A Guide to Berlin Arthouse Cinemas

A Guide to Berlin Arthouse Cinemas

photoMartin aka Maha / cc

In a world where streaming services are so widespread that it is possible to watch any movie on laptops, phones, tablets or TVs, going to the cinema continues to be a unique experience. To go out and sit in theatres, especially in cozy and intimate ones, means to elevate the simple movie-watching to the pure pleasure of being dragged into a mix of sounds, colors and feelings that you probably will not get by simply sitting on your couch at home.

We prepared a list of our favorite art-house cinemas in different areas of the city. Check it out! Close your laptop and go to the cinema! Let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere of these cool spaces. Spending 8 euros on a movie ticket instead of a cocktail is not a bad idea for a weekend. It will be worth it!

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Berlin Artist Philipp Scherer Talks About His Work on Game of Thrones

Berlin Artist Philipp Scherer Talks About His Work on Game of Thrones

Earlier this year a unique exhibition called Unseen Westeros took place in Berlin dedicated to the world of Games of Thrones. Forty artists from the art departments of the iconic series had been working together for three years to present you something special.

Being big fans of Games of Thrones, we could not miss the chance to get in touch with the organizers. That’s why we decided to interview Philipp Scherer, who is not only one of the creative minds behind this amazing exhibition but also one of the concept artists who has been working for almost all seasons of Game of Thrones. He shared stories and experiences with us, and it was pretty interesting and inspiring!

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The Symphony of Berlin Streets: 24h in a Mini Berlin

The Symphony of Berlin Streets: 24h in a Mini Berlin

Are you curious to spy what happens on the streets of a miniature Berlin on a single day? The six-minute long Minilook Berlin video will give you the chance to be an external spectator who checks out a teensy Berlin from the sky.
After the stunning Little Big Berlin video  we felt the need to experience once again the fascinating urban atmosphere of these incredible city streets. This time as well, everything you are expecting will be served: grey skies, crowded roundabouts, and of course Berliners running around like proper ants.

The Minilook Berlin project is realized by Efim Graboy and Daria Turetski using 42,069 still photos. It was made during the past 2 years with help from Berlin people and their balconies.

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O.A.K. – A Café to Fall in Love with in Neukölln

O.A.K. – A Café to Fall in Love with in Neukölln

photo: Martina Trovato

With all the cool and cozy cafes in Neukölln, O.A.K. definitely stands out as one of the most delightful. It’s not only the ideal place to sip a cup of a well-brewed Italian cappuccino while chatting with your friends, but also a nice spot to get some work done on your laptop and fill your belly with homemade delicacies.

O.A.K. Cafè is run by a joyful Italian couple: Giulia and Martino (plus the cute glasses-wearing koala in a Hawaii shirt enjoying a coffee, the symbol of O.A.K.). I am personally a loyal customer and it’s always a pleasure to have a word with them.

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Art in Public Spaces: A Chronicle of Art Installations in Berlin

Art in Public Spaces: A Chronicle of Art Installations in Berlin

Berlin has an international reputation for being a paradise for artists of any kind. During the last 30 years, our beloved city has seen an incredible big amount of large scale art installations, constructed not only in exhibition spaces, but also in public spaces, like squares or streets.

We are crazy about artworks, especially if they are emotionally touching, impressive, contemplative, and why not, also appealing to our eyes. We prepared a list of the most remarkable and unforgettable art installations which have been made in Berlin in the last decades. Which one is your favourite?

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Studying in Berlin: 4 International Students Share Their Experience

Studying in Berlin: 4 International Students Share Their Experience

Deciding to move away from your home country to study abroad can probably be one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Choosing the right city is not about spinning the globe with eyes closed and dropping a finger on a random destination. Unfortunately, the choice is way more complicated, and even if it is not easy to realize it at the very start, it can be literally life-changing.

