What’s on in Germany: March 4 – 10

This week's highlights: Joss Stone in Hamburg, the late artist Uwe Lausen in Frankfurt, and getting to know Queen Luise of Prussia in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: March 4 - 10
Uwe Lausen exhibition. Photo: DPA



Luise – The Life and Legend of the Queen

Dubbed “Miss Prussia 2010,” Queen Luise Augusta Wilhelmina Amelia is being feted with a trio of exhibitions this year. The first one opens Saturday at her former residence, Charlottenburg Palace, where the legendary queen was buried 200 years ago. Get better acquainted with her highness’s life and legacy through a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and historical documents.

Price: €12

Location: Charlottenburg Palace, Spandauer Damm

Times: Daily, 10am-6pm (closed Tuesdays); March 6 – May 30

Phone: 0331 969 4200

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The Hunters

It’s not hard to find good old-fashioned country music in Berlin with The Hunters around. The honky tonk hillbillies bring a nostalgic breath of Appalachian air to the German capital with classic tunes like “If I Were a Carpenter” and “Our Hearts Are Holding Hands” – plus plenty of pedal steel originals. Catch them Friday night at Cafe Hilde.

Price: Free

Location: Cafe Hilde, Metzer Strasse 22

Times: Friday, March 5, 9pm

Phone: 030 4050 4172

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Trend Mafia Designer Market

Forty-five independent designers set up shop in Beriln’s Brunnenviertel this weekend. Treat yourself to some sexy Kamaeleon boots, or one of Nikoki’s adorable hand sewn stuffed animals. Who can resist Monkey Charles?

Price: Free

Location: Brunnenviertel, Brunnenstrasse 64

Times: Saturday, March 6, 1-8pm

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Mälzels Magical Metronom – Bach, Blech, and Blues

Kids ten and up will learn about music and its relationship with time on Sunday when the Cologne Philharmonic presents a program of Ludwig van Beethoven, Allan Botschinsky, and Giovanni Gabrieli. Funny guy actor Erwin Grosche leads the discussion.

Price: €5-14

Location: Cologne Philharmonic, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1

Times: Sunday, March 7, 3-4:15pm

Phone: 0221 204 080

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RhineBuzz NRW-Forum International Night

Every Friday night, the group of English-speaking culture hustlers known as RhineBuzz host a little event at Düsseldorf’s NRW-Form that includes a guided tour, a cash bar, and lots of art talk. This week, get intimate with Robert Mapplethorpe’s sculpted nudes.

Price: €3.80

Location: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Ehrenhof 2

Times: Friday, March 5, 8pm-midnight

Phone: 0211 89 266 90

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Pat Metheny Solo

The guitar master’s new album Orchestrion is a compositionally complex masterpiece, inspired by his grandparents’ old player piano, which incorporates an assortment of mechanically controlled instruments. See how far the idea of a one-man-band has come Wednesday night when he steps into the spotlight of Frankfurt’s Old Opera House.

Price: €45 – 60

Location: Old Opera House, Opernplatz 1

Times: Wednesday, March 10, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 069 1340 400

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Uwe Lausen – All’s Fine That Ends Fine

Uwe Lausen was just 29 when he died in 1970. Forty years later, a major exhibition of the German artist’s bold works opens at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle. See powerful works by one of Europe’s most important 20th century figurative painters.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; March 4 – June 13

Phone: 069 2998 820

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Joss Stone

Soulful or funky, the lady can belt ’em out with the best of them. The UK diva swaggers onto the stage at Docks Friday, leaving a trail of modern Motown in her wake.

Price: €41.25

Location: Docks, Spielbudenplatz 19

Times: Friday, March 5, 7pm

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Nancy Tilitz Gallery Jazz Workshops

Housed in Hamburg’s gorgeous Dammtor Train Station, the Nancy Tilitz Gallery becomes a jazz space every Friday night. This week, guitarist Norbert Kujus and bassist Joe Huth play a set among Tilitz’s vivid paintings. Go early to browse the artworks.

Price: Free

Location: Nancy Tilitz Galerie, Dammtor Train Station, Dag-Hammarskjöld-Platz

Times: Friday, March 5, 10pm

Phone: 040 229 9010

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Children’s Photography Course – Photography Without a Camera

Got a 10 to 12-year-old with an artistic eye? This workshop makes use of Deichtorhallen’s black and white laboratory to demonstrate the process of making images without a camera. Bring a smock and a drink for the break.

Price: €28

Location: Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstrasse 1-2

Times: Saturday, March 6, 11am-5pm

Registration: 040 32103 140

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Literature, Music, Photography, and Wine

BeMe Theatre and the Amerika Haus present an evening of the arts Monday night at the Einstein Culture Center. Be immersed in the literature of Canadian director Layne Coleman, the music Canadian actor Frank Moore and German composer Krister Schuchardt, and the photography of German artist Alexander Krohmer, while sipping fine wines provided by WineDelight.

Price: €8

Location: Einstein Kulturzenturm Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Monday, March 8, 7:30

Reservations: 089 385 377 66

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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.