What’s on in Germany: May 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Cuban film in Frankfurt, vintage pop-up shops in Berlin and Hamburg harbour's birthday party!

What's on in Germany:  May 10 - 16
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Nina Hagen and Band

She’s wild, she’s quirky, she’s the queen of German punk, but all Nina Hagen really wants is world peace. She sings about love, human rights, and power to the people on her latest album Volksbeat. See the iconic lady on stage in Berlin Tuesday.

Price: €25

Location: Astra Kulturhaus
, Revaler Strasse 99

Times: Tuesday, May 15, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 030 61 10 13 13

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Rebecca Agnes – Planeten

Scientific research combines with literary imagination in a new exhibition of works by the Italian artist Rebecca Agnes. See her videos, embroidered creations, and multimedia pieces, and ponder the relationship between art and the cosmos at the exhibition opening Saturday night.

Price: Free

Location: VBM 20.10, Lübbener Strasse 23

Times: Saturday, May 12, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 2-6pm; through June 8 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 7623 3061

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Shopping Events

Vintage Love Pop-Up Store

Beef up your collection of A-line skirts, secretary blouses, and maxi dresses this weekend. A vast selection of vintage clothing from the 1960s and 1970s will be on offer at Vintage Love, a pop up store in Kreuzberg that runs through Sunday. Psychedelic prints, butterfly collars, and yards and yards of polyester. Gotta love it.

Price: Free

Location: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42, entrance in back courtyard, second floor

Times: 2-7pm, Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13

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New Talents 2012 – Biennale Cologne

Every year, a new crop of young talent emerges from the art schools in and around Cologne and Dusseldorf and thanks to this biannual event they won’t go unnoticed. Go and see some fresh new works by budding artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, and dancers this week.

Price: Various; Many events are free

Location: All exhibition venues are located within a radius of 150 meters around the Cologne Cultural Quarter.

Times: Saturday, May 12 – Sunday, May 20

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Fashion/Beauty Events

Fashion Show, Styling, and Cocktails at Mademoiselle Tambour

Monika Tambour is hosing a fun fashion event at her Cologne boutique Mademoiselle Tambour Saturday. Professional stylists offer free makeovers in the “Ponyclub Beauty Lounge,” while the “Cocktail Lounge” features fine drinks and little culinary treats. Get beautified and stay for the afternoon fashion show.

Price: Free

Location: Mademoiselle Tambour, Engelbertstrasse 28

Times: Saturday, May 12, noon; Fashion show starts at 4:30pm

Phone: 0221 998 75751

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Cuba in Film

Frankfurt’s festival of Cuban film opens Thursday with Havana Station. Ian Padron’s award-winning feature film is about the son of a wealthy jazz musician who gets lost at a May Day parade. Meet the director after the screening, and get pumped for 12 days of Cuban cinema.

Price: €6

Location: Filmforum Höchst
, Emmerich-Josef-Strasse 46a

Times: Thursday, May 10, 7pm (Havana Station); Festival runs through May 20

Reservations: 069 2124 5714

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History of Culture in Advertising

“Making History” is an exhibition at the MMK in Frankfurt that features artists who created works based on public imagery. One of the artists, the New York conceptual photographer Hank Willis Thomas talks Friday about how history has affected our current experiences with regard to race, class, and gender, and what effect popular culture has on all this. You want to talk about it don’t you? Join the discussion. It’s in English.

Price: €5

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, 
Domstrasse 10

Times: Friday, May 11, 7pm

Phone: 069 2123 0447

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Hamburg Harbour Birthday Celebration

Every year Hamburg throws a big bash for the birthday of its magnificent harbour. Starting Friday, majestic windjammers and historic river boats will parade gallantly across the waters while the music of this year’s partner country India fills the air. Taste some dosas and samosas and feel the sea spray splashing in your face as you tour Germany’s greatest port.

Price: Free

Location: Hamburg Harbour

Times: Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

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Soundscapes – Cosmic Sound World

A pair of multi-instrumentalists creates a cosmic universe at the planetarium Sunday. Gaze up at distant galaxies as a melange of jazz, folk, ambient, and new music fills the air. Christian Bollmann and Stefan Heidtmann’s “soundscape” will take you on a sensory trip through the universe.

Price: €22.50

Location: Planetarium Hamburg, Hindenburgstrasse 1b

Times: Sunday, May 13, 8pm

Phone: 040 4288 6520

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Split – A Divided America

Not only did director Kelly Nyks interview experts like the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Noam Chomsky, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, and Al Franken for his movie Split – A Divided America, he took a cross-country journey and talked to all sorts of regular folk to get a better understanding about why US politics are so divided. See the results of his research when the documentary screens Monday at Amerika Haus.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, May 14, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller — Works from the Goetz Collection

This Canadian art couple merges sound with stylized settings to create intriguing works that ruffle the senses. Eight of their pieces, on loan from a private collection, are currently set up at Munich’s Haus der Kunst. Step into a 1940s movie theatre, stroll around “The Killing Machine,” and fall into step with a winter hiker. Cardiff and Miller’s installations might make you feel a little uncomfortable but hey it’s good for the brain.

Price: €28

Location: Haus der Kunst,
Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm, Thursday, 10am-10pm; through July 8

Phone: 089 21127 113

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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.