What’s on in Germany: August 13 – 15

This Week's Highlights: Alice in Wonderland in Hamburg, Le Corbusier in Munich, and a summer festival at the Frankfurt Zoo.

What's on in Germany:  August 13 – 15
George Leslie's Alice. Photo: The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.



Magical History Tour – Sound in Film

When it comes to the movies, sound is the picture’s unsung sidekick. We get so wrapped up in the visuals, it’s often easy to miss the sweeping soundtrack that’s helping to transport us out of reality and into that magical realm of cinema. Jacques Tati’s Playtime is one of the best examples of a film where sound is a star player. See the French flick Monday when it screens as part of Arsenal’s “Sound in Film” series.

Price: €6.50

Location: Kino Arsenal,
Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Various; Playtime screens Monday, August 13 at 7:30pm

Tickets: 030 26955 100

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Frank Höhne – Bockumenta 1

It’s hard to ignore the humour in Frank Höhne’s illustrations. There’s something about his faces, their expressions maybe, that are just funny. But the German artist’s really interesting works are the ones that combine text, line drawings, and painted doodles into analytical collages that nod toward surrealism and street art. Shake the artist’s hand Thursday when his first solo exhibition opens at Gestalten Space.

Price: Free

Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe
Sophienstrasse 21

Times: Thursday, August 9, 6-9pm (Opening); Sunday – Friday, Noon-8pm ; Saturday, 10am-8pm; through September 16 (Regular Hours)

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Spaces of Remembrance

Memories comprise our histories. A first kiss, summer holidays, that sweater you wore every day in college. The six artists who created works for Kunsthalle Düsseldorf’s “Spaces of Remembrance” exhibition, contemplated memory on a grand scale, incorporating elements of history into their dreamy chambers. Take a walk among them this week in Dusseldorf.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm; through September 9

Phone: 0211 89 96 243

More Information: www.kunsthalle-dü



Alice In the Wonderland of Art

Alice. One of the most beloved characters from children’s literature takes centre stage at a new exhibition in Hamburg. Beginning with works by Lewis Carroll himself, the show continues with pieces by Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Salvador Dali. Paintings, photographs, and video works by contemporary artists like Stephan Huber and Pipilotti Rist round out the collection of around 200 pieces all inspired by that oh so imaginative little girl. Go take a trip down the rabbit hole.

Price: €12

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through September 30

Phone: 040 428 131 20

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Le Corbusier – Right Angle Poem

If you’re a fan of Le Corbusier you’ve probably seen one or two of his buildings, and maybe you already know that he based his architecture on his artistic work. But did you know the great man was also a poet? A new exhibition at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne displays the lithographs and poems Le Corbusier created between 1947 to 1953.

Price: €7

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, TU Architecture Museum, Barerstrasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through September 2

Phone: 089 23805 360

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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.