What’s on in Germany: January 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: A Manowar concert in Berlin, Hedwig and the Angry Itch in Frankfurt, and Chinese temples grace a Munich museum.

What's on in Germany: January 14 - 20
Photo: Manowar




Few bands have been as steadfastly devoted to the essence of heavy metal than Manowar. They’ve rocked louder and longer than anyone out there. Remember Bulgaria? Five hours and one minute. The epic masters stop off in Berlin Tuesday night. “Army of Immortals” unite.

Price: €69.25

Location: Tempodrom, Moeckernstrasse 10

Times: Tuesday, January 19, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070

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(G)irlpool Bandfestival

Girls rock. And if you’re in Berlin Friday night, there will be no question. That’s when ten bands, all fronted by women, take the stage at Pfefferberg. The line-up includes IND-X, Tonopol, Lisabon, Fairy, and more.

Price: €10

Location: Pfefferberg, Haus 13, 176 Schönhauser Allee

Times: Friday, January 15, 6pm

Tickets: 030 230 99 333

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Helle Mardahl – Stage Power

Avant-garde combines with haute couture in the work of Danish artist Helle Mardahl. Hit up Wednesday night’s opening at Circleculture Gallery to see her paintings, drawings, three-dimensional textile collages, photo-collages, prints, and sculptures.

Price: Free

Location: Circleculture Gallery, Gipsstrasse 11

Times: Wednesday, January 20, 5pm (Opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 2-6pm (Regular Hours); Through March 6.

Phone: 030 2758 17886

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Passagen 2010 – Interior Design Week Cologne

Nearly two hundred museums, hotels, shops, and showrooms celebrate design while addressing topics like sustainability, ecology, urbanism, and aesthetics at this annual event. See Philippe Starck’s new crystal collection for Baccarat, the exhibition “Favela Ikea” at Kunsthaus Rhenania, and the first collection by the young design label Supergraw at Kunstbar.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 24

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Franz West – Autotheatre

If passively viewing art leaves you a bit bored, this new exhibition might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Viennese artist Franz West began developing “Adaptives” in 1974. Forms constructed of plaster, papier-mâché, or metal invite the viewer to actively engage with the artwork. See over forty of West’s works this weekend at Museum-Ludwig.

Price: €9

Location: Museum-Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through March 14

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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Music of the Alps

In the 1955 movie “Sissi,” the future Empress Elisabeth breaks out the zither in the middle of a hunting trip, filling the Alpine landscape with delightful plucking. Internationales Theater Frankfurt presents a concert of traditional music from the Alps Thursday. Hold back the overwhelming desire to yodel you’ll most likely experience midway through.

Price: €15

Location: Internationales Theater Frankfurt, Hanauer Landstrasse 7

Times: Thursday, January 14, 7pm

Phone: 069 499 0980

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Hedwig & the Angry Itch

With her blonde mullet and fringed arm bands, Hedwig is back. The London Theatre Company performs the glam rock siren’s musical tale of love, betrayal, defiance, and perseverance this weekend in Frankfurt.

Price: €27

Location: Sinnkasten, Brönnerstrasse 5-9

Times: Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, 7pm

Phone: 069 28 0385

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Anja Huwe – Listen to the Pictures

The Hamburg artist Anja Huwe likens her art to music, explaining that her work is the “synaesthetic translation of sounds and tones.” Makes sense considering she’s the lead singer of new wave rock band X Mal Deutschland. Timo Blunck plays a live set at Thursday night’s exhibition opening.

Price: Free

Location: Feinkunst Krüger, Ditmar-Koel-Strasse 22

Times: Thursday, January 14, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Friday, 4-7pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm (Regular Hours); through January 24

Phone: 040 3179 2158

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Gunter Gabriel

He’s done both Johnny Cash and Radiohead. See the German country singer present the songs from his latest album Son aus dem Volk – German Recordings Saturday night in Hamburg.

Price: €15 – 44.50

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Saturday, January 15, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 663 661 (.14/minute)

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Professor Geoff Kirk – Design, Art & Science

The former chief design engineer for Rolls-Royce professor Geoff Kirk talks about design on Thursday. Learn how art, fashion, science, and technology are all related to design. Presented by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the lecture will be held in English.

Price: Free

Location: Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstrasse 15, Garching

Times: Thursday, January 14, 5-6:30pm

Phone: 089 4555 510

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The Art of Timber Construction – Chinese Architectural Models

Miniature reproductions of Tang and Ming Dynasty temples and palaces are on display at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne. Wander through a wooden village of Chinese architecture, but do it soon because in just over a week, these precious houses all return to their homeland.

Price: €10

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through January 24

Phone: 089 238 053 60

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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.