What’s on in Germany: January 28 – February 3

This Week's Highlights: Air plays Cologne, nudes fill a Hamburg museum, and the Transmediale festival begins in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: January 28 - February 3
Nude Visions in Hamburg. Photo: DPA



Transmediale 10 – Futurity Now

“Futurity Now” is the theme of this year’s Transmediale festival of art and culture. See what some of today’s most innovative thinkers have to say about how topics like “global networking,” “sustainable design,” and “open source methodologies” will impact our future. A full program of exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, and live performances begins with Tuesday night’s opening ceremony.

Price: Various

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Tuesday, February 2 – Sunday February 7

Phone: 030 24 749 761

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Walton Ford: Bestiarium

The American artist was always fascinated by those incredible dioramas at New York’s Museum of Natural History. See his gorgeous paintings of lions, tigers, monkeys, and more at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. But look closely, because though Ford is a fan of Audubon, these works go way beyond gentle representations of wildlife.

Price: €8

Location: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50 – 51

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm; through May 24

Phone: 030 3978 3411

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Figure Drawing Class

If you forgot to make your resolutions this New Year’s, here’s one for you, learn how to draw. There’s an art space in Neukolln called The Center, which offers weekly figure drawing sessions that teach the art form with the help of a live model. Make 2010 the year to develop those hidden talents.

Price: €6 – 8

Location: The Center, Berthelsdorferstrasse10

Times: Thursday, January 28, 8-10pm

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From Russia to Italy, the French band has been wooing audiences across the continent this winter. Catch the dreamy electro boys when they stop off in Cologne Friday.

Price: €36

Location: Palladium, Schanzenstrasse 40

Times: Friday, January 29, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 5001812 (.14/minute)

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Juri Artamonov Trio – Moscow Window

Experience the melodies of Moscow this weekend at Bürgerhaus Kalk. The Juri Artamonov Trio transforms Russian folk tunes and film music into a swinging jazz set.

Price: €13 – 17

Location: Bürgerhaus Kalk, Kalk-Mülheimer Strasse 58

Times: Friday, January 29, 8pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Brunch and Bazaar Benefit

Feast your face on food from around the world while browsing books, jewellery, clothing, and other new and second hand treasures. Proceeds from Saturday’s brunch and bazaar at the A-viva language school go to helping Haiti.

Price: €12 – 15

Location: A-viva Sprachschule, Rotlintstrasse 64

Times: Saturday, January 30, 12-4pm

Reservations: 069 943 409 63

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NDR Symphony Orchestra – Night of the Mayas

Be dazzled by the sounds of Latin America. Argentine musician Alberto Ginastera portrays horseback riding gauchos with ballet music, while his compatriot Astor Piazzolla combines tango with jazz.

Price: €10.20 – 19.40

Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Saturday, January 30, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 040 270 949 49

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Nude Visions – 150 Years of Body Images in Photography

There’s no denying the beauty of the human body. When posed just so, and captured by the lens of a great photographer, the nude becomes a work of art. Take a journey through “150 Years of Nude Photography” starting Friday at Hamburg’s Museum of Art and Industry.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 11am-9pm; Friday, January 29 – April 25

Phone: 040 428 134 2732

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Underground 09

New York jazz luminaries Chris Speed and Brad Shepik join the Nuremberg drummer and recipient of the Bavarian Culture Sponsorship award as he celebrates the release of his latest disc Diaspora (Enja). Accordionist Tino Derado and bassist/cellist Henning Sieverts round out the top notch group.

Price: €16

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Friday, January 29, 9pm

Phone: 089 4190 2945

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Wine Tasting – Wines of the Eastern Mediterranean

Try a wine from Turkey, Israel, or Sicily Friday evening when hosts a tasting in celebration of the launch of their new online store. Focusing on wines from the Eastern Mediterranean, the event is hosted by Café Feldkirchen.

Price: €10

Location: Café Feldkirchen, Velaskostrasse 2

Times: Friday, January 29, 7-9pm

Reservations: [email protected]

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Bettina Lockemann – Contact Zones

Images of urban structures comprise the bulk of the Cologne artist’s first comprehensive solo exhibition. See the black and white streets of New York City and Washington DC, the hallways, offices, and conference rooms of the European Parliament in Brussels, and other essential elements of international urban terrain in this powerful new show, which opens Friday night.

Price: €5

Location: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2

Times: Friday, January 29, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm; through April 11

Phone: 0711 22 33 70

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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.