What’s on in Germany: June 23 – June 29

This Week's Highlights: Christopher Street Day in Berlin, Art Week in Hamburg, and TV on the Radio play in Munich.

What's on in Germany: June 23 – June 29
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Christopher Street Day

March through Berlin with your rainbow flag waving mates Saturday when the Christopher Street Day parade kicks off on the Kurfürstendamm. Then join the jubilant mob at the Brandenburg Gate later on in the day for one of the grandest gay pride celebrations of the year. Take a look at The Local’s guide to Berlin’s Pride Week for more highlights.

Price: Free

Location: Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburg Gate (Parade Route)

Times: Saturday, June 25, 12:30pm

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German-French Festival of the People

Embark on a little rendez-vous to a quaint French village without leaving the border of Berlin. Gather with friends in the shadow of a makeshift Eiffel Tower and sip rosé while an accordionist taps out the melody of the Marseillaise. The German-French Festival of the People is a delight for all ages. Bring the kids on a Wednesday when rides are half price.

Price: €2

Location: Zentraler Festplatz Berlin, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 207

Times: Monday – Thursday, 3-11pm; Friday, 3pm-midnight; Saturday, 2pm-midnight; Sunday, 2-11pm; through July 17

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Brecht House Summer Festival

The latest exhibition at the Brecht House focuses on the mediaeval French poet Francois Villon, Bertolt Brecht, and Bob Dylan. Celebrate this artistic trio at Saturday’s Summer Festival. Film screenings, lectures, and guided tours of Brecht’s house and the adjacent cemetery where he’s buried make for an active Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: Brecht-Haus, Chausseestrasse 125

Times: Saturday, June 25, 3-11pm

Phone: 030 200 57 18 44

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C/O Pop Festival

Get your feet stomping while the beat is pumping at venues around Cologne this week. Pop music’s best descend on the city to strut their stuff at the C/O Pop Festival. Calle 13 fires up the Funkhaus Europa Summerstage at Open Air at Tanzbrunnen, at 3pm, Thursday. Get your booty on the dance floor.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26

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Heinrich Küpper

The German artist Heinrich Küpper was fascinated by the microcosm. His exquisitely detailed pencil drawings reveal the minutiae of things like water, bark, and stone. Go see his vast little worlds at a new exhibition at Galerie Werner Klein in Cologne, and experience the creative output of a man who made art right up until his death in 2009, at the age of 90.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Werner Klein, Volksgartenstrasse 10

Times: Saturday, June 25, 3-7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; through July 23 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 258 5112

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Jan Voss – In Anticipation of the 75th Birthday of the Artist

In October, German artist Jan Voss turns 75. In honour of the occasion, Frankfurt’s Die Galerie is exhibiting over two dozen of his works spanning from the 1960s to the 2000s. Rich in colour and abstract patterns, Voss conveys a detailed narrative with each and every piece.

Price: Free

Location: Die Galerie, Grüneburgweg 123

Times: Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm; through September 10

Phone: 069 97 14 710

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30 Minute Organ Music

Every Monday and Thursday, Professor Martin Lücker, resident organist at St. Katherine’s Church in Frankfurt, and professor of organ at the Hochschule für Musik, tunes up his instrument for a 30-minute performance. This week Lücker plays composers from the 17th through the 20th centuries, including Bach. Sounds like a nice way to unwind after a long day.

Price: Free

Location: St. Katherine’s Church, Leerbachstrasse 18

Times: Monday, June 27, 4:30pm

Phone: 069 77 06 770

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Hamburg Art Week

From a “Gigantic Waterfall” to a “Night of Creativity,” Hamburg Art Week offers an array of exciting surprises. Through Sunday, galleries, museums, and public spaces around the city host a diverse program of exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist talks. Check out the programme and go see some art this weekend.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Daily, through Sunday, June 26

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TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio lead singer Kyp Malone says he likes “the forms of love songs. The poetry.” The band’s new album Nine Types of Light is chock full of sentimental poesy in addition to irresistible glitches, lush synthesized beats, and raging electric guitars. Head to Muffathalle where the Brooklyn art-rockers stop Thursday night during their tromp around the Continent.

Price: €25

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrsse 4

Times: Thursday, June 23, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 45 87 50 10

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Architecture Tour 2011

Architecture plays a huge part in defining the character of a city. This weekend, take a walking tour of some of Munich’s finest buildings. Local architects provide a first hand account of the design details of spaces like the Louis Hotel on the Viktualienmarkt, the Haus der Bayerischen Landkreise, and the notary office rooms of the Preysing Palais. Over forty institutions, offices, and private homes show off their magnificent makeovers.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26

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Artist Talk – Jewish Artists in the Comic Industry

It’s no secret that Jews play a big role in comedy. But what about comics? American comic book artists Howard Chaykin and Bill Morrison (of Simpsons fame) discuss the influence of Jewish culture on American comics, Thursday night in Munich.

Price: Free

Location: Jewish Museum Munich, St-Jakobs-Platz 16

Times: Thursday, June 23, 9-10:30pm

Phone: 089 233 96096

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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.