What’s on in Germany: February 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: The Berlinale begins in Berlin, Finnish musicians perform in Hamburg, and storytime in Munich takes on a Valentine's Day theme.

What's on in Germany: February 10 - 16



Berlinale International Film Festival

From a new film by Wim Wenders to Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, the 61st annual Berlinale features hundreds of cinematic gems from around the world. Slip into one of the host venues around town this week and succumb to the magic of the motion picture. For a breakdown of this year’s highlights, take a look at The Local’s guide here.

Price: €8-12

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, February 10 – Sunday, February 20

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Ingmar Bergman – Of Lies and Truth

Film buffs in town for the big festival should check out the Ingmar Bergman exhibition at the Berlin Film Museum. Stills, scripts, and sketches join a collection of artefacts from the Swedish director’s work and personal life to form a creative portrait of one of the most extraordinary filmmakers of all time.

Price: €6

Location: German Museum of Film and Television, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through May 29

Phone: 030 300 9030

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Viva Ukrajina – A Photographic Exhibition by Gabriela Sarževská

Get a glimpse into the lives of Ukranian citizens at a new exhibition opening Thursday night in Berlin. Czech photographer Gabriela Sarževská spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 traveling throughout the country with camera in hand. Get acquainted with the many faces she encountered while en route.

Price: Free

Location: Cozmic Underground, Gneisenaustrasse 51

Times: Friday, February 10, 8pm (Opening); through March 10

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Azure Ray

Since joining forces over ten years ago, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have worked with Moby and Bright Eyes. Their own music is a gentle, dreamy electro-pop blend. See them Wednesday in Cologne.

Price: €14

Location: GEBÄUDE 9, Deutz-Mülheimer Strasse 127-129

Times: Wednesday, February 16, 9pm

Phone: 0221 814637

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Gregorian – The Dark Side of the Chant

With a track listing that includes tunes by Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, and Alanis Morissette, you can safely conclude that this isn’t your typical Gregorian chanting. Frank Peterson and his choir of classically trained singers put a pop spin on the ancient singing style. In their spooky mediaeval robes, the guys take the stage in Frankfurt, Tuesday. Escape to a world of gothic magnificence.

Price: €38.35-56.75

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Tuesday, February 15, 8pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

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Rantakala – The Finnish Festival

Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie presents a musical portrait of contemporary Finland with a festival featuring all sorts of different musical styles. Hear jazz, techno, folk, classical, and other genres performed by talented artists from “the land of a thousand lakes.” Electro-soul artist Jimi Tenor headlines.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, February 12 – Saturday, February 19

Tickets: 040 357 666 66

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Out of Focus – After Gerhard Richter

Twenty-one artists show their photographs and paintings at a new exhibition in Hamburg. What’s the link? They’re all inspired by Gerhard Richter. Including around twenty works and an early experimental film by the master himself, the show opens Thursday night.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Thursday, February 10, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; February 11 – May 22 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 040 428 131 200

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For the Love of Art – Valentines Greetings at Gallery Carstensen

For some, there is no greater love than art. Show art a little love Sunday afternoon when Galerie Carstensen offers a guided tour of its current exhibition. Wink at German artist Arnold Fiedler’s paintings while sipping prosecco.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Carstensen, Brüderstrasse 9

Times: Sunday, February 13, 12-4pm

Phone: 040 796 96 755

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Arash Sasan & Friends

Like most songwriters, Iranian composer Arash Sasan has a deep relationship with his lyrics. On Saturday, he sings and strums new arrangements of Persian folk songs along with Benedict Jahnel on piano, Peter Cudek on bass, and drummer Guido May.

Price: €17 – 24

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, February 12, 8pm

Tickets: 0180 54 818181 (.14/min)

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Children’s Events

Valentine’s Day Storytime for Children

We can all get into a good love story. Even four-year-olds. Take the kids (ages 4 – 10) to The Munich Readery Saturday for Valentine’s Day stories and card making.

Price: Free

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104

Times: Saturday, February 12, 10:30am

Phone: 089 121 92 403

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Handmade Market

Could you use a new knit cap? How about a bag for your yoga mat? Ten local crafters have organised a market where myriad beautiful and creative hand made things will be on offer. Stop in Saturday and pick up something nice for your Valentine.

Price: Free

Location: Laden für Schöne Dinge, Stemmerhof, Plinganserstrasse, 6

Times: Saturday, February 12, 1-9pm

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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.

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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.