What’s on in Germany: October 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: Chinese art in Cologne, Jewish culture in Dresden, and a month of photography in Berlin.

What's on in Germany:  October 18 - 24
Photo: 5th European Month of Photography Berlin



English Theatre Berlin – Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

The American playwright/screenwriter/director John Patrick Shanley got famous when his Academy Award-wining film Moonstruck hit theatres back in 1987. Who doesn’t love that film? This week, English Theatre Berlin stages Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, a “heartbreakingly funny” comedy about a brash couple who meet in a Bronx bar.

Price: €10 – 18

Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40

Times: Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20 and Thursday, October 25 – Saturday, October 27, 8pm

Tickets: 030 691 1211 

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Mr Bunk – Shadow Puppet Comedy

A live trio plays vivacious music as shadow puppets dance in the light. Jeff Achtem caused a sensation across the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada with his whimsical cast of characters and now the talented clown/puppeteer is bringing his show to Berlin. Take your seats at the Chamäleon Theatre in the Hackesche Höfe and watch the eyes light up around you.

Price: €36 – 49

Location: The Chamäleon , Hackeschen Höfen, Rosenthaler Strasse 40/41

Times: Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22, 8pm

Tickets: 030 4000 590

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European Month of Photography

From Helmut Newton’s sexy “White Women” to recent images of Cairo, ten thousand photographs of fascinating people, places, and things are on show in Berlin this autumn. The European Month of Photography starts Friday and one hundred different museums and galleries in Berlin are taking part. Check the schedule for special tours, talks, workshops, and exhibition openings.

Price: Various

Location: Various; Former Museum The Kennedys
, Pariser Platz 4A (Festival Centre)

Times: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, November 25

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Splendour of the Emperor of China: Art and Life in the Forbidden City

Golden robed emperors, warriors, and concubines. China’s Forbidden City, the historic home of the ruling royal family conjures alluring imagery full of art and beauty. A new exhibition at the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne showcases treasures from 17th and 18th century Chinese courts. Exquisite artworks and artifacts illustrating the taste, lifestyle, and worldview of the Emperors of China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties go on view Saturday.

Price: €10

Location: Museum of East Asian Art Cologne, Universitatsstrasse 100

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, October 20 – January 20, 2013

Phone: 0221 221 28608

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Jewish Music and Theatre Week Dresden

Listen to Sephardic wedding songs Saturday and learn some Jewish dance steps Sunday. Jewish Music and Theatre Week is in full swing in Dresden, and the program of concerts, parties, plays, and film screenings runs until the end of the month. L’Chaim!

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: October 14 – 28

Tickets: 0351 2673 4048

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John Cale

Unless you’re a hardcore fan, you probably only know John Cale from the Velvet Underground. But like his cohort Lou Reed, the guy’s had an extremely successful solo career too. He produced the Stooges’ debut disc, covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” and has released dozens of records. The BBC called his latest Shifty Adventures in Nooky Wood “a typically mischievous release.” See him live Tuesday in Hamburg.

Price: €38

Location: Kampnagel Hamburg, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Tuesday, October 23, 8pm

Tickets: 040 413 22 60

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Hamburg Soul Weekend

Soul singers, soul groovers, soul lovers, get on your dancing shoes! An international set of some of the most respected soul DJs gather in Hamburg this weekend to bust out their collections of rare soul records and spin some super hot soul jams. Sometimes you just gotta give in to the soul. I’m a soul man!

Price: €7.50 – 12

Location: Gruenspan,
 Grosse Freiheit 58; Beta Lounge at Hamburger Botschaft, Sternstrasse 67; MS Hedi, 
Landungsbrücke 10

Times: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 10pm-6pm (Gruenspan); Saturday, October 20, 2pm-8pm (Beta Lounge); Sunday, October 21, 3-9pm (MS Hedi)

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Pen and Ink Writers Open Mic

Pick a favorite poem, song, or story and head to the Rover Rep Theatre Tuesday night. Local writing group Pen & Ink Writers are hosting an open mic. Go and share your work with other Hamburg writers, or simply listen up and applaud.

Price: Free

Location: Rover Rep Theatre, Paula-Westendorf-Weg 14

Times: Tuesday, October 23, 8pm

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Long Night of Munich Museums

Witness improvised opera at the Bavarian National Museum, watch the pros draw at the Munich Künstlerhaus, and learn how to make chocolate candies at the Bavarian Arts and Crafts Association. With workshops, concerts, and live performances, the Long Night of Museums is a whole lot more than a late night at a picture gallery. Though there’s plenty of that to be had as well. Over one hundred different venues are participating in this year’s event. Get your ticket and hit the circuit.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, October 20, 7pm – 2am

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Auer Kirchweih Dult Fair

Gather around the Mariahilf Church in the Au district of Munich this week. Three times a year, amusement park rides and market stalls turn the square into a festival ground bursting with fun activities for all ages. Taste the Bavarian treats, take a turn on the Ferris wheel, and if you need pots, pans, dishes, or any other kitchen supplies, now’s the time to stock up.

Price: Free

Location: Mariahilfplatz

Times: Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 28, 10am-7pm

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St. Catherine’s Market

Steinau an der Strasse is a little town not far from Frankfurt, on the German Fairy Tale Route. For seven centuries the locals have been throwing an autumn festival complete with all the German fun fair trimmings. The weekend events kick off Friday night with a lantern procession down Bruder-Grimm-Strasse (the Brothers Grimm spent their childhood here), followed by a puppet show and live music.

Price: Free

Location: Various points around Steinau an der Strasse

Times: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21

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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.