What’s on in Germany: May 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: Jewish films and Arabic graffiti in Berlin, cherry blossoms in Hamburg, and Frankfurt celebrates its famous green sauce.

What's on in Germany: May 19 - 25
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Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam

From an homage to the Yiddish-language poet Sholem Aleichem, to a documentary about France's Jewish population, two dozen films tackle the stories and issues woven into the lives of the Jewish community throughout the world. See works by filmmakers from the United States, Germany, Britain, Israel, France, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Price: €5 (Potsdam), €6.50 (Berlin)

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2, Berlin; Filmmuseum Potsdam, Breite Strasse 1A, Potsdam

Times: Wednesday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 31

Ticket Reservations: 0331 271 8112 (Potsdam); 030 269 55 100 (Berlin)

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Arabic Graffiti Exhibition

With swirling patterns and calligraphic motifs, Arabic street art embodies a style all its own. A new exhibition at the Common Ground Gallery in Berlin presents the work of graffiti artists from the Arab world. Stop by the opening Saturday night to see Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and German artist and writer Don “Stone” Karl present their new book “Arabic Graffiti.”

Price: Free

Location: Common Ground Gallery, Marienburger Strasse 16 A

Times: Saturday, May 21, 7pm (Opening); Monday, May 23 – Saturday, May 28, 12-7pm (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 21021 8670

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Green Sauce Festival

As Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt is renowned for its banks, but the Hessian city is also known for a few culinary specialities, including its famous green sauce. Honoured each year with a week-long celebration, green sauce is said to have been a favourite of Goethe's. Have a taste and vote for the best this week.

Price: €38-58

Location: The Rossmarkt

Times: Saturday, May 21 – Saturday, May 28

Tickets: 0180 50 40 300

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year in May, dazzling fireworks explode over Lake Alster in celebration of the pillowy pink Japanese cherry blossoms that bloom here. But this year, Hamburg's Japanese community is doing something a little different. In tribute to those affected by the earthquakes, a string of lights will illuminate the night waters, setting a tranquil, reflective tone. Gather along the banks of the inner Alster Friday night and pay tribute to the Japanese.

Price: Free

Location: Inner Alster

Times: Friday, May 20, 10pm

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Laurie Anderson, New York: Delusion

New York City's queen of the avant garde brings her latest project to Hamburg this weekend. Witness a poetic combination of poetry, visual effects, and electronic sounds in “Delusion.”

Price: €17-29

Location: Kampnagel Hamburg, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 8pm

Tickets: 040 270 94 949

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Swap in the City

You love that jacket but you haven't worn it in ages. And that cute top? It's just a bit too snug. Ladies, clean out those closets! Swap in the City is coming to Munich this Sunday. Here's your chance to freshen up that wardrobe by trading in some of your old, but still good clothes for some fashionable new finds. Bring a minimum of three new or gently used pieces and let the swapping begin.

Price: €15

Location: Neuraum, Arnulfstrasse 17

Times: Sunday, May 22, 4-9pm

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Rambler and Gambler – Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday

“Don't Think Twice,” head over to Amerika Haus Tuesday when Rolling Stone editor Maik Brüggemeyer and author Karl Bruckmaier talk Bob Dylan. Once the discussing's over, Todd Haynes' 2007 film I'm Not There pops up on the big screen. The talk is in German, but the film is shown in its original English version.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, May 24, 7-10pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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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.