What’s on in Germany: October 29 – November 4

This Week's Highlights: Bebel Gilberto sambas into Cologne, Lily Allen prances through Hamburg, and Anne Frank's diary goes opera in Munich.

What's on in Germany: October 29 - November 4
Photo: Bebel Gilberto



Halloween in SIN

Don your most ghoulish guise and head over to Stranded in Neverland, otherwise known as S.I.N. Bar, for a wicked Halloween bash. Zombie punch, apple bobbing, and a live performance by Secret Nerve will make this one of the year’s most enchanted evenings.

Price: Free

Location: Stranded in Neverland, Schoenleinstrasse 6

Times: Saturday, October 31, 8pm

Phone: 030 6920 5103

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Gomma Vs. 032c: A Munich Psycho Disco Danceria

Fashion, music, art, and dancing come together in one magnificent explosion Saturday. The Munich-based record label Gomma partners with culture magazine 032c for a night of “psycho disco.” Munk mans the turntables and Pollyester plays a live set at Bar1000.

Price: TBD

Location: Bar1000, Schiffbauerdamm 11

Times: Saturday, October 31, 11pm

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Bebel Gilberto

The Brazilian siren’s latest album All in One is stocked with an irresistible selection of bossa nova-tinged pop. See the sultry songstress perform live at Cologne’s Gloria Theatre, Monday.

Price: €26.40

Location: Gloria, Apostelnstrasse 11

Times: Monday, November 2, 8pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Art Film Biennale

Cinema takes on a whole new angle when you add one little word. Art. This year’s Art Film Biennale screens about 150 short, feature-length, experimental, and narrative films by new and established artists from around the world. Nine local galleries take part in the fun.

Price: Various

Location: Im Mediapark 7

Times: Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1

Phone: 0221 5743 113

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German Jazz Festival Frankfurt: A Children’s Concert in Super Mario Land

Lots of great artists take the stage this week for Frankfurt’s Jazz Festival, but Sunday morning’s concert for kids just might be the most fun event on the program. It’s the only concert that features a “gamepad” player who sets out to save a princess.

Price: €10; €7.50 (3-14 year-olds)

Location: hr-Sendesaal, Bertramstrasse 8

Times: Sunday, November 1, 11am

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Lily Allen

The sweet-voiced queen of bawdy lyrics romps across the stage in Hamburg Sunday night. Prance to the beat of her sing-a-long classics. It’s sure to be a boisterous affair.

Price: €28.95

Location: Docks Club, Spielbudenplatz 19

Phone: 040 3178 830

Times: Sunday, November 1, 7pm

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Pedro Cabrita Reis: One After Another, A Few Silent Steps

Starting Saturday, the entire basement floor of Hamburg’s Galerie der Gegenwart will be filled with the works of Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis. Dating from 1985 to 2009, the large-scale pieces, paintings, drawings and photographs revolve around themes of housing, habitation, construction, and territory. Stop by Friday night’s opening reception to get a first look.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Friday, October 30, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm (Regular Hours); through February 28, 2010

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Sporting Events

Handball: Supercup Final

Having trouble getting into soccer? American football’s not really your thing? Here’s a sport we can all love. Handball! You can bet that Sunday’s “Supercup Final” between Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark will have the city in a tizzy.

Price: €10-33

Location: TUI Arena, EXPO-Plaza 7

Times: Sunday, November 1, 1pm

Ticket Hotline: 05361 15200

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DOK Leipzig

African directors focus their lenses on a Senegalese fishing village, a historic hotel in Mozambique, and single moms on the Ivory Coast in addition to dozens of other fascinating documentary subjects for this year’s DOK Leipzig film festival. Go and get a glimpse into the lives of a far away continent.

Price: €4-50

Location: Various

Times: Monday, October 26 – Sunday, November 1

Tickets: 0163 924 2745 (CineStar Leipzig)

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The Diary of Anne Frank

How would Anne Frank’s diary play out as an opera? See for yourself this weekend as the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz, the Bavarian State Theatre, and the Jewish Cultural Center present Russian composer Grigori Frid’s “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Thérèse Wincent sings and Anke Schwabe plays the piano.

Price: €10-48

Location: Residenz Theater, Max-Joseph-Platz 1

Times: Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm, Sunday, November 1, 7pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7:30pm; Monday, November 9, 7:30pm

Phone: 089 21 85 01

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Trio “M”

The American jazz scene wouldn’t be what it is today without pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson. Individually they bring virtuosity, together they create something other worldly. Check out their set Friday night.

Price: €18

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Friday, October 30, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 2794

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For members


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.