The Infamous Club Scene of Berlin in the 90s

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When it comes to the party scene I feel like I have seen quite a bit in my time here since 2000. I’ve known a time before Berghain. There were definitely more underground places, big factory raves, illegal parties in Treptower Park. Everything was a bit more secretive, word-of-mouth was the number one way to communicate places, and these were also changing locations quite a bit, always moving out of the radar of authorities. But there is one big thing that I totally missed out on: The infamous 90s. I came to Berlin in the 90s only once and I was so disoriented and had really limited ways to inform myself that I ended up in all the wrong places. It was still fun and exciting – of course a 17 year old was easy to impress at the time. But there are some club names that keep popping up even 20 years later that I never stepped foot in and I wish I had.

This short documentary segment from the TV show arte TRACKS from 1997 that we stumbled upon yesterday here gives us a little glimpse into the early days of iconic clubs like Tresor and Matrix, but also less known underground places that maybe only existed for a short amount of time – may they rest in piece in club heaven. Have a look for yourself in the video below and be inspired by Berlin’s 90s club scene.

Frank by Frank
on September 23rd, 2017
in Videos

Stunning Forgotten Places in Berlin & Around the World

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The Berlin photographer Dietmar Eckell has set himself the task to discover abandoned places all around the world. Places that might be long forgotten but each of them has a unique story to tell. In his photo book “Restwert” he showcases these lost places and stories that we could rarely discover on our own. Cuba, Vietnam, Ukraine, very remote travel locations were on his list for 2017. But, he has also spent some time in his hometown Berlin, to capture a few more of it’s forgotten sites.

Andy by Andy
on September 22nd, 2017
in Art, Photos

Post-War Girl Power: The Rubble Women of Berlin

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Have you ever heard about the rubble women, or Trümmerfrauen in German? This term refers to the numerous bold females that hugely contributed to reconstructing cities of Germany and Austria that were severely damaged during the second world war. Obviously, Berlin was one of them.  We can never get enough of feminist role models, and especially the ones who made an impact in clearly unglamorous circumstances, so read on to hopefully find motivation to deal with your own hustle!

Michalina by Michalina
on September 20th, 2017
in Stories

An Antidote for the Missing Summer in Berlin

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Heading into the colder season I find myself oddly disappointed with what is normally the highlight of the year: Summer in Berlin.

I know, what is the point of lamenting it any further. It is what it is, and there were a couple of nice days. So we shall not complain too much. But you can’t take the summer away from the Berliner and at the same time also his right to complain. You need to leave him at least one!

I don’t see myself as someone who complains much about the weather. I try to keep an optimistic spin on things. But hell, this year really stretched my limits. I wasn’t at the lakes once this year, because on those 3 days where it would have been possible I had to work. This is not ok. We Berliners have to suffer through so many grey months and cold weathers the short but intense summers are completely necessary for us to recharge our batteries (and good will). I looked at those last couple of months pass by us without giving us much of a summer with great frustration. The temperatures were so skewed I think I have never felt cold and sweaty at the same time this often (maybe it’s also my progressing age?). And on top of that I even missed the train to book a end-of-season short trip South to get my summer fix and now it feels a little too late for that.

Frank by Frank
on September 20th, 2017
in Videos

The Best Coffee Places in Friedrichshain

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photo: Aunt Benny

One of Berlin’s hottest neighborhoods, home to the longest surviving part of the Berlin Wall turned into the East Side Gallery, as well as some of the best clubs and bars, Friedrichshain couldn’t be missing from our coffee guide: little spots, great coffee. Some very dedicated coffee enthusiasts make sure each coffee experience we have in this neighborhood is an amazing one. Make sure you try these places out when you find yourself around this part of the city.

Stella by Stella
on September 19th, 2017
in Cafés, Friedrichshain

Blogfabrik’s Content Creation Week 2017 Closing Party Photos

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Last week the co-working and project space Blogfabrik that we are a proud member of, hosted its very first content conference – the Content Creation Week – full of insightful workshops, inspiring speeches and panel talks with some of the most talented creative content creators of Berlin. It was an exciting week for us at Blogfabrik and we were thrilled to invite so many visitors into our space who were eager to learn from us. The week was a big success for us and I can confidently say this is probably going to happen again soon.

