The holiday season is upon us, and the atmosphere in Berlin couldn’t be more unique and lively this time of year, thanks to the gorgeous Christmas markets sprawled across the city. These markets give our city a distinctive spirit during the holidays, and there’s a lot more to them than Glühwein (not to understate Glühwein though; we seriously wait all year for that stuff). Whether you’re in search of the perfect gift or just want to be a part of the festivities, it goes without saying that Christmas markets are a fundamental part of the German holiday tradition. From one end of Berlin to the other, you will find a profusion of markets in various sizes with varying products. So how do you choose the ones worth visiting? If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin this time of year, market hopping is a must, so we’re giving you a run down of the top Christmas markets to check out; some classics, some exciting new concepts. Find our selection of Christmas markets and special events after the jump.
photo: David von Becker
Tonight, Thursday October 30th, starting at 19h is the grand opening of the C/O Berlin in their new venue Amerika Haus. We got a sneak peek yesterday and say: It’s definitely worth a visit. All information about the opening exhibitions and the new venue after the jump.
The Berlin Film Society is giving us a fabulous David Lynch inspired Halloween special this Friday. They will screen the directorial debut of the master of the obscure: Eraserhead from 1977. The event will happen in the the former Czech Cultural Institute at Leipziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str.) where we also hosted our 7 Year events. After the screening at 23h there will be a haunted house party with lots of references to David Lynch so all Lynch-inspired Halloween outfits from the guests are to be expected. You can still get advanced tickets for the event, check out the Facebook event for details.
For more Halloween events and parties please check out Halloween Guide here on the blog and our Halloween special on the Friendly Berlin app. After the jump a trailer of the movie Eraserhead.
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Mitte is diving head first into the film festival circuit. Two great festival programs will commence at the old beauty Kino Babylon and the massive Volksbühne this Friday. From Oktober 2nd through 5th the Tuscia Film Fest 2014 brings the highlights of the Italian art of filmmaking onto the silver screen. And while the final film of their program is still flickering in the Babylon, the Volksbühne opens the gates for Lakino. The Latin American Film Fest will present films, discussions and art from the faraway continent until October 12th 2014. Details after the jump.
Next week on Wednesday the brand new Berlin Alternative Fashion Week launches its first edition with a colorful program of parties, shows, talks and a designer market. After several years of doing events during the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin and the German Press Days we were of course excited about another opportunity to get our hands in the pie so we decided to host a new event during this new Fashion Week.
It is something that we meant to do for a long time but never came around to do it: Turn our Cinéma de Mode online column that we featured here on iHeartBerlin.de for many years before moving over to our partner Two For Fashion into a live event in a real cinema. So we asked our friends from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival to contribute some films, as well as the designers of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week and mixed it with our own selection of our favorite films of the new genre and the result is going to be an entertaining program of fashionable short films and videos featuring Hollywood stars such as Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Walken for your viewing pleasure. Together with our friends from Two For Fashion we will invite you into the cinema of the former culturual institute of Czechoslowakia at Leizpziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str.) on Thursday October 2nd at 20h to enjoy our films of the Cinéma de Mode.
To get you into the mood we want to show you today the latest hyped fashion film about the selfie culture by Matthew Frost featuring Kirsten Dunst, as well as Frost’s previous other amazing films after the jump.
Still right in the middle of our 7 years anniversary specials we have already covered the genres of theater, art, books, film and party with our first 5 of 7 surprises and now it’s time for the next one: We love good food and checking out the latest restaurants, food markets and supper clubs. So it comes as no surprise that we wanted to include this passion in our 7 anniversary specials.
Today we would like to invite you to our I HEART BERLIN headquaters to enjoy with us our special Seven Suppers that we will be hosting with our partner Qozy. From September 28th til October 7th we will be preparing 7 different food events for you, 6 of them are dinners and one of them is a brunch. Together with Qozy we curated 7 original 3-course menues that range from different types of meat, fish, seafood, vegetarian to vegan.
We look forward to get to know some of our readers through this on a more personal level and think this is going to be a great way to get a look into our world aside from fashion shows, parties and exhibition openings. We love to hear your stories and what better way to exchange them than over a nice meal.
After the jump you will get a preview of some of the menues we will be offering and learn more about the dates and how to book a table.
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.
You probably figured out already by giving a look to our event guide that we are in the middle of Berlin Music Week. Until Sunday a great amount of concerts, festival and events are going on all around music of all kinds. We have mentioned Berlin Festival a couple of times this year. Also lovely, intimate and recommendable if you are into Scandinavian music is the Our/Berlin Festival. But today we would love to get your attention on another pretty nice festival happening open air on a roof over Berlin this upcoming Sunday.
Auf den Dächern Festival is an initiative of the online music channel tape.tv. Apart from their role of being one of the companies to kick off the digital start-up hype in Berlin they have become organizers of a couple of really nice music events. Their event series Auf den Dächern (on the rooftops) is one of my favourite since the amazing concert of Florence and the Machine I saw on the rooftop of former Kater Holzig.
Now we would like to give you the chance to have a similar unique experience. More after the jump.
The film festival circuit is a strange one. Some winning films of festivals get great attention once they are released cinematically, but some winners are celebrated one night and then disappear somewhere into the wide world of agents and negotiations. The Favourites Film Festival shows films from around the Globe that have won audience awards. The selection of short and feature films this year includes winners from Mexico, Afghanistan, Senegal, Germany and plenty of other countries. Each film is a unique star in the solar system of film art and luckily you can fly to unknown ones without risking a false start. Certainly a winner is not instantly a winner for everyone, but audience awards are usually a pretty great indication that most people will enjoy the cinematic experience.
Considering the excruciating stiffness and dreadfully boring sense of fashion of us Germans (it’s true! just look around!) it comes as no surprise that it takes a looney pair of Aussies with a lot of sun in their hearts to create something like The Colour Parade here in Berlin. What it is is a fun little gathering of likeminded excentric individuals who want to praise the glory of self-expression in the most of colourful ways: with crazy-ass outfits and make-up. What a joy for the eyes and just what the grey, conformative crowd of Berlin needs to lighten the fuck up. The details after the jump!