What’s on in Germany: November 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Botticelli comes to Frankfurt, Phoenix plays Hamburg, and Berlin hosts a British film festival.

What's on in Germany: November 12 - 18
Six-day racing comes to Munich. Photo: DPA



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Stattbad Wedding becomes a cultural smorgasbord this weekend as the former bath house fills up with art, bands, DJs, late-night dance parties, and a souk where local artisans will be hawking their wares. Try not to let the excitement distract you from the paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, and installations displayed throughout the massive space. They all present fascinating new ideas for Berlin’s future.

Price: Free

Location: Stattbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65

Times: Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15

Phone: 0177 182 6616

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A roster of comedies, dramas, thrillers, and horror films comprise the program for this year’s festival of British and Irish films. Be sure to catch Joel Conroy’s documentary on surfing in Ireland, three short films from the late 1970s by acclaimed experimental film maker Vivienne Dick, and a few animated shorts. Twinings hosts a tea party during the screening of “In the Loop” Friday to kick off the six-day event.

Price: €7 (Feature Films), €6 (Shorts)

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30 (Features) and Das Kino Cafe, Schliemannstrasse 15 (Shorts)

Times: Friday, November 13 – Wednesday, November 18

Tickets: 030 2425 969 (Babylon); 030 8101 9050 (Das Kino Cafe)

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Premiere Brazil

Go on a journey into the heart of Rio de Janeiro. From the food, to the music, to the romance, the stories of this legendary city are presented in nearly twenty highlights from the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. “Once Upon a Time in Rio,” opens the festival Thursday night. Meet the director and stay for the post-screening DJ set.

Price: €5

Location: House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 22

Phone: 030 3978 7175

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The French rockers rose from the streets of a Versailles suburb to become stars of the international stage. Their latest disc Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is packed with succinct electro-indie-pop beats. Dance along to “1901” at E-Werk Cologne, Saturday night.

Price: €25

Location: E-Werk Cologne, Schanzenstrasse 37

Times: Saturday, November 14, 8pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Eat’n Style

Beef takes centre stage at this year’s “trade show with flavour.” Watch acclaimed chefs strut their stuff over an open flame, learn how to cook with a wok, and wrap your tongue around plenty of tasty morsels.

Price: €18-23

Location: Koelnmesse, Hall 6, Messeplatz 1

Times: Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14, 10am-7pm; Sunday, November 15, 10am-6pm

Tickets: 01805 280 121

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Few names are as evocative as that of Sandro Botticelli. Visions of golden haired virgins, their filmy frocks hovering ethereally about their ivory skin are conjured at the mention of the great Florentine master. Over 80 works will be on view at the Städel Museum in a new exhibition, which opens Friday. Immerse yourself in a little Renaissance beauty.

Price: €7

Location: Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-9pm; November 13 – February 28, 2010

Phone: 069 605 0980

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The Full Monty

Laugh out loud this weekend from the audience at the English Theatre Frankfurt. The talented troupe of actors stage “The Full Monty” in all its gregarious glory.

Price: €29 – 39

Location: The English Theatre Frankfurt, Gallusanlage 7

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 6pm; through February 14, 2010

Ticket Hotline: 069 242 316 20

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Children’s Events

African Fairy Tale Hour

Barbara Duden, Hamburg’s vice president of the citizen’s parliament, and actor Fabian Harloff read fairy tales from Africa, while Adwoa Asiako leads an African dance workshop Friday afternoon as the Hamburg Fairy Tale Days come to a close. After the event, the little ones are lead on a guided tour through the Rathaus!

Price: Free

Location: Hamburg Rathaus, Rathausmarkt

Times: Friday, November 13, 1pm

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Kingdom of the Seahorse

Ever see a seahorse up close? Observe these “enchanting creatures of the sea” in a special exhibition at Sea Life Hannover. Head biologist Dr. Walenciak explains their eating habits at the daily 3:30pm feeding.

Price: €9.95 (Kids), €13.95 (Adults),

Location: Sea Life Hannover, Herrenhäuser Strasse 4a

Times: Daily, 3:30pm; through December 31

Phone: 0511 123 300

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She’Koyokh Klezmer Ensemble

The lively London band plays tunes from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and Greece. Get on the spirited klezmer band wagon Saturday evening as She’Koyokh opens a nearly two week long celebration of Jewish culture.

Price: €18 – 25

Location: Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, November 14, 8pm

TIckets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (0.14/Min)

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Munich Six-Day Race

The atmosphere in the arena is charged with a thrilling electricity as the cyclists zip around the arena. But it’s not all about biking. Each day is devoted to a different theme, like “Italian Night,” “Party Night,” “Traditional Costumes Night,” and “Family Day.” So get in on the action.

Price: €10 – 45

Location: Olympiahalle, 21 Spiridon-Louis Ring

Times: Thursday, November 12 – Tuesday, November 17

TIckets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (0.14/Min)

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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.