What’s on in Germany: April 7 – 13

This week's highlights: An Easter market in Hamburg, music videos as art in Cologne, and a festival of contemporary character design in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: April 7 - 13
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Pictoplasma Festival 2011

Mechanical monsters, big-eyed bubble heads, and wandering Teddy bears have taken over Berlin. Greet them respectfully on your 25-stop walk around Mitte, where galleries, from Dudes Factory to The Early Bird Hype are showing character art by a creative batch of internationals. Check the program for performances and parties.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, April 6 – Sunday, April 10; galleries open noon-8pm

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David Krakauer

“Radical Jewish culture” is Krakauer’s thing. As a member of the Klezmatics, he put a fresh spin on dusty old Yiddish tunes. He played John Zorn’s “Kristallnacht” in Munich. And his own band Klezmer Madness merges the Eastern European spirit with jazz and hip hop. The New York clarinetist performs at Berlin’s Jewish Museum, Wednesday.

Price: €8

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Wednesday, April 13, 8pm

Ticket Reservations: 030 259 93 488

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The Art of Pop Video

When a new network called MTV launched in 1981 with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” a new form of art was born. We won’t comment on the turn the music television channel has taken 30 years later, but we will say music videos rock! Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts celebrates the medium with their new exhibition “The Art of Pop Video,” which begins Saturday. Just don’t expect to see any booty shaking among the works by Pipilotti Rist, Candice Breitz, Wolfgang Tillmanns, and others.

Price: €4.50

Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, April 9 – July 3

Tickets: 0221 221 23860

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Tradition and Modernity – Classical and New Music for Japanese Instruments

The longevity of traditional Japanese instruments like the shamisen and the koto is impressive. These transporting stringed instruments date back to the early decades of the first millennium. On Tuesday, Ensemble Atarasii Kaze (New Wind) perform works by contemporary composers as well as those dating from the Edo period. Surrender to the music of Japan, if only for an evening.

Price: Free

Location: The Japan Foundation, Universitätsstrasse 98

Times: Tuesday, April 12, 7pm

Phone: 0221 94 05 58 0

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Tee con Pikete – German-Mexican Sound from Berlin

German and Mexican musicians comprise the Berlin-based band Tee con Pikete. The quintet plucks out its Latino-acoustic-pop Friday in Frankfurt for what’s sure to be the feistiest tea party in town.

Price: Free

Location: Instituto Cervantes Frankfurt, Staufenstrasse 1

Times: Friday, April 8, 8pm

Phone: 069 713 7497 0

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Easter Arts and Crafts Market

Hand painted eggs for as far as the eye can see. What’s not to love about Easter markets? Pick up a basket of aquamarine, tangerine, and cotton candy-hued orbs this weekend at Sasel-Haus. Pretty spring flowers and cute bunny things join the mix.

Price: Free

Location: Sasel-Haus, Saseler Parkweg 3

Times: Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10, 10am-1pm

Phone: 040 601 7160

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ePhil – Alva Noto

Hailed as “emotionally arresting and quite simply jaw-dropping” by the music website Boomkat, Alva Noto is one of electronic music’s most celebrated champions. Carsten Nicolai plays his Xerrox recordings as part of the Elbe Philharmonic’s ePhil series, Thursday.

Price: Free with reservations

Location: Körber-Forum, Kehrwiederspitze

Times: Thursday, April 7, 9pm

Reservations: 040 357 666 66

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Evelyne Axell – The Earth is Round

Evelyne Axell is one of the amazing people. A former actress and screenwriter, she began working in visual art in 1964 starting with paints before moving on to less traditional materials like aluminium and Plexiglas. The body of work she created before her death seven years later is astonishing. See a selection of the Belgian pop artist’s pieces that convey the essence of the 1960s and 1970s, at Hamburg’s Kunstverein, starting Friday night.

Price: €3

Location: Der Kunstverein, Klosterwall 23

Times: Friday, April 8, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm (Regular Hours); through June 13

Phone: 040 32 21 57

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Syd Matters

Five moustached Frenchmen are traipsing around Europe this spring in the folk pop outfit known as Syd Matters. Let Jonathan, Jean-Yves, Olivier, Remi, and Clement serenade you from the stage of Lothars alte Nähfabrik, Saturday night.

Price: €13

Location: Cantona Live Club, Alte Nähfabrik, Gaisbergweg 6

Times: Saturday, April 9, 9pm

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81

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Emil Nolde

Nothing says spring like a field, vase, or a canvas full of flowers. And when said flowers are rendered in watercolour by one of the masters of German expressionism, even better. Because of their sensitivity to light, Emil Nolde’s watercolors are rarely shown. Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne displays the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung’s collection of the artists’ vivid sunflowers, irises, pansies and poppies until May 15. By then, your own garden should be bursting with the eye-popping blooms.

Price: €10

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through May 15

Phone: 089 23805 360

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Long Night of Museums

Nearly 100 museums, cultural hot spots, and exhibition spaces stay open late Saturday for Stuttgart’s Long Night of Museums. Grab your ticket, pick a bus route and hop aboard. Kids can get in on the action too, with three routes devoted to the little ones.

Price: €15, €6 (Ages 6-14)

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 9, 7pm-2am

Phone: 0711 601 54 44

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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.