What’s on in Germany: January 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Dinosaurs in Cologne, a dance festival in Berlin, and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" in the middle of winter in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: January 7 - 13



Edith Piaf – Save Me a Dream

Franziska Dieterich channels the “Little Sparrow” Sunday night while Ishlar Smolny plays piano. See the world through rose coloured glasses for just an evening, as the songs of a French icon fill the room.

Price: €5

Location: Ausland, Lychener Strasse 60

Times: Sunday, January 10, 8pm

Phone: 030 44 77 00 8

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Thorsten Frank – Fa(r)bulös

Step off the grey streets of wintertime Berlin and into the colourful world of German artist Thorsten Frank. Abstract works, full of texture and dynamism, invite the onlooker to dream.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Frenhofer, Friedrichstrasse 232

Times: Friday, January 8, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 2-6pm; Saturday, 12-4pm; through February 12 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0176 5160 5860

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Berlin Dance Days

An international set of young choreographers based in Berlin have created new works for this ten day festival of dance. From An Kaler’s “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy,” to Hermann Heisig’s “Themselves already Hop!” vivid performances provide an intimate look at contemporary dance.

Price: €13

Location: Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18

Times: Sunday, January 3 – Wednesday, January 13

Tickets: 030 283 5266

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Dinosaurs – In the Empire of the Giants

See these mammoth creatures like never before. Fifteen gargantuan puppets stride across the floor of Cologne’s Lanxess Arena this weekend. Witness the movements of the Plateosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex in this spectacular performance.

Price: €34 – 54

Location: Lanxess Arena, Willy-Brandt-Platz

Times: Thursday, January 7 – Sunday, January 10

Tickets: 0221 2801

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DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 2009

Parliament buildings, art galleries, houses, shopping centres, farms, and even cowsheds, they’re all included in this year’s selection of the 26 best buildings in Germany according to the German Architecture Museum. Got an opinion on what makes a building good? Go and see if you agree with the experts.

Price: €6

Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43

Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm; through January 17

Phone: 069 212 38844

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The Earth Wind and Fire Experience Featuring The Al McKay Allstars

Let’s grrove! Funk it up Earth Wind and Fire style this weekend in Wiesbaden. The band’s former guitarist leads his group of Allstars through a fabulous set of seventies classics.

Price: €36

Location: Schlachthof,-Wiesbaden, Gartenfeldstrasse 57, Wiesbaden

Times: Sunday, January 10, 7pm

Phone: 0611 974 450

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The Rite of Spring

Conductor Peter Ruzicka leads Germany’s Federal Youth Orchestra, featuring pianist Fazil Say, through the monumental Stravinsky ballet Friday evening. Ruzicka’s own “Maelstrom for Large Orchestra” and Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra Opus 37” round out the program.

Price: €6 – 41

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Friday, January 8, 8pm

Tickets: 040 34 69 20

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Viva con Agua Cup

You’d never pass up a chance to catch a football match. And when the proceeds go toward a good cause there’s no question, you’ll be there in the stands cheering on the best players. Watch Germany’s Oberliga teams battle to victory Saturday. Proceeds go toward providing clean drinking water to global communities in need.

Price: €4

Location: Sporthalle Wandsbek, Rüterstraße 75

Times: Saturday, January 9, 7pm

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Annette Streyl – Idols

She’s done the Reichstag in yarn, and a Dortmund Ikea in wool. Her latest series, Idols, features reproductions of medieval heads made of burned clay. See “Kaiphas,” Queen “Uta” and “Mourning Maria” at Hamburg’s Levy Gallery, starting Tuesday.

Price: Free

Location: Levy Gallery, Osterfeldstrasse 6

Times: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Tuesday, January 12 – February 17

Phone: 040 45 9188

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John Haskell – New Texts

Once an actor and screenwriter, he worked with David Mamet. But the New York author is best known for his two novels “Out of My Skin” and “American Purgatorio,” and his collection of short stories “I Am Not Jackson Pollock.” He reads new texts Tuesday night in Munich.

Price: €6

Location: Museum Villa Stuck, Prinzregentenstr. 60

Times: Tuesday, January 12, 8pm

Phone: 089 4555 510

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Eyeing the Other – Photo Albums from the Second World War

Those black and white images from history can have the most incredible impact. Over six decades after the end of World War II, a startling collection of about 150 private photo albums from the era are as mesmerising as ever.

Price: €5

Location: Munich City Museum, St-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through February 28

Phone: 089 233 22370

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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.