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This week’s highlights: February 28 – March 3

This Week's Highlights: A Kubrick classic screens in Hamburg, Swan Lake gets a new look in Frankfurt, and rare post-punk footage sets the scene in Berlin.

This week's highlights: February 28 – March 3
Photo: www.swan-lake-reloaded.de

BERLIN

Music/Parties

Subculture Berlin 80s – 360 Degree Video Immersion

They were rail thin, had spiky dyed hair, and wore leather. They thrashed around on stage moaning into the mic. They were the heroes, inviting us into their anarchist worlds of music and freedom. This week at at Stattbad Wedding, legendary footage from the 1980s West Berlin music scene flashes across the walls and pumps from the DJ stand. DJ Maria Zastrow aka DJ Disctator mixes original tapes from the infamous West Berlin bar Risiko Thursday, while DJ Mark Reeder mans the decks Friday. “Get trapped in music.”

Price: €8

Location: Stattbad Wedding, 
Gerichtstrasse 65

Times: Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 7pm-Midnight

More Information: www.k7.com

Film

A Song At Midnight – Chinese Film History from 1929 to 1964

Shanghai cinema from the 1930s and the early filmography of the acclaimed Chinese director Xie Jin are two focuses of a new film series at Kino Arsenal that starts Friday. Kicking off the program is Ma-Xu Weibang’s Song at Midnight, an adaptation of Phantom of the Opera that is considered the first Chinese horror film. Go and get your Chinese film fix.

Price: €7.50

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2 


Times: Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 31

Phone: 030 26955 100

More Information: www.chinesischefilmgeschichte.net

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

Amaral

Into the Wild, the Spanish pop-duo Amaral’s sixth studio release ruled the music charts when it came out a couple years ago. If you were among the masses singing along to hits like the title track “Hacio Lo Salvaje” in Spanish, you’ll want to make your way over to Bahnhof Ehrenfeld Thursday night when singer Eva Amaral, guitarist Juan Aguirre, and their band bring their Iberian spunk to the stage. Stops in Freiburg and Munich follow the Cologne show.

Price: €25

Location: Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Schönsteinstrasse 1a

Times: Thursday, February 28, 9pm

Phone: 0221 2919 9530

More Information: www.cbe-cologne.de

Galleries/Museums

Roll Over – Reflections on Documentary – After Richard Leacock

The British/American filmmaker Richard Leacock strove to get as close to reality as possible during his career creating documentary films. A new exhibition in Cologne examines documentary as a film form, posing questions like “how can I get closer to the subject I’m interested in?” and “how to reveal circumstances that have gone unnoticed before?” Think about it this week when you’re watching rare Leacock films alongside new works by contemporary artists at the Temporary Gallery.

Price: Free

Location: Temporary Gallery, Mauritiuswall 35

Times: Thursday and Friday, 2-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm; through April 21

Phone: 0221 302 344 67

More Information: www.temporarygallery.org

FRANKFURT

Dance

Swan Lake Reloaded – Tchaikovsky Meets Street Dance

High-heeled hookers hopped up on heroine are the swans in this modern take on the ballet classic. Directed by the energetic dancer/choreographer Fredrik Rydman, the vivacious cast struts, swirls, flips, and break dances to a mix of Tchaikovsky’s original score and the electro breakbeats of newly commissioned works. It’s more Justin Timberlake than Vaslav Nijinsky, giving the timeless ballet masterpiece a fresh and fantastically vibrant new look.

Price: €33 – 58

Location: Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese 301

Times: Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6, 8pm; Saturday, March 9, 3pm and 8pm; Sunday, March 10, 2pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070

More Information: www.swan-lake-reloaded.de

Film

Luis Bunel Film Cycle

The iconic Spanish director Luis Bunel is the subject of the Cervantes Institute’s current “Monday Cinema” program. Released in 1962, during one of the most controversial times in the acclaimed director’s tempestuous career, The Exterminating Angel follows the plight of a group of fancy party guests trapped in a mansion’s music room. Get wrapped up in the eerie, but absurdly comical story this week when the film classic screens with English subtitles.

Price: €4

Location: Instituto Cervantes Frankfurt, Staufenstrasse 1

Times: Monday, March 4, 7pm

Phone: 069 7137 4970

More Information: www.frankfurt.cervantes.es

Music/Concerts

Eglo Label Night

Alexander Nut and Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points are the London based team behind the record label Eglo. The guys have sure got their fingers on what’s hip in the music world. Check out Swedish singer Fatima and her band, as well as a handful of DJ sets by hip hop, house, and techno spinners like Murat Tepeli, Aroma Pitch, and Kieran Rodrigez at Stadtgarten’s Eglo Label Night.

Price: €12

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40

Times: Friday, March 1, 11pm

Phone: 0221 952 9940

More Information: www.stadtgarten.de

HAMBURG

Film

Lux Aeterna – 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Elbe Philharmonic’s “Lux Aeterna” festival celebrates spiritual music. But it’s not the traditional churchy stuff you’re thinking, it’s the things that really penetrate like Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” The tune plays a critical role in setting the atmosphere in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, which screens Sunday at Metropolis Cinema in a three-part film series that compliments the Philharmonic’s program of concerts. The two other films are Tree of Life and Lumia, and they’ll all be shown in in their original English language versions.

Price: €6

Location: Metropolis Kino, Kleine Theaterstrasse 10

Times: Sunday, March 3, 7pm and Thursday, March 7, 5pm

Register: 040 34 23 53

More Information: www.metropoliskino.de

Music/Parties

Burlesque Music Night

Wear your fishnets and feather boas to Uebel & Gefährlich Friday. The Hamburg club is hosting “Burlesque Music Night,” a glamorously raunchy affair featuring bands like Danube’s Banks who play gypsy swing and other similarly sensational stage acts. Don’t miss the fabulous German burlesque dancer La Rubinia’s provocative performance.

Price: €12

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Friday, March 1, Midnight

More Information: www.uebelundgefaehrlich.com

Theatre

Pride and Prejudice Play Reading

It’s hard to believe such a relevant story can be turning two hundred, but such is the case with the beloved Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. In preparation for a possible fall staging, the Hamburg Players are giving a reading of the play version of the timeless tale. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” Miss Caroline Bingley says in an attempt to impress Mr. Darcy in chapter 11. How right you are Miss B! And few books-turned-play read as well as Austen’s. Get your fill of witty English banter Friday.

Price: Free

Location: The Hamburg Players’ Club House, Oberaltenallee 20a

Times: Friday, March 1, 7pm

Phone: 040 713 13 99

More Information: www.hamburgplayers.de

MUNICH

Talks

From Sojourner Truth to Michelle Obama: Black Women’s Role in the African American Freedom Struggle

Black women were important figures in the fight against slavery in America in the 19th century. Their courageous efforts persisted through the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s, continuing even today in the struggle for racial equality. On Wednesday, historian Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson leads a discussion on female heroes like Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks, and talks about the significance of having a black First Lady for the first time in US history.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München,
Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Wednesday, March 6, 7pm

Tickets: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.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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