What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: An open-air ball in Dresden, music and movies at the Berlin Cathedral and lots of interesting new art in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: January 19 – 25
Photo: Semper Opera Ball



Silent Film Concerts at the Berliner Dom

Stephan von Bothmer is the most celebrated silent film accompanist in all of Germany. Truly one of a kind, the composer and pianist performs two pieces this weekend written especially for the Berlin Cathedral’s magnificent organ. Watch Berlin: Symphony of a Great City and The Battleship Potemkin as Bothmer sounds the pipes.

Price: €22

Location: Berlin Cathedral, Lustgarten

Times: Friday, January 20, 8pm and Saturday, January 21, 8pm

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”The Modern Lola” Spanish Fashion Film Series & Ricardo Ramos Fashion Show

With his new collection, Spanish designer Ricardo Ramos pays tribute to the strong women of the early twentieth century who influenced fashion during the time between the two world wars. See his elegant ensembles at a fashion show Thursday at Babylon Mitte. Antonio Morenos’ 1932 Mexican drama Santa screens with English subtitles immediately following.

Price: Free Thursday; Other Films €7

Location: Babylon Mitte, Rosa Luxemburg Strasse 30

Times: Thursday, January 19, 8pm; Spanish film series continues until January 30

Phone: 030 242 5696

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Yumiko Tanaka and Yoko Tawada

A pair of accomplished Japanese artists perform together at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Sunday. Gidayu-Shamisen player Yumiko Tanaka has performed professionally for over three decades, while author Yoko Tawada has published novels in several languages. Go and see what the duo can do with words and music.

Price: TBD

Location: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestrasse 128/129

Times: Sunday, January 22, 8pm

Phone: 030 280 7020

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Semper Opera Ball – Open Air Ball

The Semper Opera Ball is Dresden’s equivalent to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square in New York. Join the exuberant masses at Theatre Square Friday night for dancing under the stars. Curious to know what’s going on inside? Just look up at the big screens broadcasting all the action.

Price: Free

Times: Friday, January 20, 6:30pm

Location: Theater Square

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Anja Czioska
 – 20 Years of Filmmaking/Super 8 Films 1991 – 2011

The German artist Anja Czuioska has toted her Super 8 camera from Frankfurt and Berlin, to Paris, London, New York, and San Francisco. She’s got an eye for the most interesting bits of the world. See twenty years of the filmmakers work Wednesday.

Price: €5

Times: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst,
Domstrasse 10

Phone: 069 2123 0447

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Demonstrations. Making Nominative Orders – Exhibition Opening

If the way social orders developed and changed interests you, you’ll want to stop by the Frankfurter Kunstverein Thursday night (or if you could be any character on Downton Abbey you’d be Branson the chauffeur). The art association’s new exhibition “Demonstrations. Making Nominative Orders” examines “public articulation of power, doubt, and protest.” Go to the opening and get an artistic take on injustice, and what we’re gonna do about it. People got the power!

Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus on the Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Thursday, January 19, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11am-7pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-7pm; through March 25 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 069 219 3140

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Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum Exhibition Opening

The seven artists featured in Frankfurt’s Museum of World Cultures’ new show spent time out in the field to create their art. Interestingly, the “field” was the actual museum. See a film shot in the museum store rooms, drawings and photographs taken in Ethiopia in 1934, and other fascinating aspects of anthropological art and documentation. “Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum” opens Tuesday night with the artists in attendance.

Price: €5

Location: Weltkulturen Museum
Schaumainkai 29-37

Times: Tuesday, January 24, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday 11am-6pm, Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday – Sunday 11am-6pm, through September 16 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 069 212 45115

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Pussy Club Royale

A label just for the ladies. That’s what Catharina Boutari had in mind when she founded Pussy Empire Recordings ten years ago. The singer unleashes her feisty vocals Thursday night at Grünen Jäger where she joins label mates and other guests for a girl power throw down.

Price: €7

Times: Thursday, January 19, 9pm

Location: Grüner Jäger, Neuer Pferdemarkt 36

Phone: 040 31 81 46 17

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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

The Tombak is an old Iranian hand drum, and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is one of its most modern practitioners. Be astounded by what the virtuoso can do with the traditional Persian instrument when he takes the stage Saturday at Gasteig’s Black Box theatre.

Price: €21

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, January 21, 8pm

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81 (.14/min)

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Munich Volunteer Fair

2012 is the year to give back. It could be anyway. Only you can make it happen. Help out the Red Cross, be a big brother, or adopt a grandma. All sorts of ideas will be available for the picking at the Munich Volunteer Fair. New Year’s resolution number one. Check.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, January 22, 10am-5pm

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Wine Basics Seminar

Pour yourself a glass of wine and take a sip. Is it oaky or is it earthy? Fruity or flowery? How’s the finish? Can you describe the bouquet? The world of wine is wide, wonderful, and oh so wordy. Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine Wednesday at

Einfach Geniessen in Munich.

Price: €65

Location: Einfach Geniessen, Pestalozzistrasse 17

Times: Wednesday, January 25, 7:30-10:30pm

Phone: 089 8904 3860

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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.