What’s on in Germany: September 24-30

This Week's Highlights: Tori Amos plays Munich, Arto Lindsay leads a parade through Berlin, and sculptures from the Mao era arrive in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: September 24-30
Ben Hur Live. Photo: DPA


Arto Lindsay – The Penny Parade

Step in time behind the eclectic American musician Arto Lindsay Saturday as he leads his Penny Parade down Unter den Linden, through the Brandenburg Gate and down to the House of World Cultures.

Price: Free

Location: Humboldt-Statue, Unter den Linden 6 (meeting point)

Times: Saturday, September 26, 4pm

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DJ Battle and New Exhibitions

The Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin is getting a new look. Artist Bettina Pousttchi is covering the boxy building with a photo installation that brings to mind a legendary structure that once rose nearby, the recently dismantled Palace of the Republic. Check it out Saturday, along with the new exhibition “Scorpio’s Garden,” when the art hall hosts a DJ battle.

Price: €4

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Saturday, September 26, 9pm

Phone: 030 20 45 36 50

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Preview Berlin – Emerging Art Fair

New young artists. That’s what this fair is all about. Tempelhof Airport’s main hall fills with the artwork of dozens of them this weekend. Go for Thursday’s opening reception, it’s free, or if you’re under six, Saturday or Sunday might be more fun. You can try your hand at sculpture in the kids workshop.

Price: €10 (Regular); €5 (Kids Workshop); Free (Opening Reception)

Location: Tempelhof Airport, Platz der Luftbrücke 5

Times: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 1-8pm; Thursday, September 24, 6-10pm (Opening Reception)

Phone: 030 49 80 55 17

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The feisty Berlin duo kicks off a little German tour with a gig at Cologne’s E-Werk. Bop around to tracks from Inga and Tommi’s new disc Lasso.

Price: €25

Location: E-Werk, 37 Schanzenstrasse

Times: Saturday, September 26, 8pm

Phone: 0221 962 790

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The US Embassy Literature Series – Paul Beatty: Slumberland

A DJ goes on a quest through a recently unified Berlin to find an avant-garde jazzman in Paul Beatty’s new book Slumberland. On Monday, the New York based author talks about the issues of race, sex, and love that wind their way through the acclaimed novel.

Price: €6

Location: Romanfabrik, Hanauer, Landstrasse 186

Times: Monday, September 28, 8:30pm

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Art For the Millions – 100 Sculptures From the Mao Era

In 1965, a group of teachers and students in China created a series of over one hundred sculptures known as “Rent Collection Courtyard.” Forty-five years later, these life-sized figures of hunched over peasants and other pre-communist era individuals comprise one of the 20th century’s most important works of Chinese art. See it at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle starting Thursday.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg

Phone: 069 29 98 820

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; Through January 3, 2010

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Ben Hur Live

Travel back to a time when gladiators raced around in chariots and pirates plundered the Mediterranean shores. This weekend Ben Hur Live opens in Hamburg. Satisfy that desire for an epic stage show where teams of white horses run like the wind.

Price: €35-128

Location: Color Line Arena, Sylvesterallee 10

Phone: 040 881630

Times: Friday, September 25, 8pm; Saturday, September 26, 3pm and 8pm

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Reeperbahn Festival

“New International Music” is the tagline for this annual event, and with 160 bands from twenty countries, the event does indeed provide a nice overview to what’s going on in the music world. See German punk bands, British rappers, Canadian jazz chanteuses, French folk singers, and more!

Price: €26-55

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, September 26

Ticket Hotline: 040 413 22 60 or 01805 62 62 80 (€ 0,14/min)

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Romanian Culture Days 2009

Twenty years ago events across the Eastern Bloc sent the Iron Curtain on a swift plunge. In the Romanian town of Temeswar, a revolution began that would lead to the overthrow of Ceausescu. Starting Friday, you can see historic photos from that time, witness Romanian theatre, and catch a children’s concert, dance performance, or a lecture. iIt’s all part of a week and half’s worth of events celebrating Romanian culture.

Price: Various

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Friday, September 25 – Wednesday, October 7

Phone: 089 480 980

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Ander Art World Culture Festival

Music and art from around the world fill Munich’s Odeonsplatz Saturday. From Balkan brass to Croatian Klezmer, a range of festive tunes will set the scene as you venture beyond your staple bratwurst and try some foreign foods.

Price: Free

Location: Odeonsplatz

Times: Saturday, September 26, 12-10pm

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Tori Amos

The flame-haired diva performs the dramatic songs of her latest album Abnormally Attracted to Sin at Tonhalle Monday night. Don’t go with a clean conscience.

Price: €45-65

Location: Tonhalle, Ehrenhof 1

Times: Monday, September 28, 8pm

Phone: 0211 89 96 123

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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.