What’s on in Germany: June 5 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Thirty-three Roman Signer films take over the walls of a Hamburg art museum, Fischerspooner hits Frankfurt, and a design festival spruces up in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: June 5 - 10
Photo: Michael Ubbesen's BauBike for The DMY design festival in Berlin



Yo La Tengo

The US band presents an intriguing program Monday night at Babylon. After the first three songs, the audience calls the set list. With over fifteen albums, fans will have a nice little cache to cull from. Just be sure to yell louder than anyone else.

Price: €21

Location: Babylon Mitte, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Monday, June 8, 8pm

Phone: 030 24 25 969

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Charlottenburg Palace Concert – Frederick and Voltaire

Spend a summer evening the way Prussian royals once did, at a classical concert in the stately ballroom of a sumptuous palace. The Berlin Chamber Orchestra plays the works of Frederick the Great among others in a program of baroque symphonies and ballets at Schloss Charlottenburg, Friday night.

Price: €25

Location: Schloss Charlottenburg, Neuer Flügel, Spandauer Damm 10

Times: Friday, June 5, 7pm

Phone: 030 313 68 09

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International Design Festival Berlin

Even those who don’t know a thing about design can have fun at this design festival. The five-day program includes DJ sets and programs for kids in addition to exhibitions and talks by the world’s hottest interior, furniture, and car designers. This year focuses on “design that makes a difference.”

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, June 3 – Sunday, June 7

Phone: 030 5301 4888

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Cologne Museum Day

All year long, Cologne’s state-run museums are free to city residents the first Thursday of every month. No more excuses for not seeing the fabulous permanent collections of museums like the Cologne City Museum, the Museum for Applied Arts, and the Ludwig Museum. Just don’t forget to bring your identity card that shows you’re a city resident.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, June 4

Phone: 0221 221 22334

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Bleeps, bloops, circuit boards, and neon lights aren’t new to the New York electropop duo Fischerspooner. Their new track “We Are Electric,” pretty much sums this fact up. Fun times will certainly be on order during their show at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Wednesday.

Price: €32

Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Wednesday, June 10, 9pm

Phone: 069 4058 9520

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Sarah Morris

Artist and filmmaker Sarah Morris finds inspiration in the urban landscape. Tuesday sees the American artist in conversation with celebrated German architect Nikolaus Hirsch. Go early to see the exhibition, and stick around to hear what these two luminaries have to say.

Price: Museum, €8; Talk, Free

Location: MMK Vortragssaal, Domstradde 10

Times: Tuesday, June 9, 7pm

Phone: 069 212 30447

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Feedback Fever Shoegazer Weekend

New York rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart headline Germany’s first Shoegazer Weekend, in Hamburg Saturday night. Rock out all night long to melodic vocals and guitar effects. UK bands Ulrich Schnauss and Longview, and DJ Kevin Shields share the bill.

Price: €17.50

Location: Knust, Neuer Kamp 30

Times: Saturday, June 6, 7pm

Phone: 040 8797 6230

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Roman Signer: Projections, Films and Videos 1975-2008

Time and action are central components of the artwork of Swiss artist Roman Signer. Whether they feature a firework pulling a cap off his head, or a room being blasted with hay, his films are always marvellously weird. Thirty-three super-8 films and videos comprise this new exhibition, which opens Thursday evening.

Price: €8.50

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Exhibition Opening – Thursday, June 4, 7pm; Regular Hours – Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through September 27, 2009

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Mind the Park

Five German artists have found a topic for art in an unlikely place – Hannover’s Municipal Department of Park Planning, or at least this group’s main concern, the city’s green spaces. Saturday night’s opening will certainly be a verdant affair.

Price: Free

Location: Städtische Galerie Kubus, Theodor-Lessing-Platz 2

Times: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 8pm; Regular Hours – Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm; through July 5

Phone: 0511 16845 790

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Without Kubrick…

A new exhibition at Munich’s lothringer13/laden pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick. See how two artists from Germany and two from America respond to themes like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining.

Price: Free

Location: lothringer13/laden, Lothringer Strasse 13

Times: Opening – Thursday, June 4, 8pm; Regular Hours – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 4-7pm

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Glamourama feat. Stadtvilla

Two to three times a year, a group called Glamourama throws a party where clothes are the guests of honour. And these aren’t your typical wallflowers. This weekend fill out your summer wardrobe with a few select choices from German label Ana Alcazar’s new collection.

Price: Free

Location: Prinzregentenstrasse 91, Hinterhof of Stadtvilla

Times: Friday, June 5, 11am-10pm

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

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Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.