Eight Covid-safe events not to miss in Germany in June 2021

From open-air film festivals to long-awaited gallery openings, here are eight corona-safe things to do in the Bundesrepublik this June.

Eight Covid-safe events not to miss in Germany in June 2021
A sign for this year's Berlinale, which takes place outdoors in June. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Paul Zinken

Berlinale Summer Special June 9th-20th

The Berlinale, arguably the world’s largest international film festival,happens in Berlin each year. Yet because of Covid-19, Berlinale 2021 came in two parts, starting with online screenings in March. 

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Now, part two promises to be spectacular, with 16 different outdoor cinemas screening shortlisted films all across Berlin, from Kreuzberg to Mitte and Hasenheide to Rehberge. 

Tickets are available from June 3rd and cost between €5 and €15.

READ ALSO: Berlinale to host outdoor festival for film fans this June

Objective, Realistic, Magical, Duisburg –  Open Now until July 18th 

This history infused art exhibition at the Lehmbruckmuseum explores the wild artistic currents of 1920s Germany. 

Sandwiched between two World Wars, this unusual time of decadence and social deprivation, trauma, glamour and political upheaval gave rise to some of the most renowned – or notorious – German artists. 

Duisburg hosts a whole spectrum of creatives from the heartbreaking illustrator Käthe Kollwitz, the cynical painter Otto Dix and caricaturist Georg Grosz, to painter, printmaker and sculptor Max Beckmann and more. 

Standard tickets cost €9, concessions are €5.

Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele – 12th June – 1st August 

The famous Heidelberger Palace has excitedly but cautiously announced that this year’s Festspiele will be going ahead. 

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A series of open-air theatre, dance and music performances will be taking place between the atmospheric ruins of the 19th century castle. This includes an interpretation of ‘Dracula’ and the family-friendly German classic ‘Rodrigo Raubein’. Tickets cost €16.

READ ALSO: Why Heidelberg is Germany’s most inspiring city

Erwin Olaf: Strange Beauty, Munich – Open Now – September 26th

This retrospective exhibition follows the development of Erwin Olaf, one of the most famous contemporary photographers from the Netherlands. 

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As well as his intricately staged photography, Olaf is known for being provocative. A wholehearted believer in tolerance and unity, he’s not afraid of controversy to get his point across. 

No test is required, but you have to book a time slot in advance. Standard entry costs €13, but there’s a 50 percent discount on Tuesdays. 

Diversity United, Berlin – June 9th – September 19th

This ambitious exhibition brings together 90 artists from 34 European countries under the roof of the old Berlin airport, Flughafen Tempelhof. 

The exhibition is meant to showcase the extraordinary diversity of Europe’s contemporary art scene. 

“The works on display shed light on themes such as freedom and democracy, migration and territory, political and personal identity, utopias and fears, which also revolve around the current pandemic.” writes the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur. 

Tickets will be available soon. Standard entry is €10, and €5 for students.

The Female Side of God, Frankfurt – Open now until June 26th 

In this exhibition, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt takes a look at the feminine element of the representation of God in the three biggest monotheistic religions. 

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The idea is to look at art, sculpture and scripture through the lens of social and historical contexts. 

Standard entry is €12, test and time slot required. 

Follow the Wine Road

Around since the Roman times, the Rhineland-Palatinate wine region long been a favourite stopping point for German vino fans. Now, the region is open for business again. 

READ ALSO: Meet the man introducing internationals to German wine

Nestled into idyllic rolling hills and cherry-tree lined avenues, many of the historical vintners are offering wine tastings and “Weinstrasse Road Trips”. 

Hotels and hostels are open again in the Rhineland-Palatinate, but require rigid testing, and many are opting for caravans and holiday homes instead.

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Lunatic Festival, Lüneberg – June 4th and 5th

Every June, 25 students re-invent lunatic festivals in a fresh celebration of culture, art and music. 

This year, they’ve been particularly creative, to make sure the festival can take place in a Covid-safe way, without losing any of its spontaneity.

Performances are scattered across the city and include synth-wielding German rap by Tropikel Ltd. and “avant-garde pop” from Lizki.

Costs €43.60 for each day.

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Living in Germany: Facing up to racism, Erdbeersaison and Schleswig-Holstein votes

In our weekend roundup for Germany we explore a study on racism, strawberry season and take a look at the state election in Schleswig-Holstein.

Living in Germany: Facing up to racism, Erdbeersaison and Schleswig-Holstein votes

Can Germany face up to its racism problem?

Many of you have told of us about the discrimination and racism you’ve faced in Germany, particulary when it comes to trying to find a place to rent and in working life. So we were interested to report on a study on how people in Germany perceive the issue of racism.

According to the survey by the newly set up Racism Monitor more than a fifth of the population (22 percent) – said they had been affected by racism, and 45 percent said they had seen racist incidents. And nearly all respondents to the survey – 90 percent – said they believed that racism existed in the country.

Tareq Alaows, a Syrian refugee who hoped to run for German parliament last year but changed his mind due to racism and threats, tweeted that the study was a “wake-up call to our society to finally look and recognise racism as the danger it is”. He said the study also showed the “anti-racist potential in society”.“This must open the debate and move us all to action,” Alaows said. 

Tweet of the week

Sometimes you just have to take a break from the big problems of the world and tweet about Star Wars. We see you, German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann. 

Where is this? 

Photo: DPA/Daniel Bockwoldt

We hear a lot about Spargelzeit (asparagus season) in spring, but what about Erdbeersaison? Yes, strawberry season is underway as this photo from Grömitz in Schleswig-Holstein shows. Starting from now and throughout summer, you can expect to see strawberry ‘pop-up’ shops around the country on the side of roads and on streets.

And it’s not just strawberries they sell. You will also come across boxes of fresh blueberries and, later in the season, Pfifferlinge (chanterelle) mushrooms. We thoroughly recommend that you get out into the countryside and pick up some fresh produce in the coming weeks and months. 

Did you know?

The northern state of Schleswig-Holstein will elect a new parliament on Sunday, May 8th so we thought we’d look at what makes this northern state tick politically. With 2.9 million residents, the state, between the North Sea and Baltic Sea, is the second smallest German state after Saarland.

Christian Democrat Daniel Günther has led the state since the last election in 2017. He governs with the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP) and is standing for re-election. Recent polls put the CDU in the lead, so this constellation could return. But other coalitions are possible. Important topics for this state include green energy – the state has been racing ahead with its wind energy production and, according to experts, it wants to show how it is key to Germany getting away from relying on Russian energy.

Thanks for reading,

Rachel and Imogen @ The Local Germany 

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