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This New Festival Brings Partying to a WHOLE New Level

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Aja Jane, photo: Walid Ghanem

Berlin’s queer nightlife is vibrant, diverse and yet divided, full of holes and ruptures. If you want your own little party island, you will find it but finding that one common ground seems almost utopian. But now, WHOLE United Queer Festival wants to prove that there can be a queer common ground where we put all differences aside and dance together – at Europe’s first queer electronic music festival! Anyone familiar with what’s hot and what’s not after sun set might rub their eyes looking at the festival collaborators  Pornceptual, Members, Riot, G Day, Female:Pressure, Liber Null Berlin, and TrashEra. It’s literally like your favorite Saturday nights went on a date and made a baby.

Andy by Andy
on August 16th, 2017
in Music, Party

The Unexpected Beauty of Berlin Captured by Konaction

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Konrad alias Konaction is one of the most important and influential Berlin Instagrammers, over 130 thousand followers speak for themselves. He is a master in capturing Berlin’s unusual, nonconformist beauty, in grey skies, concrete walls and geometrical shapes. Like hardly any other Instagrammer he has managed to keep a level of originality in his stream of photos that always makes you look forward to the next one, always makes surprised to see a side of the city that you never noticed before.

We met up with Konaction and talked about the usefulness of hashtags, photogenic hotspots and how he makes all of Berlin desire a Plattenbau apartment.

Andy by Andy
on August 11th, 2017
in People, Photos

The Party that Changed the Game of Berlin’s Nightlife

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Pornceptual is the unchallenged, sexiest Party in town: 4 years of conceptual porn, sensual photography, experimental videos, wild parties, and daily inspiration to live out our kinky side. Deeply rooted on Berlin’s underground scene, it’s hard to imagine the city without their bi-monthly, naked gathering. The one event that makes you think outside your normal party closet, or finally lets you dress according to your phantasies: In nothing or nothing more than fishnet. Although, Berlin has always been a place for sex-positivity, Pornceptual is a singular phenomenon. Despite hitting party mainstream, it has maintained its reputation as one of Berlin’s most revealing nights. It’s hundreds of naked bodies dancing, sweating, fucking, living. After all,  It’s just skin, it’s all human and it’s all beautiful! We collected some sexy, nude, extravagant memories of their fabulous first 4 years.

Andy by Andy
on August 10th, 2017
in Party, Photos

A Guide to Getting it Together

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

There are certain typical Berlin problems that we have seen too many times; too many fresh starts that just ended in a year of doing nothing, too many conversations about amazing, innovative, entrepreneurial projects that were never realized. We’ve heard too many stories about dating neuroses and complaints about being single, the weather, tourists, gentrification or life in general. Even if there’s NOTHING to complain about! Yes, Berlin is the destination for procrastination but it’s 2017 y’all! Let’s make it the year we all start to get it together! Especially, if you relate to one or more of the following 5 shortcomings.

Andy by Andy
on August 7th, 2017
in Stories

Why the Fuck Am I Single?

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photos: Stella Manouseli

Location: Berlin. Display Name: … Remember to pick a super funny and witty name later. Edit Profile. About Me: …Uhm… Well, twenty-something, decent height, well proportioned, I’d say, comparably smart. Looking for… Mr. Right …or Mr. Right now (?). Relationship Status: Single.

That’s probably what I typed into some dating app 5 years ago after moving to Berlin. Things changed, but that one thing hasn’t: Relationship status: Single! Single, Single, SINGLE! Let’s be honest here, I want a boyfriend, no denying that. We all want a professional cuddling partner. So, no shade! People have said I’m “damn cute”, “oh so hilarious”, “definite bf material” and I have spent a whole lot of time on living up to my own visual expectations. Time that I could have easily used on pizza, beer, and Sex and the City binge watching. Still, I can tell many bed stories, but no love story. So, seriously guys, why the fuck am I single? But, as the hopeless, self-ironic optimist that I am. I see every awkward date and disturbing sexual encounter as a funny, absurd life lesson to learn from, laugh about and carry on. And, as I am such a talkative person I will let y’all participate now, life lesson by life lesson. And maybe by the end of it all I will write ‘Lesson #378: How I got my boyfriend’ … but first things first:

Andy by Andy
on August 3rd, 2017
in Stories

The Hauntingly Beautiful Photography of Andrea Gallad

Andrea Galad

photos: Andrea Galad

The Italian born photographer Andrea Galad creates dark visual worlds. He shows flawed creatures, demons, angels, beautiful beasts and monsters. Yet, Andrea’s world is as dark as it is warm, always moving between the poles. Since, ultimately,  what are we? We are imperfect creatures, never just one thing, we are many-faced, conflicted and illogical.

