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What’s on in Germany: January 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: A Charlie Chaplin ballet in Leipzig, Kurt Weill concerts in Berlin, and President Obama's inauguration broadcast live in Munich.

What's on in Germany:  January 17 – 23
Photo: oper-leipzig.de

BERLIN

Music/Concerts

Kurt Weill Week

Clever, comedic, snappy, and snarky, Kurt Weill’s musicals and operettas are some of the 20th century’s most iconic stage works. From a full staging of his three-act opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny to dance pieces from Mack the Knife, Berlin’s Comic Opera showcases an array of the great Jewish composer’s pieces this week. Go see German actresses Ute Lemper and Gisela May sing songs like Weimar era vixens.

Price: €8-36

Location: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstrasse 55-57

Times: Friday, January 18 – Thursday, January 24

Tickets: 030 47 99 74 00

More Information: www.komische-oper-berlin.com

Galleries/Museums

Christer Strömholm: Post Scriptum – Retrospective

He shot glamourous transvestites in 1950s Paris, took harrowing pictures of postwar Japan, and captured myriad emotions of children all over the world. Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm provides a strange yet fascinating portrait of life after World War II. See his oeuvre in all its freaky fantastic glory when the new exhibition opens at C/O Berlin Friday. Or go Saturday when Jacky and Nana from the series “Les Amies de Place Blanche,” join curator Joakim Strömholm in a discussion about their experiences with the photographer.

Price: €10

Location: C/O Berlin, Oranienburger Strasse 35/36

Times: Friday, January 18 (Opening); Daily, 11am – 8pm; Saturday, January 9 – March 17 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 28 44 41 661

More Information: www.co-berlin.info

Children’s Theatre

The Kooky Show

Platypus Theatre has created original works for young bilingual Germans for 20 years. Their repertoire includes an entertaining list of original works and plays inspired by literature classics like Alice in Wonderland. Monday’s show is a hilarious bilingual play about an Aussie expat in Germany. Sound familiar? Take the kids and laugh your head off in German and English.

Price: €7.50

Location: BKA-Theater, Mehringdam, 34

Times: Monday, January 21, 11am

Phone: 030 61 40 19 20

More Information: www.platypus-theater.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

Glenn Miller Orchestra

You’ll think you’re back in the 1940s when bandleader Wil Salden and his music making mates step onto the stage. Preserving the legacy of the singular big band composer, arranger, and musician Glenn Miller is the orchestra’s main objective and they do it well. Get “In the Miller Mood” (it’s the name of their new album) Saturday when the swinging big band sets up in Frankfurt.

Price: €50-60

Location: Alte Oper, Opernplatz 1

Times: Saturday, January 19, 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 0180 504 0300

More Information: www.glenn-miller-orchestra.de

HAMBURG

Film

European Outdoor Film Tour

Get your adrenaline pumping without moving from your comfy cinema seat. Fearless daredevils from around the world take the spotlight in nine films screening at the European Outdoor Film Tour in Hamburg on Monday. Watch “Sketchy Andy” backflip across a slackline strung high over jagged canyons, and witness a French trio’s journey into the Alps to play a concert atop Mont Blanc. From Alaskan snowboarding to Wingsuit Proximity Flying in the American West, this is adventure at its craziest.

Price: €14

Location: CinemaxX Dammtor, Dammtordamm 1

Times: Monday, January 21, 8pm

Tickets: 040 29 12 23

More Information: www.eoft.eu

Festivals

Arabesques – German-French Culture Days

Fifty-five years ago, Hamburg and Marseille became twin cities. In celebration of the friendship between Germany and France this festival combines cultural elements from both nations. Concerts, exhibitions, discussions, and literary evenings take place at venues around the city over the next four weeks. Enjoy music and theatre and check out black and white photographs of French cityscapes at the opening ceremony Thursday. Vive la France!

Price: Various

Location: Various; Levantehaus Hamburg, Mönckebergstrasse 7 (Opening Ceremony)

Times: Thursday, January 17, 8pm (Opening Ceremony); The festival runs through February 18

Tickets: 040 45 33 26

More Information: www.arabesques-hamburg.de

LEIPZIG

Dance

Chaplin

Choreographer Mario Schroder presents the life and work of Charlie Chaplin through dance, costumes, props, and a little clowning around in his piece for the Leipzig Ballet, Chaplin. See the dynamic dance company channel the legendary silent film actor this week.

Price: €15-60

Location: Oper Leipzig, Augustusplatz 12


Times: Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, 7:30pm; Sunday, January 20, 6pm; Saturday, February 2, 7pm; Sunday, February 3, 3pm

Tickets: 341 12 61 261

More Information: www.oper-leipzig.de

MUNICH

Events

The Inauguration of President Obama

Four more years! Four more years! Barack Obama’s official inauguration ceremony Monday will kick off the president’s second term in office. Can’t be in Washington D.C. on the big day? Yes you can! Well, not in actuality, but you can watch the man take the oath of office at a live screening followed by a discussion at Amerika Haus.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, January 21, 4pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.de

Music/Concerts

Conor Oberst

The Omaha-born musician enjoys a highly respected place among the indie rock set. If you liked him in Bright Eyes, the Mystic Valley Band, and Monsters of Folk, you’ll want to catch the stripped down acoustic show the introspective singer-songwriter’s playing in Munich Tuesday night.

Price: €32.20

Location: Alte Kongresshalle,
Theresienhöhe 15

Times: Tuesday, January 22, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 669 029

More Information: www.x-why-z.tickets.de

OBERHAUSEN

Galleries/Museums

Cornelia Funke Exhibition Opening

One of the most wildly successful children’s book authors and illustrators of our time, Cornelia Funke has been called “the JK Rowling of Germany.” Best known for the Inkheart Trilogy, many of the German author’s books have been translated into English. You’re not a fan? Maybe your kids are. Go see the new exhibition dedicated to her work, which opens Saturday night at the Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen. The show is part of a series that celebrates important figures in popular German art.

Price: €6.50; €12 (Families)

Location: Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen, Konrad-Adenauer-Allee 46

Times: Saturday, January 19, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; January 20 – May 20 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0208 412 49 28

More Information: www.ludwiggalerie.de

STUTTGART

Music/Concerts

Jennifer Rostock

Germany’s punk rock history is long and rich. Jennifer Rostock continues the tradition mixing furious pop beats with a rapid fire vocal attack. See Jennifer Weist, Joe Walter-Müller, and the boys jump around the stage Sunday in Stuttgart.

Price: €25.50

Location: LKA Longhorn, Heiligenwiesen 6

Times: Sunday, January 20, 7pm

Tickets: 0711 84 96 1672

More Information: www.lka-longhorn.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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