Of course every great event has to come to an end, and it should be celebrated accordingly. We took over our downstairs bar Feger at Oranienstraße and invited everyone involved and our guests to have a drink with us. I took some impressions of the party that I would like to share with you today. There are going to be more features about the Content Creation Week coming up at our Blogfabrik website, so stay tuned!

Frank by Frank
on September 18th, 2017
in Party, Photos

Berlin’s Iconic Subway Design as a foldable Chair & Table Set

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When product designer Stefanie Grau asked me if I would like to design a piece of furniture and become part of her newly formed grey collective I was more than thrilled to say yes. She had developed a set of chairs and a table that are fully foldable thanks to a high-tech fiber that connects all the parts. The idea is that when you fold the chairs or the table into its flat form they become canvases. So they are not only practical and easily stored, they can also become decorative items on your walls.

With a design so universal and minimal it really felt like the sky is the limit. Fellow collective members 44flavors created a quite colorful pattern, while Sara Parsons decided to go for a minimal design with lines and curves. Stefanie herself also designed a few sets going for subtle color surfaces and gradients.

For my own surface design I decided to do something very Berlin, giving a reference to one of the most iconic things we have here: Our yellow subway. I picked up the color palette and also created a version of the iconic blue and red seat pattern that incorporates yet another famous Berlin symbol (I detail which I dare you to find yourself!).

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Design, Products

A Preview of the Urban Nation Street Art Museum

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After a year of suspension and anticipation it’s finally the time: Germany’s first street art and urban art museum Urban Nation is celebrating its big opening this coming Saturday (September 16th 2017, at 19h) and we had the chance to take a sneak peek and snap some pictures in advance!

Urban Nation has a really compelling history here in Berlin. Founder Yasha Young started the project in 2013 by organizing exhibitions on the many empty facades of Berlin’s building. We owe many of Berlin’s cool street art murals to her. Before that she used to run an urban art gallery in Berlin and New York, but the few walls of a gallery space were simply not big enough for what she envisioned. With Urban Nation of course there was a masterplan behind it. Funded by the Berliner Leben foundation and designed by prestigious architecture bureau Graft she created the first museum for street art and urban art in Germany – right in the heart of Schöneberg. Thanks to the ever changing murals in the neighborhood the whole area around Bülowstraße has now been transformed into a hot spot for urban art. Whole building facades are covered with artworks there which is quite the contrast to the many grey residential buildings in Berlin.

Urban Nation aims to become not only an exhibition space for artists who used to present their work on the streets, but also an archive for urban art like it never existed before anywhere. It’s an exciting edition to the art and museum scene of Berlin and we are excited to see what the future holds for this place.

Make sure to join the grand opening reception on Saturday at 19h and the neighborhood fest that will happen on Bülowstraße surrounded by a lot of new artworks on the buildings and streets.

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Museums, Schöneberg

How Playgrounds Color Berlin’s Club Culture

Earthly Delights by Nicola Napoli

illustrations: Nicola Napoli

As far as I can tell, there is no greater threat to a child’s physical health than Berlin’s playgrounds. Don’t be fooled by their cute themes, like Underwater World (Kreuzberg), Dragonland (Friedrichshain), and Indiana Jones (Kurfürstendamm). Strewn about these playgrounds are sharp nuts and bolts, rough rope bridges, and slides of heat-inducting aluminum. But do Berliners seem to mind? Not one bit.

I’m convinced that Berlin’s playgrounds teach impressionable young Berliners to associate good times with the rusted nails, exposed wiring, and holes in the dirt. That’s why the most popular nightclubs among adult Berliners resemble decrepit playgrounds. Berliners have become masters of recreating the Lord of the Flies landscapes of their youths.
What’s interesting, however, is that this reenactment of childhood playtime doesn’t stop at shoddy construction. Here are a few other similarities I’ve noticed between playground and club fun.

by Guest Author
on September 14th, 2017
in Party, Stories

15 Highlights of the Berlin Art Week 2017

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Katja Novitskova at Sammlung Boros, photo: NOSHE

It might feel like in a such a creative city like Berlin every week is an art week, and that’s partly true. However, the amount of exhibitions, events, and fairs that start taking place today and last till the end of the week is simply astounding and it would be a shame to miss out. I know that the whole program might be a bit overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for – just browse through our brief listing of the highlights and you’ll definitely find something that fits your interests, no matter if you’re into dance performances in the urban surroundings or photography documenting the civil rights movement.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 13th, 2017
in Art