What’s on in Germany: November 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: Japanese culture in Frankfurt, contemporary theatre in Leipzig, and music days in Berlin.

What's on in Germany:  November 3 - 9
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BerMuDa – Berlin Music Days

That’s not an earthquake. That’s the sensation of dozens of dance floors thumping in unison. Berlin Music Days is a four-day festival devoted to electronic music, and it started Wednesday. So if you’re not already in the midst of swirling lights and electro beats, jump in fast, the all-star DJ roster runs into the sunlit hours of Sunday morning.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: November 2 – 5

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Co-Mo-Dy in Support of Movember

Berlin’s anglophone comedians are stepping up to the mic in support of Movember, a group of moustached men (and women) who raise money for prostate cancer. Get over to Belushi’s Bar Wednesday evening for a night of gut-busting belly laughs and help a good cause. Moustache optional, but encouraged.

Price: Donation

Location: Belushi’s Bar, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39

Times: Wednesday, November 9, 8:30-11pm

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Existence – Exhibition Opening

Group shows are great because you get to see a variety of works. For Vierter Stock Galerie’s new exhibition, six artists, mostly from Germany, but also from Mexico and the Czech Republic have created drawings, paintings, and sculptures based on the notion of existence. Go take a look, and if there’s anything you don’t get, just ask. The artists will all be in attendance at Saturday’s opening.

Price: Free

Location: Vierter Stock Galerie, Schererstrasse 10

Times: Thursday, November 4, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3-7pm (Regular Hours); through December 9

Phone: 030 5163 1119

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Christ and Gantenbein – Exhibition Opening

Architects Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein established their firm 13 years ago in Basel. Since then, they’ve worked on a museum in Zurich, a church in London, and various residence projects across Germany. But it all started with a journey through Italy. See the pair’s photographic documentation of the architecture they encountered during their trip alongside images of their own work at a new exhibition, which opens Friday at the Architecture Gallery Berlin.

Price: Free

Location: Architektur Galerie Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 96

Times: Thursday, November 3, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday-Friday, 2-7 pm; Saturday, 12-4 pm (Regular Hours); through December 17

Tickets: 030 788 974 31

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Cologne Museum Night

DJs, movies, and live bands make Cologne’s Long Night of Museums so much more than a simple stroll through a pretty picture gallery. Open your eyes, ears, and arms wide to all types of art Saturday night when 45 of the city’s museums, galleries, and exhibition halls host an exciting program of talks, tours, parties, and performances.

Price: €16

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, November 5, 7pm-3am

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The Rapture

In the Grace of Your Love is the New York indie-art-rockers’ first disc in five years. If you’ve been craving a little Rapture, head to Die Werkstatt Saturday night. “How Deep is Your Love?”

Price: €18

Location: Die Werkstatt, Grüner Weg 1b

Times: Saturday, November 5, 8:30pm

Phone: 0221 356 39 15

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Japan Week

Travel to the Land of the Rising Sun this week without leaving Frankfurt. Starting Saturday, venues around the city will resound with Taiko drumming as kimono-clad dancers step gracefully across the stage. From tea ceremonies to ikebana demonstrations, the week-long programme features a range of Japanese cultural activities.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, November 5 – Saturday, November 12

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The Heiress

Based on Henry James’ Washington Square, The Heiress is a play about a wealthy young lady who falls in love with the wrong kind of guy. You know the type. Penniless. Penned by playwright duo Ruth and Augustus Goetz in 1947, the play quickly landed on the silver screen. See Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre’s rendition of the timeless story this weekend.

Price: €15

Location: The International Theatre, Hanauer Landstrasse 5-7

Times: Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm; Thursday, November 10 – Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm;

Phone: 069 499 09 80

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Arte Essenziale

Is the postmodern era over? If it is, what’s next for contemporary art? That’s what the eight artists from Italy, Great Britain, Georgia, and the US have attempted to convey in this group exhibition, which originally showed at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia. See their sculptures and large-scale installations at Thursday’s exhibition opening and get conceptual.

Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Thursday, November 3, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am-7pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-7pm (Regular Hours); through January 1, 2012

Phone: 069 219 3140

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iPilot Flight Simulation Center Opens in Hamburg

Ever dreamed of being an airline pilot? Here’s your chance to navigate the urban canyons of Hong Kong Tai Tak Airport, or fly above the Caribbean Sea and land on St. Maarten without leaving ground. Step into the cockpit at Hamburg’s new iPilot’s Flight Simulation Center and take a virtual trip to one of thousands of destinations.

Price: €39-199

Location: iPilot Hamburg, Langenhorner Chaussee 139

Phone: 040 22 61 38 16

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Euro-Scene Leipzig – 21st Festival of contemporary European Theatre

Music and dance plays a major role in this year’s Euro-Scene Leipzig festival. “Sound Disturbance” is the theme of the six-day spectacle, which features acclaimed directors and choreographers from across Europe. Don’t miss Tuesday night’s poetic opening performances, a choreographic concert from Slovenia, and an improvisation performance by artists from Bulgaria.

Price: €14-20

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, November 8 – Sunday, November 13

Ticket Hotline: 0341 242 59 11

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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Revered among music makers of all stripes, Ryuichi Sakamoto helped pioneer early electronic music, recorded rock albums, penned classical operas, and scored over 20 films. The Japanese artist’s current passion lies within the edges of sound and noise. See what the maestro can do with two grand pianos Tuesday at Kampnagel.

Price: €36-53

Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Tuesday, November 8, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 000

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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.