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What’s on in Germany: May 31 – June 6

This Week's Highlights: Football photography in Berlin, Japan Day in Düsseldorf, and English theatre in Munich.

What's on in Germany:  May 31 – June 6
Photo: Ian Stenhouse

BERLIN

Galleries/Museums

No Dice: 100 games / 100 photos

No Dice magazine’s talented photographer, Ian Stenhouse, has been to over 100 football matches in Berlin over the last year. An exhibition of some of his best images will double up as a No Dice’s Issue 3 launch party. Stop by to find out why it’s called the “Beautiful Game” and pick up your copy of the English-language mag covering the German capital’s footie scene.

Price: Free entry, No Dice issue 3 costs €5

Location: Babette Bar, Karl-Marx-Allee 36

Times: Tuesday, June 5, 8:00pm till late

More Information: Event info on Facebook

Helmut Newton – White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes

A portrait of a lady. Sky-high in four-inch heels. Skin, smooth and milky white. The great German-American photographer Helmut Newton composed some of the 20th century’s most iconic shots of women. Fashion and nude images from his first three books White Women, Sleepless Nights, and Big Nudes are being shown together at a new exhibition in Berlin, which opens Saturday.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; June 2 – November 18

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42


More Information: www.smb.museum

Comedy

Drew Portnoy

See The Local’s columnist Drew Portnoy up close and in person at his stand-up show “The Enemy’s in the Kinderzimmer.” So get a babysitter. Try to stay reasonably sober until midnight on a Saturday. And head down to Berlin’s leading joke shop for comedy in English, The Kookaburra.

Price: €8

Location: Comedyclub Kookaburra, Schönhauser Allee 184

Times: Saturday, June 2, 11:45pm

More Information: www.comedyclub.de

Festivals

The World is Not Fair – The Great World’s Fair 2012

There’s a new kind of world’s fair taking place in Berlin this month. It’s not the Belle Epoque hoopla of yore, but rather a more analytical type of shindig. One that considers global relations of the most un-discussed level and ponders the abstractness of catastrophic events. Intellectual indeed, but with an international amalgam of actors, artists, and architects pondering the current state of the world and its future, this fantastic fiesta is sure to be an event of the utmost excitement.

Price: Free

Location: Tempelhofer Park; Main entrances on Oderstrasse, Tempelhofer Damm, and Columbiadamm

Times: Thursday and Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-9pm; June 1 – 24

More Information: www.tempelhoferfreiheit.de

Film

Berlin Documentary Forum 2

Social media’s role in the Syrian revolts, New Guinea warrior-farmers, and Christmas Eve in a Hamburg bar are a few of the topics explored in the films at this festival of documentary cinema. See some great non-fiction movies this weekend and be sure to catch Disquieting Nature an “abstract blues” video piece by artist Christine Meisner and composer William Tatge that screens Friday night with live musicians.

Price: €6; €15 (Day Ticket)

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3

Phone: 030 397 870

More Information: www.hkw.de

BIELEFELD

Galleries/Museums

Sou Fujimoto – Futurospective Architecture

If your idea of a house is four walls and a roof think again. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto turned the concept of home dwelling upside down with his radical designs. Check out a replica of Fujimoto’s “Final Wooden House” along with models, and objects that inspire his ideas at a new exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

Price: €7

Location: Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Artur-Ladebeck-Strasse 5

Phone: 0521 329 99 500

Times: June 3 – September 2

More Information: www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

Kel Assouf

A band of seven formed in Belgium of musicians from across Africa and Europe, Kel Assouf’s music is at once jubilant and compassionate. Nuanced vocal rhythms merge with mesmerising guitar riffs in a style of music known as “desert blues” that has its roots deep in the Sahara. Catch the troubadours Friday night in Cologne.

Price: €12

Location: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cäcilienstrasse 29-33


Times: Friday, June 1, 7:30pm

Reservations: 0221 221 31 356

More Information: www.kelassouf.com

Carnival of Animals – Elephants and Rabbits in the Wallraf

If you’re five-years-old, your favorite kinds of artworks are probably paintings of animals. Lucky for you, there’s a new children’s tour at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne geared toward your type. On Sunday, the little ones can embark on a discovery adventure through the collection’s more zoologically inclined masterworks. It’s never too early to start learning about art.

Price: €7 (Adult Museum Admission)

Location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten

Times: Sunday, June 3, 3pm

Phone: 0221 221/2 11 19

More Information: www.museenkoeln.de

DÜSSELDORF

Events

Japan Day

Follow the sound of the Taiko drums and you’ll find a festival of Japanese culture Saturday in Düsseldorf. In celebration of the large Japanese population that makes its home in the city, the annual Japan Day festivities include traditional music, dancing, food and fireworks.

Price: Free

Location: Burgplatz

Times: Saturday, June 2, 1pm-Midnight

More Information: www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

An Evening With Joan Baez

She’s been strumming strong for over half a century, singing about peace and freedom and campaigning around the world for human rights. If you’re among the masses who call the American folk icon a hero, here’s your chance to see the great lady live.

Price: €43.75

Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese 301

Times: Sunday, June 3, 8pm

Tickets: 0711 8496 1672

More Information: www.joanbaez.com

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Gedok Hamburg Exhibition Opening – Alice

Gedok is home to a community of like-minded artists in Hamburg, and their new exhibition “Alice” opens Thursday. Stop by to check out the art and take in a performance by soprano Marcia Lemke-Kern and violinist Ewelina Nowicka who perform works by English composers like Jeremiah Clarke and Richard Causton.

Price: Free

Location: GEDOK-Kunstforum, Koppel 66/Lange Reihe 75

Times: Thursday, May 31, 7pm

Phone: 040 280 31 24

More Information: www.gedok-hamburg.de

Film

International Short Film Festival Hamburg

The USA is the focus of one of the special programs in this festival of short film. “Untied Tastes of America” examines aspects of current American culture from television and advertising to stereotypes of African-American women in an economically challenged downtown. The program of 15 short films screens Thursday and Sunday. See it along with hundreds of other little cinematic gems in Hamburg this week.

Price: €6 (Single Screening); €25 (Five Screening Pass); €45 (10 Screening Pass)

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, May 29 – Monday, June 4

Ticket Hotline: 040 39 10 63 134

More Information: www.festival.shortfilm.com

MUNICH

Theatre

Entity Theatre Presents “3 Nights with Madox”

All artists want their work to be realized (well most of them do anyway). And since the plays Matéi Visniec penned were barred from the stage in his native Romania, he fled to France. Smart move. Over two decades later Visniec’s works have been staged all over the world. See “3 Nights with Madox” this weekend in Munich. Written in French, Entity Theatre is performing the one-act play for the first time in English.

Price: €12

Location: The Pepper Theater, PEP Einkaufszentrum, Thomas-Dehler-Strasse 12, Neuperlach

Times: Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2, 8pm

More Information: www.entitytheatre.com

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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