What’s on in Germany: March 3 – 9

This week's highlights: Karneval in Cologne, Japanese fashion in Munich, and an art/dance party in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: March 3 - 9
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Tape Modern No. 20

Dancing and art go together so nicely, don’t you agree? Tape Modern continues its exhibition series Friday night with a group show featuring Irish artist Jane Hughes, Canadian artist Emmy Skensved, and 16 others. Explore the show’s theme of “destructionconstruction” then dance the night away.

Price: Free

Location: Tape, Heidestrasse 14

Times: Friday, March 4, 7pm

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Rescued Gods from the Palace of Tell Halaf

Over a century ago, German archaeologist Max Freiherr von Oppenheim unearthed a treasure in the Middle East. He found the remains of an ancient palace on a site in Syria known as Tell Halaf. The artifacts traveled to Berlin where they joined the unfortunate ranks of World War II casualties. Six decades later, tens of thousands of fragments have been pieced back together to comprise this exhibition of salvaged sculptures, monuments, and architectural reliefs.

Price: €12

Location: Pergamonmuseum, Am Kupfergraben 5, Museum Island

Times: Daily, 10am-6pm; Thursdays, 10am-10pm; through August 14

Phone: 030 266 42 4242

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Ben Folds

He played in a string of bands as a young up-and-comer, made a name for himself with Ben Folds Five, collaborated with William Shatner and Weird Al, and has been enjoying a sensational solo career. His latest disc Lonely Avenue, is a collaboration with English novelist Nick Hornby. Folds is one of the most productive artists of our time. See the man Thursday when he stops in Berlin before continuing on to Munich and Cologne.

Price: €27

Location: Huxley’s Neue Welt, Hasenheide 107 – 113

Times: Thursday, March 3, 8pm

Tickets: 030 780 99810

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Cologne Karneval

It’s a flamboyantly fun time to be in Cologne. Karneval festivities kick off Thursday morning infusing the locals with mischievous glee. Join in on the celebrations taking place throughout the city, and throw yourself into the revelry on Rose Monday when a magnificent parade marches across town filling the air with spirited sounds, flowers, and candy. Catch as much as your pockets will hold!

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, March 3 – Wednesday, March 9

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Children’s Events

Children’s Masquerade Ball

Karneval isn’t just for big people. Little kids like to get in on the pre-Lenten revelry too. Dress them up like clowns, queens, princes, and pirates and take the tots to Saalbau Bornheim, Monday. They’ll dance straight through nap time at a masquerade ball for the three-foot-tall set.

Price: €3

Location: Saalbau Bornheim, Arnsburgerstrasse 24

Times: Monday, March 7, 1:31pm

Tickets: 069 94 34 03 10

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International Women’s Festival

All the ladies in the house say “Yeah!” A festival devoted to the women of the world begins Friday in Hamburg with a kick-off dance party at Bürgerhaus Willhelmsburg. Take part in the full program of panel discussions, exhibitions, performances, and workshops, and by the end of the month you’ll be feeling some serious girl power.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Friday, March 4, 5pm (Opening Party)

Phone: 0178 544 55 25

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Stephan Schulz – Cold War, Hot Rhythms: Louis Armstrong in the GDR

Author Stephan Schulz chronicled Louis Armstrong’s Cold War era tour in his book What a Wonderful World. On Friday, the Hamburg-based octet Jazz-O-Maniacs joins Schulz to present this remarkable story.

Price: €5

Location: America Center, Sandtorkai 48

Times: Friday, March 4, 6pm

Registration: (040) 7038 3688

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La Vie en Rose

Put on those pink shades. Soprano Jutta Hohenstein-Wehlt and pianist Julia Götting perform German and French songs selected from operas, operettas, and symphonic vocal music, Sunday evening at Hamburg’s Ansgar Church. It may not be Edith Piaf, but it will surely be a heavenly affair.

Price: €6

Location: Ansgar Church, Wördenmoorweg 22

Times: Sunday, March 6, 6pm

Phone: 040 53 18 510

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The Tiger Lillies Freakshow

With their signature macabre tilt and Brechtian sway, the Tiger Lilies recount the individual dramas of an unfortunate group of odd individuals in their alluringly twisted “freakshow.” Encounter this delightfully dark circus and hear the stories of Siamese twins, creatures with three hearts, and other fascinating deviants, this week.

Price: €36-56

Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12

Times: Saturday, March 5, 3:30 and 7:30pm; Sunday, March 6, 3:30pm; Monday, March 7, 7:30pm – Friday, March 11, 7:30pm; Saturday, March 12, 3:30 and 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 2185 2899

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L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges and The Dwarf

A delightful cast of characters jumps and jetees across the stage at the National Theater this week in a vibrant production of Alexander Zemlinsky and Maurice Ravel’s “L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges” and “The Dwarf.” Succumb to the strains of the Bavarian State Orchestra and enjoy an evening of enchanting amusement.

Price: €10-132

Location: National Theater, Max-Joseph-Platz 2,

Times: Thursday, March 3, Sunday, March 6, Wednesday, March 9, 7pm

Phone: 089 21 85 01

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Future Beauty – 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

When it comes to avant-garde fashion, few surpass the designers of Japan in scope and sensationalism. The exquisite works of Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, and other pioneering fashion designers comprise this new exhibition at Munich’s Haus der Kunst. Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai’s synthetic audio-visual duo Cyclo performs Friday night, and a discussion on Japanese fashion and architecture takes place the following afternoon.

Price: €17 (Friday – Performance & Exhibition); €10 (Friday – Performance)€17 (Saturday – Discussion & Exhibition); €10 (Discussion – Performance)

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Friday, March 4, 9pm (Performance); Saturday, March 5, 5pm (Discussion); Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; March 4 – June 19 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 089 21127 113

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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.