No city has a deeper connection to electronic music than Berlin. To describe it in the words of Techno legend Dimitri Hegeman, founder and owner of Tresor: “East and West celebrated the new freedom to the sound of electronic music. Berlin became the place for uncompromised youth culture and Tresor was the centre of this movement.”
Right next to Tresor electronic music will discover its avant-garde spirit this week with the Berlin Atonal Festival. The permanent home of this event which had its debut back in 1982, is an abandoned power plant called Kraftwerk Mitte. With several artistic installations it has been turned into a darkly majestic industrial complex for the duration of the festival.
We heartly recommend to check out the line up of this unique celebration of contemporary music and maybe discover one pearl or another between the several highlights. Also we think that the location and its audio-visual installations are an incredible source of inspiration for the music and light artists presenting their work there. After the jump we show you some of the most impressive pictures of the location.
photos: Gero Brelder
There is nothing that I find more intriguing than people loosing control and all their repressions on the dancefloor. For me that’s the definition of Voguing: Fighting for the sparkles of the disco ball every minute of the song pumping through the stereo. Some of this fighting spirit I am excited to experience live at the Berlin Voguing Out Festival that is taking place this week.
In 2012 Berlin Voguing Out introduced the first Voguing festival in Germany and since then this unique event has established itself within a very short time as a melting pot for the international Voguing scene.The third edition of the Berlin Voguing Out Festival will be even bigger and more colorful than in recent years. The program includes lectures, workshops, film screenings on the history of Voguing and the highlight of the festival, the Voguing Ball with its famous runway and dance categories.
This Wednesday there will be a special screening and an opening party at the Sophiensaele that you shouldn’t miss. On Thursday there will be a Voguing contest and on Friday a spectacular Voguing Ball. The final party on Saturday at the Berghain Kantine will probably get everyone jumping off their feet and into a coma after this crazy dance marathon.
More photos of previous Voguing events after the jump.
photos: Philipp Pusch
If you would even dare to try to take party photos at Berghain you would probably be banned to hell or worse. I’ve seen furious bar tenders leap over the counter to kick people out who took photos of each other with their smart phones. But luckily they can’t prohibit any kind of photography outside of their sacret premise so taking pictures of the people in front of the club is a good alternative. Recently a photoset of the people in the cue of Berghain made the rounds on the internet. And today we have a brand new one for you by young photographer and communications designer Philipp Pusch who stationed himself several weeks in front of the famous club with his middle format camera to portrait the people who went home after 8, 12 or 16 hours in the techno tempel. The result is a beautiful black and white series of 16 portraits of the young and charismatic Berghain goers who look surprisingly good after all these hours of dancing. Enjoy the series after the jump.
I have a really distinct memory from my first night at Cookies. I was 19, fresh in Berlin and doing some crazy art projects for the gender class of my university. We were a small group of three people on the project. One of them was my best friend and the other one was my secret crush. We were working on the concept of our project until late in the night and got really drunk while doing so. It was a Tuesday night and we had nowhere to be on the next day, so we decided to go out. Venturing out for clubbing on a Tuesday night was something quite spectacular for me being a new Berlin citizen. So we went to the much talked about Cookies for the first time and I remember being really impressed by the dark chandeliers, the music, the people, the unisex toilets and everything going on in there. Unfortunately, my best friend and my crush were really drunk and out of control. At one point they even started kissing each other, which maybe is the reason why the night is still very present in my memories. Of course I was a good friend and stayed there and helped them to get into a cab (they were so drunk that they had trouble standing). Actually, I was a more sad that the night was ruined and abruptly ended by the alcohol than about the kissing itself (I really don`t know why I was so Zen that night, I was not even doing Yoga or anything).
Anyway, Cookies remained in my memories as great place to be. Now, nearly 10 years after this story, the Cookies club closes for good (while the restaurant Cookies Cream will remain open). Therefore we asked them to look into their archives to find pictures from the first parties happening there. After the jump, we would love to present to you a short retrospective from Cookies best places and nights of its 20 year old history.
