Berlin has always been a place with a strong disruptive attitude. Every decade this city sees new things going to waste and getting thrown apart. But between all that waste and messiness there is always growing an intense subculture of creative minds wanting to invent things out of the ordinary. Taking place at a former GDR-Plattenbau, now art center and nightclub called Neu West Berlin the Trashera Festival brings a whole spectrum of different art forms in one place. All the artist presented are far from being part of the establishment but a good mix of newcomers, amateurs and wild party kids in an experimental phase of their life. But by joining force and with the help of an interesting location this event might have an absorbing energy worth experiencing. You have time until monday to check out the whole festival weekend of performance, installation, and music. Also worth trying is the Agora-Pop Up Restaurant serving delicious vegan food on top of the building. A little photographic preview after the jump.
The long weekend (for everybody who could take a “Brückentag) was a blast! You want to know how we made it even better? We went to the Wormland & House of Calvin Klein event and enjoyed some nice drinks, luxurious fashion, beautiful models and a charming concert by Jesper Munk. And the cherry on the cake was meeting good friends like the boys from Dandy Diary, as well as model and entrepreneur Markus. We took some photos for everybody who could not make it. Take a look at our impressions after the jump.
Finding cool elegant menswear in Berlin is a challenge all around the year. But especially in the summer when the wedding season starts I know dozens of men in the desperate situation to buy a well fitting suit that can be called fashionable and where you don’t look like you have just been at your graduation ceremony (Abifeier).
Especially for elegant menswear I think that a nice variety of choices helps you to find a better deal. And what better way to shop and stroll than while having a good drink in your hand? One of the best and well selected menswear shops in Berlin is Wormland. This Friday on May 15th 2015 they are hosting a special Calvin Klein Event with a live fashion installation, free drinks, appetizers and an exclusive concert of sexy blues singer Jesper Munk. If you want to attend please register under this link. After the jump a little preview from the music talent of Jesper Munk and the details to the event.
It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes we are lucky to present to you events that have a very powerful message. On the 21st of May 2015 legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – both committed activists – will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015. Prominent presenters of the honorific speech will be Patty Smith and Chris Dercon (upcoming General Director of Volksbühne).
Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award is the organization’s top honour, recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Continuing in the proud tradition of Amnesty supporting musicians who have gone before them, Academy Award winning songwriter Glen Hansard, German singer/songwriter Clueso and one of the finest voices in soul and blues, Jo Harman, will perform at the award ceremony for Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei.
We are giving away 2×2 free tickets for the event which you can also buy tickets for here. More after the jump.
We have to admit that we are a little late with our trend review of the best of the Milan Design Week. But better late than never right? Not only did we have a great experience at the Airbnb House Warming exhibition, but were also impressed by other places with intriguing and remarkably intelligent design installations. Check out the 5 highlights we found after the jump that includes a couple of designs from here that were shown at the Berlin Design Selection showroom that’s currently traveling around Europe to several design events.
photos: Skylar Kang
Experimental theater nowadays can hardly shock anybody. I have seen everything happening on stage: Blowjobs, Kiss-Orgys, dancers penetrated by giant dildos and even a whole audience who started to take of their clothes. Sometimes these pieces get scandalized in the press, but similarly to the art world the theater world mostly applauds when a tabu gets broken.
The theater piece Monster Truck: Welcome to Germany is premiering tonight in Sophiensaele and has already a scandal going on. The piece was supposed to premiere in Leipzig a couple of weeks ago but didn’t because the managing director of the theater cancelled the show. The reason: a dead pig gets dissected on stage and turned into sausages. After seeing the show, I really wonder, why something which is actually happening all around Germany every day (pigs turned into sausages) should not be shown on a theater stage. Nowadays, nearly everybody has seen so many disgusting things in the food documentaries, that hardly anybody gets shocked by that.
Apart from the pig the piece is a quite original perfomance. Its inspired by a Bavarian enclave called “Villa Baviera” in Chile. If you would go there you would think that it was a beautiful fake Germany with girls in dirndls and boys in leather shorts. The truth behind the folklore-kitsch is that it was the residence of a horrible sect and a torture camp for children for over 40 years. After it was closed in 2005 and the sect leader who molested several children got finally convicted the place was turned into a vacation resort. This absurd story is the starting point for an evening with shocking pictures and impressive stage design. Check out the photos and the dates after the jump.
