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In a few days it’s already here: This year’s early edition of the Berlin Festival. It normally took place in the Fall, but with the changes the festival is going through they also moved their date into the Spring to be the first festival of the year to open the festival season. Since it’s change of location from Tempelhof to the newly founded Arena Park that includes not only the Arena itself but also a lot of the space, venues and parks around it, the festival has experienced pretty much a reboot. We are totally in favor of these changes and like that it has more of a club atmosphere now and seems a bit more true to the spirit of Berlins nightlife.
Speaking of nightlife! Absolut is one of this year’s supporter of the Berlin Festival and they know a thing or two about creative nightlife. In support of the Berlin Festival they commissioned XI Design to create five big street art murals spread over several in town in the spirit of their Absolut Nights campaign. They look super fun and are great additions to all the ones we previously reported about. After the jump you can see a making of video, some photos and you’ll get a chance to win a pair of last minute Berlin Festival tickets!
Berlin has always been a place with a strong disruptive attitude. Every decade this city sees new things going to waste and getting thrown apart. But between all that waste and messiness there is always growing an intense subculture of creative minds wanting to invent things out of the ordinary. Taking place at a former GDR-Plattenbau, now art center and nightclub called Neu West Berlin the Trashera Festival brings a whole spectrum of different art forms in one place. All the artist presented are far from being part of the establishment but a good mix of newcomers, amateurs and wild party kids in an experimental phase of their life. But by joining force and with the help of an interesting location this event might have an absorbing energy worth experiencing. You have time until monday to check out the whole festival weekend of performance, installation, and music. Also worth trying is the Agora-Pop Up Restaurant serving delicious vegan food on top of the building. A little photographic preview after the jump.
Photo: Giovanni De Angelis
In Berlin everybody – tourist and locals alike – are celebrating the nightlife as if it were the best thing on the planet. Actually, there is almost an absurd cult around certain clubs, parties and DJs that makes you wonder why people are so obsessed with it. Very often you hear people say: Berlin has the best nightlife all around the world. Nowhere else can you experience so much sexual and personal freedom while going out as in Berlin. With the large amount of abandoned and unused space Berlin has a fertile ground for unconventional locations where amazing nightclubs were born.
But to be honest, I think that the attitude around the Berlin nightlife has somehow began to annoy me. No one will argue that Berlin might have a great nightlife, but this doesn’t mean that every party is going to be great and that everybody you will meet at a party will be great. I sometimes feel that the “fame” the Berlin nightlife has gained over the years is taking away its most important component: The down to earth and relaxed attitude Berlin always used to have.
With this in mind I am always quite enthusiastic when I discover amazing parties in other cities. A couple of years ago I found a great one in Sao Paulo already, and now I stumbled over an amazing club in Rome that I really want to share with you.
Rome is probably not the city you go to for partying if you are a foreigner, but rather for extreme sightseeing. But since I hate sightseeing I was quite happy about my discovery: La Rampa is a cultural center in Rome with several artist studios and cultural associations. It was built as a storage for the Opera, was later repurposed as a school and is now a multidisciplinary art center. I had the chance to go to one of the amazing parties happening in the cellar of the space and was completely in love with the impressive location. You had to go deep down inside the earth to enter the club but could still see the stars above you. The thing that made the party night perfect was the amazing crowd celebrating there and the good attitude of the organizers, door men and people involved. I guess you don’t need somebody mean at the door to make your point about how good your party is. Fortunately, I met talented photographer Giovanni De Angelis at the party from L-Ektrica who agreed on sharing his photos of that night with you. Check out his impressions after the jump.
photo: Chris Phillip
In case your libido has been hibernating all Winter the art collective and party organizers of Pornceptual are finally back from Brazil for us to remind you what it’s been missing. In promotion of their up”cumming” Porn Rituals Party this Saturday they shot a really nice art porn film that is inspired by Pagan Spring rituals celebrating fertility and the lasciviousness of this city. Enjoy the sexy short film after the jump.
photo: Vanek London
Even if youʼve never heard of the Naked Boys Reading before—you kind of get the idea. Itʼs literally naked boys, reading. What is a huge success in London and Brighton comes to Berlin for the second time on June 25, 2015. Founder Dr. Sharon Husbands will be your host together with the infamous Berlin drag queen Pansy. Sharon Husbands partner in crime, The Duchess of Pork, will be serving tunes before, in between, and after the readings. To everyoneʼs surprise, the theme for the evening will be “Berlin.” Hand-picked boys will read their favourite stories from and about the city wearing not more than a book. Support for this event has been provided by the Berlin publishing house Bruno Gmünder. After the literal meat inspection, the party will go on… A little preview after the jump.
