Last Thursday it was finally time for a new project that we are part of to see the light of day. For the first time we invited people to see the new Blogfabrik space. The opening event was a huge success and so many came, more than we ever thought would. We are super proud and happy that the reactions were so positive and curious. It’s been really like a dream come true for us since we moved in back in May, but only now with the reactions of the people at the opening event we can finally realize and understand how amazing this project is.
I would like to thank the Blogfabrik godfather Holger Bingmann from the bottom of my heart for making this place a reality. It’s a huge undertaking and certainly not an easy one, but we are really grateful that someone has the faith in and enthusiasm for this project. I would also like to thank the Blogfabrik and Daily Bread Mag team Maria Ebbinghaus, Claudio Rimmele, Daniel Gruber and Danilo Sierra for rocking the house for us!
And now let’s get to it and look at some photos from our press preview afternoon and the opening party in the evening by photographers Anna Agliardi and Nils Krüger. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I was minding my own business cleaning my house when all of a sudden the sound of my vacuum cleaner was overpowered by a thumping techno beat that got louder and louder. What. The. Fuck. When I looked out the window there it was: The Train of Love (a.k.a. Zug der Liebe) stomping down Prenzlauer Allee right under my window. I knew it was happening that day, but I didn’t really pay much attention to the details of it so I had no clue it would come past my house.
The street parade (that is not supposed to considered be a second coming of the Love Parade) was not what I expected it to be at all. It was loud, yes, and trashy, oh yes. But it was also one thing: A getting together of all kinds of people! Like a the laziest paparazzi on Earth I sat down on my balcony snapping away pictures of the people who came by. I saw cute hipster kids, costumed crazy people, 90s-style ravers, hot gay guys, moms and dads, happy bottle collectors, flower girls, people in wheelchairs, body builders, Asian trans women, all skin colors, all ages, all styles, all nationalities. This was probably the most diverse and inclusive event that I’ve seen in Berlin and I watched, deeply fascinated, sipping on my Rhabarberschorle on my little balcony…
We’ve followed Italian illustrator and artist Nicola Napoli now already for quite a while, starting with his famous piece of the line in front of Berghain, over to the amazing garden of lust that was commissioned for the flyer of the monthly Berghain program, to his witty and fascinating portrayal of the iconic Kotti and of course his most recent interpretations of famous fashion designers.
Now for the first time we’ve collaborated with him for a brand new artwork and it’s going to be a quite ambitions one. He will present his new piece BERLINFERNO at the Absolut Art Bar that will take place on Saturday, August 1st 2015 at the brand new Blogfabrik (the crazy new blogger space that we share with many other content creators). Sign up now for the guestlist here and find out more after the jump!
What happens, when a pair of big nightlife makers of Berlin get together and create something new: Exactly, something bigger! And so goes the story of Sampson who has been running his crazy karaokee nicht Cherry-o-kie now for years and PANSY who has taken Berlin’s party scene by storm with her gay R’n'B party Sissy and her PANSY presents… extravaganzas. Those two crazy kids have teamed up to create YO! SISSY – Berlin’s first queer music festival which is happening this coming weekend from July 24-26, 2015. With a massive line-up of over 50 acts the festival will take over the venues Schwuz, Neue Heimat and SO36 bringing together the diversity and creativity from all over the world onto the stages of Berlin. We are super excited about this new festival because it’s the first of its kind here in Berlin and it’s fresh and edgy and full of potential and we can’t wait for the world to see it. You can expect of course the local heroes of the queer Berlin music scene such as Aerea Negrot, Black Cracker, Evvol, aminus, and the party makers Pet Shop Bears, Mr. Ties (Homopatik), Mauro Feola (Beitola), and Joey Hansom (Boo Hoo), but also international names such as Hi-Fashion, Crystal Waters (yes, the one who gave us 100% Pure Love back in the 90s), Hidden Cameras, Annie and Peaches. After the jump you’ll get a taste of what’s to come with music from our favorite acts, as well as a big mixtape especially compiled in promotion of the festival featuring the music from all the acts mixed by Voin who many of you will know as the maker of the glorious Blitz party. Enjoy and get your tickets for the festival asap!
photos: Anna Agliardi
The summer party of the UdK – University of the Arts is one of the cultural highlights of the summer. Crazy performances, nice jazz music, outlandish musical singers and of course beautiful art works of the graduating students are just a few of the highlights of this spectacular night. Sadly this year was a bit different than the other years. Most of the ateliers and working studios were closed for public. The students are protesting against the new faculty politic which is having less permanent professors and is working with more guest professors instead. These guest professors are often famous artists with a big name bringing a lot of attention to the university. But of course for the students this PR strategy means also less assistance also during the semester holidays and generally speaking famous artists are not automatically good teachers.
