What’s on in Germany: March 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: St. Patrick's Day in Berlin, Feist in Frankfurt, and Europe's biggest book fair begins in Leipzig.

What's on in Germany:  March 15 – 21



St. Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin

Irish movies, Irish music, Irish food, Irish sports, and Irish clubbing! Berlin is celebrating all things Irish this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day. Assemble your green ensemble and march through Görlitzer Park to the beat of The Berlin Pipe Band Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: Various; Parade starts at Spreewaldplatz Saturday at 4pm

Times: Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

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Pacific Standard Time
 – Art in Los Angeles 1950–1980

The American invasion is beginning. Specifically, it’s the artists who made a name for themselves among the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles in the post-war period who will be doing the invading. Over 60 LA galleries and institutions helped organize this mega show, which opens at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Thursday. Catch the art talk that night then do a little California dreaming among works by David Hockney, Edward Kienholz, and Ed Ruscha.

Price: €12

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday, March 15, 6pm (Artist Talk); Wednesday – Monday, 10am-7pm (Regular Hours); through June 10

Phone: 030 254 860

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MaerzMusik – Festival Opening: Joan La Barbara Performs John Cage

With John Cage’s 100th birthday upon us, the composer pops up quite a bit in this year’s MaerzMusik program. Be sure to catch Joan La Barbara’s new interpretation of Cage’s Song Books performed simultaneously with Concert for Piano and Orchestra and the world premiere of La Barbara’s Persistence of Memory at the festival opening Saturday night. Song, electronic music, and theatre collide.

Price: €10-20

Location: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24

Times: Saturday, March 17, 7pm; the festival runs through March 25

Tickets: 030 254 89-100 (€3 per order)

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The irresistible singer is cutting a shimmery swath across Europe in support of her chart-topping album Metals. “1234” get your tickets while you can.

Price: €39.80

Times: Thursday, March 15, 8pm

Location: Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese

Tickets: 01805 44 70 000 (.14/minute)

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Women of the World Festival

Established stars and emerging artists share the spotlight this week in Frankfurt at a music festival devoted to women. Be wooed by American jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Spanish singer Concha Buika, and the Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu, among other lovely ladies of music.

Price: Various

Times: Sunday, March 18 – Sunday, March 25

Location: Various

Ticket Hotline: 0691340400

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Moments – A History of Performance in 10 Acts

A rather interesting exhibition is unfurling over the next seven weeks in Karlsruhe. The ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting a history of performance that involves live exhibition installations, reenactments, a live film production, and an “audience” of “actors.” Got an interest in the development of performance and how it’s documented? Head down to Baden-Württemberg this week.

Price: Free

Times: Saturday, March 17, 4pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm (Regular Hours); through April 29

Location: ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Lorenzstrasse 9

Phone: 0721 81 000

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Leipzig Book Fair

Put on your reading glasses, the Leipzig Book Fair’s in town. Browse the stacks of e-books, audio books, art books, kids books, and literature from around the world, and catch an author talk or two. The US Consulate’s got a booth in Hall 4 with lots of new books from across the pond.

Price: €13.50 (Day Ticket); €29 (4-Day Ticket); €8 (Evening Ticket); €9 (Family Ticket)

Location: Leipziger Messe, Messe-Allee 1

Times: 10am-6pm; Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, March 18

Phone: 0341 678 89 97

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30 Artists/30 Spaces

What could you do with a room? You could paint its walls. You could hang hundreds of white balls from its ceiling. You could build a sculpture of metal grids and multicolored plastic in it. Thirty international artists have their way with thirty blank spaces in museums and art institutions around the city for this expansive new exhibition, which opens Friday.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: March 17 – June 17; Friday, March 17, 6pm (Opening at the Neues Museum, Klarissenplatz)

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Georgia O’Keeffe

Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons star in this biopic, which traces the development of Georgia O’Keeffe’s career as an artist alongside her relationship with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The Golden Globe-winning made-for-television movie screens Tuesday at America House. Watch it and then go see the exhibition at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, March 20, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Latcho Drom

The Algerian-born, French director Tony Gatlif has frequently turned his camera on gypsy society, a group with which he shares a heritage. No film captures the essence of the Roma and Sinti people quite like Gatlif’s 1993 film Latcho Drom. A colorful eruption of music and dance, the movie documents a year-long journey from Rajasthan to Andalusia. See it Wednesday when it screens as part of the Munich Film Museum’s Tony Gatlif retrospective.

Price: €4

Location: Filmmuseum München, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Wednesday, March 21, 9pm

Phone: 089 233 24150

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Jewellery With Words

Sip an aperitif while you browse the bling Sunday afternoon in Munich. French jewellery designers Galatée Pestre, Laurence Verdier, and Aude Medori like to hold regular exhibitions of their work around a common theme. This time around they’ve drawn inspiration from the written word, in one case collaborating with a writer to create beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Price: Free

Location: Institut Français, Kaulbachstrasse 13

Times: Sunday, March 18, 4pm (Opening); 11am-6pm, Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20

Phone: 089 28 66 28 36

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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.