What’s on in Germany: February 11-17

This Week's Highlights: A film festival in Berlin, Karneval in Cologne, and Warhol and pals go on view in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: February 11-17
Artist Damien Hirst's work 'False Idol' at Pop Life in Hamburg. Photos: DPA



Karneval Parade

Dress up like a clown and join in on Sunday’s Karneval parade. The festivities kick off from Hardenbergstrasse just before noon. Time to live it up. Lent’s just around the corner.

Price: Free

Location: Hardenbergstrasse

Times: Sunday, February 14, 11:44am

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International Film Festival Berlin

Now in its 60th year, the Berlinale officially opens Saturday night with the world premiere of Chinese director Wang Quan’an’s eagerly anticipated new film Tuan Yuan. But the real star of this year’s festival will surely be the newly restored and reconstructed original cut of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 21

Phone: 030 259 200

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Elly Clarke – Moscow to Beijing

The result of an eight-day trip aboard the Trans-Siberian railway, the British artist’s fascinating new exhibition opens Friday night in Berlin. Watch videos of interviews she conducted with her Russian, Chinese, and Mongolian travel mates, and see the photographs passengers shot during their journey.

Price: Free

Location: The Center for Endless Progress, Berthelsdorferstrasse 10

Times: Friday, February 12, 6-10pm (Opening); Tuesday – Thursday, 2-6pm; Saturday, 6-8pm (Regular Hours); through February 27

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Cologne Karneval Crazy Days

Stop by the Alter Markt Thursday and you just might catch site of the Prince, the Peasant, and the Virgin. The three iconic Karneval characters officially open the street party at 11:11 a.m., kicking off a long weekend of festivities that culminate with a spectacular parade on Rose Monday.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, February 11 – Monday, February 15

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Viktor & Rolf – Dolls Installation

From harlequin suits to bed linen bridal gowns, the Dutch design duo do have a way with fashion. And these miniature creations look as fabulous on a 25-inch doll as they do on a six-foot supermodel. Get a scaled-down, yet still dazzling overview of Victor and Rolf’s past collections at Düsseldorf’s NRW-Forum.

Price: €5.80

Location: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Ehrenhof 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm; Friday, 11am-midnight; through February 28

Phone: 0211 89 266 90

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Can’t be in Berlin for the film festival? No problem, Frankfurt’s Opera House screens Fritz Lang’s newly restored Metropolis Friday night. The Braunschweig City Orchestra performs the score live, while Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm and the rest of the silent cast flicker across the big screen.

Price: €25.50 – 39.50

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1 Opernplatz

Times: Friday, February 12, 8:15pm

Phone: 069 1340 400

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Festival Accordionist

From Argentine Tango to Finnish punk, the accordion can conjure it all. Witness the versatility of the age-old instrument at a week-long festival starting Saturday.

Price: Various

Location: Various locations on the Reeperbahn

Times: Saturday, February 13 – Saturday, February 20

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Pop Life – Warhol, Haring, Koons, Hirst…

Superstars of the pop art world converge at the Hamburg Kunsthalle for this sensational exhibition of shiny steel rabbits, graphic graffiti, and Polaroid portraits. More than 300 works by the likes of Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, as well as the guys in the title, comprise the show on loan from the Tate Modern in London.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Thursday, February 11, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm (Regular Hours); through May 9

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Bloody Valentine Party

Screw those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate hearts. All we need is some beer and cheeseburgers – bloody please – to get us in the mood for love. M.C. Mueller’s Valentine’s Day party won’t be your typical cupid show so leave that sparkly red sweater at home.

Price: €4

Location: M.C. Mueller, Fraunhoferstrasse 2

Times: Sunday, February 14, 8pm

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Saints & Tzadiks – Irish Folk Meets Klezmer

A klezmer singing star and an Irish folk vocalist join forces for an exciting fusion of musical styles Monday at the Amerika Haus. Lorin Sklamberg and Susan McKewon break out the Yiddish and the Gaelic for a rousing set of rare gems.

Price: €18

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, February 15, 8pm

Phone: 089 444 09 206

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Fashion Busts Corsets: Changes of Silhouettes

See the different forms fashion has taken these last few centuries. A new exhibition in Munich displays a vast collection of everything from Victorian ball gowns to Christian Dior cocktail dresses. Hoops and corsets are displayed in a special section devoted to ladies’ underpinnings.

Price: €4

Location: Munich Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through May 16

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.