What’s on in Germany: February 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Burlesque in Hamburg, children's theatre in Nuremberg, and an exhibition in Berlin examines the dark side of technology.

What's on in Germany: February 2 - 8



Transmediale 2012 Exhibition – Dark Drives: Uneasy Energies in Technological Times

The glories of technology are infinite. But is there a darkness lurking in the mysterious technological realm? The nine international artists involved in this year’s Transmediale exhibition will have you pondering this conundrum. Check out their high-tech artworks at the House of World Cultures this weekend.

Price: €8

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: 10am-10pm, through Sunday, February 5

Phone: 030 397 870

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Trio Ohrenschmalz

Berlin was a happening place in the 1920s. Go back to the era of Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, and Marlene Dietrich this weekend when Trio Ohrenschmalz takes the stage at Heimathafen Neukölln.

Price: €13

Location: Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Strasse 141

Times: Saturday, February 4, 8pm; Sunday, February 5, 6pm

Phone: 030 56 82 13 33

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Children’s Concerts

Culture Radio Kinder Concert – We Discover a Symphony

David Afkham is a young star on the rise in the world of conducting. Bring the kids to the Haus der Rundfunks Sunday when he conducts the Germany Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major. Presented by KulturRadio, the concert is especially for music loving kinder.

Price: €10 (Adults); €4 (Children)

Location: Haus der Rundfunks, Masurenallee 8-14

Times: Sunday, February 5, Noon

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At 7 On 7: Sanssouci

Twenty-twelve marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great and all of Germany is in a tizzy over Old Fritzy. Salute the Prussian king Tuesday at a concert where works by some of the music-loving monarchs most cherished composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach und Johann Joachim Quantz will be performed.

Price: €7-10

Times: Tuesday, February 7, 7pm

Location: Ev. Kreuzkirche Bonn

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The Dynamics

Dub-reggae-soul with a French accent. The Lyon band’s version of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” is smooth as butter, but they’re not afraid to pull out the production tricks. See what kind of stage antics they’re stirring up at Stadtgarten Sunday.

Price: €18

Times: Sunday, February 5, 8:30pm

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40

Phone: 0221 952 9940

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Joanna Price – Good Form and Nice Style

Men in suits. Irish artist Joanna Price has a thing for them. See how her studies of male society manifests into monochromatic paintings at the opening of her new exhibition Friday. A performance by the artist Bettina Schroeder involving a white knit dress and some lovable plush teddy bears adds to the excitement.

Price: Free

Times: Friday, February 3, 6-10pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, Noon-6pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm; through April 22 (Regular Hours)

Location: Galerie Pamme-Vogelsang, 
Hahnenstrasse 33

Phone: 0221 80 15 87 63

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Burlesque Musique Night

Fling off that feather boa and swim around in those champagne bubbles. La Rubinia shakes what her mother gave her, while AKA AKA, Umami, Dirty Honkers, and others set a 1920s burlesque kind of mood Friday night at Uebel & Gefährlich.

Price: €12

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Friday, February 3, Midnight

Phone: 0157 3827 6469

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Hamburg Harbour Academy Foosball Tournament

Whether you call it “Foosball” or “Kicker,” you’re going to want to get yourself over to FC St. Pauli Saturday for the sporting event of the season – Hinz&Kunst’s big kicker tournament! Watch those wrists flick, those feet fly, and that ball whizz from one side of the table to the other. Kicker enthusiasts of all levels battle it out in the ballroom while the rowdy crowd cheers them on. Don’t miss the action.

Price: €20 to play, €1 to watch

Location: FC St. Pauli, Heiligengeistfeld 1

Times: Saturday, February 4, 11am

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The Great Gatsby

It’s the Jazz Age and Tom and Daisy Buchanan are dancing the Charleston. But oh! Look at that mansion across the bay! Tour de Force Theatre Company performs F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fabulous tale of lingering sadness in 1920s America. See it in Lindau Friday before it continues on to points north. “Where do broken hearts go? Can they find their way home?” Whitney said it best.

Price: €9

Times: Friday, February 3, 10:30am

Location: Stadttheater Lindau, Fischergasse 37

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Wendy Williams – The Globalization of Love

The Indian loves the Australian, the Frenchman loves the American, the Spaniard loves the Brit. Oh the romance of globalization. Or is it the globalization of romance? Vienna-based Canadian author Wendy Williams calls it the “The Globalization of Love” and she wrote a book about it. Married herself to an Austrian, Williams interviewed dozens of multicultural couples and wrote about weddings, food, language, children, and more. She takes the mic at the Munich Readery Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104

Times: Saturday, February 4, 7pm

Registration: [email protected]

Phone: 089 121 92 403

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Children’s Theatre

Panoptikum Children’s Theatre Festival

If you’re a kid in Nuremberg this week you’re in luck. Ten theatre troupes from Bavaria, and 11 from Italy, Belgium, France, and other European states are gathering in the picturesque German town for a festival of children’s theatre. Head to Theater Mummpitz Tuesday for the opening event.

Price: €10.50 (Adults); €8.50 (14-18); €6.50 (Children)

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, February 7 – Sunday, February 12

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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.

READ ALSO: Tougher Covid measures needed to stop 100,000 more deaths, warns top German virologist

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.