When it comes to Fashion Week you have two choices: Be a good fashion blogger and rush to all the shows and write about the collections later. Or you can skip the hassle of the shows and enjoy all the relaxed side events taking place all over town with free drinks, snacks and other amenities.
The Samsung Fashion Cool Downer at the #Inland pop-up shop offered exactly this last Thursday and I was happy to drop by to cool down a bit and enjoy some Thomas Henry cocktails and Glacéau vitaminwater. At the event I was once more educated about the coolness of Scandinavian fashion with the #Inland showroom presentation of a group of Finish designers who make amazing fashion and clever products. The collaboration with the Samsung Food Showcase also introduced the terminoligy “kitchenista” to me which pretty much means that you do not only use your fridge for food but also for make-up and lotions as well as leather and cashmere goods which apparently keeps them look fresh and new. The huge deluxe refridgerator offers lots of space for exactly that in their practical showcase shelf in the double door. Nifty!
The #Inland showroom has now turned into a proper shop once the Fashion Week was over, so now the general public can shop some great Finish design and check out the fancy Samsung Food Showcase until the end of August. Some impressions after the jump.
Hellooooo my darrrlings, I am back all fruitilicious and colorful as always. Did you miss me? Of course!!! For everybody who doesn’t know me yet: I am Tati the Fruit Salad and I am the fashion editor-in-chief of iHeartBerlin. Watch my adventures at Fashion Week in the episodes of my very own TV show of last year.
I have amazing news for all of you. The Fashion Week is finally moving to my favourite district in all of Berlin: Wedding. There is no place where more crazy fashion and inspiration is going on than here. Every street, every shop and every corner has some fashionable shit going on and sometimes I get so many ideas for my next outfits that I am clueless what to do.
Since all kinds of people from all around the world are coming to Berlin for Fashion Week and they obviously don’t know Wedding so well like I do, I put some really nice places together where to shop, have a nice snack in between the fashion shows and an introduction to the fashion week location itself. Enjoy my delicious guide full of juicy recommendations after the jump.
photo: Ole Ukena
Last night the occupation of a house at Ohlauer Straße in Kreuzberg achieved something like a bitter happy end. The solidarity and all the engagement of the people from Berlin towards the refugees of Ohlauer Straße has proven to be succesful. The 40 remaining refugees will be able to stay and meanwhile the house will be rebuilt to a proper refugee center. But still this result is not a success but more like a bitter reminder that it takes guts, will power and boldness to fight injustice. The images and stories from Ohlauer Straße seem to be from another country. Police brutality resulting in pepper spray against demonstrating teenagers and multiple fractures and damages under all the people protesting is a shameful result for the local government. The most expensive intervention of the police forces so far would have financed so much more important things in this city than this inhuman, senseless and unjust blockade. I just hope that the images from this days will stay sharp in our memories and in the consciousness of the government as well. More photos to be remembered after the jump.
photo: Sandra Semburg
Germany is a biking nation. Probably everyone you would randomly ask on the street has a bunch of personal and emotional stories to tell you connected with their bikes. Regardless of the weather or personal fitness biking through the city is the most beloved way of transportation in Berlin. But besides practical reasons, biking can be quite some fun if you know the good streets and bike lanes and avoid busy and narrow boardwalks. What brings biking pleasure to a new level? Having a great bike which is adapted to the needs of the urban dweller. We had the pleasure to participate in a little bike race with the new Strellson & Bianchi bike and we were really enthusiastic how fast and light the small folding bikes are. As a big surprise to me (and to everyone else who knows me) I was third in the race and won one of the bikes. To celebrate this amazing win I collected some great biking spots and routes for you to explore the city on your beloved bike. Since I am not a bike-expert I asked my friends who are doing Komoot to help me out a little bit. Komoot is a great bike app that helps you create the perfect bike tour for your needs. This is how I could put together some really great places to have your summer bike adventure. Find my suggestions after the jump.
Contemporary art from China is almost only known under the prominent name of Ai Weiwei. Obviously such a huge country has far more creative talent than only one single individual, even though being an artist in China is probably not the easiest job to pursue due to the dictatorial regime.
One interesting opportunity to discover new talents from China is the current exhibition The 8 of Paths which showcases a generation of artists who have gained new possibilities and new freedoms to express themselves. Presenting 23 positions by young artists living in Beijing the goal of the exhibition is to promote China as a vibrant and artistic country. Even though this goal leaves some question marks inside my head, I really enjoyed visiting the exhibition at the Uferhallen in Wedding. The artworks are very diverse and showed me really interesting cultural insights into Chinese society and their art world. The exhibition runs until July 13th 2014 and every Wednesday they are also showing cinema screenings at 19h. My photographic impressions and the address and times after the jump.
Our new guest author Anabel will share her Berlin discoveries with you every once in a while. Follow her stroll through the concrete jungle:
It does happen relatively rarely that I find myself on a tiny rooftop balcony instead of the movie theater that I actually planned on visiting. With a bottle of lime beer in my hand and an excellent view of a merry-go-round.
