What’s on in Germany: March 31 – April 6

This week's highlights: Cronenberg in Cologne, improvised music in Munich, and movies by Berlinale Talent Campus alumni screen in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: March 31 - April 6
Photo: DPA



Against the Current – Berlinale Talent Campus Spotlight

One of the unique aspects of the Berlin International Film Festival is the Berlinale Talent Campus, a sort of residency for young, promising filmmakers to work on their projects. This week a selection of shorts and full-length feature films by Talent Campus alumni are being shown at Berlin’s Kino Arsenal. Several screen in their original English language version, or with English subtitles.

Price: €6.50

Location: Arsenal, Institute for Film and Video Arts, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Friday, April 1 – Thursday, April 7

Phone: 030 26955 100

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Frédéric Acquaviva – Le Disque

“It’s a world of laughter a world of tears,” it’s also a world of harpsichord, vocals, and electronic music. French composer Frédéric Acquaviva has created an eight-part recording that will be played in eight different cities around the world, beginning Friday night at 5pm GMT (that’s 6pm for us here in Germany) and Berlin is one of them. The eight-hour event takes place at the Friedrichshain gallery Complice.

Price: Free

Location: Complice, Bänschstrasse 20

Times: Friday, April 1, 6pm-1:40am

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Ensemble Adapter – Synchronizing Berlin-Hong Kong

Synchronisation seems to be a theme this week. Berlin’s Ensemble Adapter and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble play new works together by composers Paul Friedrich Frick and LAM Lai in their respective cities this weekend. But how, you might be wondering, can these two groups play together when they’re thousands of kilometres apart? A little thing called the World Wide Web facilitates.

Price: €10

Location: Dock 11, Kastanienallee 79

Times: Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 8pm

Phone: 030 4481 222

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David Cronenberg – The Brood

An unconventional psychologist, a gang of mutant children, and an institutionalized wife. The Brood is classic Cronenberg. Fans should head to the Cologne Film House Wednesday night when the 1979 sci-fi thriller is shown as part the Kino’s “Something Weird Cinema” series.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kölner Filmhaus, Maybachstrasse 111

Times: Wednesday, April 6, 9:30pm

Tickets: 0221 99 20 93 71

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From There Out – New Art from Belgium

Mingle with some Belgians Friday night in Cologne. Galerie Nagel’s new exhibition features 14 artists from this fabled land of waffles and Chimay.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Christian Nagel, Richard-Wagner-Strasse 28

Times: Friday, April 1, 7-10pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-4pm; through June 4 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 257 0591

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Expressionism in the Rhine-Main Realm

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Alexej von Jawlensky are counted among the heroes of expressionist painting. Frankfurt’s Museum Giersch features works by these pioneers as well as 56 other artists who were active in the Rhine-Main region between 1908 and 1944, in their a new exhibition, which begins Sunday.

Price: €5

Location: Museum Giersch, Schaumainkai 83

Times: Tuesday – Thursday, noon-7pm; Friday, noon-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm; April 3 – July 17

Phone: 069 6 33 04 128

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Hyun-Sook Song – Pictures and Paper Works

Hyun-Sook Song, who was born in Korea and studied at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg, titles her paintings based on the number of brush strokes that swept across the canvas in the process of creating them. Stop by the opening of a new exhibition at Galerie Gabriele Von Loeper Thursday, to see her pictures and paper works.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Eppendorfer Landstrasse 44

Times: Thursday, March 31, 8-9:30pm (Opening); Tuesday and Thursday, 1-7pm; Saturday, noon-3pm; through June 30 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 040 45 32 92

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Jazz Lines Festival

Jazz Lines, one of Germany’s most fun festivals for new and improvised music continues through Sunday in Munich. See Beat Furrer conduct the Munich Chamber Ensemble through Lutaslawski, or watch a film portrait of jazz guitarist Fred Frith, Thursday night. On Friday, pianist Bojan Z takes the stage at Muffathalle, followed by a performance of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, an extraordinary silhouette film with live music.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Runs through Sunday, April 3

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81

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Chateau Flight and Benjamin Roeder

DJs Gilbert Cohen (Gilb’R)and Nicolas Chaix (I:Cube) merge their varying influences and styles to create an irresistible amalgam of disco, house, dub, and straight up beautiful beats. Hit the dance floor at Bob Beaman Club Friday when the French duo man the decks for a three-hour back to back set with Benjamin Roeder.

Price: TBD

Location: Bob Beaman Music Club, Gabelsbergerstrasse 4

Times: Friday, April 1, 11pm

Phone: 0177 254 74 76

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Children’s Events

Munich Book Show Junior

Kids can hear readings and lectures by renowned authors and illustrators, go on literary excursions, and take workshops on editing and publishing this week in Munich. Drop your little readers off at the Munich City Museum where they’ll encounter a vast world of children’s literature at the Munich Book Show Junior.

Price: Various

Location: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz

Times: Runs through Sunday, April 3

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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.