What’s on in Germany: March 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Frankfurt and Munich, an architecture tour in Cologne, and an art auction in Berlin.

What's on in Germany:  March 8 - 14
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Auction 3000

Bid on some art this weekend and help a cultural community in Africa grow. Patti Smith, Matthew Barney, Christo, Olafur Eliasson, and Wolfgang Tillmans are among the big names who donated works for the auction. Proceeds benefit “Opera Village Africa,” a village in Burkina Faso where art is integrated into most every facet of life.

Price: Free

Location: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: Thursday, March 8, 8pm

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Metamorphosis of Japan after the War – Photography 1945 – 1964

Dancers rest on a rooftop. A woman plants rice. Soldiers smile for the camera. A new exhibition at Berlin’s Photography Museum presents 123 photographs of Japan from the first two decades after the second world war. A diverse range of images show how a new, modern nation emerged after the devastation of the atomic bomb.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; March 9 – June 17

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Children’s Theatre

Frog, Hedgehog, Rooster, and Mouse in a House

This 45-minute puppet show is in German, but Thomas Mierau’s colour shadow puppets are too cute to miss just because of a little language barrier. The puppeteer has been creating handmade marionettes, hand puppets, and shadow puppets for his little theatre since 1991. Bring your little ones aged four and up to get a look at Mierau’s colorful cast of characters.

Price: €5 (Children); €8 (Adults)

Location: Theater Mirakulum, Brunnenstrasse 35

Times: 10am, Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9; Saturday, March 10, 11am; Sunday, March 11, 4pm

Phone: 030 449 08 20

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Architecture of the 1950s Photography Walk

Discover the gems of Cologne’s 1950s architecture on a walking tour led by Lomography. Ten euros gets you the tour, a rental camera, and a roll of film. Architecture photography? Sounds like your new hobby. Get snapping.

Price: €10

Location: Lomography Gallery Store Cologne
, Ehrenstrasse 57

Times: Saturday, March 10, 1pm

Register: [email protected]

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Living Together

There’s the power struggle, the resignation to the bossy wife, the blind eye ever so slightly turned. Oh the quirky characteristics of a marriage. Married life, specifically among the British middle class, is one of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s favorite topics. One of England’s most successful living playwrights, he’s penned over 70 plays. See his 1973 living room drama Living Together this weekend in Frankfurt.

Price: €18

Times: Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 8pm

Location: Internationales Theater Frankfurt, Hanauer Landstrasse 5 – 7

Tickets: 069 499 09 80

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Meeting MMK – Blind Date: Meet the Artist

Every second Saturday of the month, Frankfurt’s Modern Art Museum invites young art lovers to go behind the scenes and get a deeper appreciation for art. This week, the group goes on a “blind date” with the artist Thomas Bayrle. Sign up your over 15-year-olds. They’ll love getting a private look at his art studio.

Price: €8

Times: Saturday, March 10, 2-5pm

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, 
Domstrasse 10

Register: 069 212 406 91

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Sun Valley

Back in 1996 Sun Valley won an honourable mention at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sixteen year’s later, He Ping’s “Chinese Western” is flickering across the big screen at the Confucius Institute in Hamburg. Succumb to scenes of China’s astonishing landscape Friday night.

Price: Free

Times: Friday, March 9, 6pm

Location: The Confucius Institute, Hamburg University, Schlüterstrasse 64

Phone: 040 42838 7978

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Swap in the City

Spring is in the air ladies! Well, maybe not really, but it will be soon. Time to freshen up those wintery wardrobes in time for the new season! Bring at least three gently used items from your closet to Hühnerposten Sunday where you can swap them for something fun and fantastic to kick off your new spring look. Go for the clothes, stay for the hair styling, massages, manicures, and drinks!

Price: €18.60

Times: Sunday, March 11, 4-9pm

Location: Hühnerposten, Hühnerposten 1

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Urban Roots

Leonardo DiCaprio called Urban Roots “an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit. If the “King of the World” liked it, well, so should you. See what’s happening on all those vacant plots of land in Motor City when the Mark MacInnis documentary screens Tuesday in Munich.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, March 13, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Top Floor, Left Wing

Comedy and suspense merge in Angelo Cianci’s 2010 film about life in the suburbs of Paris. Though it’s not your typical day you’ll see unfold in Top Floor, Left Wing. This humourous thriller recounts Francois’ unfortunate morning involving guns, drugs, and an eviction notice.

Price: Free

Location: Institut Français, Kaulbachstrasse 13

Times: Wednesday, March 14, 7pm

Reservations: 089 28 66 28 36

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Split – An Evening of One Acts and Torn Identities

It’s always enriching to take in a new play. The Munich theatre company Impact is dedicated to presenting new English language theatre. This week, they’re staging a pair of one act plays by two accomplished playwrights. See “The Donahue Sisters,” by Irish playwright Geraldine Aron and “The Author’s Voice,” by American playwright Richard Greenberg, and spend an evening caught up in the stories of some very entertaining characters.

Price: €18

Times: 8pm, Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17, and Thursday, March 22 – Saturday, March 24

Location: Teamtheater Tankstelle, Am Einlass 2a

Tickets: 089 260 43 33

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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.