But last Sunday I was reminded once again that I do live in Berlin – and that, around here, nothing should strike you as a surprise. So if you happen to be looking for the cinema ‘Sputnik,’ you will find the hidden entrance to it in a backyard’s backyard. That the stairs shoot five floors high and that there is no reliably functioning elevator shouldn’t raise any eyebrows, either. And that, upon reaching the upper floor, a glowing red little world with tiny balconies opens up unexpectedly should actually be considered logical – Berlin, you know.
Have you already been to the Holzmarkt? It’s the new cultural and social space that has been built on top of the former, legendary Bar 25 directly at the shore of the Spree. The Bar 25 is probably one of the most notable clubs of the post-millenium era and even though it has been closed down for years the legand never died with films and books coming out and new places opening up of people from the previous group of owners. The Kater Holzig across the Spree was one of them that was also open for a few years, and the Chalet at former Heinz Minki beer garden is yet another.
It’s pretty much a miracle that the grounds of the old Bar 25 are now back in the hands of the same people even though this area was meant to become one of the construction sites of the city developement catastrophy that is the Mediaspree. Gladly this could be prevented with the efforts of many people getting involved and maybe also some luck and good will of people in high places. The concept was far too tempting: A new cultural and social meeting point with lots of small alternative projects coming together in one place to create a little haven for those who want to escape the commercialized metropolis Berlin is slowly but surely becoming. Here you can grow your own carrots, have your children play on the adventurous playground, eat your vegan burger, watch independant theater productions and performances or simply enjoy the sunset with a view over the river Spree. And what it turned out to be is exactly that. A place that is open to everyone (without the ruthless door policy of the previous Bar 25) to come and feel a little free from everything.
I’m curious what else is going to grow at Holzmarkt as there are still some areas in construction. Right now you can also see the urban farming projects, some food stands and a bar, lots of seating and lounges, the playground, and the amazing looking Ding Dong Dom theater. I hear there are also plans for another club, artist studios and a gallery. I’m sure many events will take place there soon. Go and have a look for yourself. Some impressions after the jump.
Tomorrow is a quite important day for the people of Berlin. Why? Because for the first time the whole city (and not just a district like in the last public voting for the Mediaspree) can decide whether or not the amazing free space of the former Tempelhof airport will remain the same or will be changed completely with a huge library, expensive luxury apartments and office buildings. A huge part of the field will remain a recreational area and apparently a part of the new appartments are supposed to be “affordable”, but the public is really mistrustful of these arguments, especially since a lot of the recent city developements have been anything but satisfactory for the people living here.
Of course such construction plans always bring the risk of accelerating gentrification in the surrounding areas. Obviously if you look at the rents that especially new Berliners are willing to pay in the nice areas of Neukölln such as the Schillerkiez that is located directly next to the Tempelhof Feld you can see that this is already happening with prices higher than in supposedly expensive Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. But I guess it’s exactly this recent change that is making the people of Berlin super sensitive towards any new projects of such nature.
I can totally understand how everyone who is enjoying the city for its laid-back lifestyle and wide open spaces is not willing to let anything endanger their peaceful Berlin. Especially the last 4 years have seen drastic changes in the city and everyone is really worried if Berlin will be able to remain the cool and free-spirited city it is right now.
It’s up to you now, those of you who are able to vote. Think about it, inform yourself about the plans of the senat and make a choice tomorrow. After a jump a few impressions of the Tempelhofer Feld as it is now.
The huge success of the street food market Bite Club is coming to Mitte! In addition to the big version at Arena that is happing several times over the course of the summer we will have a regular smaller edition with a selection of booths at the Platoon Kunsthalle in Mitte. This Saturday there will be a soft opening starting at 14h with booths by Buns Mobile, Jolesh, Mogg&Melzer, Pic Nic 34, Bun Bao, Heisser Hobel, Maria Maria Arepas and Orlando. Which delicious street food is behind all those names you can check here. After this Saturday there is going to be a little break of one week, but starting from June 7th there will be a Mitte Bite Club every Saturday during summer. Yeay! Get a preview of whats expecting you after the jump.
photos: Henrik Haven
Since Saturday Schöneberg’s Bülowstraße offers some real eye candy for lovers of urban art: Urban Nation invited 10 artists from around the globe to utilize the shop windows and facade of a large house that is mostly unoccupied. The result is an outdoor gallery with incredible works by artists like Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Glenn Barr, Nosego, the Lowbros, Word to Mother, C215 and many more. This is already the forth manifestation of “Project M/”, a temporary art project. And there is even more art to be found just across the street at the Urban Nation office (No. 97): The pop-up show “LAX/TXL” opened on Saturday as well with works of the 11 artists of Project M/4 PLUS a roster of more than 50 additional artists. The exhibition is opened until mid July and also Project M/4 will remain installed until at least then. More information and also the artists at work and their final works can bee adored after the jump!