What’s on in Germany: September 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: A big art opening in Berlin, Belgian dancers in Hannover, and a children's film festival in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: September 3 - 9
Check out Wilhelm Sasnal in Düsseldorf. Photo: Wilhelm Sasnal via K21



Spree Parade

Board a historic launch and set sail upon the River Spree! A boat parade winds through the city Saturday to the sounds of live bands like the Choir of World Cultures, the RS Brass Quintet, and Klezmeyers.

Price: Adults, €5; Children, €2

Location: Boats leave from Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstrasse, 33

Times: Saturday, September 5, 3-8pm

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Köpenick Whisky Autumn

From Ardmore to Talisker and Old Canada to Cutty Sark, dozens of whisky brands will be yours for the tasting this weekend in Köpenick. Be sure to order a few bratwursts to help soak up all those spirits. Some seminars and master classes are taught in English. Here’s mud in your eye.

Price: Friday & Saturday, €8; Sunday, €5

Location: Freiheit 15, Köpenick

Times: Friday, September 4 – Sunday, September 6

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Art is Super!

Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof has done a little re-arranging. Go and see the fantastic new exhibition “Die Kunst ist Super!” when it opens Friday night and view works by the likes of Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, and Jeff Koons in a whole new light.

Price: Opening, Free; Regular, €8

Location: Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50 – 51

Times: Opening: Friday, September 4, 8pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm; through February 14, 2010

Phone: 030 3978 3411

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Jojo Darski – Neue Rahmenbedingungen

Abstract paintings and surreal photographs by German artist Jojo Darski comprise the new exhibition at Cologne’s Galerie Graf Adolf. Stop in Saturday or Sunday night for the weekend-long opening.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Graf Adolf, Graf-Adolf-Strasse 18-20

Times: Opening: Saturday, September 5, 7pm; Sunday, September 6, 5pm; Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3-5pm; Friday & Sunday, 4:30 – 6:30pm; through October 3

Phone: 0221 259 1986

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Star conductor Kurt Masur leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra through Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 7” Wednesday night in Cologne. Go and witness the Russian composer’s epic tribute to Leningrad.

Price: €85-145

Location: Cologne Philharmonic, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1

Times: Wednesday, September 9, 8pm

Phone: 0221 204 080

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Wilhelm Sasnal

One fifth of the infamous Ladnie Group, the Polish art star is a member of the first generation of artists to emerge after the fall of communism. See the first comprehensive show of Sasnal’s work outside Poland when it’s unveiled at K21 Friday night.

Price: Opening, Free; Regular, €6.50

Location: K21, Ständehausstrasse 1

Times: Opening: Friday, September 4, 9pm; Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 11, 2010

Phone: 0221 8381 600

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LUCAS International Children’s Film Festival

From a little girl who wants to fly, to a little boy who wishes his mom worked at an aquarium, this festival’s ten long films and fifteen short films appeal to all ages, but chances are that if you’re under 14, you’ll relate better than anyone else in the audience. New films from Spain, China, Iran and the USA join Disney classics like Snow White and Tron.

Price: €3.50

Location: Cinema of the German Film Museum, Schaumainkai 41 and CineStar Metropolis, Eschenheimer Anlage 40

Times: Sunday, September 6 – Sunday, September 13

Phone: 069 96 12 20 670

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The Big World of Film Music

Whether it’s the theme song from Love Story, the score to Superman, or a ditty from West Side Story, movie music, if it’s good, can really get the emotions swirling. On Friday night, the Klassik Radio Pops Orchestra performs a selection of especially moving film tunes. Bring your hanky.

Price: €45 – 72

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz 1

Times: Friday, September 4, 8pm

Phone: 01805 84 80 84 (0.14/Minute)

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Night at the Wonderland

Once a month, Hamburg’s enchanting “Miniature Wonderland” opens late, from 7:15-11pm. During this time, only a limited amount of visitors are allowed in, making a visit especially magical. Stroll with your welcome drink in hand, past the tiny bridges and skyscrapers of a minuscule city.

Price: Adults, €17.50; Children, €12.50

Location: Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Kehrwieder 2-4

Times: Friday, September 4, 7:15-11pm

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Tanz Theater International

Dancers of all stripes will strut their stuff in Hannover starting Thursday as five venues around the city fling open their doors for the 24th edition of Tanz Theater International. This year’s event highlights companies from Belgium.

Price: €8-20

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, September 3 – Saturday, September 12

Tickets: 0511 168 412 22

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Mahmoud Dabdoub – Everyday Life in the GDR: Photographs From the 1980s

The Lebanon-born photographer arrived as a student in Leipzig in 1981. A new exhibition of his works at Gasteig’s Aspekte Galerie documents daily life in the German Democratic Republic. Gawk at Mohawk-sporting punks and goose-stepping soldiers at the opening reception Tuesday night.

Price: Free

Location: Aspekte Galerie, Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5, Foyer 2

Times: Opening: Tuesday, September 8, 7pm; Regular Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm; through November 1

Phone: 089 480 980

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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.