What’s on in Germany: July 9-15

This Week's Highlights: BMX bikers strut their stuff in Cologne, Dusseldorf nods to the French and Hannover's royal garden is transformed into a whimsical stage.

What's on in Germany: July 9-15
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Omar Sosa and Hermanos Morales

Catch the Cuban rhythm this Friday. Two exceptional musicians bring their distinctive sounds from the Caribbean to the banks of the River Spree. After nightfall, the Cuban vibe continues with a screening of Cuba Feliz, a fascinating film that traces El Gallo’s journey across the island.

Price: €10

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Friday, July 7, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 030 3978 7175

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Exhibition Opening: Allora & Calzadilla – Compass

Film, installation, performance, and sculpture all play an important part in the works of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, but the duo’s art isn’t as busy as you might expect. Check out “Compass” Friday when it opens at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. You’ll find they’ve converted the vast open space into a resonant chamber. And keep an eye out for the video “How To Appear Invisible,” which documents the demolition of the Palast der Republik.

Price: Free

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Opening – Friday, July 10, 9pm; Regular Hours – Daily, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-9pm

Phone: 030 2045 3650

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From Face to Face – Three Centuries of Berlin Portraits

See genteel figures in hunting caps and ball gowns alongside the queens and captains depicted by premiere portraitists from the 18th through 20th centuries in this splendid exhibition.

Price: €4

Location:Jagdschloss Grunewald, Hüttenweg 100

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 31, 2010

Phone: 030 8133 597

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S.O.M.A. Festival

Party people in the house, shuffle over to Cologne this weekend when the S.O.M.A. Festival launches into full effect. Extrawelt, Brian Cares, Pierre Chevallier, and more hold court on “Electronic Friday,” while Saturday features reggae, hip hop, and dance hall beats from the likes of the fabulous Team Rhythmusgymnastik.

Price: €10-13

Location: Odonien, Hornstrassen 85

Times: Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11

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BMX Worlds World Championship

See the sickest tricks on two-wheels this weekend as daredevil freestylists from around the globe compete for the title of BMX World Champion in Cologne.

Price: Friday, €7; Saturday and Sunday, €10; Three-Day Pass, €25

Location: Cologne Jugendpark, Sachsenbergstrasse

Times: Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12

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Sigmar Polke – The Editions

In addition to painting, experimenting with printing has been this German artist’s forte since the 1960s. See his graphic offset prints from the last four decades at the Museum Ludwig this week.

Price: €9

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Plat

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through September 27

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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Summer Night of Museums

Stroll among the orchids at the Botanical Garden, sway to the sounds of Maurice Ravel at the Japanese Palace, and then go see some art. Forty-six museums are yours for the taking Saturday night. Just get yourself a ticket and hop on the bus.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, July 11, 6pm – 1am

Phone: 0351 4919 2288

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Düsseldorf France Festival

Don your berets and do the can can. Düsseldorf’s Rathaus courtyard will take on the guise of a French village this weekend. Imagine the melodies of an alluring chanteuse drifting through the air as the painted horses of an old fashioned children’s carousel twirl. Let the aroma of fresh baguettes be your guide.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, July 11, 6pm – 1am

Phone: 0351 4919 2288

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Exhibition Opening: Together Into the Future

Thirteen artists investigate the relationship between society and community in a new group exhibition opening Thursday in Frankfurt. Photographs, videos and installations present the individual artists while unifying them in an effort toward collective participation. An interesting theme in an election year, which also happens to be the twenty year anniversary of Germany’s unification.

Opening: Free/Regular Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Opening: Friday, July 9, 7pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm; through October 4

Phone: 069 219 3140

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Little Fest in the Big Garden

Among sculpted hedges and reflecting pools water nymphs dance in transparent bubbles. Rhinestones dangle from the outfit of an acrobat. And whimsical puppets sashay across an 18th century hoop skirt turned theatre. Bring a blanket and lounge upon the sumptuous lawns of Herrenhaus Palace as dozens of magnificent performers entertain.

Click here for a preview photo gallery of the Little Fest

Price: Adults, €26; Students €15; Free for children under 111 centimetres

Location: Grossen Garten im Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Strasse 4

Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 7-11pm; through Sunday, July 26

Phone: 0511 168 44 111

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Christopher Street Day

Munich’s gay population tributes their New York counterparts this weekend as the city streets come alive with rainbow flags and disco beats for Christopher Street Day. Join the parade as it marches through the inner city, then revel in the open air splendour of a street party on Marienplatz and Rindermarkt.

Price: Free

Location: Munich City Center

Times: Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12

Phone: 089 54 333 211

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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.