What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Grandmaster Flash in Munich, Wagner in Hannover, and a festival for nerds in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: December 10 - 16
Photo: Staatsoper Hannover



Till Death Do Us Part

Super 8 film sequences combine with Polaroid images in this dreamy love story that unfolds between Cristal and Margarita in the California desert. The actresses Daisy McCrackin and Austen Tate give sound to their characters through music and poetry.

Price: €10

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Thursday, December 10, 9:15pm

Phone: 030 2472 7801

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NERD Fest Berlin

You wear your trousers a little too high and tape your glasses whenever they break. Face it, you’re a nerd. Or maybe you just want to be one. Whatever the story, get over to the Michelberger Hotel where filmmakers, DJs, bloggers, and other nerdy types will be nerding it up big time on Saturday.

Price: €5

Location: Michelberger Hotel, Warschauer Strasse 39-40

Times: Saturday, December 12, 6pm

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Istanbul Modern Berlin

Turkey’s largest city has been making waves in the art world for quite some time now. But don’t fret if you can’t make it over there, Istanbul’s art is coming to you. A nice collection of works dating from 1928 to 2008 has travelled from one of Turkey’s most celebrated art museums, Istanbul Modern, to Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Price: €11

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through January 17, 2010

Phone: 030 254 860

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She’s lewd, she’s crude, she’s unabashedly vulgar, and you just can’t get enough of her. The Canadian rocker worked with Simian Mobile Disco on her latest album I Feel Cream, so expect even more electro beats Tuesday night when she hits up Cologne.

Price: €25

Location: Bürgerhaus Stollwerck, Dreikönigenstrasse 23

Times: Tuesday, December 15, 9pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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A Christmas Story

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the premise for this theatre piece for kids eight and older. Music from Handel’s “Messiah” will transport you well beyond the “ghost of Christmas past.”

Price: €9.50 – 14.50

Location: Papageno Music Theater in the Palmengarten, Walter-Leiske-Strasse 36

Times: Saturday, December 12, 1:30pm

Phone: 069 51 50 38

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Christmas for Young and Old – German Christmas Songs and Stories

Be immersed in the Yuletide spirit of an old fashioned German Christmas. Frankfurt’s State Opera House hosts a delightful afternoon of traditional songs and stories performed by Frankfurter Singakademie, Kinderchor Frankfurt, and Frankfurt Chamber Brass.

Price: €8 – 32

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Sunday, December 13, 4pm

Phone: 069 1340 400

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Cantus Girls Choir

Celebrate the arrival of Lucia, “the Light Queen” Saturday with an angelic concert of young female voices from Latvia. Their ethereal songs will surely illuminate the coldest and darkest of north German evenings.

Price: €10 – 12

Location: St. Stephen’s Church, Stephanstrasse 117

Times: Saturday, December 12, 6pm

Phone: 040 695 76 00

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The Ring of Nibelung – Das Rheingold

Part one of the epic four-part Wagner opera unfolds upon the stage at Hannover’s State Opera House Friday. Be swept away by the drama of one of opera’s most intensive productions.

Price: €22 – 54

Location: Hamburg State Opera, Opernplatz 1

Times: Friday, December 11, 7:30pm

Tickets: 0511 9999 1111

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Grandmaster Flash

He practically invented this game. Well, not “practically,” he actually did. See the mix master in action at P1 Club Friday night.

Price: TBD

Location: P1 Club, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Friday, December 11, 10pm

Phone: 089 211 1140

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Metal From Finland

The best death metal comes from Finland. Or so they say. See for yourself Friday night at Feierwerk when Swallow the Sun, Insomnium, and Omnium Gatherum take the stage.

Price: €16

Location: Feierwerk, Orangehouse, Hansastrasse 39 – 41

Times: Friday, December 11, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 724 880

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Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel

Pioneers in the field of photography, this American pair is recognised as one of the great artist couples of the 20th century. See early fashion photographs from Harper’s Bazaar, evocative New York City street scenes from the 1940s, and black and white stills of dancers that seem to vibrate with movement.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie f5,6 Ludwigstrasse 7

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm

Phone: 089 28 67 51 67

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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.