Hurrah! Spring has sprung! And you know what this means: Outdoor locations are becoming a thing again!
No more standing under heating lamps, clutching to your thick coats. The last fluff of your scarves is scaling off your necks and many heads turn to other people again. With every raising degree, the core areas of the capital shift from inside to outside.
Berlin awakens in Spring. And along with it the people, the cafes, restaurants, urban parks and festivals are returning from their winter hideout. How we’ve missed the many opportunities to enjoy life under the clear sky. With Spring, all these possibilities are back!
And even better, we compiled a list of activities and locations that are back from winter hiatus and open again for you to enjoy. See them right after the jump.
photo: Berlin Bicycle Week
The Berliner Fahrradschau is an incredible opportunity to see the newest trends from the world of the beloved two wheels at a glance. The crowning event of the Berlin Bicycle Week 2017, it’s not just for those of you who are complete bike freaks – anyone will love joining in on the fun at the various events. See our suggestions after the jump!
The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.
photo: Christmas Garden Berlin
Although the weather doesn’t really suggest it, the holiday season is indeed upon us and while some are anxiously waiting to open another window in their advent calendar, others regard all the festivities merely as an opportunity to steal a ketchup container from Christmas hot dogs stands on Alexanderplatz, which is an exceptionally Berlin-like crime I have actually witnessed.
And that serves as a sufficient example to say that the idea of a perfect Christmas will definitely differ from person to person. Many of you will travel to see family, others will celebrate with friends, and there’s more than a few that are going to be happy to finally not be bothered with any company at all. So for those of you who’re staying in Berlin this month and consider leaving the house at some point, we’ve come up with a few suggestions as varied as it gets, and some of them not even Christmas related.
Gendarmenmarkt, photo: Michael Setzpfandt
Although this year it may feel like the Christmas Markets season came exceptionally early – with still no traces of snow and surprisingly mild temperatures, the festive frenzy is upon us – and we’re excited for all the Glühwein, Plätzchen and proper Christmas shopping. In this year’s guide, we’re reacquianting you with some places from last year and presenting others that are happening for the very first time.
When it comes to Christmas events, Berlin’s just as versatile as you might have expected – you’ll find a few traditional markets, some really design-oriented events, a film festival and even a masked ball.
photo: Valerie-Siba Rousparast
Since 1997, each year people from the adult entertainment industry come together for the Venus erotic fair. Porn actors and actresses are there for meet and greets, exotic dancers and and sex workers from all kinds of genres are presenting their special acts of pleasing their audience.
Last week a brand new festival launched in Berlin that took over the beautiful Kaufhaus Jandorf at Weinbergspark. But the C-HR Festival is not just any kind of festival, it’s a festival for the future: The themes are sustainability, creativity, design, fashion and innovation. All of these are quite broad topics, but when you read the program of speakers and workshop hosts you will understand how it’s all connected.
We live in a world that is oversaturated by innovations, creativity and design. But we realized that many of the things that humans have developed in the past couple of decades brought a lot of negative side-effects with them. Effects that we were blind to for way too long, environmentally, economically but also socially. The C-HR Festival now wants to shed some light on some of the problems and solutions we have today and need to come up with in the future. There will be talks and speeches about pollution of the ocean, the psychology of creativity, the possible effects of veganism and so much more.
Vintage and nostalgia are common hobbies for Berliners who love to remember and dwell in the good old times of the turbulent but also radiant history of our beloved city.
Besides the love for good vintage fashion and design there is probably no other passion ranking so high lately than oldtimer cars. But it’s actually silly to call it a revival. As long as I can remember everybody stopped and watched in amazement when a vintage automobile passed by on the streets of Berlin. Like a time machine they throw our imagination back to the past. To an era where artisanal work and industrial design perfection were working hand in hand.
The perfect chance to discover the most awesome oldtimers in Berlin is the upcoming fair Motorworld Classic. Inside the enormous and beautiful fair building from the 30s in the West of Berlin, you will be able to discover everything related to classic cars, young timers, connoisseur-cars, motorbikes and many curiosities. Taking place from October 6th to 9th 2016, this second edition of the oldtimer fair will bring plenty of amazing automobile history highlights to Berlin.
Classic car clubs and private sellers will present and sell their products there. Many chances for awesome photos with the best of automobile design history awaits you.
After the jump we collected some of the highlights of this special event in pictures.
Calling the world of fashion a circus if actually not at all farfetched. When you walk into the arena with your outfit on fleek it’s all about the ohs and wows, making an impression that lingers longer than a brief glance, surprising the unsurprisable and in the best case make the people smile. Yes, if a design manages people to feel something, regardless what, it has fulfilled an important purpose. It’s here where fashion transcends what is beautiful to something more meaningful. And that’s glory of it.
A while ago I met up with Hungry, a Berlin character so mesmerizing and iconic that s/he has become a fashion statement her/himself. Together we created this photo series for you guys to draw your attention to the Vogue Fashion Night Out special “Night Circus” at Bikini Berlin that happened in September 2016 and turned the whole place into a fashion circus extravaganza full of surprises and special guests such as star photographer Joachim Baldauf, the rising star of Berlin fashion Marina Hoermanseder and tattoo queen Myra Brodsky.
But in the course of our little photo shoot we realized we interfered much more with our surroundings than we anticipated…
One of the things I really appreciate about Berlin is that ordinary things often come wrapped in special ways to make it more intriguing. We are really quite privileged when it comes to entertainment and culture. Take for instance going to the movies. Of course we have the traditional multiplex and small program cinemas. But then there are also luxury theaters with VIP treatment, glamorous vintage cinemas reminiscent of the old days, shabby underground locations with art flicks, mobile kinos projected on fire walls, open air screenings with whirlpools and so many other unusual ways to experience movies.
The upcoming Audi Urban Cinema is yet another event that will nurture our high standards in light entertainment. The popular series is already in its fourth year and will once again raise the bar for cinematic experiences. Last year the event took place inside the courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei which was already pretty great as a backdrop for the movies. But this year they’ve stepped up moving over to the riverbanks of the Spree setting up their screen at the Arena.