What’s on in Germany: January 20 – 26

This week's highlights: Jazz in Cologne, mannequins in Frankfurt, and a festival of English and Irish film in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: January 20 - 26
Bernard Faucon's 'Les Grandes Vacances' Photo: L.A. Galerie



Britspotting Film Festival

Keira Knightly and Carey Mulligan play doomed boarding school pals in Never Let Me Go. The sci-fi thriller opens this year’s festival of English and Irish films, Friday night. Check the schedule and indulge in a whole week of not having to read subtitles.

Price: €6.50

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Friday, January 21 – Sunday, January 30

Phone: 030 24 25 969

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Recollection Quartett

Do vintage Mercedes make you swoon? Four classic cars take centre stage at this va va vroom exhibition. Held in conjunction with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, each car, from the W115, to the S123, R107 and C126 was paired with a fashion designer to inspire an interesting installation.

Price: Free

Location: Stage Services Company of the Berlin Opera Foundation, Zinnowitzer Strasse at the corner of Nordbahnhof

Times: 12-8pm, Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, January 23; 12-5pm, Friday, January 21

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Garments of the Noh Theater

The form of 14th century Japanese drama known as Noh Theater is one of the most unique styles of performance in the world. One of the most intriguing aspects of Noh Theater is the costumes the male-only cast wear as they gesture on the stage. See the exquisite collection of the Sato Yoshihiko Memorial Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center at the Dahlem Museum in Berlin.

Price: €6

Location: Dahlem Museum, Lansstrasse 8

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm; through May 1

Phone: 030 830 1438

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Dudek Sasse Quartet – Out of This World

In a list of German jazz greats, you’d see Gerd Dudek’s name up near the top. The former Globe Unity Orchestra multireedist plays with pianist Martin Sasse, bassist Martin Gjakonovski, and drummer Hendrik Smock, Saturday night in Cologne.

Price: €12

Location: Loft, Hans-Martin Müller, Wissmannstrasse 30

Times: Saturday, January 22, 8:30pm

Reservations: 0221 952 1555

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Between the Pilings of Venice – Modern Design from the Lagoon Posts

Every so often Venice’s foundation needs to be replaced. Instead of tossing the oak posts, which extend up to 10 metres in length, the Italian design firm Riva 1920 created a line of furniture out of them. See designs by Philippe Starck, Angela Missoni, and others in a new exhibition at Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts.

Price: €5

Location: Museum of Applied Arts, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; through March 13

Phone: 0221 221 23860

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La La La Human Steps

The Montreal-based dance group defies gravity with strength and agility. in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, founder Édouard Lock choreographed a new work inspired by legendary lovers of opera lore. Watch the technically dazzling dance troupe twirl across the stage, Wednesday in Frankfurt.

Price: €46.90 – 57.90

Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese

Times: Wednesday, January 26, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 5360 1240

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Bernard Faucon – Les Grandes Vacances, 1976 – 1981

During the summer of 1976, Bernard Faucon set off across France with a camera and a car full of mannequins. That first series of staged photographs set the tone for the French photographer’s fascinating career. An exhibition featuring select works from Faucon’s early days as an artist opens in Frankfurt, Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: LA Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Domstrasse 6

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm; January 22-March 25

Phone: 069 288 687

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Arnold Fiedler Retrospective

With expressionistic woodcuts from the 1930s, surrealist pictures made in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s, and poetic pieces from the 1970s and 1980s, this new exhibition features the range of Hamburg-born artist Arnold Fieder’s oeuvre. Stop by the exhibition opening Thursday night.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Carstensen, Brüderstrasse 9

Times: Thursday, January 20, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday, 12-4pm (Regular Hours); through March 5

Phone: 040 796 96 755

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Barking Water

Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo is bringing a Native American perspective to contemporary cinema. A member of the Seminole and Creek Nations, Harjo’s sophomore film features Frankie and Irene, on-again, off-again lovers who take a redemptive road trip through Oklahoma. Barking Water screens in Munich, Thursday.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Thursday, January 20, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Franz Schubert – Winter Journey

These long nights of winter will be over before you know it, so embrace the season while it lasts. Franz Schubert’s “Winter Journey” is a song cycle based on 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. Robert Sellier and Liviu Petcu present the wondrously wintery piece for voice and piano in Munich, Monday.

Price: €11

Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Foyer, Gärtnerplatz 3

Times: Monday, January 24, 7:30pm

Phone: 089.21 85 19 60

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My Ravel

Stunning scenery and mesmerising movements mark the Bavarian State Ballet’s performance of “Whichever Way He Looks…” and “Daphnis and Chloe.” Gods and nymphs dance to the music of Maurice Ravel in one enchanted evening.

Price: €7 – 70

Location: Nationaltheater, Max-Joseph-Platz 2

Times: Friday, January 21, 7:30-9:40pm

Tickets: 089 21 85 19 20

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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.