurst roasts on the grill.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt City Forest, at the Oberforsthaus

Times: Saturday, May 22 – Tuesday, May 25, 12pm-1am

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Night at the Senckenberg Museum

Let your flashlight be your guide as you embark on a safari through the history of mankind. Night falls, and the Senckenberg Museum grows dark. This special tour offers a rare opportunity for children and adults to venture in the footsteps of legendary scientific explorers like Charles Darwin and discover the secrets of our past.

Price: €15

Location: Senckenberg Museum, Senckenberganlage 25 (Meet at the entrance to Wolfgang-Steubing Hall)

Times: Friday, May 21, 7pm, 8:30pm & 10pm;

Phone: 069 75420

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Johnny Cash – The Man in Black – A Musical Portrait

“Got Rhythm,” “Ring of Fire,” “Cry Cry Cry,” you know every single word. Nils-Holger Bock takes on the role of the Man in Black in a tribute to Johnny Cash. Hear all your favourite tunes in this powerful biographical musical.

Price: €23-43

Location: Fliegende Bauten, Glacischaussee 4

Times: Tuesday, May 25 – Sunday, May 30, 8pm (7pm on Sunday)

Phone: 040 3988 1422

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An Irish Evening Of Poetry And Music

Irish poet Terry McDonagh stops in at Café SternChance Thursday night to read from his latest collection of poetry The Truth in Mustard. There’s nothing quite as enchanting as the sound of poetry delivered in an Irish brogue. Martin Luke Burns completes the Emerald Isle ambiance with a set of new and classic tunes.

Price: €8

Location: Café SternChance, Schroederstiftstrasse 7

Times: Thursday, May 20, 8pm

Phone: 040 430 11 68

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Night of Traditional Dress

As if you needed an excuse to bust out the dirndl and the lederhosen. Join fellow traditional costume enthusiasts this weekend at Löwenbräukeller and dance the night away with Alpine abandon in puffy sleeves and edelweiss embroidered suspenders.

Price: €38

Location: Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburger Strasse 2/Stiglmaier Platz

Times: Friday, May 21 – Saturday, May 22, 7pm

Phone: 089 62 17 17 21

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Careening through Europe on their first tour in a decade, Pavement hits up Munich Saturday. They may have peaked in the nineties with a dash of controversy and a pinch of notoriety, but the band’s lo-fi brand still sounds fresh.

Price: €35

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Saturday, May 22, 8:30pm

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Klang Fest 2010

Jazz, rock, pop, electro, flamenco, folk music, world music. Klang Fest is all about sound. Oh and um, soccer too. Watch the Champions League final in between sets. Hey, it’s free! And with 29 bands on four stages, that deal can’t be beat.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, May 22, 3:00pm

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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.