What’s on in Germany: April 14 – 20

This week's highlights: A fleet parade in Potsdam, Polish movies in Berlin, and a long night of museums in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: April 14 - 20
Pirate Klaus Störtebeker's skull at Hamburg's long night of museums! Photo: DPA



The Offer Night

Berlin-based fashion design collective The Offer produced a magazine. Help celebrate its launch with live bands, DJs, and a glass of bubbly, Saturday night at the Friedrichshain club Antje Oklesund. And raise a glass to their new designers while you get down on the dance floor.

Price: €5

Location: Antje Øklesund, Rigaer Strasse 71-73

Times: Saturday, April 16, 7pm

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Film Polska Film Festival

Name a Polish director. Is Polanski the only one who comes to mind? Discover a few others this week at the Film Polska festival of Polish cinema. Several are shown with English subtitles like Jan Kidawa-Błoński’s Little Rose, Jan Hryniak’s The Trick, and Ryszard Brylski’s A Summer Full of Wonder.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 20

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Berlin Youth Ensemble – St. Matthew Passion

Get religious this weekend by witnessing a live performance of one of the great masterpieces of sacred music. The spirited singers of the Berlin Youth Ensemble Choir belt out the verses of St. Matthew Passion just in time for Easter Week.

Price: €8-22

Location: Apostel-Paulus-Kirche, Wachsmuthstrasse 24-28 (Saturday); Berlin Philharmonic, Kammermusiksaal, Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1 (Sunday)

Times: Saturday, April 16, 7pm; Sunday, April 17, 3pm

Tickets: 01805 288 244

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FilmFest Dresden – International Short Film Festival

Fat whales can find true love too. Just watch “Thursday,” one of 13 animated films in FilmFest Dresden’s British Focus section. The festival of short films includes around 70 films from nearly 20 countries, and runs through the weekend.

Price: €6

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 17

Tickets: 0351 86 27 390

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Vija Celmins – Desert, Sea, and Stars

American artist Vija Celmins does interesting things with nature. Ever seen a night sky in reverse? Stars are little black specks on an off-white universe. How about an ocean rendered in graphite? Beauty unbound. Gaze for a while at her oil paintings, pencil and charcoal drawings, and various types of prints at Cologne’s Ludwig Museum. A new exhibition begins Friday.

Price: €10

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through July 17

Tickets: 0221 221 26165

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Postcards From Leningrad

What’s it like to be the offspring of guerrilla fighters in 1960s Venezuela? Watch Venezuelan director Mariana Rondon’s award-winning feature film Postcards from Leningrad to see how Nina and her cousin Teo cope with a life of underground secrecy. The Spanish-language film screens with English subtitles Monday night at Instituto Cervantes.

Price: Free

Location: Instituto Cervantes Frankfurt, Staufenstrasse 1

Times: Monday, April 18, 7pm

Phone: 069 713 7497 0

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Long Night of Hamburg Museums

Hamburg has a lot of museums. There are art museums, history museums, a museum housed in a historic ship, a museum devoted to electricity, and and a museum that shows what it was like to go to school in the early 20th century. Discover them all Saturday when 47 of Hamburg’s museum stay open late for the city’s Long Night of Museums.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 16, 6pm-2am

Phone: 040 4 28 131 0

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Beautiful Things – Handmade Market

Pretty little rosette barrettes! The sweetest crocheted slippers! Cool tote bags. Support local designers this weekend and pick up a few lovely handmade items at the Beautiful Things Market.

Price: Free

Location: ELKI Zentrum, Nordendstrasse 53

Times: Saturday, April 16, 11am-6pm

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Shugo Tokumaru

You may have heard Shugo Tokumaru’s song “Rum Hee” in a commercial for the Sony VAIO. The vibrant tune showed up in a 2009 ad for the touch screen computer. On Sunday, the Japanese rocker, who’s known for featuring over 100 instruments on his records, plays in Munich.

Price: €13

Location: Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Sunday, April 17, 8:30

Phone: 089 45 87 50 10

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Children’s Workshops

Gamelan From Bali and Java

The Munich City Museum houses a collection of gamelan instruments from Bali and Java. Normally visitors can look but not touch. But this Saturday, children eight and older can bang on the gong all day! Musician Andraás Varsányi leads a special workshop on gamelan music.

Price: €6

Location: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Saturday, April 16, 3pm

Phone: 089 233 22370

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Fleet Parade

Few pleasures are as delightful as a springtime sail. Don your wide-brimmed hats and head for the harbour this weekend. Potsdam’s annual fleet parade kicks off the boating season with a grand procession past the palaces and beneath the bridges of the princely locale.

Price: €15

Location: Langen Brücke

Times: Sunday, April 17, 2-5pm

Phone: 0331 2759 210

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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.