What’s on in Germany: May 5 – May 11

This Week's Highlights: A Long Night of Museums in Frankfurt, a birthday party for a harbour in Hamburg, and drawings from the Museum of Modern Art are on display in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: May 5 - May 11



The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

Likened to composers Steve Reich and György Ligeti, this acoustic trio is equally at home in the dance club and in the concert hall. They stick screws and bits of rubber into traditionally classical instruments like the piano, invite vibraphones, drums, and analogue synthesisers into the mix, and churn out hand forged techno beats with a minimalist edge. Fresh from Coachella, the guys hit Berghain Thursday night.

Price: €25.20

Location: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof

Times: Thursday, May 5, 9pm

Phone: 030 6110 1313

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Ben L`Oncle Soul

This French soul singer gives The White Stripes a Motown spin with his cover of “Seven Nation Army.” Get your old school funk en francais s’il vous plait, at Fritz Club Saturday night.

Price: €20

Location: Fritz Club im Postbahnhof, Prinzessinnenstrasse 1

Times: Saturday, May 7, 8pm

Phone: 030 698 1280

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Compass – Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York

There’s no denying New York’s Museum of Modern Art is one of the most fabulous museums in the world, and its collection of drawings is unparalleled. Through the end of the month, a vast selection of works by the likes of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Agnes Martin hangs at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, presenting a fascinating overview of the evolution of drawing over the last 60 years.

Price: €12

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through May 29

Phone: 030 254 860

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Museum Ludwig’s Long Thursday

“My songs are about nature, sex, coziness and angst,” says electronic artist Thomas Meckel on his bandcamp page. Sound like your type of music? Head to Museum Ludwig after work Thursday. This week’s “Long Thursday” event features live electronic music and a DJ set. You only get one chance to dance beneath colourful hanging planks by American artist Joel Shapiro.

Price: €5 (after 5pm)

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Thursday,May 5, 7-10pm

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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“We Love Music” Eurovision Song Contest Tour

Did you know Düsseldorf has been a musical hotspot for centuries? Everyone from Mendelssohn to Kraftwerk has had an influence on this city’s musical history. Visit a legendary punk rock club, a venerable opera house, and other places where music has left a mark in Düsseldorf on this hour and a half long tour around the city.

Price: €10; €5 (ages 6-14)

Meeting Place: Tourist Information Old Town, Marktstrasse

Times: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, 5pm; Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14, 5pm

Phone: 0211 1720 2854

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Long Night of Museums

Where will this year’s Long Night of Museums take you? Natascha und Oljég play Russian folk songs at the Clown Museum. There’s a psychedelic light show at the History Museum. And it’s “Oriental Night” at the Icon Museum where dancers from the Orient Academy perform within the shisha-infused atmosphere. Check out Saturday’s culture-rich program and plan your excursion wisely.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, May 7, 7pm-2am

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Hamburg Harbour Birthday Celebration

Every year the city of Hamburg goes all out for the birthday of its beloved harbour. Salute the tall ships, cruise ships, fishing boats, and dragon boats that sail across those chilly northern waters while you indulge in some regional delights. Live music, disco dance parties, and fireworks displays kick off the summer season in the city by the sea.

Price: Free

Location: Hamburg Harbour

Times: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8

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Girls Rock Barmbek

Few things are cooler than an all girl band. A cavalcade of rocking ladies strut their stuff on stage at Kampnagel, Saturday. From singer-songwriters to rappers, these girls run the gamut of musical genres. Joan Jett would be proud.

Price: €7, €5 (students)

Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20

Times: Saturday, May 7, 6pm

Phone: 040 270 9490

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This international festival of documentary film has been a highlight of Munich’s cultural calendar since 1985. This year, 93 films from 38 countries screen at seven cinemas throughout the city. A couple highlights include Taqwacore, an American film about an Islamic punk band, and El Bulli – Cooking in Progress, which offers a peek into the legendary kitchen of chef Ferran Adria.

Price: €8, €35 (five ticket block), €75 (festival pass)

Festival Headquarters: Fillmuseum, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 11

Phone: 089 51 39 97 88

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Munich AIDS Concert

Sit in one of Munich’s grandest theatres and enjoy Mozart and Rossini this weekend. The Munich Chamber Orchestra performs their annual AIDS benefit concert, Friday night. Conducted by Alexander Liebreich, the evening features pianist Alice Sara Ott, soprano Sandrine Piau, and percussionist Martin Grubinger.

Price: €33-79

Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12

Times: Friday, May 6, 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 4613 6430

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DIF Silver Jubilee Party

Who wouldn’t want to help the German-Irish Association celebrates 25 years? Traditional music and dancing from Ireland combines with Bavarian beer and sausages for one spectacular smorgasbord of a good time.

Price: Free

Location: Hacker-Pschorr Bräuhaus, Theresienhöhe 7

Times: Saturday, May 7, 7pm

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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.