When I entered the Lehrter Siebzehn location on Tuesday night for the exhibition party FIER Vitrine I was pretty impressed. Of all the events by FIER Management this was by far the best one. Ten really well selected international labels presented their new collections here with really nice set-ups and fashion presentations. Every corner was dedicated to another label and arranged to create a little world around the design work itself. Every presentation had one, two or three models showing the key pieces of each collection. I really enjoyed all of them, but my favorite one of all was for sure the menswear collection by Aussie Alexandra Hackett who created every piece of silver foile. Very cool! Take a walk with me through the fashion exhibition after the jump.
On Thursday Berlin’s most wanted model/singer/designer/shop-owner/photographer/it-girl Bonnie Strange became yet another thing: A publisher! Together with her Shit Shop partner Lena Nußbaum, Senna Gamour and a team of 3 new people she created a fabulous new magazine: The Shitpaper. The magazine came out really amazing, well done, girls!! The release of course had to be celebrated in style, so she teamed up with Italian fashion brand Patrizia Pepe to throw a big party during Berlin Fashion Week and our girl Tati The Fruit Salad was right in the middle of it! We have the impressions for you guys, after the jump on 4 pages. Enjoy!
Wow, the Dandy Diary Race Party on Monday, the unofficial Fashion Week Opening Party that is in fact the most important one of the entire week, was once again a big blast. The Dandy Diary boys gave us lots of amazing outfits, race cars, motorcycles on the dancefloor, two hot twin/almost twin DJ teams and 90s techno legend Scooter live. How can you ever top that? Enjoy the impressions on 4 pages after the jump.
photo: Jordan Drysdale
It’s that time of the year again when people outside look kind of crazy and you can hardly get a damn taxi in town: FASHION WEEK is coming to Berlin this weekend and it’s actually staying for over a week this time. We’ve once again milked all our resources to find you the most interesting events and parties during Berlin Fashion Week that you can actually go to because they are open to the general public. It’s going to be one big fat fashion madness with goodie bags, front row battles and too many free drinks. Enjoy!
>>> Berlin Fashion Week Event & Party Guide July 2014 <<<
On Saturday our crazy friends from SXX SELLS threw another one of their super fun pop parties at their new venue 1820 in Mitte. This time they asked their fans: What were your teen idols? Dressed up as Christina Aguilera, Catwoman, Samantha Jones from Sex and the City, the Olsen twins and many other iconic characters from the 90s and 00s they were dancing their asses off like there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the impressions after the jump (on 2 pages!). The next SXX SELLS party is going to be a Fashion Week closing by the way, so you better get your outfits ready!
Fashion in Berlin comes and goes. One day you dress unconventionally chic, the next day you have to get your gym outfit ready for a party because sportswear became the new avant-garde and today we are constantly underdressed (people call it Normcore, but I think it’s just a new way of being lazy).
But for some characters of the Berlin nightlife underdressing ist not an option. Because their style is not only a fashion statement but more a moral attitude. Drag Queens are always sitting in the front row because of their privilege of diversity. With their elegant and daring extravaganza they are questioning mainstream society and protesting conservative gender stereotypes. Fair enough, they were always a role model in the LGBT community and should always be treated with respect and devotion. As I mentioned before here, being a proud and sparkling butterfly not only makes the Earth a little bit brighter and more colorful, but also reassures us hat we have to dare to be ourselves, however strange and bold that self may prove to be.
For this pride week we wanted to celebrate the beauty and talent of the Grand Dames of the local Drag Queen scene. For that our skilled photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert visited the Dragrace party at Südblock where each screening of the latest episode of Ru Paul’s Dragrace was followed by hilarious and spectacular stage performances by drag queen PANSY and her favorite girls. Enjoy the photos of this incredible Birds of Paradise after the jump.