Nowadays men spend more time on grooming and shaping their beards than with their hair style. Maybe it is just a temporary trend, but right know a beard is the must-have accessory for any party lover. Since we are quite beardicted ourselves we wrote a story for alternative queer magazine Siegessäule gathering the most interesting beard styles from Berlin’s nightlife. From cute boys with mustaches, to Russian gangsters and bearded women Berlin can be quite the beard show. Be impressed by the diversity of beards after the jump.
This year I managed to go to 6 Halloween parties. Not one, not two, no! SIX! Why for heaven’s sake so many, you might wonder. Well, I do like Halloween. I’ve been a big fan of this obscure and quirky celebration since I was a child and saw the Halloween episodes of my favorite TV shows Roseanne and The Bill Cosby Show and since them always wanted to have a part in it. At the time it was not custom to celebrate it here. But thanks to Berlin’s growing American expat culture every year there are more Halloween parties and I guess I have to somehow catch up with the lost years in my youth.
So follow me on a spooky, gorey, trashy, sexy and fun trip through the Halloween nights of last weekend in Berlin after the jump on 4 pages.
There is one unwritten rule that applies to every project in Berlin: You can’t finish your story without a proper party in the end. And this story has one hell of a bang as a finale! As media partners of the Open Your City project by Thump for Heineken we are delighted to introduce you to the final event. The idea behind Open Your City is to connect and promote the creative highlights from the big cities around the world collecting the hottest places of the most important cities in the so-called Heat Map that is curated by many local experts from around the globe, including ourselves.
After the Berlin meets Rio fusion event at Voo Store and our Contemporary Art Guide for Berlin-Mitte as part of the Heat Map we are happy to announce the final party this Thursday night: The line-up is quite impressive: ZEBRA KATZ (live), GESAFFELSTEIN and SICK GIRLS are all playing at one party! On top of that there will be some genious visuals by Pfadfinderei
and special performances by MC Sgt Pokes (London), Keflione (Shanghai), House of Melody (Berlin), Brasil Power Drums (Rio) and many more. Find out how to get into this exclusive party after the jump.
If you book a kick-ass huge venue like the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin it is pretty obvious that you are in for some series action. And boy, the Nights by Absolut Berlin edition was one hell of a party. The Swedish Vodka brand turned this industrial cathedral into an exotic jungles. Concret columns contrasted the lush greens, cut with laser beams and butterfly rain.
The obvious highlight of the night was the live laser couture performance by London-based Studio XO who equipped some dancers with stunning sculptural mirror dresses that shot laser beams onto their fellow dancers and surrounding crowd which were than reflected by mirror foile elements and mirror accessories creating one hell of a spectacle for the eyes. But look for yourself, a huge set of party impressions are to be found after the jump. Enjoy!
This coming Saturday premium vodka brand Absolut is bringing their new exciting event series Nights by Absolut to Berlin, and of course this is going to happen with a bang. They series launched in New York with a spectacular party earlier this month and the next one in Berlin is promissing to be just as great.
With their previous projects and collaborations Absolut has always been a pioneer in combining the nightlife experience with creative and artistic works and the Nights by Absolut will be no exception. For each of their events of this series they have invited one creative mega mind to come up with a project that will leave a lasting impression.
For their European launch on September 27 here in Berlin they invited London-based Studio XO to create an unforgettable experience in a massive location. Studio XO is specialized in combining couture with technology and they have already some really impressive collaborations in their portfolio such as the flying dress for Lady Gaga or the illuminated stage outfits for Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Fergie.
In Berlin they will create something that could very well become their masterpiece. Fusing modern technology, fashion and elements of nature they will turn the impressive Kraftwerk Mitte into a one-of-a-kind experience. The visitors of the party will be equipped with special laser couture elements and they will project a playful picture of lights, colors and movement into this great space. I’m sure this is going to be one hell of a stunning looking party. If you want to be part of the Nights by Absolut, read on after the jump on how to win tickets.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.
Last week Thursday Heineken celebrated the launch of their new city edition with a Berlin and Rio-themed fusion event at Voo Store. They invited a group of young and upcoming designers from Berlin and Rio to show their work and how much the styles of both cities connect with each other. To complement the fashion they also offered typical Brazilian fingerfood and their delicious Hoptails.
Of course this new event series also calls for a little raffle! Under every crown cap of this new edition there is a code that you can validate on the Open Your City website and instantly win amazing prices such as trips to Rio, New York, a bike, an instant camera, watches, headphones and other cool goodies. The new Heineken bottle edition is now available in stores! Good luck! After the jump some more infos on the designers and some impressions of the event.
Pitchtuner by Marlen Stahlhuth
Even if we became less excessive in our party habits, we still love to have a great dance when the occasion is right. And what could be a better reason to celebrate and dance our heels off than the 7th Anniversary of I HEART BERLIN. But no dancing is going to happen without the right music. Fortunately, we have a bunch of good old and new friends who are looking forward to support us with their energy and musicality.
I am happy and proud to announce that Pitchtuner will play a live concert at our party. Pitchtuner are a Japanese and German duo playing great and fun electro pop. They also were responsible for part of the soundtrack of our little web series of the The Fruit Salad. Now they are releasing their new album ready to go in October which will be a blast. As a preview to their new album they’re performing exclusively at our party. But this is not everything! Not only will we have a super cool line-up of DJs for you including some surprises, we will also have a very special Barber Shop photo box by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm celebrating the release of her first photo book BEARDICTED, the official opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition and the third edition of the BERLIN FILM NIGHT. After the jump we will present you our full line up of DJs and musical highlights. Check them out and don’t miss our 7th Anniversary Party tomorrow starting at 23h at Leipziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str).
photo: Katja Hentschel
Berlin is not made of its museums and monuments. It’s not defined by its architecture or geographical features. Berlin is not only about its history or its bad weather. Berlin is not Germany, it’s the entire world in one place. Berlin is made of the diverse, colorful, creative, grumpy, carefree, poor, hard-working, clueless, happy and lost people that live here. We are Berlin.
Today we would like to proudly announce our new group exhibition WE ARE BERLIN that will be open to the public from September 17th til 24th 2014 at a brand new venue at Leipziger Straße 60 with a big exhibition party happing on Saturday, September 20th 2014, in conjunction with our 7th Anniversary Party. The exhibition brings together the works of many of the creative talents that we have featured here and worked with over the past 7 years, as well as contribitions of our fellow bloggers including iGnant, Dandy Diary, Pieces of Berlin, Finding Berlin, Paperboats and Pornceptual. More about it after the jump.
Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.
We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.