What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: An open-air ball in Dresden, music and movies at the Berlin Cathedral and lots of interesting new art in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: January 19 – 25
Photo: Semper Opera Ball



Silent Film Concerts at the Berliner Dom

Stephan von Bothmer is the most celebrated silent film accompanist in all of Germany. Truly one of a kind, the composer and pianist performs two pieces this weekend written especially for the Berlin Cathedral’s magnificent organ. Watch Berlin: Symphony of a Great City and The Battleship Potemkin as Bothmer sounds the pipes.

Price: €22

Location: Berlin Cathedral, Lustgarten

Times: Friday, January 20, 8pm and Saturday, January 21, 8pm

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”The Modern Lola” Spanish Fashion Film Series & Ricardo Ramos Fashion Show

With his new collection, Spanish designer Ricardo Ramos pays tribute to the strong women of the early twentieth century who influenced fashion during the time between the two world wars. See his elegant ensembles at a fashion show Thursday at Babylon Mitte. Antonio Morenos’ 1932 Mexican drama Santa screens with English subtitles immediately following.

Price: Free Thursday; Other Films €7

Location: Babylon Mitte, Rosa Luxemburg Strasse 30

Times: Thursday, January 19, 8pm; Spanish film series continues until January 30

Phone: 030 242 5696

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Yumiko Tanaka and Yoko Tawada

A pair of accomplished Japanese artists perform together at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Sunday. Gidayu-Shamisen player Yumiko Tanaka has performed professionally for over three decades, while author Yoko Tawada has published novels in several languages. Go and see what the duo can do with words and music.

Price: TBD

Location: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestrasse 128/129

Times: Sunday, January 22, 8pm

Phone: 030 280 7020

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Semper Opera Ball – Open Air Ball

The Semper Opera Ball is Dresden’s equivalent to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square in New York. Join the exuberant masses at Theatre Square Friday night for dancing under the stars. Curious to know what’s going on inside? Just look up at the big screens broadcasting all the action.

Price: Free

Times: Friday, January 20, 6:30pm

Location: Theater Square

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Anja Czioska
 – 20 Years of Filmmaking/Super 8 Films 1991 – 2011

The German artist Anja Czuioska has toted her Super 8 camera from Frankfurt and Berlin, to Paris, London, New York, and San Francisco. She’s got an eye for the most interesting bits of the world. See twenty years of the filmmakers work Wednesday.

Price: €5

Times: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst,
Domstrasse 10

Phone: 069 2123 0447

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Demonstrations. Making Nominative Orders – Exhibition Opening

If the way social orders developed and changed interests you, you’ll want to stop by the Frankfurter Kunstverein Thursday night (or if you could be any character on Downton Abbey you’d be Branson the chauffeur). The art association’s new exhibition “Demonstrations. Making Nominative Orders” examines “public articulation of power, doubt, and protest.” Go to the opening and get an artistic take on injustice, and what we’re gonna do about it. People got the power!

Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus on the Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Thursday, January 19, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11am-7pm; Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-7pm; through March 25 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 069 219 3140

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Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum Exhibition Opening

The seven artists featured in Frankfurt’s Museum of World Cultures’ new show spent time out in the field to create their art. Interestingly, the “field” was the actual museum. See a film shot in the museum store rooms, drawings and photographs taken in Ethiopia in 1934, and other fascinating aspects of anthropological art and documentation. “Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum” opens Tuesday night with the artists in attendance.

Price: €5

Location: Weltkulturen Museum
Schaumainkai 29-37

Times: Tuesday, January 24, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday 11am-6pm, Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday – Sunday 11am-6pm, through September 16 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 069 212 45115

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Pussy Club Royale

A label just for the ladies. That’s what Catharina Boutari had in mind when she founded Pussy Empire Recordings ten years ago. The singer unleashes her feisty vocals Thursday night at Grünen Jäger where she joins label mates and other guests for a girl power throw down.

Price: €7

Times: Thursday, January 19, 9pm

Location: Grüner Jäger, Neuer Pferdemarkt 36

Phone: 040 31 81 46 17

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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

The Tombak is an old Iranian hand drum, and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is one of its most modern practitioners. Be astounded by what the virtuoso can do with the traditional Persian instrument when he takes the stage Saturday at Gasteig’s Black Box theatre.

Price: €21

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, January 21, 8pm

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81 (.14/min)

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Munich Volunteer Fair

2012 is the year to give back. It could be anyway. Only you can make it happen. Help out the Red Cross, be a big brother, or adopt a grandma. All sorts of ideas will be available for the picking at the Munich Volunteer Fair. New Year’s resolution number one. Check.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, January 22, 10am-5pm

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Wine Basics Seminar

Pour yourself a glass of wine and take a sip. Is it oaky or is it earthy? Fruity or flowery? How’s the finish? Can you describe the bouquet? The world of wine is wide, wonderful, and oh so wordy. Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine Wednesday at

Einfach Geniessen in Munich.

Price: €65

Location: Einfach Geniessen, Pestalozzistrasse 17

Times: Wednesday, January 25, 7:30-10:30pm

Phone: 089 8904 3860

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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)

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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