photo by DT64
The first of May is one of those days where i prefer to stay home, or at least in my calm neighborhood in North Mitte. Luckily through Instagram I didn’t miss a single exciting moment down at Oranienstraße, Spreewaldplatz or Holzmarkt thanks to all my blogger (and non-blogger) friends who went out into the streets to celebrate. As I’m a big fan of Instagram I collected the most fun shots of May Day in Berlin by my friends from ArtBerlin, Artschoolvets, Digitalsalad, DT64, L’Amour et la Violence, Les Berlinettes, Mit Vergnügen, Sdoeyes, Smaracuja, This Is Jane Wayne and a few more. Thanks so much for capturing these moments! Enjoy my favorite Instagrams from the first of May in Berlin after the jump.
photos: Marcelo Paixão
„Why are you dressed like the devil?“ I ask the man next to me with a plastic trident and the black cape. „ I am not dressed like the devil, I am an Orisha! The devil does not exist. I am a true power of nature.”
In Berlin the next question to myself would have probably been: Which kind of drugs is he on? But I am in Sao Paulo and here everything is different. Magic and modernism, jungle and metropolis fuse into each other. The result is something really big, dangerous, vibrant and demonic. Probably the most exhausting and exciting city I have been so far in my live. Last Friday I was at Capslock. One of the craziest parties here in town. Inside of an abandoned skyscraper (right in the center of Sao Paulo) called Trackertower a feast of inhuman kind took place. Not only the music and the vibe could compete with any really good Berlin party: every room was creatively decorated by several street artist. Get some impressions of the night and the morning after from the photographer Marcelo Paixão after the jump.
On Thursday a few neighboring shops on the upper Mitte part of the Brunnenstraße joined forces to celebrate Spring with a little street party. Every partaking store had something to offer, starting with drinks and a BBQ by Joris, a fashion sale at VonHey, more drinks and special deals at Pelago Bicycles, and yet another sale and more drinks at Mykita. This was only a small edition to start with, but there are so many more cool places along the street that could join in for a next edition that I hope will come around soon (hopefully while I am still living in the block). Some impressions after the jump.
Florian & Jonas from Joris
Some of the shops in my block at Brunnenstraße have teamed up for a little Spring celebration this Thursday afternoon. The baked potatoe place Joris, clothing and accessory store Von Hey, bicycle shop Pelago, the label Mykita and Our Berlin Vodka are hosting the celebration bringing you some fine drinks, good food, lovely music and a Spring sale. Enjoy the warm temperature and come to the party at Brunnenstraße at the corner of Anklamer from 18-22h. R.s.v.p. on this facebook event to take part.
Thinking about it, I’ve never actually been to a hen night, nor to a bachelor party. I’ve seen this tradition many times when I was still living near Simon-Dach-Strasse in Friedrichshain. A group of hysterical girls with rediculous outfits making a fuzz and invading bars and restaurants to play silly games with innocent bystanders. I’ve always found that to be a quite horrible tradition and hoped none of my friends would ever invite me to something like this. It’s just very unglamorous. When Berlin’s it-girl number one invited me to her bachelorette party, I had no choice but to say yes, because a) I was damn sure her party would be glamorous as hell and b) how can you say no to the lovely and talented Bonnie Strange? And the party was certainly an event of its own class: hot stripper, all male guests in drag (except me), a stretch limo, and a VIP area in a trashy club.
It was really heart-warming to see how much effort Bonnie’s friends put into this and only half-way through the night Bonnie already announced that this was the best night of her life. While I agree that the party was quite a lot of fun I certainly hope that the wedding will be able to top this! Good luck to her and her fiance Jakob, our fellow blogger from Dandy Diary. Some impressions of the night, after the jump
photos: Pascal Rohé
Last Friday my partner Gina and I hosted another one of our Designer Scouts events, for the second time now during the Press Days. With the special event we launched this year’s collaboration with long-term partner SKYY VODKA. It’s now the fourth year that we will be hosting the SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET happening in late summer. But this year the swapping will not only take place during one event in Berlin, it will happen throughout the whole year all over Germany. SKYY VODKA teamed up with numerous magazines to raffle off many small private swaps taking place in the homes of the lucky winners who will not only get all the equipment they need for the swap party, but also ingredients for delicious cocktails and amazing designer pieces.
Just like the big SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET the private swaps will also get designer hosts, for this season we’ve selected the sustainable labels Ica Watermelon and Anne Gorke and the avant-garde labels Franziska Michael and Julia Heuse. Those four designer hosts were introduced at the event on Friday with three stunning fashion presentations and one amazing fashion film. At the exclusive pre-swap we also had a couple of outfits by them as well as from Weekday and Front Row Society. Stay tuned to the SKYY VODKA facebook page to find our more about the private swaps.
Thanks to SKYY VODKA for the long collaboration, to our designers for their great presentations and film, to everyone involved in the making of this event and to our partner uber who supplied an exlcusive limousine service for our guests. The impressions of the opening event after the jump on 3 pages.
As it was so much fun the last time our collaboration with Berlin-based fashion label Front Row Society will go into its second round. Last September we presented a colorful collection of oversized digital print Modal scarves that I designed from kaleidoscopic alterations of my party photos and which are still available to buy here. For the second collection I once again went through my archive of party photos to find the best pictures to transform into fun designs. This time they will not only be printed on big scarves, but also on leggins!
You can vote now for your favorite designs by liking the ones you enjoy the most on the Front Row Society Facebook Page. Out of the 13 designs we will turn the 6 most liked into products. The voting ends on Monday, March 11th 2013 at noon. Among all the people who vote we will raffle off 3 of the scarves from the collaboration. Good luck!! If you wonder what photos the designs are based on have a look after the jump to see the original photos and find out where I took them.
photo: Vitali Gelwich, design: Sophie Templin
Just in case some of you have not noticed that we moved our weekly event guides away from the blog stream to a permanent events page with a proper listing we thought it would be good to direct you over there once more. There are some great things happening this weekend and in the following weeks. For instance, don’t miss the Rangleklods concert tomorrow, the AMD graduates fashion show on Saturday, the return of the Blitz party next week as well as the closing of the C|O at Postfuhramt (it will reopen later this year in West Berlin). Head over to our new events page for more.
Berlin Event & Party Guide
Berlin-based experimental electronic artist Janine Rostron, aka Planningtorock has become one of the city’s most popular underground acts of the gay/lesbian scene and beyond. Only recently she released a video for her song MIsxgyny Drxp Dead, the title track of her new EP, which again is set to be released on March 8th via Human Level Recordings. Watch it below.
On Friday we hosted the second Berlin Film Night with Mobile Kino at Urban Spree Gallery. We took the opportunity of the Berlinale to work on our program of Berlin-related short films and videos from the last edition in September and added a bunch of new ones that we came across in the past few months. The turn-out was great, so many of you came and we will definately continue this format with the lovely guys of Mobile Kino. To celebrate our first Berlinale event (and also my birthday) we attached a little party to the screening with some of our DJ friends which was big fun. Enjoy the impressions after the jump on 2 pages (and don’t be surprised to see me in more photos than usual, it was my b’day after all…).