What’s on in Germany: June 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: Greek theatre in Dresden, baroque opera in Frankfurt, and Carnival of Cultures in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: June 9 - 15
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Carnival of Cultures

People of all stripes make their home in Berlin. Celebrate the colours, costumes, and rhythms of the world this weekend at the Carnival of Cultures street festival and parade. With Turkish indie-rockers, Brazilian samba dancers, and Jamaican poets the city becomes a smorgasbord of international festivities at this popular annual event.

Price: Free

Location: Blücherplatz (Street Festival); Hermannplatz – Yorkcstrasse (Parade)

Times: Friday June 10, 4pm-midnight; Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 11am-midnight; Monday, June 13, 11am-7pm (Street Festival); Sunday, June 12, 12:30-9:30pm (Parade)

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Based in Berlin

Film nights and live performances give “Based in Berlin” that special vivacity that boosts it out of the regular art opening realm and into a multi-medium spectacle. Comprising nearly 80 Berlin-based artists and a handful of the city’s best art venues, this six-week event showcases one of the capital’s most exciting assets, its art makers.

Price: Free

Location: Atelierhaus, Monbijoupark, Oranienburgerstrasse 77 (Main Site + four additional venues)

Times: Daily, noon-midnight; through July 24

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Once Upon a Time in the West – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Few portrayed the tension, the bravado, the romance, and the violence of the American West as well as the Italians. Spaghetti Western kingpin Sergio Leone was a master at recreating the drama of the Wild West. The Good the Bad and the Ugly, one of the Italian director’s many masterpieces, screens Friday night at Berlin’s Arsenal as part of the cinema house’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” series.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Friday, June 10, 9:15pm

Phone: 030 26955 100

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Made in Cologne

Did you know Afri-Cola was developed in Cologne? So was the iconic cigarette brand from the 1960s, Overstolz. From cars to chocolate, Germany’s fourth-largest city designed and manufactured many of the products we’ve grown to love. Celebrate all things Cologne-made at a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of Cologne, which opens Friday.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3

Times: Friday, June 10, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Sunday, 10a,-5pm, Tuesday, 10m-8pm; through September 11 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 221 25789

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Elektra – Two Pieces, Two Languages, One Place, One Evening

The English language theatre group Eclectic Theatre joins forces with the German company Spielbrett for an ambitious evening of Greek tragedy. Witness Sophocles’ timeless drama performed in two languages, incorporating two styles, on one open-air stage.

Price: €17.50

Location: Parktheater in the Grosser Garten, Hauptallee 12

Times: Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 7pm

Tickets: 01805 570000 (0.14€/min)

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Rose and Light Festival

“A rose is a rose is a rose,” said Gertrude Stein. The floral artists whose artful arrangements fill the Palmenhaus Gallery this weekend might not agree. Go walk among the multitude of fragrant varieties at Friday’s exhibition opening, or see the gardens illuminated by candlelight Saturday night.

Price: €5

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Friday, June 10, 9am-9pm; Saturday, June 11, 9am-midnight; Sunday, June 12, 9am-9pm; Monday, June 13, 9am-6pm

Phone: 069 212 3 39 39

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Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter takes on the title role in the premiere of Oper Frankfurt’s production of Médée, Monday night. Led by Italian conductor Andrea Marcon, a superstar among Baroque interpreters, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s dramatic 17th century opera combines elements of French and Italian styles.

Price: €16-45

Location: Oper Frankfurt, Willy-Brandt-Platz

Times: Monday, June 13, 7:30pm

Tickets: 069 212 49 49 4

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Family Boat Trip

All aboard! Pack up the family and spend some time on the sea. This weekend, the historic steamer Elbe is offering tours around Hamburg Harbour. Take a journey past the Philharmonic Hall, the St. Pauli jetties, the Old Elbe Tunnel, and around Europe’s largest river island, Wilhemlmsberg Island.

Price: €9-24 (Adults); €3-5 (Children)

Location: Traditional Ship Harbour, Sandtorkai

Times: Saturday, June 11 – Monday, June 13

Phone: 040 41 30 37 37

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Matt Mullican – Organizing the World

We all tend to ponder the meaning of the world at one time or another. American artist Matt Mullican seems to have it all figured out. He’s got every human mood, experience, and activity organized in a colour and sign system that took 30 years to develop. See his early installations as well as later works in a new exhibition at the Haus der Kunst.

Price: €10

Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; Friday, June 10 – September 11

Phone: 089 21127 113

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Opening of the Friedensengel Graffiti Gallery

Kid Acne, Dotmaster, Markoe, and Siuko joined German street artist Loomit in marking up the bare concrete walls beneath Munich’s Friedensengel pedestrian tunnel with vivid graffiti. Join American poet Marty McConnel at the new graffiti gallery’s official inauguration ceremony, Friday.

Price: Free

Location: Friedensengel Pedestrian Tunnel

Times: Friday, June 10, 7pm

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Aya Irizuki

With exquisitely slow, strange movements and ethereal make-up and costumes, the Japanese art form Butoh is one of the most extraordinary methods of performance. Classically trained dancer Aya Irizuki has been studying Butoh for ten years. Her motions will mesmerize you at Passage Maximilianstrasse, Saturday night.

Price: Free

Location: Passage Maximilianstrasse, Altstadtring

Times: Saturday, June 11, 8pm

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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.