What’s on in Germany: July 19 – 25

This week’s highlights: A look back at Allied sports in the German capital, western African music in Frankfurt and a triathalon in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: July 19 - 25
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I Have Seen This Happen In Other People’s Lives, Now It’s Happening In Mine

Berlin painter Lars Theuerkauff examines the banality of the material objects that connect us. Inspired by a mobile phone video from the web where a man in Africa is beaten with the same model of Adidas shoe the artist wore, Theuerkauff mixes mediums to accentuate the common thread – the three stripes – that bind everything from atrocities, poverty, politics and sports to the rest of the world. The artist hopes to elicit questions from audience members such as “what do these images have to do with me?”.

Price: Free

Location: Kit Schulte Gallery, Winterfeldtstr. 35, 10781 Berlin-Schöneberg

Times: Closing ceremony on June 20, 7pm

More Information: Kit Schulte Gallery Website

Fair Play. Die Alliierten und der Sport

In honour of the Summer Olympics this year, the Allied Museum takes an in-depth look a lesser-known side of Berlin’s Cold War days – its relationship to sports. From the ban on all German sports by the Allies in 1945 to the founding of multiple sports leagues years later, this co-operation with the Berlin Museum of Sports examines the role of organized sporting activities in forging ties not only amongst members of the Allied Forces, but also between military personnel and Berliners themselves.

Price: Free

Location: Allied Museum, Clayallee 135, 14195 Berlin

Times: opens July 25, 2012, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Wedsnesdays)

More Information: Allied Musuem Website


Wassermusik 2012

In a world without the North, the South would operate very differently: the premise guides this year’s Wassermusik Festival, a 21-day musical interpretation of a cultural theme. With a focus on Africa and South America, 2012’s line-up looks to capture the spirit of a southern world free of colonialism with a series of concerts at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt along the river Spree. From Colombia to Cuba, West Africa over to the continent’s east end featuring Arabic and Indian influences, this musical journey is sure to enlighten as well as delight.

Prices: Varying (see programme for details)

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Times: July 21 – August 11, various times (see programme for details)

More Information: Haus der Kulturen der Welt Website




Seven evenings in late July and August 2012 mark the 11th installment of Museum Ludwig’s Filmbar – a rooftop-terrance cinematic experience featuring a specially-curated selection of films against the backdrop of the entrancing Cologne Cathedral. This year’s theme In the Heat of the Night highlights film genres from horror to whodunits. From classics to interesting foreign productions, this enchanting series of cinematic achievements pays homage to the darker side of life.

Price: €5

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Cologne

Time: July 20 – August 4, Fridays and Saturdays only from 8:30pm

More Information: Museum Ludwig Cologne Website



Frankenheim Cinema

Enjoy an exciting selection of films from dusk on against the backdrop of the Düsseldorf’s charming section of the Rhein. From the latest blockbusters and Academy-Award winners to classics such as Dirty Dancing and even a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, this outdoor installment of summer cinema even includes a full-service business option complete with dinner, drinks and director’s chairs.

Price: €10-69

Location: Frankenheim Kino, Robert-Lehr-Ufer, 40474 Düsseldorf

Time: July 19 – August 19, doors open 7pm, films start as early as 9:50pm

More Information: Frankenheim Kino Website



Christopher Street Day

Thousands of LGBT supporters will take to the streets for the 20th anniversary of Frankfurt’s Christopher Street Day celebrations. One of the five largest CSD festivals in Germany, this rendition tends to have a cozy air about it, with the festival’s parade winding its merry way through the city’s old inner section between Römerberg, the Hauptwache and Konstablerwache from Saturday at noon. Of course there’s plenty of dance-partying to be had before and after, just check the programme for all the juicy details.

Price: Free and varying (see programme for details)

Location: Various (see programme for details)

Time: July 20 – 22 (various times)

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Musicians such as Ali Farka Touré were some of the first people to point out the uncanny similarities between North American Mississippi Blues and western African musical styles. Indeed Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba reiterate the connection between the western African Segou region of Mali and blues and jazz from the U.S. Designated “Best World Music Album of the Year” by the BBC in 2007, Kouyate’s debut album found a stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the prize ceremony.

Price: €16-19

Location: Brotfabrik, Bachmannstr. 2-4, 60488 Frankfurt

Time: July 19, 8pm

More Information: Brotfabrik Website


Shorts at Moonlight

Get a load of the best new short films in Germany: the selection (including pieces as short as one minute) spares no genre from the frightening to the funny, cheesy to the cheeky. Appearing at three different venues throughout the festival, the films are played out in the open air, including one location overlooking the 16th-century Höchst Castle in Frankfurt’s western Höchst district. Other viewing spots include the Altes Wasserschloss and the Kurfürstliches Schloss.

Price: €8 for individual showings, €20 for a festival pass

Location: 16 Höchster Schloßplatz, Frankfurt (see programme for additional locations based on dates)

Time: July 11 – August 19, 8pm

More Information: Shorts at Moonlight Festival Website



Dextro Energy Triathalon

A fantastic weekend of triathlon awaits as everyone from Olympic medal winners to world champions, the brightest German youth and junior athletes, physically-challenged athletes, amateurs and complete novices convene to compete. Watch all levels of sprints, cycling and swimming wind their way through the Hanseatic city Hamburg – the perfect backdrop for this diverse series of demanding races.

Price: Free

Location: Various locations (see programme for details)

Time: July 21 – 22 (see programme for event schedule)

More Information: Dextro Energy Triathalon Website



Formula One: German Grand Prix

One of auto racing’s most exciting events comes to Germany’s Hockenheim track this weekend, bringing thousands of spectators to cheer on their national hero Michael Schumacher and four other German contenders. With a best Hockenheim placing of 3rd, 25-year-old Sebastian Vettel is going for his second win of the season at a track mere kilometres from his hometown.

Price: (Information available in English at +44 203 027 5063)

Location: F1 Hockenheimring, Am Motodrom, 68766 Hockenheim

Times: July 20 – 22, final race 2pm on Sunday

More Information: German Grand Prix Website



Kino Open Air

Every year in late July, Munich’s Königplatz plays host to a selection of the latest popular cinema from Germany and beyond. This year’s lineup includes The Artist, Ziemlich Beste Freunde and Marvel’s The Avengers played out against the backdrop of one of Frankfurt’s most beautiful squares. VIP events including a separate entrance, food and drink are available for advanced booking: see the website for details.

Price: €7.50-9

Location: Königsplatz, Meiserstr. 10, 80333 Munich

Times: July 23 – 30, 9:30pm

More Information: Kino Open Air Website

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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.