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PortrAid: When Art Helps People in Need

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Today we want to introduce you to a very special exhibition that’s currently happening at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin-Mitte. Initiated by Thomas Rusch and the ABURY Foundation from Berlin the exhibition “PortrAid. Get art. Give work.” shows portraits of weavers from Ethiopia taken by photo artist Xiomara Bender.

What makes this exhibition so special are not only the incredibly beautiful photos but also the fact that the sales of the artworks directly support the portrayed weavers. With the profits from the artworks the foundation will purchase new weaving looms for the portrayed craftsmen giving them the opportunity to improve their work situation and the lives of their entire families. Compared to many charity exhibitions this is a very transparent and direct approach connecting the art buyer with the person receiving aid.

Frank by
on February 20th, 2018
in Art

Oráculo: A Spiritual Journey

Oráculo: A Spiritual Journey

The approach to theater by Gal and Matan from The progressive wave is a quite unique and different one than what you might be used to on the stages of Berlin’s independent theater scene. It’s hard to define it sometimes because each piece incorporates different disciplines. For instance their last production Lights & Vessels which was the first part of a theatrical trilogy called Science of Signs presented itself as a lecture on philosophy, alchemy and Kabbala. There were elements of contemporary dance in it, but for the most part it really worked by its own definition.

The second part of the trilogy is called Oráculo and it premieres tonight at Ballhaus Ost as part of the ID Festival with encores on Saturday and Sunday. This time the topics of spirituality and religion are at the core of the piece, but from a very different angle. Embedded into a beautifully elaborate set design that keeps on changing and adapting over time we see different rituals and performative interpretations of religious imagery. It’s a very calming and hypnotic experience to watch this piece, especially the shamanic ritual will really draw you in. There are also a lot of innovative and experimental elements in it that bring in techniques of crafts and arts that are really fascinating to watch. I highly recommend you get tickets for one of the three shows of Oráculo this weekend! Some impressions from the piece below.

Frank by
on January 26th, 2018
in Theater

The BVG Teams up with Adidas for Iconic Subway Sneaker

Like many Berlin fans I really love the pattern of the old subway seats from the BVG. It’s one of those things so iconic about Berlin, even though its such a simple design. I was quite excited when I saw the BVG has teamed up with Adidas to release its first own limited edition sneaker in celebration of its 90th birthday. How cool is that? And the shoe looks really amazing, too! I can’t wait to see it live.

The sneaker will come out on January 16 at the Adidas flagship store in Mitte and at Overkill in Kreuzberg in a limited edition of only 500. You can expect there to be quite the long line because the shoe also functions as year-long BVG ticket (valid in all BVG buses, trams, ferries and subways – not in the S-Bahn though!). With only 180 EUR this is quite the bargain!

Frank by
on January 10th, 2018
in Fashion, Products

An Urban Road Trip around the Southwest of Berlin

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Sometimes when we follow our everyday life in our little neighborhoods traveling between a maximum of three districts from work, to the girlfriend, and back home, we completely forget how big Berlin actually is and how much there is to discover beyond our usual comfort zone. And as we need to soak up as much daylight as possible in the darker and colder season of the year we have all the more reason to go out and explore the city beyond the S-Bahn ring.

Thanks to the multiple comfortable car sharing services we have here in Berlin the ride to our next adventure is literally just around the corner. For our brand new tour we have teamed up with one of those services: DriveNow which has one of the biggest fleets of cars – you will find their BMW and MINI all over the city. You can either use the car for a short practical ride from A to B and pay by minute, or you can book the car for a package of 3, 6, 9 or 24 hours to make little trips to further places.

Frank by
on January 5th, 2018
in Dahlem, Museums, Wannsee, Zehlendorf

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Guide for Berlin

photo: Marcel Berkmann / CC

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The end is near – of the year 2017 – and isn’t it a special place to celebrate it, our beloved Berlin? This city offers so many opportunities to spend New Year’s Eve and make the best of it. The pressure is high to have the best possible time in this night, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. With our ultimate New Year’s Eve guide for Berlin we want to give you a bit of guidance how to do it right.

As for most of you NYE is pretty much an affair that can’t be had without a bit of alcohol we have teamed up with our long-term partner Absolut. We already spend Midsommar and the Lollapalooza with them this year, so why not also New Year’s? They recently revealed the new limited edition bottle Absolut Uncover that comes in a special blue wrap that needs to be peeled off. I’m sure there will be a lot of peeling off during New Year’s Eve.

