What’s on in Germany: October 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A Little Mermaid ballet in Hamburg, Super 8 films in Frankfurt, and Berlin hosts an art show in a historic bathhouse.

What's on in Germany: October 22 - 28
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Mindy Weisel Exhibition Opening

As the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, and one of the first children born at the Bergen-Belsen displaced person’s camp after World War II, it’s no surprise that Mindy Weisel often aims to “create light out of darkness” with her art. See works on paper as well as metal and glass pieces in this new exhibition.

Price: Free

Location: Lorch+Seidel Galerie, Tucholskystrasse 38

Times: Thursday, October 22, 7-9pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 1-7pm;

through December 5 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 978 939 35

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Spirits Exhibition Opening

Twenty three artists display their work within the 1600-square-meter Stadtbad Wedding, starting Friday. Wander through the historic bath house and view haunting images by Julien Rouvroy, Betti Scholz, Benjamin Rubloff and others. Rama Gottfried’s music box installation fills the vast, empty swimming pool.

Price: Free

Location: Stadtbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65

Times: Friday, October 23, 7pm (Opening); 12-8pm, Saturday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 27 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0163 769 2772

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Ounem, Vernacular, and Alain et Laurent

Swiss bands bring their “sonic soundbending,” “abstract hip-hop,” and “rock ballads” to Berlin’s White Rabbit Saturday night. Embark on a 2 hour and 15 minute musical odyssey.

Price: €5

Location: White Rabbit, Potsdamer Strasse 98

Times: Saturday, October 24, 8pm

Phone: 030 5306 0948

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Jan Delay & Disko No. 1

After opening for Christina Aguilera two years ago, the flashy hip hop artist Jan Delay has been on a roll. Once a member of the group Beginner, he shares the stage with Disko No. 1

Price: €29.85

Location: Palladium, Schanzenstrasse 40

Times: Sunday, October 25, 8pm

Tickets: 0185 0042 22 (.14/Min)

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Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon

It’s too late to register to run, but you can still go and cheer on your favourite track stars and 10-minute mile runners, as the Frankfurt Marathon winds its way through town.

Price: Free

Location: Festhalle, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Times: Sunday, October 25, 11am

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Helga Fanderl – Super 8 Films

This weekend, see the world through the eyes of German filmmaker Helga Fanderl. Mousonturm screens a selection of her celebrated Super 8 films.

Price: €8

Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Sunday, October 25, 8:30pm

Phone: 069 4058 9520

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Art History – 30 Years of Art Journalism in Pictures

Hamburg’s Gruner + Jahr Printing and Publishing House exhibits a collection of artist portraits through the end of the month. Stare deep into the eyes of Richard Avedon, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and others.

Price: Free

Location: Gruner + Jahr, Am Baumwall 11

Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through November 1

Phone: 040 37 03 35 13

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The Little Mermaid

John Neumeier’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson classic combines ballet’s virtuosic drama with a mystical fairy tale atmosphere. See “The Little Mermaid” rise from her underwater world and embrace her new human legs at the Hamburg Ballet.

Price: €4-77

Location: The Hamburg State Opera House, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25

Times: Tuesday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 28, 7:30-10pm

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

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Arthur Russell Special

Thursday’s Arthur Russell Special at Kunstverein Munich includes a guided tour through the exhibition “Rip It Up and Start Again,” a screening of Matt Wolf’s cinematic portrait of the disco icon, “Wild Combination,” and a dance party at the bar, with DJs Christos Davidopoulos and “der L” at the helm.

Price: €5

Location: Kunstverein München, Galeriestrasse 4

Times: Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm

Phone: 089 221 152

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Garching Research Campus Open Door Day

If topics like physics, chemistry, astronomy, and engineering get your heart racing, head to the Garching Campus Saturday, when 25 scientific institutes like the Max-Planck institute for Astrophysics and the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratorium invite the public in for a look around.

Price: Free

Location: Garching Research Campus, U6 to Garching-Forschungszentrum

Times: Saturday, October 24, 11am-6pm

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The Auer Dult

The fall edition of Munich’s Auer Dult Festival wraps up Sunday, so if you haven’t indulged in a little bumper car riding, waffeln eating, and folk dancing yet, now’s the time to remedy that.

Price: Free

Location: Mariahilfplatz

Times: Daily, 9am-8pm; through Sunday, October 25

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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.