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Josefine Aspvik’s Witty Illustrations of the Berlin Techno Scene

Partying in Berlin is a whole thing. The ritual of preparing yourself for a long weekend of non-stop techno has its own steps and rules. For the techno lovers and night creatures, it’s like a sacred ceremony of the modern days. It takes time and money that not all Berliners can’t really afford to spend. But in the techno tribe, too much is never enough. They have consecrated themselves to the Club God and they are ready to give it all. For some people it seems almost impossible to get out of the spiral of techno, that drew them in over and over again.

The young Berlin-based illustrator Josefine Aspvik has perfectly captured the absurdity of taking yourself too seriously. Her drawings are honest and witty and I’m sure you’ll recognize in them that friend that refuses to meet if not at Berghain.

Amanda Artiaga by
on August 29th, 2018
in Art, Party

Berlin’s Coolest Stores for Sunglasses & Eyewear


Nobody wants to need them but everybody likes to wear them. Glasses are possibly the most iconic accessory we can wear because eyes are everything. They can be seductive, inquisitive, friendly, stunning, hypnotic, and as they say, they are the mirrors of the soul. In fashion and film history glasses have been the protagonists of hundreds of emblematic shots. Nowadays glasses can be just another fashion accessory or essential pieces of art that represent our personalities.  It’s no wonder that choosing the right piece to frame your eyes is not an easy task. To help you find those amazing glasses that fit you like a glove we have gathered brands that create the most stunning design glasses in Berlin.

Amanda Artiaga by
on August 23rd, 2018
in Charlottenburg, Fashion, Mitte, Schöneberg, Shops

The Best Ice Cream Shops in Berlin

During the cold dark Berlin winter, everybody longs for the sun and the warmth. And when the longed-for summer finally arrives the sunshine makes suddenly everybody smiley and more friendly. You can chill in the parks, swim in the lakes, go on an excursion with your bike. But there is nothing that screams out summer like a cold sweet ice cream. Whether you like it in a “Waffel” or “Becher”, with cream on top, vegan, on a sandwich, we’ve got you covered. Here is our selection of the greatest ice cream places in Berlin. Enjoy!

Amanda Artiaga by
on August 16th, 2018
in Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg

A Portrait Series Capturing the Unique Personalities of Berliners

photos: Marga van den Meydenberg

Dutch photographer Marga van den Meydenberg has a mission: to photograph as many unique Berlin personalities as possible in her popup photo studio in Berlin. In her own words “every human being is unique and therefore a piece of art.” And this is totally true, you can see that each Berliner has added their own and unique point of eccentricity to each picture. I can even glimpse a Dalí influence in the approach of this project.

Funny, surreal, colorful, unexpected… and above all: spontaneous. Every portrait is a new surprise, a different story. Marga sees every photo as an experiment to discover how far she can go with the model. In the end, the collaboration between artist and model is the best way to create unforgettable moments. When you enter the studio, time doesn’t matter, leave your hurries behind, be willing to share all your creativity and don’t be afraid to give it a try. The more personality you show, the better.

Amanda Artiaga by
on July 18th, 2018
in Art, People

The Viktoriapark Waterfall Overflowing with Naked Bodies

photos: Abdulsalam Ajaj

Victoria Park is one of my favorites places in Berlin. Being able to have that beautiful green spot around the corner in a huge city like this is a true luxury. Especially because of the stunning view of the waterfall and the streets you can enjoy when you get to the top. So it’s no wonder that this spot was chosen to create a compelling and sensual artistic piece.

“Waterfall” is a human installation of naked bodies that cover the path that the water follows. Bodies that lay down naked next to each other, intertwined. Now the naked bodies are the water that runs down that magnificent waterfall. Together they become an endless entity of freed skin that occupies the wild landscape. They have become nature.  The responsible creator behind this compelling work is Mischa Badasyan, a Russian artist and activist based in Berlin. The photos of the human installation were taken by Abdulsalam Ajaj.

Amanda Artiaga by
on July 16th, 2018
in Art

The Diverse World of Contemporary Dance at Tanz im August Festival

Company Wayne McGregor

The Tanz im August Festival is back showcasing the immensely diverse world of contemporary dance on the stages of Berlin! From the August 10 to September 2 you’ll be able to enjoy and experience a wide range of dances throughout the city. From international productions by established creators to newcomers and world premieres. On top of that, the program also includes talks and workshops so the public can engage by participating and learn through action. And now, without further ado, we present you our selection of the 10 most exciting pieces from this edition of Tanz im August. Enjoy!

Amanda Artiaga by
on July 12th, 2018
in Theater

9 Essential Tips for Creatives Getting Started in Berlin

Trying to make a living in the creative field is always hard. And if you are a creative and a freelancer… things get even worse. No matter what field you work in: film, photography, crafts, design, illustration, we are all bound by the daily struggles and unforeseen challenges. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We went to the Berlin Kreativ Konferenz organized by the Berlin Kreativ Kollektiv at the beautiful Colonia Nova space in Neukölln and learned so much about the work of creatives that we are now ready to share this wisdom with you.

We spoke with a lot of the experts from different fields who gave talks and workshops at the two-day-conference about the most important advice they would give.  Here are the 9 most important pieces of advice they want to share with any creative getting started in Berlin.

Amanda Artiaga by
on June 28th, 2018
in People, Stories

Berlin: The Love of Your Life or a Distant Lover?

I’m pretty sure that you know Notes of Berlin or that at least you have encountered some really funny and incredibly true quotes or messages written on the walls of Berlin. One of them that I can’t get out of my mind was this one: “Having to leave Berlin feels like leaving the love of my life.”

When I read this I felt like the city was talking to me. Or that at least somebody somewhere just felt what I was feeling. Because back then my relationship with Berlin was about to become, against my will, a long distance relationship. And that was a really scary moment. To feel like your passionate and beautiful love affair is going to end so abruptly leaves you uneasy. And while you get on the plane you find yourself already making up crazy plans to get back to your recently lost lover.

Amanda Artiaga by
on June 5th, 2018
in Stories

A Berlin Nightlife Tarot: 5 Characters you’ll meet on the Dance Floor

When the music starts to play and you feel how the bass runs through your body there’s no going back. Your body starts to relax, your shoulders sway softly, your arms start to rise and your heart is pumping harder. And then the room fills with anticipation, waiting for the drop. And then all the emotions that were contained inside you emerge through every move – the beast has been unleashed. With every twist and turn, you shake the daily routine out of your system. You exude all your worries until you empty yourself of everything that weighs you down. The beat is so loud you can’t even hear your own thoughts. Finally. And then, when you are finally empty, the music can just run through you like a wild stream, limitless. Then you could be anything, anyone.

Here we present you our special Tarot, dancefloor edition. A pentacle of personalities that you might encounter while on the dance floor of your favorite club. Each one of them walks their separate way on their own astral plane. But when the music calls and they gather on the dance floor they conjure all the good vibes, and, on that rare moment, anything could happen. 

Amanda Artiaga by
on May 31st, 2018
in Party, People, Stories

A Guide to Spanish Creatives, Projects & Places in Berlin

photo: Ana Hell

As they say: one of the best things about living in Berlin is that you feel like traveling around the world in one city. And on this trip of discovering new cultures, finally, we are ready to take you on a journey through the artsy Spanish side of Berlin. After The Best Spanish Restaurants, we are going to unravel the most creative side of our culture presenting you some really cool creative Spanish people that have chosen Berlin to thrive. Enjoy!

Amanda Artiaga by
on May 17th, 2018
in People