What’s on in Germany: February 4 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Milow plays Berlin, George Seurat comes to Frankfurt, and Finnish writers and DJs present an evening of clubbing Helsinki-style in Munich.

What's on in Germany: February 4 - 10
Photo: George Seurat at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankurt




The Belgian singer put a new spin on rap when he released his rendition of 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” in 2008. And like the rest of northern Europe, Germany went mad for it. Milow performs live at Berlin’s Columbiahalle Friday.

Price: €29.45

Location: Columbiahalle, Columbiadamm 13-21

Times: Friday, February 5, 8pm

Phone: 01805 570 070 (.14/min)

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Jan Peter Hammer

Shady financiers take the spotlight in Jan Peter Hammer’s video installation, “The Anarchist Banker.” Inspired by a Portuguese poet and the global economic crisis the 30-minute piece mimics the visual style of a Charlie Rose interview. Check out the exhibition opening Friday night when the Berlin artist’s video starts rolling.

Price: Free

Location: Supportico Lopez, Graefestrasse 9

Times: Friday, February 5, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 2-7pm (Regular Hours); through March 6

Phone: 030 3198 9387

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America Reloaded – The First Black US President

Has Martin Luther King’s “Dream” become a reality? Join Chicago community organiser Johnnie Owens in a discussion about racial issues in the United States a year after Barack Obama’s inauguration. Jon Sass and Cheo Solder provide live poetry and jazz.

Price: €5

Location: Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 1, Stresemannstrasse 29

Times: Tuesday, February 9, 7pm

Tickets: 030 2590 0438

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Cologne Days

City residents get free admission to eight of Cologne’s museums the first Thursday of every month. Pack up the family and head over to the Romano-Germanic Museum for a special “Children in Roman Cologne” presentation. Or stop in at Museum Ludwig’s monthly “Happy Hour” event where a new Kasimir Malewitsch show opens with live piano and culinary specials.

Price: Free (Cologne residents), €4.50 (Non residents, after 5pm at Museum Ludwig)

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, February 4

Phone: 0221 221 22334

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George Seurat

You might say that George Seurat’s neo-Impressionist landscapes, composed of tiny dots of colour, were the precursors of the pixelated images we see on our computer screens. Talk about artistic innovation. Peruse a vivid exhibition of Seurat’s Pointillist masterpieces when it opens this weekend in Frankfurt.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; February 4 – May 9

Phone: 069 2998 820

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The Inner Life of Things

A quintet of spheres hovers above their platforms. A pink flush falls upon a grey watering can. Seven international artists ponder “The Inner Life of Things” for this group exhibition opening at the Frankfurter Kunstverein Thursday night.

Price: €6

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

Times: Thursday, February 4, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm (Regular Hours)

Phone: 069 219 3140

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Laura Veirs, Led to Sea, Cataldo

There’s something irresistibly compelling about indie-folk-rocker Laura Veirs’ acoustic melodies. Tunes like “Galaxies” and “Wide-Eyed, Legless” conjure an atmosphere of grassy valleys like the ones in her native Colorado. Check out her live show Saturday night at Uebel & Gefährlich. Led to Sea and Cataldo open.

Price: €18

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66e

Times: Saturday, February 6, 7pm

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Olga Scheps Plays Chopin

The 23-year-old Moscow pianist’s debut album Chopin hits the racks February 15. How well can she channel the Polish virtuoso? Find out for yourself Sunday night when the raven-haired pianist takes her place before the ebonies and ivories.

Price: €24 – 38

Location: Laeiszhalle Musikhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Sunday, February 7, 7pm

Tickets: 040 346 920

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Children’s Events

Catch Yourself a Story

Four to six-year-olds gather together to create a story all their own at Gasteig’s children’s library Wednesday. There’s no telling how far the imaginations of these young collaborators will go.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig Children’s Library, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Wedenesday, February 10, 9:30 and 10:30 am

Registration: 089 48090 3338

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Culture Clubbing: Made in Helsinki

The Finnish really know how to party – not that we need any guidance here in Germany – we’re holding our own quite well thank you very much. But this evening of readings, music, and dancing will surely add a dash of electro-Nordic fun to your week.

Price: €8, Free for students

Location: Literaturhaus, Salvatorplatz 1 and Rote Sonne, Maximiliansplatz 5

Times: Thursday, February 4, 8pm

Phone: 089 2919 3427

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Gulliver’s Travels

Venture beyond Lilliput to the lands of the Brobdignags and the Yahoos as the American Drama Group Europe stages Jonathan Swift’s classic satire.

Price: €20

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9, 11am and 7:30pm

Reservations: 089 343803

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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.