Berlin has proven to be a city where technology innovations of all kinds find an interested audience. The blooming and booming start-up scene has created various new jobs and economic perspectives. Finally people that have finished university here have a proper chance to get a job without moving to Munich or Hamburg. Any new development has of course also a bunch of new enemies. Not everyone thinks that the start-ups can create economic stability for a city which such a huge amount of financial problems. Often I noticed that people who are not very fond of start-ups have never actually been in touch with any of that. I have a great amount of friends who started a small business with their ideas and I like supporting all of them as much as I can. Either you are a big fan or a big disapprover I recommend you to visit the Tech Open Air – Unconference this Wednessday and the satellite events this Thursday.
On one of this events I am taking part in a panel to speak with Alexander Görlach (Chief Editor, The European) and Lukas Kircher (CEO, KircherBurkhardt) about the future of journalism. The event is at the Supermarkt at Brunnenstrasse in Wedding and it is free like most of the other satellite events. The discussion will be in German. Check it out here and say hello to me if you like. After the jump, some nice pictures of the location of the Unconference and the details about the panel.
Our third special recommendation for you for the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week goes out to the FIER Vitrine. Our friends Nico and Lisa from FIER management have been quite busy in the past couple of years supporting the independant and alternative young designer scene. For their new event on Tuesday, July 8 they have curated an impressive line-up of young international avant-garde designers who will present their new collections in the form of fashion presentations, performances, screenings and installations at the amazing Lehrter Siebzehn location near Hauptbahnhof.
In support of the awesome new iPhone travel app Friendly Berlin that we are currently working on we asked the guys from FIER management about their most interesting places in Berlin for the fashion-savvy explorer and they came up with a really great Fashionable Berlin Guide that you should check out here or download the Friendly Berlin iPhone app here. It’s a really good list of interesting shops and places that will come in handy during Fashion Week.
After the jump we will give you a preview of the ten participating talented designers from the FIER Vitrine event and party on Tuesday. If you are into innovative and artistic design this will be a must-go event for you. Make sure to register for the guestlist now.
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 <<<
Christopher Walken in ‘Made from Cool’ by Martin Werner
For our second special we have teamed up with this year’s edition of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival that is going into it’s third round next week on July 9 and 10. It’s impressive how the little festival has developed into such a big thing in such a short amount of time. This year they host several public screenings at the Arsenal Kino during Berlin Fashion Week on Wednesday where you can see fashion films with famous Hollywood actors such as Christopher Walken, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, and Jessica Chastain. Not bad, huh? You should get your tickets here. And to put a cherry on top they invited famous Russian artist Andrey Bartenev to give a runway presentation of his bubbely sculptural design performances at the award show on Thursday evening. That’s going to be a mad affair for sure. Some preview videos, more photos and details, and your chance to win tickets for the screenings after jump.
I’ve met Alina from Frida Gold so many times in different events and parties, but I never actually saw her perform live. The final event of the EcoSport Challenge that came to a close after 6 exciting weeks on the last weekend now finally gave me a chance. Now I totally understand why people are so enchanted with her as she is a great and charming live performer with a voice as soft as honey. In a small mini concert in a rooftop loft of the Nhow Hotel at the Spree she sang some of her famous songs for all the teams of the challenge making this a very sweet finale. Enjoy some of the impressions of the event after the jump.
For the upcoming season of the Berlin Fashion Week we have partnered up with a couple of alternative fashion events in our continuous effort to support young designers, avant-garde fashion and new ideas in Berlin. The first of these special events that we have selected is called Anaglyph which is also the name of a collective of young creatives from different fields who will present the results of their collaboration with an elaborate 3d stereoscopic runway show. The whole concept does not only connect people from different cultures, but also brings interdisciplinary work to a new level by combining the fields of fashion and shoe design, photography, 3d and video art, screen-print and illustration, choreography and music, embroidery and crochet, as well as hair and make-up art. We are particularily excited that our friend Anto Christ is going to be part of this with her amazing make-up and crochet work.
The Anaglyph event is going to take place on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Heimathafen Neukölln, with the first show at 18:30h (invitation only) and the second one at 20:00h (public, free entrance) with an aftershow party at 21h at Sameheads. Join the Facebook event to keep updated with the details. After the jump we have a teaser video and some previews for you.
photo: Finding Berlin
The whole city, no, the entire world, is abuzz with the world football championchip, or WM as we like to call it, that starts today. Ironically, Claudio, Devid and myself don’t really care about football, but we know that some of you might do. So we didn’t really want to let you down and assembled the best places for public viewings in Berlin in our little Football WM Screening Guide. We hope one or more of these places will be the right one for you! Enjoy an exciting football season!
photo: Hilmar Schmundt/bobsairpor
If you want to get a little bit nostalgic and remember the good old times of this beloved city than there’s nothing better than visiting a photography exhibition featuring the analog highlights of the past. Around the fall of the wall Berlin was really a mysterious wonderland for both sides of the German population. A place where you could jump naked in a pool at night, meet crocodile-transvestites on the street and bungee jump at Brandenburger Tor. Everything seemed possible with the lowest of efforts. The empty houses and bumby streets were not perceived as a depressing background but more as a diorama of multiple possibilities. Collected from several photographers the curator Anke Fesel and Chris Keller choose over 200 pictures all around the first years of the 90s. The result is not only a coffe table book full of good old memories but also a great exhibition which opens its doors this Thursday June 5 at Urban Spree and runs until the June 8, 2014. Don’t miss it! More photos from the book Berlin Wonderland by Gestalten after the jump.
It’s finally Spring and the exciting festival season has kicked-off with so many music highlights awaiting us in the next couple of months. One of the most anticipated events this year is the annual Berlin Festival at Tempelhof. With amazing acts such as Woodkid, Austra, Moderat, K.I.Z., Mount Kimbie and Editors, as well as another edition of the Artville, the big art exhibition at the festival grounds, there is so much to look forward to.
We’ve teamed up with mobile app mbrace to give you a chance to win 2 tickets for the Berlin Festival. Find out more about it after the jump!
Berlin is not only great for its vibrant local music scene, but benefits from touring bands from all over the world bringing inspiring new music styles to the capital. This week’s music recommendation from our side is Pooma. They are a Finnish band who specialised in putting a dark twist on pop music. Inspired by the movie director David Lynch who’s famous for The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks and Mullholland Drive and his surreal aesthetic they got some impressive visuals as well that you can enjoy after the jump.
On the Showcase Night of Nordic by Nature on Thursday you have the chance to see Pooma live in concert for free at Monarch. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity and put yourself on the guestlist just by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check their Soundcloud channel to get in touch with their vibe before the concert. More pictures and some really disturbing gifs after the jump.