What’s on in Germany: February 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Frankfurt gets surreal, an English troupe takes on Woody Allen in Hamburg, and a Munich museum invites you to play.

What's on in Germany: February 17 - 23
Photo: Salvador Dali at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt



Tanzolymp – International Youth Dance Festival

Billy Elliots from around the globe strut their stuff in Berlin this weekend at this international festival for young dancers. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for classical, modern, jazz, and folk dancers to meet and mingle with their leaping and twirling cohorts, and a great chance for dance fans to get a first look at tomorrow’s stars.

Price: €11-35

Location: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstrasse 101

Times: Saturday, February 19, 7pm

Tickets: 030 4799 7499

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Peter-Dirk Uys: Desperate First Ladies

As Evita Bezuidenhout, this South African satirist gets the audience howling. See how he becomes Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and other top post ladies.

Price: €15

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Sunday, February 20, 4pm

Reservations: 030 25993 488

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Art for the Street: Posters from the Cabinet of Prints and the Dresden State Art Collections

Showcasing works by the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Otto Dix, Marc Chagall, and Roy Lichtenstein, the city of Dresden’s poster collection offers a cultural presentation of the last century. Explore this impressive trove in Berlin this week.

Price: €4

Location: Kunstforum der Berliner Volksbank, Budapester Strasse 35

Times: Daily, 10am – 6pm; through May 8

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Pony Pony Run Run

Though the guys lost two members a couple years ago, “G,” “A,” and “T” rock just as hard as a trio. Shake those hips to “Hey You” and other hits when the French electro-pop band plays Luxor this weekend.

Price: €14

Location: Luxor, Luxemburger Strasse 40

Times: Saturday, February 19, 7:30pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

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Kriwet – Yester ‘N’ Today

Language and media play central roles in the bold, graphic works of German artist Ferdinand Kriwet. For the first time since 1975, the artists’ works are on display in his home town of Dusseldorf. Stare for a while at “Poem Print” (1968), “Walk Talk” (1970), “Neon Text 1” (1973) and other compelling pieces in this comprehensive exhibition, which opens Friday night in Düsseldorf.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Friday, February 18, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, February 19 – May 1 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0211 89 962 40

More Information: www.kunsthalle-dü



Surreal Objects – Three-Dimensional Works From Dali to Man Ray

A typewriter with spikes. A table with bird’s legs. A lobster telephone. It’s a strange reality at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt this week. “Surreal Objects” brings together nearly 150 three-dimensional works dating from 1925 to 1945. Go Wednesday for “Art + Lunch,” or Thursday for “Art After Work.”

Price: €9

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 29

Tickets: 069 299 8820

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Children’s Events

Struwwelpeter Storytime

Introduce the kids to an integral bit of German childhood culture this weekend. Frankfurt’s luxurious Hotel Hessischer Hof hosts a reading of “Struwwelpeter” (Shaggy Peter). Written and illustrated by Heinrich Hoffmann, the 19th century German picture book tells timeless tales of good and bad behaviour. Spaghetti will be served.

Price: €9

Location: Hotel Hessischer Hof, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40

Times: Sunday, February 20, 11am

Reservations: 069 7540 2927

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Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton starred in Allen’s 1972 film Play It Again, Sam. See actor Jonathan Greenman play the neurotic New York film critic in the Hamburg Player’s hilarious rendition.

Price: €10 – 15

Location: Theater an der Marschnerstrasse, Marschnerstrasse 46

Times: Friday, February 18, 7:30pm; Saturday, February 19, 3:30 and 7:30pm; Wednesday, February 23 – Saturday, February 26, 7:30

Tickets: 040 713 13 99

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David Vann – Sukkwan Island

Award winnng author David Vann has contributed to Esquire, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. Legend of a Suicide, his collection of five short stories and a novella was included in 25 “best books of the year” lists and translated into nine languages. Suffice to say, this University of San Francisco professor knows how to work a pen. Vann reads from his latest work Sukkwan Island, Wednesday in Hamburg.

Price: €6

Location: Amerikazentrum, Am Sandtorkai 48

Times: Wednesday, February 23, 7pm

Reservations: [email protected]

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Move – Art and Dance Since the 1960s

Swing across 200 gymnastics rings and cross the room without touching the floor. Then shimmy through a soundproof corridor of green light. With works by Bruce Naumann, Trisha Brown, William Forsythe and others, Munich’s Haus der Kunst becomes a playscape of art merging with dance merging with life for this exhilarating new exhibition.

Price: €10

Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 8

Phone: 089 21127 113

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Finest Spirits – Munich Whisky & Bar Festival

Taste a Talisker, savour a small-batch bourbon. The Munich Whisky and Bar Festival gathers masters of mixology, single malt experts, and myriad other professionals in the field of fine spirits. Make your rounds and learn a thing or two about what tastes good in a glass. Your liquor locker will thank you.

Price: €20 (one day), €35 (two days), €45 (three days)

Location: MVG-Museum, Ständlerstraße 20

Times: Friday, February 18, 4-11pm; Saturday, February 19, 2-11pm; Sunday, February 20, 12-7pm

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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.