What’s on in Germany: April 26 – May 2

This Week's Highlights: A long night of music in Munich, an art party for kids in Frankfurt, and it's Gallery Weekend in Berlin!

What's on in Germany:  April 26 – May 2



Gallery Weekend Berlin

One of my favorite annual events, Gallery Weekend Berlin combines great contemporary art with a social, celebratory atmosphere. Fifty-one galleries are taking part this year, so download the map, make a plan, and race around the city to as many openings as you can catch.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29

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Greenland Eyes International Film Festival

Ever been to Greenland? Films from that big icy island are being shown at Arsenal this week. From documentaries to feature films to historic pictures from the early 20th century, the program offers some interesting insights into what’s happening way up there in the frigid confines of the Arctic Circle. It’s not all about snow and ice you know.

Price: €45 (Festival Pass); €6.50 (Individual Admission)

Location: Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Tuesday, April 24 – Monday, April 30

Tickets: 030 2695 5100

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Bewitched – Love Film Festival

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love,” Judy Garland once said. I bet she’d like to be at the cinema at the Culture Brewery Sunday when seven films about love screen back to back throughout the day. Get your heart strings pulled by movies like Madonna’s W.E., The Beloved a musical with Catherine Deneuve, and La-La Land a drama set in the “City of Angels.”

Price: €9

Location: Kino in der KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36

Times: Sunday, April 29, 11:30am-Midnight

Phone: 030 44 35 44 22

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Long Night of Museums, Churches, and Galleries

Saturday will be a fun night in Bielefeld. Museums, churches, and galleries around the city in northwest Germany host an assortment of cultural activities that last late into the night. See live Klezmer music at the History Museum, take a midnight tour around the Zion Church, and drink cocktails at Atelier D. Oh it’s going to be a long night of fun!

Price: €10

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 28, 6pm-1am

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Up in Smoke

British scientists Mike Hands has developed a new method of farming that’s good for the environment. Wait a minute, is farming bad for the environment? Apparently, a method of farming called “slash and burn agriculture” is a major contributor to global warming. If Mike can get the farmers of the world to change their ways, he might be able to change the world. See the movie in Dresden Wednesday when it starts its seven-city German Cinema Tour.

Price: Free

Location: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Strasse 73

Times: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30pm

Phone: 0351 310 37 82

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Night of Museums

If you’re in Dusseldorf this weekend, invite a little culture into your life. Forty museums and galleries around the city open their doors for a little late-night soirée. An exciting evening of music, theatre, and art awaits.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 28, 7pm-2am

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Tucson Songs on Tour

Songs in French, an Echo and the Bunnyman cover, a mambo band. There’s a diverse array of musicians coming out of the Tucson area. The German record label Le Pop Musik’s compilation CD showcases a lovely batch of them. And now the group of Arizona troubadours is hitting the road in Europe. See Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, Brian Lopez, Marianne Dissard, and Andrew Collberg in Frankfurt Thursday night.

Price: €19

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40

Times: Thursday, April 26, 8:30

Phone: 0221 952 9940

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Children’s Art Night and Disco

Hey kids! It’s party time at the Schirn Kunsthalle. Put on your dancing shoes (sparkly Mary Janes, green converse, you know the ones) because after learning about art, you’ll be dancing the afternoon away. Stories about artists and a playful exploration of the Edvard Munch exhibition culminates in a disco party complete with snacks and drinks.

Price: €5, €15 (Family Ticket)

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Saturday, April 28, 4-9pm

Phone: 069 29 98 82 112

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Spinnerei Spring Gallery Tour

Once a cotton mill, Leipzig’s Spinnerei is one of the most impressive spots in Germany to see art. Since 2005, an array of artists and galleries have set up shop in the sprawling historic complex, and each season they band together for a full day of art openings. The former factory turned cultural centre hosts its spring gallery tour this weekend. Get inspired by 20 new art exhibitions.

Price: Free

Location: Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Spinnereistrasse 7

Times: Saturday, April 28, 11am-9pm and Sunday, April 29, 11am-6pm

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Long Night of Music

Get into the groove Saturday in Munich. From reggae to rock, classical to pop, all genres of music will fill the air in the Bavarian capital for one long night of music. “Feel it in your heart and feel it in your soul. Let the music take control.” One ticket’s all you need. Fiesta forever. Or at least until 3 a.m.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 28, 8pm-3am

Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81

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Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

Backed by the brisk beat of a washboard and a cheery upright bass, Pokey LaFarge rattles his tongue in a sharp, swift succession of lyrics about slugging whiskey and missing his darling. See the St. Louis son on stage with his band in Munich Monday.

Price: €14

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, April 30, 7:30pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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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.