photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.
These days Berlin is a little more colorful and crazy than usual thanks to the Pictoplasma Festival that is bringing us the best of character design to the city. The program includes exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, performances and parties at various places in Berlin including Silent Green, ACUC, Yaam and more. You should check out the details about what’s going on here.
One of the highlights is this year’s Inter_faces Exhibition in the underground hall of Silent Green – one of Berlin’s newest locations. As the name suggests a lot of the works shown there incorporate some kind of interface that lets the viewer interact with the characters. It’s a really stunning experience and one of the most fun exhibition we’ve ever seen in Berlin. Especially the futuristic set-up of the show with all these interactive projections on translucent canvases makes for a wonderful trippy experience that you shouldn’t miss. Have a look at our impressions of the show, but also make sure to visit the place this weekend. The show runs until Sunday, daily from 12-20h, Gerichtstr. 35 in Wedding. Free entry!
photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.
As you know, we love interdisciplinary work blending different genres together, especially when this happens in unique places in Berlin. One new occasion to experience such a creative immersion is happening this weekend for 3 nights at the beautiful Delphi. The place has a unique history as it used to be a silent movie theater that opened in the 1920s and it was actually the last one of its kind that was ever built.
With Hecate House, a new independent genre-bending theater production written by Christopher Adams-Cohen and directed by James Darrah, the old silent movie theater will be transformed into an experimental experience that will stimulate all your senses. Led by an overarching narrative of a brother and sister who get caught in a storm in the Black Forrest and take shelter in an abandoned hunting lodge that is inhabited by a mysterious pair of twin sisters the audience gets invited to step into a responsive audio-visual landscape breaking the fourth wall of the performer/spectator experience. During the piece, you can enjoy live electronic music improvisations by Farah Hazim and Wissam Sader, as well as dance performances choreographed by Andrea Galad.
To be able to give you a bit of a preview we joined the first dress rehearsal and took some photos for you. The Hecate House premieres tonight, at Delphi with encore performances on Saturday and Sunday.
The other day I spontaneously went to see the brand new Berlin movie Liebesfilm that was just released to cinemas. I hadn’t heard of the film before, to be honest – Berlin Bouncer has taken up most of the Berlin buzz I guess – so I didn’t have any specific expectations of the flick.
But to my delight, I was really enjoying what I was seeing. In contrast to most Berlin movies or TV shows of the last years, this film did not portrait the city and its inhabitants in a stylized and overdramatized kind of way. It felt very real and honest which made the film and its characters incredibly likable. Even that kooky, trashy little party at the beginning of the film felt like a much more earnest representation of Berlin nightlife than any exaggerated techno rave in some kind of stunning location that doesn’t even look like anything that would exist in Berlin – we’ve seen in too many times in many other movies already.
The story is as simple as it gets: Two unlikely lovers find themselves – completely wasted – in a party and start a joyful love affair. The snotty, rebellious attitude of them perfectly captures the personality of the archetype Berliner: totally impossible but also adorable at the same time. And even though this film is not really about the city itself at all I feel like I rarely saw a movie that felt more “Berlin” like this one.
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 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 peace in club heaven. Have a look for yourself in the video below and be inspired by Berlin’s 90s club scene.
photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.
Berlin on the first of May, Labor Day. What was once a day of protests and revolts where the Kreuzberg anarchists and punks would throw bottles at the police, set cars on fire and smash shop windows is nowadays one of the biggest street parties taking over most of Kreuzberg 36 and some other parts of the city.
You could argue that Berlin has lost its edge and that the youths now frolicking through the streets with beer in their hands have totally forgotten about the history and meaning of this important German Holiday. But on the other hand, isn’t this free-spirited way of celebrating life in any given place and for any reason Berlin’s major trademark since basically the early 90s?
International travel videographer Alex Soloviev has already blessed us with his two stunning Berlin travel videos The Inner Layer and Everyday Berlin. Now, on the quite sad occasion of the fire at Notre-Dame, he released a beautiful tribute video of the French Icon that he shot on the roof of the famous church – a place that is probably not going to be accessible for years to come. From here you see those parts of the church that were probably the most destroyed by the devastating fire earlier this week.
As shocking as the fire and its damages to the beloved building were – it’s a relieve to know that it was not completely lost and can be rebuilt again. In Berlin, most of our major sights were also quite heavily destroyed by fires at some point in the past – for buildings this old it’s just always gonna be a part of their history.
Leading into all of the fantastic art events happening in Berlin later this month Mumm is hosting a very unique ArtNight special this coming weekend to celebrate the launch of the 5th limited art edition of their sparkling wine. And the best thing: we have exclusive tickets for you to win for a sparkling experience!
This new ArtNight special is not just one night actually, it’s an experience happening four times over the course of the weekend at the brand new event hall in the mysterious underground floor of Silent Green in Wedding. But what’s gonna happen there?
The contemporary dance piece “Half Life” by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar that is performed by the Staatsballett Berlin takes the viewer to an abstract world where intensity is marking every gesture and every decision.
A driving electronic beat makes the half-naked bodies of the dancers pulsate almost trance-like. The whole ensemble moves in unison as if it was one organism totally in synch with the music. The sweat on their skin makes every muscle glisten in the minimal light in front of the black background. Even though the choreography heavily relies on repetition there is a lot of suspense building up and the relief that the viewers experience when one movement breaks out of the formation feels a lot like that delicious “beat drop” moment during an excessive techno club night.
What is remarkable about this piece is the ecstatic reaction of the audience at the end of the performance which is often greeted with standing ovations and screams and shouts. This is not exactly a typical reaction of the Berlin opera and ballet audience.
After his lovely poetic film Berlin, Berlin: Autumn, talented filmmaker Nehemias Colindres follows up with another beautiful Berlin film focussing on another special season of the year: Spring.
The lovely film perfectly captures this feeling of waking up and getting excited that we also feel every Spring when the temperatures rise and the trees start to blossom. There is something so magical about the season filled full of hope and anticipation for the following months that will be filled with cheerful times spent with friends hanging out by the river and chasing through long, warm nights. Especially the last couple of weekends felt exactly like that and we can’t wait for more of these lovely Spring days.
Enjoy the beautiful film!
In the last couple of years, Berlin’s gastronomic scene has certainly gained a lot in terms of diversity, originality and also quality. Understandably, this comes at a certain price. When I look at our listings of new restaurants of recent years the price tag for the most hyped new places has continuously risen. While it is probably a blessing for gastronomy entrepreneurs that people are finally spending more money on elaborate restaurant experiences – it also means that especially younger people or those who simply can’t afford to spend 50 EUR up for a dinner are left out of the fun.
Luckily, Berlin still has a lot of places that combine excellent cooking, a cool ambiance, and an “affordable” price level. We decided to dig through our previous restaurant guides and also add some places that we never featured here before even though they belong to our personal favorites to compile a list of the best affordable restaurants in Berlin.