Even if I think the protest has its valuable reasons, I was wondering all night if not showing the work of the students is the best strategy to accomplish anything. The Rundgang is always a perfect platform for the upcoming artists to present their work to the public and to the press. Rejecting this opportunity for a bigger cause is a understandable decision. But as a lot of befriended artists of mine also said: It would have been much more effective to show art and cancel the party instead. Or at least don’t serve alcohol. But this would be crazy, right?
Anyway, we had a good night and enjoyed discovering some artworks and listening to the music and dancing in the magical courtyards of the university. You can still go and discover the artworks of the graduating students and the architects during the whole weekend. All the information and addresses are listed here. Enjoy the photographic impressions of last night shot by Anna Agliardi after the jump.
From cheap, awesome gays bars such as Möbel Olfe to highly sexual institutions like Lab.Oratory, it is no secret that Berlin’s queer scene has been under the spotlight for a long time now. Considering the fact that parties like Homopatik are causing insanely long queues in front of ://about blank every month, one might be tempted to argue that what was long meant as safe haven for the queer community has slowly become a refuge for straight people wanting to have their cake and eat it too…
Last night we had the pleasure to spend a wonderful summer evening and night at the Jackie O bar at the Spree a bit outside of the city center. Considering the destruction of the club culture and the monopolization of some clubs it comes to no surprise that the number of locations far from the center are growing and becoming more popular. Beyond the S-Bahn ring you are a bit more save from neighbors complaining about noise, impossibly high location rents and also the mainstream party tourism that has sadly dissolved the coolness of a lot of clubs and parties in the past couple of years.
Jackie O is one of these locations that has remained a well kept secret for a few summer seasons now. It’s a short bike ride from Ostkreuz down Köpenicker Chaussee across from Sisyphos and next to Hafenküche. It’s charming outdoor area is right at the river bank of the Spree and in case of bad weather they also have a nice indoor bar and dancefloor. The audience here is not as young, more like 30 plus and definitely more local than it’s neighboring Sisyphos.
Last night they celebrated a summer party with some food stalls, an awesome live concert with Noah Becker’s band Bakery, the first (and golden) edition of the Absolut Art Bar, and the opening reception of the artwork Diagint by Ian Stell. For some impressions have a look after the jump.
Our blogger colleagues from Dandy Diary once again kicked off the Berlin Fashion Week with their infamous party, this time in a quite unusual night club at Potsdamer Straße. As always there was tons of fun to have and I was swinging my camera in the air as if there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the impressions after the jump!
UY, photo: Evelyn Bencicova
This summer the Berlin Fashion Week is kind of breaking a new record! While in the early years the term “week” has never really been deserved, it seems now that we can soon rename it to “weeks”. For the first time the Fashion Week stretches out over 9 days with all its satellite and unofficial fashion events scheduled around the official program of Mercedes-Benz. But this is not the only novelty! The MBFW has outsourced its smaller runway “The Stage” to the me Collectors Room gallery in Mitte. This is actually a pretty amazing space and I can’t wait to see shows there. I’m so glad I don’t have to bike all the way down to the Brandenburger Gate anymore to see some shows. But enough with that! Now it’s time to give you once again our huge Berlin Fashion Week Event & Party Guide with the best public events, shows and parties of the week. Enjoy!
Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau,
courtesy Neue Berliner Räume
You’ve probably heard the news by now: The glorious Stattbad Wedding has recently closed. This weekend the party makers of the club nights Stattnacht are throwing the last two parties in their temporary exile at one of the previously unused halls of Neue Heimat and after that an era has ended. I feel quite sad about this sudden development because the Stattbad was one of those locations that I have recommended through its entire run here on iHeartBerlin, for parties, exhibitions and other crazy stuff happening there. The old public swimming pool found a new purpose in the hands of the makers of Stattbad and the place including all its institutions such as the Open Walls gallery, the Stattbar and the Statt.lab was a wonderful experimental playground for a whole generation of creative Berliners and therefor an important part of the youth culture of Berlin for the past 6 years. It’s a shame that the place has closed so unexpectedly and there is not even a chance to have a final good-bye party there. So as an alternative we went back into our archive and compiled a huge best of from all the coverage and photos we have dedicated to Stattbad over the past 6 years and then some. Enjoy the Stattbad Chronicles after the jump and don’t feel ashamed to shed a tear for this amazing place on the final Stattnacht party on Saturday night and the open air on Sunday. We will miss you, Stattbad Wedding.