Sometimes less is more. That’s probably what TV host Joko Winterscheidt thought to himself when he designed the T-Shirt for the new AXE Black with his label German Garment. The result couldn’t be more minimalistic, timeless and understated: A clean-cut, simply black T-Shirt. Joko Says about the shirt: “For me understatement means to focus on the basics. Fashion should underline the personality, not cover it up. With our version of the black shirt you are showing style without exaggeration.” The AXE BLACK SHIRT will be available in a limited edition starting on April 1, 2015. If you buy three products from the new AXE Black line you can order one of these shirts for free.
To celebrate the launch of this collaboration Joko and AXE got together with our fellow bloggers from Dandy Diary to organize an exclusive release party here in Berlin this Tuesday, on March 31, 2015. The Dandy boys will be DJing along with Quid Haden and there is going to be a secret main act that we really had to swear to keep secret, but I can tell you that much, it’s a BIG deal. We have a pair of tickets for you to win after the jump!
Nadia + Zehra
This weekend the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is happening for the second time and proving once more that fashion can be fun, eccentric and crazy. The first edition back in October 2014 was a total blast and took us by surprise with really amazing and entertaining shows. It’s great we finally have a platform in Berlin, that supports young and unconventional fashion that focusses on artistic and creative expression and not so much on commercial success. We loved the designers and their playful concepts to present their collections on the runway and we can’t wait to see the new shows. This time the BAFW has a program of 4 days starting this Thursday with an opening party at TRUST bar, a screening of Apollo.tv at the Nhow Hotel on Friday, a set of 3 runway shows between 14 and 23h at Postbahnhof on Saturday, and the Haute runway show at Nhow Hotel on Sunday. After the jump we have some previews of the partaking designers and a teaser video for you and we also give you the chance to win 2×2 VIP tickets for the entire festival that also includes entry for an exclusive party at Nhow Hotel. Enjoy!
photo: Ganesha Balunsat
This is probably the most pressing question for many after and afternoon party friends in Berlin on any given Sunday (clearly we don’t need to ask this question for Saturday because the answer will be 100% for sure YES). I always fantasized about a secret webcam that gives you direct view onto the length of the cue so you know if you gonna be waiting forever or will swiftly slide in. And all of a sudden there it is: The new iPhone App Is There A Line At Berghain? is giving you the info you are looking for. It’s updated with the help of user feedback so it’s probably gonna be quite accurate as soon as it becomes more popular. Maybe this will even out all the peaks during the day to have a more fluent entrance situation? Oh let us dream, ok?
Certain characters of the Berlin nightlife are too unique to not be featured in all their shapes and colors here on I HEART BERLIN over and over again. Amazing show-stoppers who are able to walk the walk and easily put any wannabe Topmodel contestant to shame! We are talking about the talented drag queen scene in town pulling off one nice costume party after another.
From next week Tuesday THE annualy ritual of the LGBT* scene is starting again: The public screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Südblock preseted by queen of the queens Pansy. This is not only an occassion for a fun get-together, but of course also for the local drag queens to show off their talent. Most of the screenings finish with a big party afterwards so don’t worry too much if you come to late for the screening – there is always gonna be more. Check out the Facebook event here for all the info.
To lift up your expectations the bad boy of photography Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert took some great pics for us at the Pansy presents Showgirls party a couple of weeks ago showing some drag queens gone wild. Enjoy them after the jump.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
For the launch of the 90′s revival sneaker collection of Diadora we went to the (not so) secret coven of all sneaker fetishists in Berlin: the OVERKILL Shop last Friday. Thankfully our expectations in seeing some really weird (but somehow hot) sneaker fans were more than satisfied. Diadora is one of the brands I vividly remember from my Italian childhood and it is very exciting for me to see how they are having international fans nowadays all over the world. The new vintage silhouette and color palette of the N9000 Live put the supercool back on the tracksuit you will wear while jogging with this beauties through Treptower Park. Enjoy some impressions of the launch event after the jump.