What’s on in Germany: June 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Chekhov in Frankfurt, short films in Hamburg, and an exhibition on container architecture in Düsseldorf.

What's on in Germany: June 2 - 8
Photo: Wim Riemens



Magical History Tour – The Art of Lighting Design

Without light humankind would be adrift in a dark world devoid of that beloved medium known as as the silver screen. From Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, to Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, Berlin’s Arsenal screens nine films this month, where light plays a starring role.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Thursday, June 2, 8pm (2001 A Space Odyssey); Friday, June 3, 8pm (Sunrise); Saturday, June 4, 8pm (The Last Man); Sunday, June 5 and Monday, June 6, 8pm (Stellet Licht); Wednesday, June 8, 7pm (The Last Man)

Phone: 030 2695 5100

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Fase 2011 – Spanish-German Sound Art Festival

The premiere of Miguel Álvarez-Fernández’s opera Representacion 3 kicks off this two-day festival of sounds art. Video installations, sound installations, and concerts by artists and composers from Germany and Spain create an aural fantasia at Villa Elisabeth.

Price: €7

Location: Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstrasse 3

Times: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 6pm

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Nelleke Beltjens: They Don’t Know Either

The straight line is a fundamental element of drawing. But what about the broken line? Dutch artists Nelleke Beltjens creates dynamic works that revolve around fragmented lines that intersect at various points, creating a rhythmic, sculptural, extraordinary design in two dimensions.

Price: Free

Location: Gallery Christian Lethert, Antwerpener Strasse 4

Times: Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm (Opening); Thursday – Friday, 2-6pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm; through July 30 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 356 05 90

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Container Architecture

Empty shipping containers act as art galleries in Karlsruhe, They form apartment blocks in Melbourne. And in Antarctica, scientists use one as a reading room. With the global economy in the slumps, shipping containers sit empty all over the world. A new exhibition, which opens Wednesday in Düsseldorf features some fantastic ideas for what to do with them. Check out twenty-four ingenious architectural models at NRW-Forum.

Price: €7.80

Location: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Ehrenhof 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm; Friday, 11am-midnight; June 8 – September 4

Phone: 0211 89 266 90

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The Chekhov Project

Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard… There’s a place in your heart for them all. Theatre Language Studio Frankfurt utilises a little creative license with dear Anton’s works in their new production “The Chekhov Project.” Go see a new twist on the Russian playwright’s classics.

Price: €6-15

Location: Interkulturelle Bühne, Alt Bornheim 32

Times: Thursday, June 2, 8pm; Friday, June 3, 8pm; Saturday, June 4, 8pm; Sunday, June 5, 6pm

Ticket Reservations: 069 46 00 37 41

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Marlene Dietrich Revue

That smoky glamour. That unstoppable panache. Marlene Dietrich was one of a kind. German actress Carola Moritz channels the iconic “blue angel” at Katakombe, Saturday.

Price: €24-28

Location: Theater Die Katakombr, Pfingstweidstrasse 2

Times: Saturday, June 4, 8pm

Tickets: 069 491 725

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International Short Film Festival

Twenty-two years ago, the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet created a short film called “Foutaises.” Twelve years later, his hit movie “Amelie” caused a sensation. Directors like Jeunet, who made short films during their formative years are the focus of the Hamburg film festival’s special program “Early Shorts by Famous Artists.” See them in addition to the excellent array of new works being shown in this year’s programme.

Price: €6-7; €25 (5-Screening Pass)

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, June 7 – Monday, June 13

Tickets: 040 39 10 63 134

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Enercity Swinging Hannover – Jazz on Trammplatz

Each year, Hannover’s Trammplatz becomes a stage for international jazz artists. For a swinging good time, gather in front of the New City Hall Thursday and dance along to Sharrie Williams and the Wise Guys, the Hannover Big Band, The Gentlemen of Swing, and other jazztastic music makers.

Price: Free

Location: Trammplatz

Times: Thursday, June 2, 11am

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Bavarian State Exhibition 2011 – Twilight of the Gods: King Ludwig II

A superstar among kings, King Ludwig II possessed a distinctive eccentricity that set him apart from his tepid royal mates. Dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, Ludwig was a “Fairytale King.” Journey outside the city this week to a splendid island palace where a new exhibition offers an intimate look at an iconic German monarch.

Price: €9.50

Location: Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Chiemsee (97 km southeast of Munich)

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm; through October 16

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Night Concert at the Pinakothek der Moderne – Composer Portrait: Georg Friedrich Haas

Soloists from the Munich Chamber Orchestra interpret the music of one of Austria’s most interesting contemporary composers, Saturday night. Rich with aspects of The Harmonic Series, microintervals, and French Spectralism, the music of Georg Friedrich Haas often takes into account the architecture of the space in which it is performed.

Price: €30

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Saturday, June 4, 10pm

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 8

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Think Big – International Dance and Performance Festival for a Young Public

Performance is an integral part of education Europe. Geared toward a young audience, Think Big presents a varied interdisciplinary program of everything from Hip Hop dance to dance theatre. The action starts Tuesday at Muffatwerk.

Price: €15 (Adults); €8 (Children and Students)

Location: Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 10

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81

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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.