What’s on in Germany: July 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Cologne gets irie, Springsteen rocks Munich, and Lucinda Williams drops in on Berlin.

What's on in Germany: July 2 - 8
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Calexico, Lambchop & Lucinda Williams

These three are reinventing the notion of American music. Get your dose of indie-country Wednesday at Zitadelle Spandau’s Citadel Music Festival.

Price: €37

Location: Zitadelle, am Juliusturm

Times: Wednesday, July 8, 6pm

Ticket Hotline: 030 780 99810

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Suzanne Vega

Let her woo you Sunday night at Passionskirche when she performs songs from her latest album Beauty & Crime. New York City makes a compelling backdrop for intimate Blue Note debut.

Price: €25

Location: Passionskirche, Marheinekeplatz 1

Times: Sunday, July 5, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 030 780 99810

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Summerjam Festival

It may not be Jamaica, technically, but every summer Fühlinger See gets pretty darn close. Bunny Wailer and his Solomonic Reggaestra headlines this year’s three-day soul shakedown party. Take the Reggaebus from points around Germany, and get ready to get irie. Rastafari!

Price: €92

Location: Fühlinger See

Times: Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570070

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Edvard Munch – Drawings

Honour the creator of “The Scream” this weekend as an exhibition of the Norwegian artists’ prints opens at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum.

Price: €10

Location: Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am- 6pm; Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday, July 3 – October 18

Phone: 069 605 0980

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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren’s most beloved character comes to life on the Frankfurt stage Sunday. Watch the red haired sprite and her pals romp around the Palmengarten theatre.

Price: €9.50 – 14.50

Location: Papageno Musiktheater im Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse

Times: Sunday, July 5, 4pm

Phone: 069 51 50 38

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Trio Nexus

Flautist Erik Drescher, pianist Heather O’Donnell, and percussionist Claudia Sgarbi premiere new works by pioneering electronic music composer Pauline Oliveros as well as Germany-based composers Mayako Kubo, Marcia Lemke-Kern and Susanne Stelzenbach.

Price: Free!

Location: GEDOK-Kunstforum, Koppel 66/ Lange Reihe 75

Times: Tuesday, July 7, 7pm

Phone: 040 280 31 24

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Six photographers showcase their best celebrity shots in this group exhibition at Hamburg’s G3Gallery. See a dapper Astrid Lindgren, an elegant Romy Schneider and a very sexy Cindy Crawford.

Price: Free

Location: G3Gallery, Mittelweg 41a

Times: Monday – Friday, 2-7pm; through August 30

Phone: 040 280 31 24

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Lutz Bacher – Do You Love Me?

Pictures of Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Garner and the Lion withthe Tin Man appear in artist Lutz Bacher’s media-infused imagery of the American dream. Damenkapelle and DJ Mirko Hecktor provide the sounds for Friday night’s summer party opening.

Price: Free

Location: Kunstverein München, Galeriestrasse 4

Times: Opening: Friday, July 3, 8pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 7pm; Saturday – Sunday 11am-6pm

Phone: 089 221 152

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Jean Dubuffet. A Life in Double Time – A Retrospective

One hundred and fifty works trace this twentieth century French artist’s career from figurative to abstract painting. Marvel at Dubuffet’s impressive oeuvre.

Price: €8

Location: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Theatinerstrasse 8;

Times: Daily, 10am-8pm; through August 30

Phone: 089 22 4412

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

The Boss arrives at Olympiastadion Thursday night. Go and wrap yourself in the anthems of an American icon. Baby you were born to run.

Price: €60-95

Location: Olympiastadion, Spiridon-Louis-Ring

Times: Thursday, July 2, 7:30pm

Phone: 0180 5481 8181

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Summer Festival of Culture

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela holds court over this exciting festival of world cultures’ final night on Sunday. Wrap up six days of Creole bands and Egyptian ensembles with one of the world’s most sensational players.

Price: Free

Location: Marktplatz Stuttgart

Times: Sunday, July 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.