What’s on in Germany: July 16 – 22

This Week's Highlights: U2 in Berlin, tennis in Hamburg, and Sven Väth drops in for an all-day party in Munich.

What's on in Germany: July 16 - 22
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Sure Bono and the boys are Irish, but they’re named after a Berlin U-Bahn line. What better place to experience the amazing new stage set up of their 360 Degrees tour, than Berlin’s massive Olympic Stadium? Snow Patrol opens the show.

Price: €87

Location: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz

Times: Saturday, July 18, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070 (.14/minute)

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Guru’s Jazzmatazz

The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger takes the tunes from his “Back to the Future” disc, volume four of his Jazzmatazz album series, to the Astra dance floor Friday night. Solar and the 7 Grand Players help jazz it up.

Price: €20

Location: Astra Kulturhaus, Revaler Strasse 99

Times: Friday, July 17, 9pm

Phone: 030 69 56 68 40

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Thomas Kilpper – State of Control

A new exhibition, presented by the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, has the former Ministry for State Security of the GDR covered in cut-outs and images that deal with issues of state surveillance and repression. Walk through the exhibition with the Stuttgart-born artist Thursday.

Price: Free

Location: Former GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS), Normannenstrasse 19

Times: Thursday, July 16, 5pm

Phone: 030 280 7020

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Shorts at Moonlight

Short films flicker across the a screen at Frankfurt’s historic Höchst Castle starting Thursday night, when live music adds to the magical mood for the opening evening of the three-day event.

Price: €6

Location: Frankfurt Höchst – Schlossterrasse

Times: Thursday, July 16; Friday, July 17; Saturday, July 18; 8pm

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Herb Workshop: Chives, Thyme, and More

Kids eight and up can smell and taste all kinds of herbs in this educational and entertaining workshop at the KulturForum Hattersheim, just outside Frankfurt, this Thursday. Their culinary efforts will culminate in an aromatic quark.

Price: €3

Location:KulturForum Hattersheim, Am Markt 7

Times: Thursday, July 16, 3-5:30pm

Phone: 06190 934515

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German Open Hamburg

From Nikolay Davydenko to Fernando Verdasco, the top male tennis players from around the world will battle it out on Rothenbaum’s clay courts all week long. Catch all the heated action starting Saturday.

Price: €15 – 270

Location: Rothenbaum, Hallerstrasse

Times: Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 26

Tickets: 040 411 78 411

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Open Air Cinema

See Slumdog Millionaire, Sneak Preview, and The Dark Knight this weekend as Hamburg’s Streits Film Theatre celebrates its one-year anniversary as the city’s home of English cinema with a trio of open-air screenings.

Price: €8

Location: Streits Filmtheater Hamburg, Jungfernstieg 38

Times: Thursday, July 16 – Saturday, July 18; 10:30pm

Tickets: 040 34 60 51

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Greenfields Open Air

Party under a blue sky all Sunday long. Superstar DJ Sven Vath headlines this mid-summer dance party extravaganza.

Price: €29

Location: Galopprennbahn, Graf-Lehndorff-Strasse 36

Times: Sunday, July 19, 11am-10pm

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Hansjoerg Dobliar Book Launch

Celebrate the release of volume two of German artist Hansjoerg Dobliar’s book The Delicate Deformation Thursday night at Kunstverein München. Pinakothek der Modern’s Bernhard Schwenk introduces the event and Hans-Juergen Hafner, Daniela Stöppel, Stefan Lenhart provide the music.

Price: Free

Location: Kunstverein München, Galeriestrasse 4

Times: Thursday, July 16, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 221 152

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Matchless Magazine Launch Party

A new Munich-based online magazine celebrates its launch with a kick-off party Thursday. Join the crew at München72.

Price: Free

Location: München72, Kohlstrasse 11

Times: Thursday, July 16, 7pm

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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.