Sending applications to universities in other countries means to gradually plan your future and to figure out a lot of important issues, like which university and which program could be the right one for you or for your future career. But besides all that, the choice should not fall upon the university only, but also in the city you would love to live in!

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A Christmas Gift Guide for Berlin Fans

A Christmas Gift Guide for Berlin Fans

Without even realizing it, another year as almost flown by. Once again, Christmas is already upon us and besides the bitterness of not having achieved all the unrealistic goals we have established for us during the year, we have to face “the final year challenge”: searching and buying the perfect Christmas presents. Most of us consider it as a demanding task (because come on, let’s say the truth: most of us do not enjoy spending time searching for the perfect gift to buy in crowded shopping malls). However, we all have that old friend who really cares about receiving Christmas gifts and we all know that our mum is expecting a little present this year as well. Whether we like it or not, we are all going to Christmas shopping.

But what makes this treasure hunt difficult are always the same issues: “I do not know what to buy!”, “I am not feeling inspired”, “last year I bought my girlfriend a pair of secondhand gloves, I need something original this year!”. Don’t panic: we are here for you! We prepared an awesome gift list to help you find the most fantastic presents and souvenirs for your beloved ones, family members or Berlin fans and friends. Have a look, you will surely find something interesting and cool. Why are we sure that you are going to make a good impression? Because our present suggestions all have the cool Berlin style.

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The Most Unique Christmas Markets & Events in Berlin

The Most Unique Christmas Markets & Events in Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt, photo: Michael Setzpfandt

December is upon us, degrees are dropping down and Berlin winter has come. Even if we haven’t had any snow yet, we can feel it in the air: it’s almost Christmas markets season!

Even when it comes to Christmas events, Berlin has style and originality. If you were thinking that Christmas markets in this city are just about drinking smoking hot glühwein, eating “ich-liebe-dich”- gingerbread hearts or thousand different chocolate delicacies, you are wrong. The Berlin Christmas events have so much more to offer! To help you experience the Berlin Christmas season, we have created a 2018 Christmas Markets’ guide of the best and unconventional markets to visit in December. Berlin’s just as versatile as you might have expected – you’ll find a few traditional markets, some really design-oriented events, and even a Christmas film festival. Have a look! Finding the perfect Christmas gift it is not going to be demanding and boring anymore.

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The Unadorned Realness of Berlin

The Unadorned Realness of Berlin

As born and raised Neuköllner the 26-years-old photographer Hanko Ye really knows how to capture the unadorned and raw side of life in Berlin.

Any kind of daily urban situation could represent a source of inspiration. He shoots photos of the streets, U-Bahn stations or green spaces. Private or public, intimate or social, forbidden or ordinary, ugly or beautiful: every moment and every detail becomes a puzzle piece of the bigger picture that is this incredible city.

His focus is on the people around him, regardless of their age, origin, appearance or style. With a sharp eye, he finds them in those mundane, authentic moments of everyday life that would normally go unnoticed. Of course, a certain boldness and unapologetic honesty come with the territory. So it comes as no surprise that some of his photos overstep our social comfort zone. But it’s exactly those brutal truths about life in Berlin that make his images so relatable.

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BEAT: A New TV Show about Crime, Techno and Berlin

BEAT: A New TV Show about Crime, Techno and Berlin

Crime, techno, and Berlin: these three words are the perfect keywords to describe BEAT, the brand new TV show that will premiere on November 9th, 2018, on Amazon Prime.

This crime show tells the story of Robert Schlag, a Berlin club promoter. Robert, also known as BEAT, is a real Berlin nightlife lover whose excesses have deeply caught him: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll techno music. Being a real clubber means to be a notorious person in the underground world. Whatever you would need, Beat knows how to get it: he has contacts, he knows the right people and he knows how to handle unconventional situations. His attitude and temperament attracted the German governmental authorities, charged to destroy the growing network of criminality and organ trafficking. But how to defeat crime if not from the underground itself? Beat is the only one who can help them.

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