For our guide we want to help you cover all aspects of this special night: how to decorate your place, what to drink, what to eat, what music to play, what entertainment to offer, where to see the fireworks, and where to party in Berlin’s clubs. You can discover all seven parts of our guide by clicking in the menu below. Enjoy! And “Guten Rutsch!” as we say in German.

Frank by
on December 28th, 2017
in Clubs, Design, Food, Music, Party

Welcome to Latin America: An Immersive Art Installation in Berlin

photos: Alejandro Arretureta

If you like immersive art you need to check out the current exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof. As one of the nominees of this year’s “Preis der Nationalgalerie” Berlin-based Venezuelan artist Sol Calero has transformed a couple of rooms of the museum into the so called “Amazonas Shopping Center”. You can walk through various rooms such as a travel agency, cyber cafe, a hair salon, a dance studio, a cinema, a driving school and a money exchange and even sit down and interact with the scenarios. Each room is wonderfully colorful and combines aesthetics of the tropics of Latin America with traditional architectural elements. What is fascinating is her process of self-exotifying her own heritage and playing with cliches of Latin culture. But apart from that it’s just an incredibly fun exhibition to hang out in and soak up every little detail. Some impressions after the jump. You can still catch the exhibition until January 14, 2018. If you like this artwork you can vote for Sol to win the audience price right here.

Frank by
on December 19th, 2017
in Art

Wrap Your Presents in the Art of Zebu at Bikini Berlin

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The Bikini Berlin is never short of a lovely surprise when it comes to using their amazing space for beautiful creative projects. Just like last year they have teamed up with an artist duo to transform the center of the concept shopping mall into a wonderland for the senses. Combining a fun photo wall, a greeting card station, a present wrapping service and a cute little winter punch booth the colorful illustrations of the lovely guys from Zebu magically materialized as a little playground full of curious animals and creatures.

The heart of the installation is the free Christmas wrapping service in the middle where you can bring all your Christmas presents to be masterfully wrapped in the exclusive paper designed by Zebu for Bikini Berlin. Or if you are crafty you can also swing the scissors and ribbons yourself at the big self-service tables. The paper comes with three artworks that represent different aspects of Christmas and embody the style of the two artists perfectly. The fact that they love to work with animals makes so much sense given you are looking straight into the monkey house of the Zoo right next to the mall through its big panorama window. In fact the sheets look so cool that you could as well frame them and hang them in your house as art prints.

The postcard station offers your the possibility to either send Christmas greetings to your loved ones (Bikini Berlin will cover the postage) or cut out and fold the animals to start your own little zoo. It’s all too cute!

Frank by
on December 8th, 2017
in Misc.

So What? It’s Berlin!

It’s Monday, guys and you’re just rolling out the club heading straight to work not having changed or showered in 3 days. So what? It’s Berlin!

This video by comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding hilariously mocks some of the biggest cliches of our outrages Berlin lifestyle. It’s so painfully true sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh at the absurdity. Probably the funniest Berlin video ever! But see for yourself.

Frank by
on December 4th, 2017
in Videos

Angela Merkel’s Eye Roll Problem

With this year’s election results and the failing coalition negotiations you would think that Angela Merkel has more reasons than ever to roll her eyes. All that on top of all the megalomaniac male presidents she has to deal with on a daily basis. I think the occasional eye roll is totally understandable. However, it’s not so practical when in fact you want to maintain a serene pokerface…

Frank by
on November 29th, 2017
in Videos

A Monument made of Buses at Brandenburger Tor

A couple of days ago a quite unusual sight came into being at Brandenburger Tor. Three disused busses where erected like poles right by the backside of the gate. What is the meaning of that you might wonder? The installation was made by the artist Manaf Halbouni and it was already on display in Dresden earlier this year. It caused a bit of protests from the right wing, but generally people were quite stunned by it.

But what is the meaning of these mysterious busses? The installation is a reference to a photo that was taken in 2015 in war-ridden Aleppo. It showed busses that were put up just like that as shields against the gunfire. Titled “Monument” the piece is calling for awareness of this horrible war that is still going on today.

Frank by
on November 15th, 2017
in Art