What’s on in Germany: October 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: A celebration of TV towers in Frankfurt, a film festival in Hamburg, and giants march through Berlin in celebration of Germany's reunification.

What's on in Germany: October 1 - 7
TV tower exhibition in Shanghai. Photo: Deutsches Architekturmuseum



The Berlin Reunion – A Giant’s Tale for Berlin

Make way for the giants! Starting Thursday, the French street theatre company Royal de Luxe presents their oversized marionettes in awe-inspiring shows around Berlin. Follow the fifteen-metre-high puppets, Little Giantess and Big Giant as they make their way around the city celebrating German reunification.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4

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Trio Nexus – Abstraction and Empathy

The Deutsche Guggenheim took art historian Wilhelm Worringer’s ideas of “Abstraction and Empathy” and transformed them into an art exhibition. Trio Nexus took those ideas one step further by transposing them into concert form. Hear works by Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varese, Iannis Xenakis, and others Thursday night at the museum.

Price: TBD

Location: Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15

Times: Thursday, October 1, 7pm

Phone: 030 2020 9311

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Berlin Philharmonic – Asher Fisch and Daniel Barenboin

Pianist Daniel Barenboim has played countless piano concertos throughout his long career with the Berlin Philharmonic, but somehow Chopin slipped through the cracks. This weekend that will change as Barenboin breaks out “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor” and “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor.” Works by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski round out the Polish program.

Price: €25-78

Location: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1

Times: Friday, October 2, Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, 8pm

Phone: 030 254 880

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Emiliana Torrini

The Icelandic singer has a hefty pedigree having worked with Thievery Corporation and Paul Oakenfold. She even co-wrote a Kylie Mingogue song, the 2003 hit “Slow.” But why link Torrini with other names in the biz? She’s got her own thing going on and she does it well. Catch her at Live Music Hall Tuesday night and hear tunes from her latest disc Me and Armini.

Price: €32

Location: Live Music Hall, Lichtstrasse 30

Times: Tuesday, October 6, 8pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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TV Towers

The German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt turns its eye toward TV Towers for its latest exhibition, which opens Friday. Often symbols of social change or political power, the architectural icons have popped up in cities from Berlin to Belgrade over the last half century. This exhibition features twenty five of them.

Price: €6

Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43

Times: Friday, October 2, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday 11am-8pm; through March 14, 2010 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 069 212 38844

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German Bowl XXXI – American Football

Craving a little tackle? A little touchdown? A little 40-yard dash? Kick-off is Saturday at 6:30pm at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena. The Berlin Adlers and the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes go head to head in the final game of German Bowl XXXI. Hut!

Price: €10 – 35

Location: Commerzbank Arena, Mörfelder Landstrasse 362

Times: Saturday, October 3, 6:30pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

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Film Fest Hamburg

The festival may be winding down, but there are still plenty of tickets left for lots of great movies screening this weekend. “The Land” offers a glimpse into a remote Chinese village, “Disco & Atomic War” shows what happens in Estonia when a Finnish TV tower goes up in Helsinki, and “Hush Little Baby” traces the cross-country excursion of four young Danish girls. Most films are shown with English subtitles.

Price: €6.50 (afternoon), €7.50 (evening)

Location: Various

Times: Daily, through Saturday, October 3

Phone: 040 3991 9000

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Sunday Shopping

Ramp up that fall wardrobe. Hannover city centre shops are open for five hours on Sunday afternoon. Lots of promotional events make this an event no fashionista will want to miss.

Price: Free

Location: Hannover City Centre

Times: Sunday, October 4, 1-6pm

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Depeche Mode Party

This weekend Depeche Mode is playing live in Mexico City! But here in Hannover, the Depeche Mode spirit is high. On Friday, DJs Lo-Renz and Crax spin the band’s tunes all night. Swedish electro-pop groups Auto-Auto and Biomekkanik warm up the dance floor. You know you “Just Can’t Get Enough.”

Price: €14

Location: MusikZentrum Hannover, Emil-Meyer-Strasse 26-28

Times: Friday, October 2, 8:30pm

Ticket Hotline: 0521 66 100

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K.C. McKanzie

The German singer-songwriter kicks off a long romp around Europe Friday at Ars Musica. Listen to the bobbed songstress croon about “shabby brides” and “lovesick boys” to the rhythms of a banjo.

Price: €12

Location: Ars Musica, Plinganserstrasse 6

Times: Friday, October 2, 8pm

Phone: 089 5432 0513

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The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s pint-sized hero dances to the music of Erik Satie Sunday afternoon. Choreographed by Hans Henning Paar, the timeless story of love and friendship will delight the whole family.

Price: €3 – 115

Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz 3

Times: Sunday, October 4, 3pm

Phone: 089 21 85 19 60

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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.