What’s on in Germany: March 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: An art party in Frankfurt, a music parade in Hamburg, and Jewish cinema in Munich.

What's on in Germany:  March 1 – 7
Photo: Internationale Musikparade



Photograph 51

British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin’s research in the early 1950s was critical to the discovery of the DNA double helix. But as a woman in a man’s world, she didn’t get the recognition she deserved until much later. Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51 offers an interesting view of the male-dominated scientific world of the 1950s. English Theatre Berlin’s production runs through March 10.

Price: €18; €9 on Tuesdays

Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm; through March 10

Tickets: 030 691 12 11

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Dodo (1907-1998) – A Life in Pictures

They danced to the jazz music, they wore dangly earrings and furs, they went out into the heady night air. Fashion illustrator Dodo Burgner captured the essence of 1920s Berlin in her graceful drawings. The Jewish artist contributed frequently to the satirical publication “Ulk” before fleeing to England in the early 1930s. For the first time ever, a retrospective of her work will be shown at the Art Library in Berlin starting Thursday.

Price: Free

Location: Kunstbibliothek, Matthäikirchplatz

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturay and Sunday, 11am-6pm; through May 28

Tickets: 030 266 42 42 42

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Historical Instruments Live – Guided Tour For Adults

From 17th century Flemish harpsichords to Prussian army horns, Berlin’s Museum of Musical Instruments is a trove of delights for lovers of music and history. Journey through the museum’s diverse collection and feast your ears on the sounds of really old instruments. The special tour takes place every Thursday and Saturday.

Price: €2

Location: Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Tiergartenstrasse 1

Times: Thursday, March 1, 6pm and Saturday, March 3, 11am

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Carl Strüwe – In the Context of Contemporary Photography

Pollen, plankton, a cross section of a whale bone, the scales of a butterfly’s wing, Carl Strüwe was enamoured with tiny things. The pioneer of microphotography was born in Bliefeld, and 24-years after his death, the Kunsthalle Bliefeld is presenting a retrospective of his work. See his gorgeous microscopic imagery alongside drawings and paintings.

Price: €7

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; through May 13

Location: Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Artur-Ladebeck-Strasse 5

Phone: 0521 329 995 013

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Shelby Lynne

Critics called Revelation Road her most personal album yet. The country-pop singer wraps up a tour of Europe this week. See the blond strummer perform in Cologne Thursday before she heads back across the pond.

Price: €30

Times: Thursday, March 1, 8:30pm

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer-Strasse 40

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070

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Schirn at Night – The Long Night of Munch

Sip Scandinavian cocktails like “The Prince of Norway” or the “Norwegian Sidecar” while Norwegian electro-pop singer Sandra Kolstad performs live at the Schirn Kunsthalle. Saturday’s installation of the museum’s art party celebrates the Edvard Munch exhibition.

Price: €10

Times: Saturday, March 3, 8pm-Midnight

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg

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International Music Parade

A three-hour musical bonanza, the International Music Parade is a large-scale stage show that incorporates army bands, orchestras, and folk musicians from around the world. From the opening ceremony to the grand finale, it’s a bombastic spectacle full of pomp and circumstance. Step in time to Scottish bagpipers, Danish trumpeters, and German drummers this weekend at O2 World. It’s a small world after all.

Price: €29-49

Times: Saturday, March 3, 4pm

Location: O2 World Hamburg, Sylvesterallee 10, 22525

Ticket Hotline: 01803 206 060 (.9/min)

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Langwedel Culture Days

It’s culture time in Langwedel. Brazilian guitarist Hilton Gonzales pays some tunes Thursday night at the opening of an exhibition showcasing works by local artists. On Saturday, burgeoning graffiti artists can have their way with a can of paint. And on Wednesday, Lars & Timpe play the blues. Gather at Langwedel’s city hall for the cultural smorgasbord.

Price: Free

Times: Thursday, March 1 – Friday, March 9

Location: ‪Knust, ‪Neuer Kamp 30

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070

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Turkey/Germany Film Festival

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu is an artist, author, and filmmaker from Turkey. His 2010 film Hair follows the plight of a rather unhappy pair—a wigmaker with cancer and a lonely middle-aged woman. The winner of both Best Turkish Film and Director at the 2011 Istanbul Film Festival screens Sunday night as part of the Turkey/Germany Film Festival in Nuremberg. Check the program for more films with English subtitles.

Price: TBD

Times: Sunday, March 4, 8:15pm

Location: Filmhaus im KunstKulturQuartier, 
Königstrasse 93

Tickets: 0911 231 4000

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Willem de Rooij – Untilted

Opposition, contrast, transition, and nuance play major roles in the works of Dutch artist Willem de Rooij. A new exhibition at Munich’s Kunstverein features a select grouping of hand woven tapestries.

Price: Free

Location: Kunstverein München, Galeriestrasse 4

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm; through April 15

Phone: 089 221 152

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Jewish Film Days Munich

From a documentary about rapping rabbis to the Coen Brothers’ 2009 feature film A Serious Man, Munich’s Jewish Film Days presents movies about “music, love, friendship and coming of age in a Jewish context.” See cinema from Germany, Canada, Israel, France and the United States starting Sunday.

Price: Various

Times: Sunday, March 4 – Wednesday, March 7

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81

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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.