Photo: Berlin Bicycle Week
The Berliner Fahrradschau is an incredible opportunity to see the newest trends from the world of the beloved two wheels at a glance. The crowning event of the Berlin Bicycle Week 2017, it’s not just for those of you who are complete bike freaks – anyone will love joining in on the fun at the various events. See our suggestions after the jump!
Photo: Standert Bicycles Pop Up Week
A lot of things that are popular in Berlin are fun, but some of them are probably not the kind of thing your doctor would advise you to do. With one exception. We love biking! Although the basic biking know-how in Berlin is comprised not only of beautiful routes, nice places to hang out with fellow riders, but also a bunch of rules to keep your bike safe from being stolen, it’s the favorite pastime for a lot of us. With the Berliner Fahrradschau coming up this weekend, we wanted to give you a little heads-up in terms of the great bike shops that continue to promote this healthy hobby all year round.
There are some art concepts that could only be transformed into reality in Berlin. The people that really make this city are indeed characterized by a certain tolerance to all things wild and free, regardless of how weird or inappropriate they may be at the same time.
On his arrival in Berlin, the Czech artist Martin Gabriel Pavel set out to explore the city and its colourful people. But although this still sounds pretty usual, I’d venture to say he made a little more of an impact in this field than you or me. The photography project he started out could only succeed under some very particular circumstance, the most vital one of them being that people would allow others to take picture of them naked, which will result in hundreds of such portrayals getting back to Pavel. See a teaser for the publication after the jump.
We took a stroll around the streets of Berlin this weekend and asked people what they think makes Berlin special. See for yourself and let us know your opinion in the comments!
Photo: View of Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, circa 1900
There are some neighbourhoods in Berlin that don’t really have any of the extremely characteristic features that make up for the unique charm of say, the posh Mitte or the bohemian Kreuzberg. Of course we don’t get discouraged by the initial impression and already proved to you that Schöneberg indeed is worth exploring. It’s majestic architecture that fortunately preserved some of its beauty till today was even more impressive one hundred years ago. And we’ve got pictures!
Photo by Cherie Birkner
I moved to Berlin from New York because of everything Berlin promises: freedom, liberty, affordability, creativity, internationalism, a nice dose of socialism – a real celebration of the artist’s life. It’s the party capital of the world with a burgeoning tech scene, a true city of the 21st century built out of the rubble of 20th century. For such a progressive, young and energized city, then, why do I have such trouble with internet access?
I’m not even talking about the dreaded download fines up to €1000, the IP-spying, the GEMA denials of YouTube videos “not allowed in your country”, as frustrating as these things are. I’m just talking about basic access to the amazing modern utility on our planet: the internet!
In Berlin, people often seem to be in search of something, never wanting to rest or settle down, as if something was pushing them from inside. Sometimes, it is only when we leave a city or someone behind, that we begin to understand it and furthermore notice how precious life was with it. In fact, one of our guest authors just wrote a text about it. If a person doesn’t leave voluntarily, but has to, it changes the whole perspective of course. MissinCat‘s, aka Caterina Barbieri’s, first song „Made Of Stone” of her new album „Forces” captures that harsh feeling.
Photo: Ellen Munro / cc
You know us at iHeartBerlin – we love discovering all kinds of delicious food in Berlin and then sharing the locations with you in our guides. The only thing we enjoy more than that is sharing our common vision of Berlin as a safe space for everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, skin colour, or gender. So we couldn’t be more stoked to present you the story of yet another shop selling delicious sweets and at the same time run by Syrian refugees.
There recently seems to be more awareness in the fashion world in terms of the consequences of our choices. We feel more and more guilty about having a stack of clothes at home we don’t even wear. Meanwhile, clothing brands have been adopting a new approach: H&M, for instance, has introduced permanent Conscious-collections, Weekday followed with a so-called Remains-Collection and & Other Stories asked their customers to bring in their empty beauty packaging. All of them actually offer their clients a possibility to bring in their old clothes in order to get discounts or other profits so that the fashion cycle actually is concluded.
In Berlin, we have been conscious of sustainable fashion concepts from the very beginning. Just take the Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show that assembles international top players from the eco-fashion-segment each year. Berlin, as the capital of veganism is definitely bringing a lot of inspirations and potential for fair and sustainable fashion into the world and designers build their young brands based on those values.
When it comes to bags, not solely fashion, it still seems hard to find the real pearls in the city, though. That’s why we put together a list of amazing bag labels that are sustainable and/ or fairly produced as well.
The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.