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What’s on in Germany: January 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Buster Keaton films in Munich, Alexander McQueen fashions in Hamburg, and contemporary dance in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: January 5 - 11
A Buster Keaton film. Photo: DPA

BERLIN

Film

Unknown Pleasures #4 – American Independent Film Festival

Under the radar gems screen this week at Babylon Cinema as part of the Unknown Pleasures festival of independent American film. Comedies and crime stories comprise a program that includes a trio of recent films by Martin Scorsese and a restoration of Nicholas Ray’s experimental masterpiece We Can’t Go Home Again.

Price: €6.50

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: January 1 – 15

Phone: 030 24 25 969

More Information: www.babylonberlin.de

Galleries/Museums

The Ruins of Detroit

For lovers of opulent abandon, few metropoles are as fascinating as Detroit. Paris photographers Romain Meffre and Yves Marchand captured the city’s extraordinary eeriness in a set of large format photos, which hang at Kuehlhaus Berlin until Tuesday.

Price: Free

Location: Kühlhaus Berlin – Seven Floors of Art, Luckenwalderstrasse 3

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, from 6pm; through January 10

Phone: 030 21 00 56 05

More Information: www.kuehlhaus-berlin.de

Dance

Tanztage Berlin

Innovative young choreographers present new works this week in Berlin at Tanztage. The 21st edition of this esteemed festival of contemporary dance features an invigorating mix of movers and shakers in the indie dance scene. See works by An Kaler and Maria Francesca Scaroni opening night at Sophiensaele.

Price: Various

Location: Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18

Times: Thursday, January 5 – Sunday, January 15

Tickets: 030 283 52 66

More Information: www.sophiensaele.com

COLOGNE

Events

Chinese New Year Spring Festival Gala Evening

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Cologne and Beijing becoming sister cities. In celebration, a program of fun and educational events is taking place in Cologne all year long. This Wednesday hop on board the MS Rheinenergie for a cruise around Cologne’s old town. Onboard entertainment includes Chinese music, dance, and acrobatics.

Price: €25

Times: Wednesday, January 11, 8pm

Location: MS Rheinenergie, Frankenwerft, Landebrücke 1

More Information: www.chinajahr-koeln.de

Galleries/Museums

Judith Joy Ross – Photographs Since 1982

Humans. A rare and wonderful breed. Judith Joy Ross thinks so. Her portraits of everyday people taken at the park, the supermarket, or on neighborhood streets offer some insight into the vast spectrum of human beings, emotions and all. View a selection of the American photographers’ works at The Photographic Collection in Cologne.

Price: €4.50; Free on Mondays

Location: Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Mediapark 7

Times: Thursday – Tuesday, 2-7pm; through February 5

Phone: 0221 88895 300

More Information: www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

Sound Garden Acoustic Festival

Unwind and unplug Saturday when seven bands play acoustic sets at the Frankfurt club Orange Peel. “Acoustic music is a wonderful alternative to loud party music,” said organizer Christian Hansel in an interview for Joefrog.de. Would you agree? If the answer is affirmative, rock out to Lucid, Jank Kovik Band, and other amp-less music makers Saturday.

Price: €10

Times: Saturday, January 7, 8pm

Location: Orange Peel, Kaiserstrasse 39

More Information: www.orange-peel.de

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Alexander McQueen – Inspirations

Alexander McQueen left the fashion world a bit shooken up when he took his own life just over a year ago. Hamburg’s MKG pays tribute to the visionary British designer in the new exhibition “Alexander McQueen – Inspirations.” On view are stunning creations from his last collection for Givenchy, where he was head designer from 1996 – 2001. Ooh and ah all afternoon.

Price: €8

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm, Thursday, 11am-9pm; through May 6

Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Steintorplatz

Phone: 040 428 134 880

More Information: mkg-hamburg.de

Music/Concerts

Angela Winkler

Fans of German cinema may recognize the name Angela Winkler. The acclaimed actress of theatre and film added “vocalist” to her resume last summer when she released her debut album Ich liebe Dich, kann ich nicht sagen at the age of 67. See the leading lady sing songs about love and life Monday in Hamburg.

Price: €16.80 – 31

Times: Monday, January 9, 8pm

Location: St. Pauli Theater, Spielbudenplatz, 29/30

Phone: 040 4711 0666

More Information: www.st-pauli-theater.de

MUNICH

Activities

Munich Airport Bus Tour at Night

You’ve seen the arrivals hall, spent some time at the check-in counter, maybe sipped an espresso while you settled in at your gate. The airport is an exciting place, but you haven’t seen the half of it. Hop on a special nighttime bus tour this weekend at Munich Airport and get an insider’s view of the runways, landing strips, cargo halls, maintenance hangars, fuel depots, and even the airport fire station.

Price: €9 (adults), € 4 (children)

Location: Munich Airport

Times: Daily, 4pm, 4;30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm; through Sunday, January 8

Reservations: 089 975 4 13 33

More Information: www.munich-airport.de

Film

Buster Keaton Series

One of Hollywood’s biggest guns, Buster Keaton starred in and directed some of the most influential comedic films in the history of the movies. The Munich Film Museum’s Buster Keaton series starts Friday with four of The Great Stone Face’s early shorts. Take this rare opportunity to get to know the work of an American legend.

Price: €4

Location: Munich Film Museum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Friday, January 6 – Saturday, February 25

Phone: 089 233 22348

More Information: www.stadtmuseum-online.de

Music/Concerts

Original USA Gospel Singers & Band

Get up out of your chair and clap those hands. The Original USA Gospel Singer and Band perform genre classics like “Go Tell it to the Mountain” and “Go Down Moses” Sunday night in Munich.

Price: €26-39.50

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, January 8, 8pm

Tickets: 0180 5481 8181 (.14/min)

More Information: www.gasteig.de

INTEGRATION

Have your say: How would YOU shape Berlin?

“Berlin enabled me to become the kind of person I want to be,” Canadian Mo Moubarak tells us.

Have your say: How would YOU shape Berlin?
Photo: Getty Images

 Produced by The Local’s Creative Studio in partnership with Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

Have your say: How would YOU shape Berlin?

Have your say: How would YOU shape Berlin?

“Berlin enabled me to become the kind of person I want to be,” says Canadian Mo Moubarak. It’s a sentiment that resonates with many international people who moved to the German capital to work in a vibrant atmosphere of innovation and progress.

From its thriving startup scene to its enviable cultural highlights, Berlin is one of the world’s most exciting cities – and, with the rare sense of freedom and opportunity it offers, the city continues to attract global talent during the pandemic.

Moubarak, one of the founders of the successful digital recruitment firm MoBerries, is effusive about the city he has made his home: “I came here as a 19-year-old with €3,000 in my pocket, and went on to run my own company. You know what makes this city incredible? Your word means everything – that’s what matters. Not your money.”

While living in Berlin is an unforgettable experience, that doesn’t mean it comes without its challenges for internationals, however. That’s why The Local has partnered with Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, the city’s public-private development partnership, to explore the experiences of three international people living and working in the German capital. 

From the level of English to digitalisation, we’re also inviting you to make your voice heard on how Berlin could become even more welcoming to new arrivals. 

Want to make Berlin an even better place for internationals? Take the 5-minute Talent Berlin Survey (one reader who completes it will win two years of free access to The Local Germany)

Photos: Getty Images

Hurdles and challenges

Problems securing accommodation, lack of clarity in regards to visas and long waiting times for appointments were some of the concerns voiced by Claire Waggoner, an American copywriter who moved to Berlin in 2019.

Although she loves life in the capital for its vibrancy and cultural heritage, she states: “Making the choice to move here was pretty much the only ‘easy’ thing about moving from the US to Germany. There were two major challenges: securing an apartment and getting the ‘letters of intent’ required for my freelancer’s visa.

“If I could have spoken with a government employee before my visa appointment, I would have been much more confident going into that initial appointment.”

Priyanka Nair, originally from India, came to Berlin in 2016 to study an MBA, before moving into HR. She says she faced similar challenges. 

“I could manage with the bureaucracy as I spoke German but wondered how those who couldn’t speak the language would manage,” she says. “Getting appointments with different agencies was difficult. I sat up late looking for appointments at government offices like the foreign or registration offices.

“Like for everyone, finding accommodation was the hardest part.”

Having said that, Priyanka is hugely enthusiastic about the city she now calls home and the opportunities to integrate by getting involved with group activities.

“Do you like Improv? There are meetups weekly. Want to stand up for a cause? There are various demonstrations you can participate in. Love sport? You can join any sports club or do a marathon. The point is, there is something for everyone here. You can be whoever you want.”

Create the Berlin you want to live and work in: take the Talent Berlin Survey (for every completed survey, Berlin Partner will plant a tree)

Share your views and experiences

The examples above are some of the hurdles that Berlin Partner – a partnership between the city government and local business – wants to learn more about. To reach out to the many internationals who have made the city their own, Berlin Partner has created the new Talent Berlin Survey.

The short, confidential survey gives you the chance to share your view of life in Berlin, so you can help shape and improve all the important aspects of the relocation and settling in process. It’s a unique opportunity to tell the state government how you think Berlin can become a more welcoming city for international newcomers like yourself.

“Berlin is the most international city in Germany, and it’s changing all the time,” says Burkhard Volbracht, Head of Unit Talent International at Berlin Partner. “From my experience, we’ve seen a lot of people come to Berlin in recent years – and the government thinks that they’re all settling in smoothly.

“We feel that this is the wrong picture. Some people do struggle and have problems, and they do need the right person to speak with, or the right door to open. What we at Berlin Partner want to identify are concrete points where we can be better – for example, language competencies or better digital services. We want to be able to roll out the red carpet, in a sense.

“We think that this is the first opportunity for those coming to Berlin to really tell us how they found moving to the city”.

Mo Moubarak
Claire Waggoner
Priyanka Nair

Shape Berlin’s future (in just five minutes!)

Have you moved to Berlin to work, or are you in the process of moving? Here’s your chance to help build the kind of city that suits both your career and lifestyle needs.

Spending five minutes to complete the survey will not only help build a friendlier, more inclusive German centre of innovation, but for every survey completed, Berlin Partner will plant a tree, contributing to sustainability efforts in the Berlin area.

The Local is also offering a two-year membership for one reader that completes the survey – that’s two years of insider insights, advice and explainers for life in Germany.

Want to help shape Berlin’s future in just 5 minutes? Take the Talent Berlin Survey. One lucky reader who completes the survey will receive two years of free access to The Local Germany

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