The Berlin-based artist could be called a Neo-Romantic but that would simplify his work. His early influences vary, from a classic cultural upbringing, formal piano lessons to art history and Victorian literature. While his photographs are reminiscent of romantic paintings, ancient greek statues, and classical mythology alike. All these influences are visible in his art. As a child Andrea realized that he could not recreate the perfect images in his mind with paint. So, he decided for photography. But, rather than just depicting reality he is fascinated by creating an altered one. His photos are purposely manipulated and open visual doors to another world. His latest work reminds us of medieval icon paintings fused with dark contemporary photography. We see halos on unholy figures, disembodied arms and wings growing out of human shoulders.

Andy by Andy
on August 3rd, 2017
in Art

A Guide to a Real Berlin Afterhour

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Nothing compares to a true Berlin party night. But, every night has to come to an end, …or does it? Sometimes, all you want to do is keep on going, stay with your friends, have another beer and just live the moment, and why not right? Yes, everyone else might go to sleep, and maybe your grandma might not approve but if there is one city that allows us, even urges us not to conform to normal people’s bedtimes, it’s Berlin. Instead of seeing it as social misbehaving you should see the early morning hours as a land full of opportunity. In order to inspire you and your personal Berlin afterhour, we gathered some ideas in collaboration with Carlsberg and their #rightbeerrightnow campaign. The whole campaign is about celebrating friendship and to overcome the normality of everyday life by sharing special moments with your inner circle.  The beer brand from Copenhagen has a long history of supporting a creative nightlife culture all over the world. We had a great time to explore with them Berlin in the early morning hours and hope you will do too.

Andy by Andy
on July 26th, 2017
in Cafés, City Guide

When Berlin shows its Awkward Side

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photos: Knurrt

Berlin can be eccentric, glossy, edgy, dark, fabulous but Berlin can also be pretty awkward. It’s these daily situations, encounters, moments that are just… a bit odd. When cultures, and generations clash as they do in a huge city like Berlin it can get pretty absurd from time to time. Some of that is hilarious, some maybe a bit depressing. Berlin Instagrammer Knurrt has perfected the art of capturing these ‘lil goofy Berlin moments. We collected some of his most absurd pictures.

Andy by Andy
on July 26th, 2017
in Photos

Remembering the Three Days of Summer 2017

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photo: claudioheartsberlin

We do not want to seem all passive aggressive here, but as in 2016, summer 2017 is not really committing. Instead of exclusively staying with us, it feels more like we’re in some kinda on and of relationship. So, eventually we end up wearing the wrong clothes every day because Miss Summer decides to show up when we just got used to these 15 degrees again, running around in a turtle neck. We could moan about our depressing relationship, but, let’s rather cherish the time we already had, these lovely, warm, comforting moments, these days in sandals and shorts, finally wearing this pair of sexy sunglasses. These beautiful, sunny, shimmering, approximately 3 days of summer that we already had. And as we know, you couldn’t capture these moments as you were busy lying in a starfish pose in any Volkspark or jumping into the refreshing water of Schlachtensee. Don’t you worry, that is totally fine. We collected some visuals from our favorite Instagrammers (our own), so we can all remember these beautiful, mesmerizing, 3 days of summer 2017. Enjoy.

Andy by Andy
on July 25th, 2017
in Photos

The Queer Documentary about West Berlin you have to watch

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Living in Berlin as one united city, it’s hard to imagine a life surrounded by a city split in half. Living in todays liberal, progressive Berlin, it’s even harder to imagine how it must have been being queer in times when gays were despised, even pursued as criminals. The new documentary “Mein wunderbares West-Berlin” by director Jochen Hick gives fascinating insights in 19 individual stories of gay life in the underground of West-Berlin.

Legal or not, Berlin has always been the place of a vibrant gay subculture. As Berlin was one of the only cities in Germany where men were allowed to dance with each other, the democratic German enclave rapidly became a hotspot for gays, students, runaways, and many different people in search for their personal freedom. The documentary shows a world that is long gone, places that might have lost their appeal and stories that cannot be relived in the way they are depicted. It is a must-see for any Berlin Queer, wanting to understand where his or her culture comes from and what the community has gone through.

Andy by Andy
on July 22nd, 2017
in Movies