What’s on in Germany: September 16 – 22

This week's highlights: Kate Nash plays Munich, Berlin celebrates children, and a festival of culture dances into Düsseldorf.

What's on in Germany: September 16 - 22
World children's day in Germany. Photo: DPA



World Children’s Day Festival

“Teach them well and let them lead the way,” sang Whitney Houston in her inspirational hit “Greatest Love of All. ” What a perfect soundtrack for Sunday’s fiesta at Potsdamer Platz. A collaboration with UNICEF, the festival celebrates children all over the world, and includes a presentation on organic farming.

Price: Free

Location: Potsdamer Platz

Times: Sunday, September 19, 11am-6pm

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International Literature Festival Berlin

There are a lot of writers out there. At the moment, Berlin is teeming with them. This year’s International Literature Festival Berlin focuses on Eastern Europe, but the programme ventures well beyond Russia, with authors hailing from as far away as India, Brazil, Canada, and beyond.

Price: Various, most events €5-10

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Wednesday, September 15 – Saturday, September 25

Tickets: 030 254 89 100

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B-lock Omega Resistance Festival

Street theatre, dance workshops, a performance lab, open stage, and party – each based around a theme of resistance. Those with a dramatic bent should find this nine-day event rather irresistible.

Price: Various

Location: BLO Ateliers, Kaskelstrasse 55

Times: Friday, September 17 – Saturday, September 25

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Pimp the Timp

Ah, to be a man in high heels… For 30 years Cologne’s Hotel Timp was a haven for the city’s transsexual community and home to a legendary transvestite show. Stroll through the former hotel Thursday when pictures of “love, desire, and passion” adorn ITS 15 rooms and three suites.

Price: €5

Location: Hotel Timp, Heumarkt 25

Times: Friday, September 17, 8pm (opening); Daily, 3pm-midnight (regular hours); through September 26

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Old Town Autumn Culture Festival

Do you like polyphonic sound installations? How about “Snow White and Rose Red” with a jazz-pop tint? From Mozart’s Requiem to the Master Drummers of Burundi this festival presents a stunningly diverse roster of music and dance.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, September 15 – Sunday, October 3

Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0 617

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Fall Festival

The season for sweaters and leaf piles starts next week, and there’s no better way to kick it off than with a little pumpkin carving and birdhouse building. Fun autumn activities blossom around Franfurt’s Palmengarten this weekend. Bring the whole family.

Price: €5 (Adults); €2 (Kids)

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19

Phone: 069 2123 39 39

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Else Lasker-Schuler – The Pictures

Better known for her work with a pen than with a paintbrush, the German-born, Jewish poet was actually an important figure in avant-garde modernist art. A new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Jewish Museum includes dozens of rare drawings, sketches, collages, painted postcards and hand-coloured lithographs from public and private collections.

Price: €8

Location: Jüdisches Museum, Untermainkai 14/15

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through January 9, 2011

Phone: 069 212 35000

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Night of the Churches

Oh holy night! It’s said that if you make a wish when visiting a new church, your wish comes true. One hundred and forty churches host gospel and jazz concerts, dance shows, programmes for children, sing-a-longs, and lots of light installations, Saturday night in Hamburg. That’s a lot of wishes.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, September 18, 7pm

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Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

She was just a poor tobacco farmer in the American South, but Henrietta Lacks helped bring about some pretty important medical advances – polio vaccine anyone? Only trouble is, Ms. Lacks knew nothing about the studies being done on her cells. Science journalist Rebecca Skloot reads from her debut book in Hamburg, Tuesday.

Price: €5

Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg, Am Sandtorkai 48

Times: Tuesday, September 21, 7pm

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Kate Nash

My Best Friend is You. “Do Wah Doo.” She is talking about me right? The British pop sensation hits the stage Saturday in Munich. Let’s hope she wears that sparkly blue outfit from the “Kiss That Girl” video.

Price: €33.40

Location: Kultfabrik, Tonhalle, Grafinger Strasse 6

Times: Saturday, September 18, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81

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Marc Ducret Quartet

The French guitarist knows his way around a fretboard. But this isn’t your usual six-string serenade. Saxophonist Tim Berne, violinist Dominique Pifarely, and drummer Tom Rainey join him Saturday at Unterfahrt for a set that’s sure to go well beyond “jazz.”

Price: €18

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Saturday, September 18, 9pm

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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.