What’s on in Germany: November 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Moby arrives in Cologne, Juliette Lewis sets up in Munich, and a 'Festival of Freedom' commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

What's on in Germany: November 5 - 11
Wall dominoes for Berlin's Festival of Freedom. Photo: DPA



Festival of Freedom

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this monumental event, Berlin school children have created nearly one thousand dominoes, which will form a winding route from the Reichstagsufer, past the Brandenburg Gate, to Potsdamer Platz. Watch the tall, painted blocks collapse upon each other Monday night, while live music and fireworks add to the emotion.

Price: Free

Location: Pariser Platz

Times: Monday, November 9, 7:25pm

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Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin

In addition to 500 short films, this vivacious festival includes an assortment of dance parties, awards ceremonies, and outrageous live performances. Join Saturday’s “A Wall is a Screen” stroll, which sees short films projected onto the facades of seven buildings near where the Berlin Wall once stood.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 8

Phone: 026 038 545

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Jazz Fest Berlin ’09

“Blue Note: 70 Years” is the theme of this year’s jazz festival. See international artists like American pianist Vijay Iyer, Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick, and South African multi-instrumentalist Dizu Plaatjies at venues around the city. A free screening of Julian Benedikt’s 1997 film Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz takes place Sunday at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, November 4 – Sunday, November 8

Phone: 030 254 89 100

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The traditionally melancholic electronica musician calls his latest album Wait For Me “more melodic, mournful, and personal” than most of his past releases. I call it lovely. See the bald sample master and activist in action Saturday.

Price: €30.80

Location: Live Music Hall, Lichtstrasse 30

Times: Saturday, November 7, 7pm

Tickets: 0221 954 2990

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Long Night of Cologne Museums

How much culture can you soak up in one night? Over 40 of Cologne’s museums stay open until 3am Sunday morning and one ticket gets you in to them all. Check out the five “museum tours” and immerse yourself in photography, architecture, sculpture, chocolate, and more.

Price: €14.50

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, November 7, 7pm-3am

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Notions of the Artist

A new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Kunstverein examines that age-old topic: the social roles of the artist. Stop by Tuesday night’s opening reception and form your own opinion of the social roles of these seven young art makers.

Price: €6 (Regular Admission); Free (Opening)

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Tuesday, November 10, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm (Regular Hours); through January 17, 2010

Phone: 069 219 3140

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St. Pauli Night Market

The season for green kale and Glühwein has begun. Every Wednesday from now until April, Hamburg’s Spielbudenplatz is the place to go for shopping, strolling, and carousing with some heart warming holiday spirits.

Price: Free

Location: Spielbudenplatz

Times: Wednesday, November 11, 4-10pm

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Indoo Ice Arena Grand Opening Festival

Some of the best things about the start of winter season are the open air ice rinks that pop up all over Germany. Celebrate the grand opening of Hamburg’s Indoo Ice Arena this Sunday, with all sorts of fun events like an ice disco DJ set that starts at five.

Price: €4 (2.5 Hours)

Location: Planten un Blomen

Times: Sunday, November 8, 10am (Grand Opening); Daily 10am-10pm, through March 15, 2010

Phone: 040 319 3546

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Juliette Lewis

She combines drama, intensity, and electricity into an epic rock and roll show. See the Natural Born Killers vixen/stage diva work it Monday night at Munich’s Muffathalle.

Price: €20

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Monday, November 9, 8pm

Tickets: 01805 60 7070 (0.14/min)

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Melody Gardot

The Philadelphia songstress has been compared to Norah Jones, but it’s those Patsy Cline moments that will really floor you. A macrobiotic Buddhist, Gardot began using music as therapy after a bicycle accident left her seriously injured. The singer plays Herkulessaal Tuesday night. See how far she has come.

Price: €33.40

Location: Herkulessaal, Residenz München, Residenzstrasse 1

Times: Tuesday, November 10, 8pm

Tickets: 01805-570070 (0.14/min)

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The Bear and Jubilee

Travel back in time to 19th century Moscow, and join Entity Theatre Workshop this weekend for an “evening of Chekhov farce.” The talented troupe performs a pair of the Russian playwright’s one-act vaudeville-type plays, “The Bear” and “The Jubilee.”

Price: €15

Location: Theater… Und So Fort, Kurfürstenstrasse 8

Times: 8pm, Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7; Wednesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 14

Reservations: 089 2321 9877

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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.