What’s on in Germany: October 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: Max Liebermann in Hamburg, Samuel Beckett in Munich, and an ancient metropolis comes to life in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: October 6 - 12
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Pergamon Panorama

Ever wondered what it was like to live in ancient times? The Pergamon Museum’s new 360 degree panorama offers a rare encounter with a 2nd century city. Designed by Yadegar Asisi, the high-tech panorama brings visitors on a journey back in time to see the ancient city of Pergamon in all its day-to-day splendour. Go take a look this weekend. Fascinating stuff awaits.

Price: €13

Location: Pergamon Museum, Museum Island, Am Kupfergraben 5

Times: Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm; through September 30, 2012

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Rabindranath Tagore – Music Festival – Tagore as Artist and Musician

Rabindranath Tagore was a pioneer of modern art in India. To honor the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Dahlem Museum is exhibiting 98 of his paintings. But let’s not forget about the maesto’s musical skills. Like his visual artworks, Tagore’s musical compositions are awash with rhythms and lines of color. See vocalist Anubha Gosh, harmonium player Anutosh Mukhopadhyay, and tabla player Laura Patchen perform works by the Indian master Sunday afternoon.

Price: €6

Location: Museen Dahlem, Lansstrasse 8

Times: Sunday, October 9, 4pm

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Le Savali – Berlin

Dancers from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand join an international array of Berlin-based musicians and performers in Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio’s new piece “Le Savali: Berlin.” With its multicultural cavalcade of artists, the piece focuses on the common realities experienced by all walks of life in the German capital. “Le Savali: Berlin” opens this year’s Spiel’zeit Berlin festival.

Price: €12 – 39

Location: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24

Times: Thursday, October 6; Saturday, October 8; Sunday, October 9; 8pm

Phone: 030 254 890

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Urban Media Festival

DJ Rokin presents 50 minutes of silent shorts Friday. Slam poets battle it out Saturday. And on Sunday, 50 artists unveil what they’ve been working on all week. For fans of cutting edge creativity, Cologne’s Urban Media Festival is heaven. Check out the events or just hang out in the Urban Media Lounge sippin’ drinks and groovin’ to the tunes until midnight.

Price: €6.50

Location: Alte Feuerwache, Melchiorstrasse 3 and Filmhaus Kino, Maybachstrasse 111

Times: Various; through Sunday, October 9

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Equinox Music Festival – Romantic Strings

Nordic sound and light is the focus of a four day music festival this week in Cologne. The Equinox Music Festival has been celebrating the music of Norway since 2007. Partake in a little romance Wednesday night when the Brncic Ensemble performs string quartets by Johan Svendsen and Edvard Grieg. A concert in a candlelit church does sound awfully enchanting.

Price: €10

Location: Kulturforum Herz-Jesu, Zülpicher Platz

Times: Wednesday, October 12, 8-9:30pm

Phone: 0221 4744 5999

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Frankfurt Museum Society – Sunday Concert

Few symphonic works are as beloved as Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Do you agree? Find yourself a seat at Frankfurt’s Old Opera House Sunday when the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra play scenes from the ballet. Works by George Benjamin and Frederic Chopin complete the morning of classical music.

Price: €20-47

Location: Frankfurt Alte Oper, Opernplatz 1

Times: Sunday, October 9, 11am

Tickets: 069 13 40 400

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Markt Kultur

Food gets a new focus in Hamburg this Saturday when speciality food vendors set up beneath the glass ceilings of Fabrik. Everything from fresh baked breads and local honey to French macarons and pastel hued marshmallow will be on offer at the new weekly market. Go and indulge your gourmet cravings.

Price: Free

Location: Fabrik, Barnerstrasse 36

Times: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from October 8

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Max Liebermann – Pioneer of Modern Art

Germany’s most revered Impressionist, Max Liebermann mingled with painters in France and Holland after studying in Weimar. Scenes from his garden in Wansee as well as portraits, and images of the European bourgeoisie comprise the bulk of a new retrospective of the artist’s work in Hamburg. Go and see the Berlin native’s exquisite oeuvre.

Price: €12

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through February 19, 2012

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Vivian Maier – A Life Uncovered

Vivian Maier took pictures all her life, but it wasn’t until just before her death that her talent for photography came to light. An exhibition at the Amerika Haus displays a selection of Maier’s moving black and white images of American street life in the 1950s and 1960s–images she kept hidden in a secret locker. The exhibition opens Friday night.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Friday, October 7, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Friday, noon-5pm; Wednesday, noon-8pm; October 10 – December 9 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 089 55 25 37 13

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Samuel Beckett – Waiting For Godot

It’s been over half a century since Samuel Beckett penned his famous tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot,” but the storyline continues to resonate with audiences in our 21st century world. BeMe Theatre stages the iconic absurdist play this week in Munich. And you can get pumped up for the performance Saturday night at Schlachthof when the Irish actor Barry McGovern presents a Beckett-full evening followed by live Irish music.

Price: €18

Location: Einstein Kulturzenturm, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Various times, October 11 – October 29

Tickets: 089 385 377 66

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Pat Martino Trio

One of the most respected jazz guitarists of our time, Pat Martino is truly a living legend. He lost his chops along with his memory after surgery for a brain aneurism in 1980, but within a decade the guitarist relearned his instrument and resumed rattling off those buttery lines that earned him comparisons to Wes Montgomery. currently in the midst of a European tour, the jazzman stops in Munich with Hammond B3 player Pat Bianchi, and drummer Shawn Hill Wednesday.

Price: €30

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Wednesday, October 12, 9pm

Tickets: 089 448 27 94

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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.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

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.