Berlin is the city of the unique (and by unique I mean things that happen just once) events, performances, exhibitions and parties. That is why every halfway culturally interested person has a constant feeling of regret because they just missed something. But fortunately to every rule there is an exception. The big interactive performance event Game of Life by Prinzip Gonzo is returning to Berlin with even more complex characters and situation. In this play you have the chance to reboot your life from the beginning. Which career will you choose, what kinds of friends will you make, what about children and marriage? All these questions are ready to be relived again (and with much more time pressure). If you want to support the project, feel free to do so here or order some of the few tickets left here. The dates and some photographic impressions from last year’s edition after the jump.
Gallery Weekend can be a little snobbish and too crowded from time to time. Fortunately there is one event I am looking so much forward to it that it makes up for all other little annoyances: Pictoplasma, the unique festival for contemporary character design is back in Berlin. Presenting a dense program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation screenings, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and a big party it has something for everybody who is in love with cute art! Also there will be a pop-up shop at the Uniqlo store where you can buy things and get a little workshop with the Japanese artist Akinori Oishi.
The main exhibition under the title Form Follows Empathy with international artists awaits you in the recently re-discovered abandoned crematorium of Wedding, while a group show by last year’s Pictoplasma Academy Alumni will take place at our beloved Urban Spree. For the cinema lovers the big screen of Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz will show a unique animations program, while lively art happenings and performances at Platoon Kunsthalle ensure that you truly get into character. And the best of it: all of it is for free or with a quite small entrance fee!
And since we are friends with the festival for a couple of years we are giving away 3×2 tickets for the screenings. Just let us know the time and which screening you would love to attend in the comments section (including a valid email-adress). A little preview in pictures and the trailer after the jump.
photos: Cristian Castelnuovo and iHeartBerlin
What makes you feel welcome in a new place, a new city or a new home? When I came to Berlin for the first time it was the free seat in the subway at Warschauer Straße waiting for me every morning to go to the university in Dahlem. I expected the subway to be a hostile and neurotic place and yet it was very relaxing for me to spend the 45 minutes just sitting there to observe the different kinds of people Berlin had to offer (and still has).
While traveling the world I discovered that there are many rituals and even traditions of welcoming strangers in a home. For the Milan Design Week that took place from April 14-19 this year we had the chance to see a very diverse and interesting interpretation of the topic. The social home sharing platform Airbnb partnered with the creative design and innovation center Fabrica to create Housewarming, an experimental exhibition celebrating simple welcoming traditions and the connection experienced by guests and hosts through sharing their home.
The exhibition took place at Palazzo Crespi, a historic and impressive private mansion that was open to the public for the first time for this year’s Milan Design Week. Embedded into the different parts of the Palazzo we discovered the installations and performances of 19 international designers who showed their versions of the welcoming traditions from their home country. Enjoy our impressions after the jump.
I think it’s pretty obvious that you have to speak German when you want to live in Germany. But Berlin is not Germany. Berlin is a state of mind. And in this state of mind of total freedom people often think that they don’t need to speak German when they start living and working here. I know quite some people who are annoyed by the English speaking expats, but for me as a German I find it actually pretty great that I can practice my English with a lot of native speakers without even leaving my neighborhood. But for the new people who arrive in Berlin and who try learning German it’s really difficult to practice because everybody automatically switches to English as soon they hear a foreign accent.
I know for a fact that without a certain knowledge of German (and an understanding of the culture and mentality of the Germans) some doors (business and private ones) will never open for the new Berliners who plan to make a life here. That sounds a bit dramatic, but I just wish that new Berliners have less fear of the German language and maybe a bit more enthusiasm for learning it.
While I just typed the word “enthusiasm” I had to imagine the shocked faces of several of my non-German speaking friends. And probably quite a lot of my non-German speaking readers think that I have gone insane right now. But honestly: German is a beautiful and precise language with a lot of creative freedom and abundance of neologism that makes the language alive. I don’t want to bother you much more with my love for the German. That’s why I would like to let this photography project convince you to at least try to spark your enthusiasm. The amazing photo tumblr Days of Deutsch that I discovered a couple of days ago, helps you to learn German with photographs of Berlin. More about this beautiful project after the jump.