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Music

10 things you didn't know about Eurovision

ImageOk, we all know about the wind machines and the glitter. But here are 10 things about the ultra kitschy Eurovision Song Contest that might surprise you.

Film

Anne Frank on the silver screen

The short life of the young diary writer, Anne Frank, has inspired numerous filmmakers in the 70 years since she died in a Nazi concentration camp. Now, the first German-made feature is in the works.

Literature

Top lit prize for German-Iraqi author Sherko Fatah's take on war and terror

The Berlin author with a bicultural background, Sherko Fatah, is this year's winner of the literary award. His portrayal of the cruel brutality of war offers glimmers of hope and humanity.

Music

Simon Rattle to leave Berlin for London

The star conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic will return to his home country to lead the London Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. The move might shake up the world of classical music in Britain.

Culture

Austria will not return Klimt painting to heir of Jewish owners

An Austrian panel has recommended that Gustav Klimt's painting "The Beethoven Frieze" should not be returned to the heirs of its former Jewish owners. Vienna intends to follow this decision.

Art

'Guelph heirs want recognition from Germany'

The heirs to the valuable medieval Guelph Treasure are appalled that Germany hasn't recognized its 1935 sale to the Nazis as unlawful. Their lawyers explain what they're after, and why they've taken their case to the US.

Travel

Blog to book: Berlin's secret places unveiled

It is a key reference for all off-beat explorers with a passion for rust and flaking paint, set to a historical backdrop. Now "Abandoned Berlin," one of the city's most popular blogs, has been released in print.

Food and Drink

Foodies eat into Berlin's impoverished image

After reveling in its self-styled party image, Berlin is now cultivating a more mature, gourmet persona. The eat! Berlin food festival is key to efforts, but as DW's Tamsin Walker finds out, it's all a matter of taste.