What’s on in Germany: September 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: A culture festival fills Düsseldorf's old town, Dinosaur Jr. plays Frankfurt, and a Vincent Van Gogh painting arrives in Cologne.

What's on in Germany: September 17 - 23
The Parisian Blanca Li Dance Company will be in Düsseldorf. Photo: Ali Mahdavi


Workshops for Kids

Curtain Up! Hand puppet and Theatre Workshop

Felix Klee was a lucky kid. His dad Paul made him all sorts of fun theatrical toys. Your kids can make their own characters and sets at this three-day workshop for five to ten-year-olds.

Price: €8

Location: Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15

Times: Friday, September 18, 4-6pm; Saturday, September 19, 11am-3pm; Sunday, September 20, 11am-3pm

Phone: 030 2020 930

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Khosrow Hassanzadeh Exhibition Opening

Through the people Khosrow Hassanzadeh depicts in his works, the Iranian artist presents a fascinating social commentary about his native land. If you saw Hassanzadeh’s silk screens/paintings at the Venice Biennale, you know you’ll want to be at the opening of his first solo German exhibition Tuesday night. The artist himself is schedule to be in attendance.

Price: Free

Location: Arndt & Partner, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: September 22, 6-10pm (opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm (regular hours); through November 14

Phone: 030 280 8123

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Berlin 98/09 – Art between Traces of the Past and Utopian Futures

The fall of the Berlin Wall and all its repercussions influenced artists all over the world. See the works of Ulf Aminde, Max Baumann, Olaf Metzel, and dozens more who witnessed changes in the architecture and urban patterns of their cities, and translated it into a thing called art.

Price: €7

Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm; through January 31, 2010

Phone: 030 789 02 600

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Vincent Van Gogh: Shoes – A Painting as our Guest

Starting Thursday, among the Rembrandts and Rubens of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, an image of a dingy pair of black boots will be hanging. Painted in Paris, in 1886, the Vincent Van Gogh canvas has provoked quite a few conversations. Read German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s 1936 essay “The Origin of the Artwork” to get a better idea of what all the fuss is about.

Price: €8.50

Location:Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten (am Kölner Rathaus)

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 10, 2010

Phone: 0221 221 21119

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Old Town Fall Culture Festival

Fado singers, chamber ensembles, new music improvisers, hip hop dancers, circus acrobats, chamber ensembles, jazz quartets, and more! Düsseldorf’s annual festival of culture brings skilled troupes from around the globe to the churches and theatres of the old town. What a great time to be in Düsseldorf!

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, October 4

Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0 617

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Dinosaur Jr.

Ready to rock out like you did in mom’s garage in the early nineties? The Massachusetts band’s noisy mix of droning vocals and grinding guitars still makes you want to mosh. In the midst of a European tour in support of their latest album Farm, they hit Frankfurt Sunday.

Price: €22

Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Sunday, September 20, 9pm

Phone: 069 4058 9520

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Harvest Festival

The time for pumpkins and apple juice is upon us! Bring the kids down to Frankfurt’s Palmengarten Saturday, where they can learn how to make candles, paint lanterns, hammer together bird houses, and other fun fall activities.

Price: €5

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Phone: 069 2123 6689

Times: Saturday, September 19, 2-7pm

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International Automobile Exhibition

Motorheads, start your engines and cruise over to Frankfurt Saturday when the International Automobile Exhibition opens to the public. See 100 world premieres including the Ford C-MAX, the compact Opel Astra, and a bevy of new Porsches.

Price: €8-45

Location: Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Phone: 069 975 07 252

Times: Daily, 9am-7pm; Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 27

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Cemetery Day

There’s something wonderfully atmospheric about cemeteries. The Victorians knew it, and so do the people of Hamburg. On Sunday, Friedhof Ohlsdorf, the largest cemetery-park in the world, becomes a “Garden of Sound,” as New Orleans-style brass bands and Spanish flamenco dancers take the stage.

Price: Free

Location: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fuhlsbüttler Strasse 756

Phone: 040 593 880

Times: Sunday, September 20, 11am-5pm

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Between Heaven and Hell – Medieval Art from the Gothic Age to Baldung Grien

Hans Baldung Grien was one of Germany’s most acclaimed Renaissance artists. Have a look at some of his masterworks like the 1513 “Man of Sorrows, mourned by Mary and Angels,” among other religions specimens such as the “Passion Altar” by the Hausbuch Master and “Madonna with the Protective Cloak” from the Freiburg Cathedral. Mostly dating from before 1550, the exhibition offers a telling look at the hopes and fears of the time.

Price: €8

Location: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Rathausmarkt 2

Times: Daily, 11am-7pm; Thursdays, 11am-9pm; September 19 – January 10, 2010

Phone: 040 360 9960

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Uri Caine & Bedrock (Feat. Barbara Walker)

Jazz singer Barbara Walker joins pianist Uri Caine and his trio Bedrock at Munich’s Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Wednesday night.

If you’re craving a good gig, be there. Deutschlandfunk will be. The radio station is recording the show for an October broadcast.

Price: €22

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Wednesday, September 23, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 2794

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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.