Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk founder and electronic music pioneer, dies at 73

BERLIN (Reuters) – Florian Schneider, co-founder of pioneering German electronic band Kraftwerk, which influenced generations of pop and dance musicians with mesmerising tracks such as “Autobahn”, has died of... Read more »

Virus turns off the beer taps as Munich cancels Oktoberfest

BERLIN (Reuters) – Munich’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest popular festival, where revellers from all over the globe swig beer by the litre and sing along to oompah bands, fell... Read more »

Germany cancels Oktoberfest beer festival due to coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival, where revellers from all over the world gather to swig large quantities of beer, has been cancelled due to... Read more »

Germany’s Oktoberfest unlikely to take place this year

People dressed in traditional clothes sit inside a beer tent after the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany, September 22, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert BERLIN (Reuters) – The annual Oktoberfest, the... Read more »

Wilhelm Burmann, master teacher to ballet stars, dies at 80; tested positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wilhelm Burmann, a master teacher and coach for the world’s top ballet dancers for more than four decades, has died of renal failure after his... Read more »

Coronavirus strands Peruvian singer in Finnish Arctic

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) – When Peruvian musician Victor Alarcon set out on his dream trip to shoot a music video in the Finnish Arctic for his single called ‘Aurora... Read more »

Germany postpones famous Alpine Passion Play due to coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bavaria’s Passion Play, staged every decade since the 1630s when villagers thanked God for the end of the plague, has been postponed for two years due... Read more »

Musicians give free online concerts to beat coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bans on mass gatherings introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic might have been expected to deal a death blow to musical life, but... Read more »

Hangman, family man: Berlinale film probes the limits of free will

BERLIN (Reuters) – Heshmat is a loving father and supportive husband who delights local children by rescuing a trapped cat – but also the man who operates the trapdoor... Read more »

Berlinale winner explores moral dilemmas of Iran’s capital punishment

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drama film shot in secret to evade government censorship that highlights the moral dilemmas faced by those caught in the web of Iran’s capital punishment... Read more »