The Berlin Art Week is upon and will once again reflect on the current contemporary art world. This year, during the 11th-20th September, the great contemporary art museums, project spaces, art associations and private collections will host a nearly endless amount of openings and events that it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the options. But don’t worry, we dug through the many programs and invitations to pick some of the most significant ones you shouldn’t miss. Here are our 12 favorite exhibitions and events of this season!
Last year’s Mural Fest added a stunning 30 new street art murals to the open gallery that is the city of Berlin. This year’s edition is now adding 6 more stunning pieces to the mix that have been finished in the past couple of days and that will be celebrated this weekend with a Night Walk on Saturday and Sunday from 20:15h onwards. All the artworks will be illuminated and as a special treat, there will be some additional elaborate video mappings on some old classics such as the spaceman by Victor Ash on Skalitzer Straße. The video of the rehearsals look like this should not be missed!
We have a few making-of photos for you that give you a bit of a preview of the new works. If you want to find all the murals from this and previous editions you should download the Berlin Murals app for your details and exact locations.
When you walk through the countless halls of the IFA fair for consumer electronics at Messe Berlin your senses will quickly be on overdrive: Each brand is out-doing the next with their elaborate set-ups and technical innovations that try to catch your attention. But the moment you step into the hall 21a – the one of Telekom – the world becomes Magenta and you are suddenly on a playground where it’s all about fun. This year’s presentation is trying a new format: A festival that brings all generations together.
Collecting small anecdotes of transitory moments.
I sit down on one of these uncomfortable metal benches in indecisive greys and blues. Rathaus-Neukölln. 4.30h. Saturday morning.
Can’t figure out if I’m still drunk or already hungover.
The party was too long, the re-fills too many, and–of course–this cute Brazilian had to open a ‘Berliner Luft’.
I look up, left and right; wondering which interior-designer figured eggshells-vomit was a fitting color choice for public transport…
But then again–The U7-line dates back to the 1930s, times when brown was en vogue.
This weekend a very special event for food lovers is happening here in Berlin: The Original Way – Coke Food Festival is taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Alte Münze in Mitte. Bringing together the best flavors from around the world prepared by local restaurant owners the festival is set out to be true culinary highlight you shouldn’t miss.
Last year Coke started their new web series The Original Way that portraits the most interesting restaurant owners from Germany that have a unique story and cook really original dishes from their home countries. From Berlin, the web series dedicated episodes to Nauta, Chutnify, Linos BBQ, Standard Pizza and Kanaan which are all really amazing places with great food and an inspiring backstory. The show recently started their second season after the first one last year was such a success. To give people the opportunity to experience the spirit of the series live they came up with the Coke Food Festival that features some of the protagonists of the show.
photo: Ísabel Hayn.
The music scene of Berlin is as hot as the summer right now. Over the last warm couple of weeks, they kept delivering one lush track after the other and we are here for it! It’s exciting to see the scene progressing and to raise the bar higher and higher.
Despite Berlin’s reputation as the number one hub for electronic music, our selection of this new music feature revolves mostly around pop and indie rock music. Which is great as it shows how diverse the city truly is offering space for any kind of genre.
Brace yourselves for stand-out debuts of Lie Ning, colorful pop collages of Free Free Dom Dom and sultry soundscapes of Magic Island in our new Berlin Music Video compilation.
photo: Hélène Rebelo / Cool Machine.
I already revealed my passion for plants the other week with my big plant guide. A side effect of it is my new-found interest in pottery, not only for its final result – beautiful ceramics – but also for the process of making it. If you hear pottery I would not blame you for not having something particularly cool in mind. But trust me, we found some really cool people in Berlin that do very unique and contemporary designs that you will love.
I also put my own crafty talents to the test and participated in a wheel throwing class at one of the studios from our guide. It was a really wonderful experience that I can warmly recommend to anyone looking for a new hobby (or a creative calling?).
But now without any further ado let me introduce you to Berlin’s coolest ceramic labels and pottery studios.
photos: Liz Ketcham.
One of the things that people who come to Berlin quickly notice is the amount of green all over the city. So many streets are lined with trees and every district has at least one if not several parks, some of which are gigantic and take up entire neighborhoods. The city has multiple green lungs which greatly contribute to the quality of life we have here in Berlin.
But a park is never just a park in Berlin. We have big green forests like Tiergarten, but don’t be surprised if you discover some gentlemen in the nude fooling around in the bushes. We have Görlitzer park which might very well be the least attractive park, but it certainly has the greenest “grass” in all of the city. There is the Park in Marzahn that feels like a trip around the world. And we have the hot mess that is Mauerpark that basically transforms into an open-air festival on every Sunday during the summer.
To give you an overview of the most interesting parks to visit we selected some of our favorites.
photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.
I have been a sports enthusiast and “urban” active for almost my entire life. But it’s only until I moved to Berlin that I got more interested in running and really found a passion for it.
During my first few days in Berlin, I stumbled upon a friend of mine who invited me to join her running group on a Wednesday morning before work. At first, I was skeptical, why would I run with people? I had always seen running as a personal experience, almost like a meditative moment to clear your head out. But moving into a new city, you want to meet new people right? So I decided I would join their run. This was my first time running in a group and I immediately liked it. In just an hour, I had met a lot of new people and got to learn a lot about the city, its different neighborhoods, its history. It was a revealing experience! I discovered the benefits of running in a community and being part of a group made me realize that running can also be an activity to connect, socialize, laugh and share.
Among the numerous nightlife options available in Berlin, there was one in particular that has always intrigued me but seemed to require more nocturnal bravado than I thought I possessed. Until recently, I have only approached the concept of orgies tenuously by gyrating on the dancefloor at fetish parties. It wasn’t until some time ago that I dared to go out of my comfort zone and dived right into a real sex party. Losing my swinger club virginity was definitely a learning experience.
Over the years, I have perfected my very own nightclub attire. The look I’m aiming for is modeled after 80’s gothic rock fangirls, but I probably end up as a hot fake leather mess entangled in some light chains. Be that as it may, I’ve never worn high heels to any club, but my friend, a true swinger’s club veteran, advised me that for the particular party we were headed to, this was the way to go. And indeed, she was right – I most definitely didn’t feel out of place in my heels among many dazzling beauties who also decided to leave their comfortable trainers at home (or optionally, the cloakroom). Obviously, this choice of footwear slightly hindered my dancing, but I soon realized that there might be more activities to explore than that…