What’s on in Germany: June 21 – 27

This Week's Highlights: Malkovich in Munich, Harleys in Hamburg, a parade of cultures in Frankfurt, and Fete de la Musique in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: June 21 - 27
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Fete de la Musique – Berlin

From punk rock in Friedrichshain to hip hop in Kreuzberg, music will fill the air in Berlin Thursday. Fete de la Musique features bands of all stripes on stages across the city. Groove to electro beats in Neukölln, party in Pankow, and take the kids to an open air concert on Revaler Strasse.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, June 21

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Exhibition Opening: When Violence Becomes Decadent

Eleven Indian artists created works that take into consideration various aspects of their country’s history for this group exhibition at Berlin’s Freies Museum. The three-year-old art space opens the exhibition Saturday evening. Go and mingle with a creative crowd.

Price: Free

Location: Freies Museum Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse 91

Times: Saturday, June 23, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Saturday, noon-7pm; Sunday, 3-6pm, Sunday, noon-10pm; through July 29 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 34 72 18 14

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Revolution! The 200th Anniversary of the Painter Willhelm Kleinenbroich

In 1848 a swath of revolutionary uprisings was spreading across Europe. The German painter Wilhelm Kleinenbroich was among the masses rallying for change in Cologne. In honour of the 200th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Cologne City Museum is hosting a Kleinenbroich retrospective. See the entire spectrum of his work when the exhibition opens Friday night.

Price: €6.50 (Special Exhibition and Permanent Collection)

Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3

Times: Friday, June 22, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday, 10am-8pm; Wednesdsay – Sunday, 10am-5pm; through September 16 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 221 25789

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Wanderings through the Canadian countryside inspired the French singer’s new album L’Ancolie, which translates to “columbine” in English. Like the flower, Fredda’s music is delicately lovely and sweetly nostalgic. See her perform live at the French Institute in Cologne

Tuesday. She sets up in the garden, naturally.

Price: Free

Location: Institut Français Köln, Sachsenring 77

Times: Tuesday, June 26, 9pm

Reservations: 0221 9318 770

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Favoured by kings and artists alike, the scenic landscape that runs along the Elbe River has inspired celebrations for centuries. One such storied fete occurs the last weekend in June. Head to Dresden this weekend when the seven kilometer stretch between Loschwitz and Pillnitz transforms into a massive fairground. A program of music, dance, sporting events, and family activities begins Friday.

Price: €8-12

Location: The Elbe River between Loschwitz and Pillnitz

Times: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

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A step up from your everyday German market festival, Frankfurt’s annual shindig at Opernplatz features such culinary delights as sushi and champagne. Sip some bubbly and bop around the cobblestones to the sounds of bands like The Gypsys and The Gibsons.

Price: Free

Location: Opernplatz

Times: 11am-11pm, Wednesday, June 20 – Friday, June 29

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Parade of Cultures

Shimmy to the sounds of African beats and Brazilian rhythms Saturday when the Parade of Cultures paints a multicolored stripe across Frankfurt. Clad in vibrant traditional costumes, dancers and musicians from around the world present a dazzling display as they make their way through the city streets. This year’s parade is not only about celebrating cultural diversity, but about fighting racism as well.

Price: Free

Location: Parade begins at Untermainkai and ends at Römerberg

Times: Saturday, June 23, Noon

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Hamburg Harley Days

Get your motor running and ride like the wind to Hamburg this weekend. Tens of thousands of bikers will be converging in the Free and Hanseatic City for Europe’s biggest celebration of motor cycle culture. There will be stunt shows, demo rides, live bands, a Harley Davidson exhibition, and even a pole dancing competition. It’s going to be one wild weekend.

Price: Free

Location: Hamburg Grossmarkt

Times: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

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John Malkovich – The Infernal Comedy: Confession of a Serial Killer

John Malkovich in the role of a serial killer? Yes, please. “The Infernal Comedy” is an opera/play for an orchestra, two sopranos, and an actor that relays the story of Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger. Be seduced by what the New York Times called “a debonair, cerebral psychopath.”

Price: €44.20 – 101.80

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, June 24, 8pm

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/min-landline, .42/min-mobile)

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Yvonne Pouget – The Doll: The Assembled Woman

In lacy red underwear or floor-length black garb, dancer and choreographer Yvonne Pouget explores femininity and how the idea of womanhood differs in Christian versus Muslim societies in her solo piece “The Doll.” The captivating performer presents her weird and wonderful work this week in Munich.

Price: €16

Location: I-Camp, Entenbachstrasse 37

Times: Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23, 8:30pm

Tickets: 089 65 00 00

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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

All kids should have a chance to play music. Talented youngsters in the Dallas, Texas region are lucky to have an orchestra just for them. This year marks the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the 80-member group is touring Europe! See the spirited young players perform a free concert in Weimar on Monday.

Price: Free

Location: Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere, Schloss Belvedere 1

Times: Monday, June 25, 7pm (They also play Saturday in Dresden, and Wednesday in Bad Mergentheim)

Phone: 0 36 4386 6310

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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.