photo: Manuel Moncayo
Berlin is greater than the sum of its parts. Why is that? Because some of the parts stand out. They are the people who actively shape the city into the place that it is – some like to call them the movers and shakers. Without these individuals the city would be pretty boring and grey, but thanks to their involvement, enthusiasm and creativity Berlin gets illuminated with colors, fun and positive vibes. With a new series of portraits we want to bring attention to some of these city shapers that might otherwise stand in the shadow of their own projects. We interviewed three people that are important to us and whose projects give life and meaning to iHeartBerlin.
Our inspiration for this series was the Shape Your City project by Heineken, a competition for city shapers in the making who aspire to open up their own bar. Currently the jury is evaluating all the submitted concepts and soon the winner will be revealed. Exciting! Find out more about this here.
Today we want to start our portrait series with PANSY host of many fantastic nightlife events in Berlin and co-founder of YO! SISSY, Berlin’s very own fabulous queer music festival that’s been happening since 2 years now. In our interview we spoke about the changes in Berlin, the responsibilities of party organizers and the future of Berlin’s nightlife.
When you think back to the 1920s Berlin pretty much had a reputation for debauchery. For decades the world thought of Berlin as this sexually free and wild place where everything is possible and no phantasy was forbidden. But the time of the separation of the city changed things. Other things were more important to rebel against. There was still always a highly sexualized underground scene, but it was not really in the center of attention anymore.
In recent years this changed. Nightlife in Berlin is embracing its wild, naughty and sexually liberating side again with parties such as Pornceptual, Gegen and The House of Red Door. Debauchery is back and more excessive and scandalous than ever!
Once again the big open air gallery that is Berlin welcomes a new artwork into their exhibition: We have a new street art mural in town and this one is pretty special: It’s a selfie mural that has a big silhouette-shaped gap in the design for people to step in front of to take a photo and become part of the artwork. You only have to find the selfie-spot that is marked on the street in front of the mural which puts you in the perfect distance and perspective to seamlessly integrate into the artwork. Pretty fun!
The mural that is located at Mühlenstraße 5 across from the iconic Oberbaumbrücke was designed by the artists Dee Dee Kid, Gogo Plata, Dejoe and the Dixons and it’s part of a project called #WALLSofWIR by Jägermeister. In total there will be four amazing murals in four cities, each created by a small group of local artists. The ones in Hamburg and Berlin are already up, in Stuttgart and Cologne are coming in the next weeks. Get a little impression of the Berlin one after the jump.
It was a whirlwind of art that came over us last week. The Berlin Art Week brought together the best and most promising artists and galleries in Berlin, mixed with plenty of parties and cocktails to flush down all the impressions into our creative conscience.
One of the most significant events that happened last week was the latest edition of the Berliner Liste that took place once again at the impressive Kraftwerk. It’s the biggest art fair we have in the city and as far as I remember it’s also the oldest one. They took full advantage of the huge space exhibiting the work from 112 galleries, collectives and artists from 25 countries on 5 continents.
We know them all, those numerous tourist buses, that drive from Unter den Linden through Berlin’s most important attractions, all the way to the shopping street Kurfürstendamm, where most of the tours end. They are very practical, especially when one wants to enjoy Berlin’s most important sights all at once. The Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Victory Column, the Bellevue Palace, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church are only some of the sights you should definitely see while visiting Berlin.
Since last week and until October 11th there is a new bus under way driving along the aforementioned route and beyond, but all in black it seems rather mysterious. It is the Priceless® Berlin Bus by Mastercard which goes on tour four times a day between 12 and 18h. What is special about this bus is that the tour does not only include a part of the popular route full of Berlin highlights, but also explores some quite hidden neighborhoods that only a Berlin insider would know. On this tour, therefore, one can have the deluxe version of Berlin: the well-known sights of the city in combination with the unknown parts, that actually constitute the real Berlin magic.
The Lollapalooza festival had its second Berlin edition this past weekend and it was quite spectacular. I hadn’t been to the one last year in Tempelhof, but this year there were a few acts that I didn’t want to miss so I took Absolut up on their invitation to join them, and I’m so glad I did.
This was probably the biggest festival I have ever been to (I admit I haven’t been to that many) and being surrounded by that many celebrating people is quite the thrill. Especially at the two main stages the crowd was so massive and to see them move and cheer with the performances is really powerful.
Between concerts I checked in with Absolut as often as I could. They had a big set-up that was part of the Fun Fair of Lollapalooza, which was a big playground to hang out in and goof around between installations and vintage circus tents.
What might give the impression as merely a piece of entertainment, might include another layer, less bright and light-hearted than the first one. This is what I think every time I see a film or a play. The time, the effort and the mental resources one has to invest as a creator, are often nowhere to be seen in the final product. The same applies to this blog as well; behind the – digital – scenes things happen sometimes which we bravely tackle, in that we grit our teeth and make the best out of the hardships, so that we do not pester our readers with the unpleasant.
“Stay Strong” is a major theme for Actimel. In cooperation with the well-known drinkable yogurt we dealt with the topic of when one needs to stay strong here in Berlin a few weeks ago. The result is a humorous comic, created with great love by the illustrator and our colleague here at Blogfabrik Sophia Halamoda. Take a look at it below.
It’s Berlin Art Week and the city has never been more full of amazing art! It’s in fact so much art to take in that you will definitely need a drink in between. Luckily, the Absolut Art Bar will be at your service this week at the Berliner Liste that’s taking place at the stunning industrial cathedral of the Kraftwerk.
Last year this art program by Absolut already took place in Berlin twice and we had the pleasure to curate our very own hot pink Art Bar with Italian illustrator Nicola Napoli here at Blogfabrik as some of you might remember.
For the new edition the Swedish vodka brand invited local artist Clemens Behr to create the Art Bar for the Berliner Liste art fair. For his installation titled Noasis he will incorporate the concrete aesthetic of the Kraftwerk where the event takes place and break the harsh structures with tropical greenery. We are looking forward to see the final result in the coming days at the Berliner Liste. And of course also to taste the special cocktail by the same name that was created in collaboration with the artist.
Last week we had the pleasure to experience the launch of the brand new Men’s Magazine by AXE at the temporary AXE Kiosk in Neukölln. With the event AXE fully embraced the style of the district and made the party inside (and of course in front of) a Späti. Instead of a fancy bar you could just get your drinks from the coolers, and instead of a fancy flying buffet they had typical Späti candy and what we Germans like to call “Stullen”.
The event also brought together a lot of the creative people involved in making the magazine: Albino model Shawn Ross came over from New York, Dressedlikemachines blogger Willy Iffland who is one of the cover models, as well as best-selling author Michael Nast. The magazine is exactly about these type of guys, those that do their own thing no matter what, and you will see photo stories, portraits and interviews with them and a couple more.
photo: Burg Schnabel
With the election results from my home state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the right-wing populist party AfD has managed to move into yet another state’s government. The leading party of Germany, the CDU, turned out to have even less votes than them, which is the lowest result they ever had and not a good sign for the elections of next year.
So far it seems that the established parties are doing very little about the uprise of the AfD. It seems they are helpless even though it would be clearly in their responsibility to educate the people of the true intentions of this party. So the Berlin club scene united under the helm of the Club Map and the Zug der Liebe parade took it upon themselves to tackle the task of spreading the word about the true agenda of the AfD with a new poster campaign. They are fighting for an open and tolerant Berlin and hope to convince the people not to give their “frustration vote” to the AfD at the Berlin elections on September 18th 2016. Have a look after the jump for the posters and their important messages.