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How Migration Feels Like


Oren Lazovski, NO-MAD, 2016 © Johan Planefeldt

Migration is pretty much a hot topic these days, but for the most part we only look at it from one side: The immigrants and what effect they might have on the places they migrate to. But what I find way more interesting and important to know is how migration actually feels like for the people that have to do it. In the end every single migration has a story attached to it that needs to be told, and be heard.

This video collected some migration stories from the makers and performers of the annual ID Festival that is going to take place this weekend for the second time at Radialsysteme V. The theme of this year is migration, so it made a lot of sense to ask all the people involved what their personal association with this term is. The result is a beautiful collection of personal anecdotes and statements that bring us closer to understanding the emotional weight of migration.

Frank by Frank
on October 20th, 2016
in Misc.

Crafty Berlin: Awesome Workshops in Berlin

Frau Tonis Schnupperkurs

photo: Frau Tonis Parfum

Autumn has come lovely people. We cannot deny it any more. It is, therefore, high time we started coming up with nice activities for this grey time of year. Quite a few times we have you aware of the fabulous, tempting offers by Priceless Berlin® and on this note we will carry on today. This time we have picked out a few activities for you for the cold days that will get your creative juices flowing. DIY has become such a pretty big trend; but in order to develop the right skills for it, think about participating at some of the workshops, that are offered in great abundance all over Berlin. We picked out a few exciting suggestions for you.

On board is also Berlin-re-cycle, whose workshop we recently featured in detail; there, you can work on your own upcycling lamps. Besides that, you can make your own perfume with the help of Frau Tonis or get a professional make-up by the MUD experts.

Frank by Frank
on October 20th, 2016
in Design, Food, Products

C-HR Festival: Sustainability, Innovation and Creativity

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Last week a brand new festival launched in Berlin that took over the beautiful Kaufhaus Jandorf at Weinbergspark. But the C-HR Festival is not just any kind of festival, it’s a festival for the future: The themes are sustainability, creativity, design, fashion and innovation. All of these are quite broad topics, but when you read the program of speakers and workshop hosts you will understand how it’s all connected.

We live in a world that is oversaturated by innovations, creativity and design. But we realized that many of the things that humans have developed in the past couple of decades brought a lot of negative side-effects with them. Effects that we were blind to for way too long, environmentally, economically but also socially. The C-HR Festival now wants to shed some light on some of the problems and solutions we have today and need to come up with in the future. There will be talks and speeches about pollution of the ocean, the psychology of creativity, the possible effects of veganism and so much more.

Frank by Frank
on October 18th, 2016
in Events

Caffè Torino: An Italian Aperitivo in Berlin


photos: Finding Berlin

One of my favorite Italian traditions that I have always enjoyed so much when I was there is the Aperitivo. And by that I don’t mean a simply fizzy drink before I dinner, I mean the whole ritual that comes attached to that. The meeting in a bar in the early evening, enjoy a good drink and snack from a delicious buffet full of Italian delicacies. When you hear “Aperitivo” in Germany you will most likely only get the drink – very few bars offer the entire experience, the Bar Milano or the event series Aperitivo a Berlino being the few exceptions. But thankfully this has just changed as we just got a new Aperitivo bar in Berlin…

Frank by Frank
on October 14th, 2016
in Bars, Prenzlauer Berg

Shaping Our City: Yasha Young – Director of URBAN NATION


Yasha Young

Recently we kicked off a new series of interviews about the movers and shakers of Berlin inspired by the Shape Your City campaign by Heineken, a competition for city shapers in the making who aspire to help create a bar built on the basis of their personal concept. In the first part we introduced you to party and festival organizer PANSY who spoke with us about the changes and prospects of Berlin’s nightlife.

For the second edition we want to venture from the nightlife into the daylight and bring up one of our favorite topics on the blog: Street art. Berlin is full of it and cherished for it. Especially in the last couple of years so many new incredible works have been added to the walls of Berlin making it huge open air gallery for contemporary art. What many people might not even know is that a big part of the new murals in Berlin were organized by Berlin-based contemporary art platform Urban Nation. We spoke with director and curator Yasha Young about the development of this project and their plans to open the world’s first big street art museum.

Frank by Frank
on October 11th, 2016
in Art, People

Festival of Lights 2016 Highlights

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From the 7th until the 16th of October the Festival of Lights is taking place in Berlin transforming some of Berlin’s most iconic buildings with the magic of illumination and projections. The festival has come a long way over the years including more and more buildings and bringing more international visual artists to town. Even though the light spectacle is a little bit outside the array of things that we would feature here on the blog normally I can’t help but be impressed as well by some of the projections that you get to see (and not so much by others). To see one giant panda spaceman projected onto the Berliner Dom is simply powerful and fun to watch. It reminds me of all the huge murals that are popping up over the city. I like to see this kind of larger-than-life artworks and I wish there was more of it. After the jump some of my favorite light works from the festival.

Frank by Frank
on October 11th, 2016
in Photos

A Documentary about Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg in 1990

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This interesting documentary by Petra Tschörtner about the district Prenzlauer Berg in the year of the reunification of Germany is a must-see for anyone interested in the recent history of the city. I like it because you can see a lot of parallels in today’s subculture and I also think it’s interesting to see how difficult the change of the reunification was for a lot of people in East Berlin. And take a look at the long-haired bearded photographer at the travesty show at 29 min. Could be the 90′s version of me ;)

Frank by Frank
on October 3rd, 2016
in Videos

Shaping Our City: PANSY – The Hostess with the Mostest


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.

Frank by Frank
on September 29th, 2016
in People

Berlin’s Renaissance of Debauchery

The House of Red Doors 2

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!

Frank by Frank
on September 28th, 2016
in Party, Videos

The new Selfie Street Art Mural in Berlin

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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.

Frank by Frank
on September 26th, 2016
in Art