What’s on in Germany: February 25-March 3

This Week's Highlights: Macbeth in Berlin, pole dancing in Hamburg, and a folk metal festival comes to Munich.

What's on in Germany: February 25-March 3
A woman competes in the 2008 Miss Pole Dance competition. Photo: DPA




The London theatre company Cheek By Jowl bring their intense production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Berlin this weekend. Witness the treachery of some of literature’s most devious characters reveal itself in this timeless tale of ambition and witchcraft.

Price: €7.70 – 19.80

Location: Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU1, Hallesches Ufer 32

Times: Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, 7:30pm

Tickets: 030 259 004 27

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Exhibition Opening – Early Years

If it hasn’t already, Warsaw is about to enter the club of contemporary art capitals. As the city prepares for the construction of its new Museum of Modern Art, set to begin in 2011, the work of seventeen Polish artists goes on display at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Pop by the opening Saturday night.

Price: Free (Opening); €6 (Regular Admission)

Location: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststrasse 69

Times: Saturday, February 27, 5-10pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 12-7pm; Thursday, 12-9pm (Regular Hours); through May 2

Phone: 030 243 4590

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Closing Party – Tiphaine Shipman – Verliebtheit

The videos of Belize-born, Berlin-based artist Tiphaine Shipman have been running at Woah Gallery all month. Check them out at Saturday night’s closing party. DJs and live performances make this event so much more than your typical finissage.

Price: Free

Location: Woah Gallery, Emserstrasse 130

Times: Saturday, February 27, 7pm-midnight

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All Tomorrow’s Parties

Belle and Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Animal Collective, Mogwai, and the list goes on. This riotous documentary compiles footage shot by both musicians and fans to create a multifaceted picture of the alternative UK rock festival. Rock out to scenes shot on everything from Super 8 to Samsung cellular.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kölner Filmhaus, Maybachstrasse 111

Times: Thursday, February 25, Friday, February 26, 5pm; Sunday, February 28, Monday, March 1, 9:30pm; Wednesday, March 3, 7:30pm

Tickets: 0221 99 20 93 71

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Roman Polanski – Director and Actor

A new exhibition detailing the life and work of the legendary Polish director kicks off a series of his cinematic masterpieces at Düsseldorf’s Film Museum, Friday. Watch classics like Rosemary’s Baby and Dance of the Vampires, then browse the display of rare photos, documents, scripts, and costumes.

Price: €3 (Museum); €6.50 (Black Box Cinema)

Location: Filmmuseum Düsseldorf, Schulstrasse 4

Times: Friday, February 26, 6:30pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; February 27 – May 16

Phone: 0211 899 2232

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The Ultimate Phil Collins Show – Dance Into the Light

It’s uncanny how Martin Levac is able to channel the “Sussudio” chart-topper on hits like “In the Air Tonight” and “Easy Lover.” Watch the talented Genesis wannabe romp around the stage Saturday night.

Price: €36 – 48

Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese

Times: Saturday, February 27, 8pm

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Music Concerts

Imogen Heap

The British electro-songstress continues her busy touring schedule in Europe this spring. See her perform tracks from her latest disc Ellipse and other fan favourites like “Speeding Cars” and “Hide and Seek” at Stageclub, Monday.

Price: €27.65

Location: Stage Club, Stresemannstrasse 163

Times: Monday, March 1, 8pm

Phone: 040 43165 460

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Miss Aerial Pole

Get out the patent leather platforms. It’s pole dancing time. Judged on personal expression, costume, musical interpretation, acrobatics, and dancing skills, satin and lace-clad spinners from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria will compete for the title on Sunday. Sign up for one of Saturday’s workshops and take a whirl around the brass pole yourself.

Price: €12 – 26

Location: Imperial Theater, 5 Reeperbahn

Times: Saturday, February 27, 11am-7pm (Workshops); Sunday, February 28, 6pm

Ticket Hotline: 040 313 114

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Children’s Workshops

Circus-Making Workshop

Take a tour of Munich City Museum’s circus exhibition, then create your own three-ring affair. Families with children aged six or older are invited to participate in this creative afternoon led by the Munich Volkshochschule. Fabric and construction paper will be provided, just bring your own scissors, markers, glue, and visions of lion tamers and tightrope walkers.

Price: €9 (Adults); €5 (Children); Plus €1 for materials

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

Times: Sunday, February 28, 2-5pm

Phone: 089 233 22370

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Paganfest 2010

Combining blistering drums and raging vocals with the mythological melodies of flutes and violins, bands from across Europe gather in Munich Friday for the ultimate folk metal showdown. Bear witness to epic performances by Finntroll, Eluveitie, Dornenreich, Varg, and Arkona.

Price: €32

Location: Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7

Times: Friday, February 26, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 5481 8181

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Monaco Vice

It wasn’t just a decade, it was a lifestyle. The 80s. Fast cars, mullets, and some of the best music ever made. Dance all night to your favourite new wave tracks, and relive a time before Auto-Tune, when the synthesizer was king. The Firm presents Monaco Vice Saturday night at Flashbox.

Price: €5

Location: Flashbox, Thalkirchnerstrasse 10

Times: Saturday, February 27, 9pm

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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.