A Guide to Berlin’s Best Picnic Spots

Thankful for the fact that this year’s summer filter seems to be slightly more lasting and graces the Hauptstadt with more gorgeous rays of sunshine than unexpected raindrops, we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to Berlin’s best picknick locations! Grab some snacks and a blanket and get out there! Whether with the squad or solo, it’s practically a sin to ignore Berlin’s abundance of green!

Michalina by
on July 19th, 2018
in Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Wedding, Wellness

A Portrait Series Capturing the Unique Personalities of Berliners

photos: Marga van den Meydenberg

Dutch photographer Marga van den Meydenberg has a mission: to photograph as many unique Berlin personalities as possible in her popup photo studio in Berlin. In her own words “every human being is unique and therefore a piece of art.” And this is totally true, you can see that each Berliner has added their own and unique point of eccentricity to each picture. I can even glimpse a Dalí influence in the approach of this project.

Funny, surreal, colorful, unexpected… and above all: spontaneous. Every portrait is a new surprise, a different story. Marga sees every photo as an experiment to discover how far she can go with the model. In the end, the collaboration between artist and model is the best way to create unforgettable moments. When you enter the studio, time doesn’t matter, leave your hurries behind, be willing to share all your creativity and don’t be afraid to give it a try. The more personality you show, the better.

by
on July 18th, 2018
in Art, People

The Viktoriapark Waterfall Overflowing with Naked Bodies

photos: Abdulsalam Ajaj

Victoria Park is one of my favorites places in Berlin. Being able to have that beautiful green spot around the corner in a huge city like this is a true luxury. Especially because of the stunning view of the waterfall and the streets you can enjoy when you get to the top. So it’s no wonder that this spot was chosen to create a compelling and sensual artistic piece.

“Waterfall” is a human installation of naked bodies that cover the path that the water follows. Bodies that lay down naked next to each other, intertwined. Now the naked bodies are the water that runs down that magnificent waterfall. Together they become an endless entity of freed skin that occupies the wild landscape. They have become nature.  The responsible creator behind this compelling work is Mischa Badasyan, a Russian artist and activist based in Berlin. The photos of the human installation were taken by Abdulsalam Ajaj.

by
on July 16th, 2018
in Art

12 Great Yoga & Mindfulness Events this Summer in Berlin

When opening our eyes every morning, we have hundreds of tasks raining down on us the minute we become conscious of our day. Of all that needs to be done, demands to be met, calls to be made, deadlines keep up with. Well aware of the fact that life in a busy city like Berlin can become stressful, loud and overwhelming for us once in a while, we would like to introduce you to methods that will keep your mind and body sane and happy.

To all of you who are new to the concept of mindfulness, you can look forward to our new series of posts, that will teach you more about how to get back to happiness in a place that is so full of noise and demands. To start, we picked some fun and helpful events and workshop for this summer that will get you started and your mind and body back to balance.

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Franziska by
on July 13th, 2018
in Wellness

The Diverse World of Contemporary Dance at Tanz im August Festival

photo: Stofleth

The Tanz im August Festival is back showcasing the immensely diverse world of contemporary dance on the stages of Berlin! From the August 10 to September 2 you’ll be able to enjoy and experience a wide range of dances throughout the city. From international productions by established creators to newcomers and world premieres. On top of that, the program also includes talks and workshops so the public can engage by participating and learn through action. And now, without further ado, we present you our selection of the 10 most exciting pieces from this edition of Tanz im August. Enjoy!

by
on July 12th, 2018
in Theater

Contemporary Wanderlust – The Antithesis to Romanticism

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Today we would like to stimulate your minds with an interesting new exhibition that is currently on display at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin-Mitte. Curated by the aff Galerie from Berlin the show presents the work of the three photo artists Arno Schidlowski, Jens Sundheim, and Kathrin Tschirner with the themes of Wanderlust and Romanticism at its core.

For me, the topic of Romanticism has a very special meaning because one of the main artists of this era, Caspar David Friedrich, is from the same city like me, Greifswald, and some of his major works were inspired by places from or around my hometown. In my childhood, I have often been on the near-by island Rügen where Friedrich painted the iconic chalk cliffs – a natural landmark that is currently disappearing due to natural erosion.

Frank by
on July 10th, 2018
in Art

Show Your Pride – A Rainbow in My Hair

Show Your Pride – A Rainbow in My Hair

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Wella Professionals to be part of their new #ShowYourPride campaign and participate in a photoshoot for Blonde Magazine along with the striking Strify, the luscious Leonie, and the daring David. It was certainly an unexpected request, but one I followed gladly, because it gave me the opportunity to talk about diversity and being different – but also because I got the chance to express some public pride myself with a dash of rainbow colors in my hair.

Frank by
on July 7th, 2018
in Stories

Explore Berlin’s Past & Present through Music

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The Deezer Music Tours, the new project from the streaming service Deezer, is definitely right up our alley! Experiencing a guided audio tour of the city with the right soundtrack in your ear sounds like a great idea to start with! They’ve asked unique personalities from the music industry – Marcus Staiger, DJ Westbam, und Bela B –  to share their first-hand insights on Berlin’s recent history and combined those with iconic songs that take you right back in time. Nothing left to do but hop on a Deezer nextbike and listen to three awesome audio guides that will give you musical trivia no Berliner should miss – and all of that completely for free!

Michalina by
on July 6th, 2018
in Music, People, Stories

Berlin Bars that Keep on Rocking

photos: Amanda Artiaga

I once described Berlin as an apotheosis of the proverbial sex, drugs, and… well, mostly techno. As a self-confessed Elvis worshipper, I find that last characteristic slightly regrettable. Personally, I try to do my share in maintaining Berlin’s legacy as the erstwhile home to Iggy, Bowie, and Nick Cave – but even cranky me can’t constantly live in the past and/or Johnny Cash lyrics. Saddened by the recent demise of the Bassy Club, we decided to put together a list of joints that still spice up the nightlife with some rock’n’roll spirit, be it punk rock, new wave, post-punk, blues, or whatever else to float your barman’s boat.

Michalina by
on July 5th, 2018
in Bars, City Guide, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg

10 Amazing New Restaurants in Berlin in 2018

Every year Berlin gives us so many awesome new places to feast our eyes on and fill our bellies with wonderful food. And every year the places are so different and so diverse from the previous one that it really never gets boring. This year we will serve you real East-German food, Isreali dishes with a French twist, lots of exquisite meat and possibly the most amazing pizza in town. Make some room in your evening schedule for the next couple of weeks and activate your social contacts for some dinner dates to try out all of these great new restaurants in Berlin that opened within the last 12 months. Guten Appetit!

Frank by
on July 4th, 2018
in Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants