What’s on in Germany: July 23 – 29

This Week's Highlights: Santigold plays Hamburg, a fashion exhibition opens in Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt screens "Blowup" under the stars.

What's on in Germany: July 23 - 29
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Berliner Pilsner Gauklerfest

Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Band play classics by Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey Friday afternoon to kick off this year’s Berliner Pilsner Gauklerfest. Head over to the State Opera House on Unter den Linden and join in on the mid-summer festivities.

Price: €3; Under 14, Free

Location: State Opera House, Unter den Linden

Times: Friday, July 24 – Monday, August 3

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Pierre et Gilles – Retrospective

The French duo sure know how to concoct a dreamy reality. Strapping young men surrounded by cherry blossoms at the Eiffel Tower. Oh! There they are again among the bulb-laden boughs of glistening Tannenbaums. And who is that white queen floating among the clouds? It’s Catherine Deneuve. Ooh la la! A retrospective of their work begins Friday at C/O Berlin. I can only imagine how much fun the opening reception is going to be.

Price: €15; Opening, Free

Location: C/O Berlin, Postfuhramt, Oranienburger Strasse 35/36

Opening: Friday, July 24, 7pm; Regular Hours: Daily, 11am-8pm

Phone: 030 2809 1925

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TV On the Radio

Seven years after their popular debut album OK Calculator, the diverse Brooklyn band takes the stage at Cologne’s Live Music Hall in support of their latest disc Dear Science. They’re only making one stop in Germany this tour, so don’t miss it!

Price: €17

Location: Live Music Hall, Lichtstrasse 3

Times: Sunday, July 26, 8pm

Phone: 0221 9542990

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Oftentimes fashion can be such a spectacle that really, it’s theatre. And designers like Christian Dior, John Galliano, Dries van Noten, and Alexander McQueen sure know how to set the stage. This spectacular new exhibition at Düsseldorf’s NRW-Forum, presents twelve of the most extraordinary fashion shows of the last thirty years, through 3-D animation, video projections, and multimedia installations.

Price: €5-9

Location: NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm; Friday, 11am-midnight; July 26 – November 1

Phone: 0211 89 266 90

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Cinema Tour For Kids

Drop the kids off at Cinestar Metropolis Saturday. An hour later they’ll know all about the inner workings of a movie house. This behind the scenes tour of the largest cinema in Hessen is for ages eight and up.

Price: €15

Location: CineStar Metropolis, Eschenheimer Anlage 40 (Meet at the

information booth in the lobby at 4:15)

Times: Saturday, July 25, 4:30pm

Phone: 069 9550 6401

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Oh to be a fashion photographer in the 1960s. See the Michelangelo Antonioni masterpiece Blowup in the open air Thursday night.

Price: €8

Location: Lohrberg, Auf dem Lohr, Seckbach

Times: Thursday, July 23, 10pm

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Every time the singer opens her mouth I go into a state of bliss. She brings her retro-electro/urban-pop to Hamburg Wednesday night, and of course it’s going to be one of the best shows you’ll see all year.

Price: €23

Location: Grosse Freiheit 36

Times: Wednesday, July 29, 8pm

Ticket Hotlline: (040) 433 110

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Snow Patrol

The UK boys really know how to rock. Catch their live show Wednesday night a the open air stage in Hamburg’s Stadtpark!

Price: €36

Location: Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Saarlandstrasse, Ecke Jahnring

Times: Wednesday, July 29, 7pm

Ticket Hotlline: (040) 413 2260

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Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Hamburg

Hamburg is just one of the stops a top set of the world’s athletes will make as they swim, bike, and run their way through a circuit of triathlon events in cities around the globe. See them splash through the city’s streets and waterways this weekend. Take a turn on the trampoline while you’re there.

Price: Free

Location: Jungfernstieg road in front of the Alsterpavilion

Times: Saturday, July 25. 9am-7pm and Sunday, July 26, 9am-6pm

Hotline: 01805 77 1740 (14 cent/min)

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Madame Butterfly

The whole family will enjoy this production of the Puccini classic. Take the kids to Munich’s Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz Sunday night, to be charmed by young Cho-Cho-San.

Price: €5.50 – 54.50

Location: Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Grosses Haus

Times: Sunday, July 26, 7-9:50pm

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Day of American Sports

Kids aged 8 to 16 can try their hand at American Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Cheerleading this Saturday as professionals from local German and American sports teams come out to coach.

Price: Free

Location: Technical University Munich, Connollystrasse 32

Times: Saturday, July 25, 1-4pm

Registration: [email protected]

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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.