Photo: Ole Ukena – Eye of Ole
Good old Fusion turned incredible 20 years old last year! And is now looking back on 20 wild years of building the alternative festival dream that we know today. You have never been to the famous Fusion Festival? Then let us explain the magic shortly: The Fusion grew out of the idea to create a space for all free-spirited individuals, to be what they want and create a society they feel comfortable in. So instead of only focussing on great music and filling big stages, Fusion is famous for creating its alternate reality that fosters love, sustainable living, and compassion. Who do we have to thank for all these years of intense festival partying? Kudos goes out to Kulturkosmos e.V.!
Berlin is a crazy bubble in terms of diversity. Nowhere else in Germany are there so many different spaces, places and outlets for the members of the LGBTQI Community. Of course Berlin is not perfect in terms of safety for the said community. We still have harassments of transsexuals on a monthly basis, and I would not always dare to kiss a man at Kotti at night because you never know how the surroundings might react. Despite that, I am more than happy to call Berlin my home, since I feel that no other place in Germany has the same amount of freedom, tollerance and possibilities for people of different sexual orientations or gender identities.
The biggest celebration of this diversity is definitely the annual Christopher Street Pride Parade. Since I came to Berlin at the age of 18, I have been visiting the parade regularly. Some years I remember as stressful because of the heat and too many drinks. Or I felt that the event had turned too commercial, so I decided I’d rather visit an alternative demonstration instead. Other years the weather was a bit tricky. But nonetheless every parade has had its highlights and stolen kisses to tell of afterwards.
My personal highlight of this year was to bring along my little sister to Pride. It was her first big Pride parade and as I wanted to make the experience as memorable as possible, I showed her all the typical Pride rituals.
This year’s early and glorious summer is not only offering the most relaxed weekends at the lakes but also lots of amazing cultural activities you can experience under the open sky.
One of our absolute favorite classical music happenings in Berlin is Staatsoper für Alle. The opera house right at Under den Linden has recently reopened and is organizing once a year a weekend of free concerts and opera screenings.
For this year’s edition, we partnered up with Staatsoper to offer you an amazing price: We will organize a delicious exclusive picnic at the event with lots of delicious treats (and sparkling wine ;)) for 3×2 of our readers. So you can listen to the concert on Saturday 16th and enjoy a delightful brunch with us.
The ultimate hot spot of the Gallery Weekend Berlin is Potsdamer Straße where many well-known galleries have settled in over the last years. The art scene has become buzzing and vibrant between the odd contrasts of Kurfürstenstraße and Wintergarten Varieté. Sometimes though, I am a bit upset that the whole artsy society is quiet elitist and closed towards an interested but maybe not so involved public.
I wonder: How can we deal with contemporary art in a more participatory and open-hearted way? During the upcoming Gallery Weekend Mumm Sekt is trying a new approach. The German sparkling wine company opened a pop-up Art Yard on Potsdamer Platz in collaboration with artist Daniel Egnéus. Egnéus, who is best known for his watercolor illustrations, has designed three Mumm Art Editions this year.
Lycra, lights, DJs, sweat and slings. This could be another night at Berghain, but instead we find ourselves at the Velodrom at the 107th Six Day Berlin race– the world’s oldest six-day bike race- thanks to the kind invitation of GASAG who is one of the sponsors of the event. Do you want to experience it as well? We have tickets for you to win!
Berlin is a city of bikers. We use bikes to get around town and to work more so than most people in other large cities. And, most of us have a close relationship with bikes. They can be a fashion accessory. They get you where you need to go. And, they are generally more reliable than the last person you talked to on Tinder (just don’t park it near Kotti, otherwise it will also disappear).
photos: 18/7001 Festival
Berliners’ undying affection for techno comes on a par with a fondness for tangible memories of the GDR past. The creators of 18/7001 Festival (happening on 17th, 18th, and 19th August 2018) merged the two into an event that will undoubtedly become the rave highlight of your summer. Read on…
It’s the Berliners’ favorite long drink: the Gin & Tonic. It’s so simply and pure. But after being the number one for so long, isn’t it time to mix it up a bit?
That’s pretty much what the Tanqueray Drinks Club hosted by the boys from Salt & Silver at the lovely Infarm space was all about – finding ways to bring your own special flavor to this classic drink. Mixing a Gin & Tonic certainly doesn’t have to end with the gin and the tonic water. The possibilities to create a more refined version by adding more ingredients while maintaining the freshness of the classic long drink are basically endless.
As we learned from award-winning mixologist Atalay Aktas a whole range of herbs, berries and exotic fruits offer themselves as natural components. It does make sense because gin is already infused by herbs, why not add fresh ones? And the fruits create the perfect counterpart for the strong herbal flavors to bring a bit of sweetness to the mix.
What really made a difference to me in the end was the addition of liquors or bitters. They really bring an originality of taste to the Gin & Tonic that almost elevates the long drink to a cocktail while still being fairly easy to mix. It was certainly an experience that gave us a better understanding of the versatility of the Tanqueray & Tonic. To wet your appetite we have some impressions of the evening for you!
photo: Javier Blanco Chiocchio
So many things happening in Berlin and yet you’re scrolling through your event app with nothing that quite strikes up for fancy? You can escape the same old scenarios of the usual entertainment like I did a few weeks ago. I left my house with no idea as to what would await me – I ended up blindfolded in a candlelit basement with a bunch of strangers and loved every minute of it. Crossmodalism is a relatively fresh movement redefining our ideas of concepts like classical music, theatre, cooking, or even science – with their sensory-stimulating events. Read on to find out more!
The group originated in London in 2013, bringing together a concert pianist who studied at one of the ‘best’ schools of music in the world, a cook with some of the world’s most ‘prestigious’ restaurants on their resume; an Experience Designer, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, and a perfumer trained in chemistry. Their name stems from a term popularised by Professor Charles Spence at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford.
The Festival of Lights is back! We all have seen these visuals before: Light installations with crazy patterns, shapes and graphics, or colorful 3D videos moving on Berlin monuments, sights, streets and squares, transforming places we all know too well into colorful wonderlands. For 12 years now, the Festival of Lights turns Berlin and other places around the world into visual spectacles. It’s crazy what nothing but light can do to our perception of stones and walls we pass by weekly. Despite the partial silliness of gigantic buildings like the Berliner Dom shimmering in shocking pink, plus giant rotating panda spaceman, it’s just fun to gaze at every year. The animation on the Berliner Dom and other places even have sound to them, giving you that full audio-visual experience. In case you missed your chance to see all of these glowing larger-than-life artworks on sights like the TV tower, the Humboldt University or all of Bebel Platz last year, the Festival of Light runs until Sunday, starting at 19h every day until midnight.
photo: Gordon Welters
To put it mildly, the music genre most commonly associated with Berlin would probably not be opera. It’s not as ubiquitous as other forms of art – many of us have not even once been to such a concert. You may not even be aware how much can Berlin offer in the area – and I get it – going out to see an indie rock band involves less costs and planning than booking opera tickets. Well, this week you get the unique opportunity to experience opera on a world class level for free as the Staatsoper Berlin opens its doors after a long-lasting break. Read on to get all the details.