What’s on in Germany: May 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Open-air cinema in Berlin, a museum festival in Cologne, and a festival of Irish culture in Hallbergmoos.

What's on in Germany:  May 17 - 23
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International Museum Day

“Museums in a Changing World – New Challenges, New Inspiration” is the motto for this year’s International Museum Day. From Schleswig-Holstein to Baden-Württemberg, museums across Germany are taking part, and the activities are diverse. Learn about the physics of flying in Dresden, get better acquainted with Karl Marx in Trier, or hear a Mozart concerto in Augsburg. Check the website to see what’s going on in your region.

Price: Various

Location: Museums across Germany

Times: Sunday, May 20

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Alsfeld Culture Days

The medieval town of Alsfeld is full of half timber homes, stone towers, and fairy tale turrets. Take a trip to the historic hamlet this week to get your fill of contemporary culture in an age-old setting. A “body-percussion-workshop,” a family festival, and a multi-media presentation about Antarctica are just a few of the interesting events that join a rich program of music, art, theatre, and dance performances.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, May 16 – Sunday, May 27

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Kreuzberg Open-Air Cinema

You know it’s summertime when gigantic movie screens start popping up all over Berlin. Freiluftkino Kreuzberg is one of the city’s best open-air cinemas, and this week features a nice selection of English language options. Pack a picnic, stretch out on a blanket, and watch Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris on Sunday night.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Inner Courtyard, Mariannenplatz 2

Times: Sunday, May 20, 9:30pm

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Radio Art Preview Soiree – Antje Vowinckel

Berlin-based composer Antje Vowinckel has an affinity for the human voice. She pieces together fragments of speech to create “dialogue melodies,” often for radio plays. To create “Folgen Sie mir pausenlos (follow me constantly)” Vowinckel recorded the automatic speech of nine people as they toured Tempelhof Airport’s Hangar 6. Get a preview of her sound panorama Saturday night.

Price: Free

Location: Quiet Cue, Flughafenstrasse 38

Times: Saturday, May 19, 8:15pm

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Family Time: Dancing and Drawing with Indian Gods

You and your kids can learn how to dance Indian style Sunday at the Dahlem Museum. At a special family workshop, instructors will teach some basic moves from classical as well as Bollywood dance. And when your arms and feet get tired out from all those quick steps and rhythmic movements, spend some quiet time drawing some of the Indian gods in the museum’s collection.

Price: €5 (workshop); €6 (admission)

Location: Museen Dahlem, Lansstrasse 8/Arnimalle 25

Times: Sunday, May 20, 2-5pm

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Cologne Museum Festival

Let your nose lead you on a tour (in English) of eau de Cologne at the Duftmuseum at the Farina Haus, or take a musical journey through Baroque art at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. This year’s museum festival in Cologne includes dozens of special tours and workshops for kids too. Twenty-five museums are taking part in the festivities, so it shouldn’t be hard to get some culture this weekend.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Sunday, May 20, 10am-8pm

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Agnes Varda – Vagabond

Fictional and documentary elements often merge in the works of French filmmaker Agnes Varda. One of France’s most influential female directors, her 1985 drama Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) follows one woman’s drift through a wine country winter. See it in French with English subtitles Tuesday at Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Price: €2.50

Location: Goethe-Universität, Campus Bockenheim, Studentenhaus, first floor, Senckenberganlage 31

Times: Tuesday, May 22, 8:30pm

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Greenfarm Festival

Just outside Munich, Hauslerhof is a beautiful working farm in the town of Hallbergmoos. Every year the farm hosts a jubilant festival of Irish culture complete with fiddlers, rugby players, step dancers, and Murphy’s Irish Stout. Bring the whole family! And if you don’t feel like making the journey back home, pitch a tent.

Price: €7, €12 (Family Ticket)

Location: Hauslerhof, Garchinger Weg 72

Times: Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20

Phone: 0811 1830

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Bar Nineteen

The three ladies and four gents who make up Bar Nineteen have got oodles of talent. The Munich a-cappella group has been performing hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Fever” for a decade now. Witness their vivacious vocals Friday.

Price: €12

Location: Theater Keller 2, in the Hofbraukeller, Innere Wienerstrasse 19

Times: Friday, May 18, 8pm

Phone: 089 88 90 33 99

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The Blue Night – The Night of Arts and Culture

Light installations illuminate the city while music fills the air. To be in Nuremberg this weekend is to be surrounded by a vibrant landscape of cultural happenings. There are dolphins in the park, art in the church, and jazz in the cellar. Go and see what you can discover on “Blue Night.”

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, May 19

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Kryptonite Radio Theater – Sci-Fi Radio

The retro theatre troupe Kryptonite Radio Theater recreates the golden age of radio with an entertaining stage show reminiscent of the 1940s. Their English-language show “Sci-Fi Radio” is classic science fiction story complete with aliens, strange planets, and zany comedy. Turn up and tune in Saturday night in Wiesbaden.

Price: €13

Location: Walhalla Studio Theater, Mauritiustrasse 3a

Times: Saturday, May 19, 9pm

Phone: 0611 910 37 43

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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.