photo: Francesca Camilla
In Berlin, you’re never too old or too young to rave. This is pretty much the message of this joyful new video starring Berlin’s hippest senior Günther Krabbenhöft, who you can see dancing and partying around town, with young and old. I love how this video shows the diverse side of the city: people with different backgrounds, even kids, just having a laugh and a good time together. It can be so simple and so sweet: that moment when you realize that we can all coexist peacefully together, with no racism, ageism, sexism and other bad “isms” and phobias. Berlin is a place where we can all be together and be who we really are without other people judging us. Let this feeling become even stronger in Berlin, because we have a few more things to overcome. But for now, let’s dance through the streets a bit like Günther here…
Excuse me for repeating myself. I have to emphasize though, just how much of Berlin’s spirit is shaped by the many different parts and past particles floating in the air. Stories that are engraved in house walls. Moments that are carrying on. All the tears cried in bars, all the words unspoken on park benchs, every fight in front of a house: worth telling and still palpable. When you walk around the city you don’t see them. But be sure to know: the city’s vibe is made of every single one of it.
To not get carried away in theories of time, let me get to the point.
Berlin has always been and still is a prominent place for poets, thinkers, musicians, architects, painters. There is something about this city that draws people in who expressed or express themselves artistically in any shape, way or form. Here is a selected list of musicians, who have experienced Berlin in one way or another. Next time you walk around in the city, maybe you feel a bit closer to it, knowing who has walked the streets before you. Get to know the famous exiles of Berlin – after the jump.
Danny & Melisa (renk.), photo: Ferhat Topal
Berlin is a city made of puzzle pieces, a mosaic of multitudes. Its irresistable charm and distinctive difference is made of the people that shape the city culturally. A Berlin without its cultural diversity is not only hard to imagine – it just wouldn’t even be as interesting probably. The contributions of inhabitants from all over the world helped forming a colorful kaleidoscope of ethnic elements.
I could go into some history now, explaining the Foreign Policy of Germany, how in the 1950s and 60′s, Germany invited guest workers to work in Germany and help with the economy. But I won’t.
I will invite you to take a look at the present, cause as we know: the present is a gift. And if you look around today in Berlin, you’ll see it’s a gift that keeps on giving. You see Poland, you see Vietnam, you see practically every country in Berlin. Be it in the food you eat, the Yoga Studio you frequent, the store where you buy your vegetables. The luxurious freedom to get the best of countless cultures is a main point for me to why Berlin is so comfortable to live in.
We want to take a closer look at the possibilities and present to you the manifold ways of experiencing Berlin. Today: The Turkish Edition!
photo: Eylül Aslan
I think I have never been more into the Christmas spirit this year than ever before. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I have been obsession so much over my Christmas tree and spent hours decorating it and marveling at it. In fact I have 6 (!!!) more Christmas sprays all over my house so it’s totally like Santa’s liar here.
I always liked Christmas, even as an adult. Not because of the presents of course, but I love the atmosphere, buying a tree, coming up with new ways to decorate it each year, going to the Christmas markets with my family, getting together with friends for mulled wine, wrapping up gifts, the roasts (we always have multiple ones over the holidays not just one). It’s just so warm and sparkeling. It totally distracts us from the cold season and gives us a break from the daily grind in a way that no other holiday ever could. And this year it seems to be extra strong as I feel filled with so much joy, it’s practically bursting out of me: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
Well, M.I.A. strikes again. In her newest music video ‘Borders’, from her upcoming album ‘MATAHDATAH’, the Bad Girl hits us in the face with reality. The global refugee crisis and the overall state of the world are no longer to be pushed away. This is our present and not only M.I.A. – you are in the midst of it, also here in Berlin. ‘Borders’ is a document of our time and it doesn’t insinuate. It impeaches and it has every right to do so. M.I.A’s picture language is radical and unsparing, the beats are drastic.
photo: Konzerthaus Berlin
The weekend awaits you – fun parties, dancing to cool beats, a glass in your hand. We’re always looking forward to some exciting hours to get away from the daily working. But what about after the weekend starting the week with some gentle sounds and a small alternative program?
After a while we’re really in the mood to listen to some classical sounds and now we have the pleasure to share with you some great evenings at Konzerthaus Berlin. On the occasion of the Bach Marathon, taking place on November 28th, you have the chance to enjoy a warm-up with series of small pop- up concerts which take place from the 24th – November 27th. This is a beautiful and very special alternative to everything our city offers us in the field of all kinds of music. Get to know what is so special about it after the jump.
Music is a huge topic in Berlin: Wherever you go, each district has its own special vibe and unique sound. In some areas it’s just street noises, screaming babies, sometimes it’s the distant bass of a club – or actually musicians playing on the street. Especially in summer a lot of musicians try their luck and spread their musical love at busy places like Schlesisches Tor or Warschauer Straße. Thousands of people pushing and rushing by, only catching glimpses. But sometimes the talent catches our attention and just for a moment in time, everything stops and we take in the sound, the love and passion.
One of those special and crazy street musicians is Strawberryman, who travels the world with his music, living his dream and the goal to inspire others to live their dreams too. But Strawberryman does not only have an unheard name, he also plays an instrument that is one-of-a-kind. See for yourself after the jump…
If Berlin has one thing to offer, it’s a unique music experience and plenty of cute DJ’s playing every night in one of the numerous clubs of the city. But if you played pretty much in every club of the town and the rest of the world you have to think of something else. Being creative and fun is definitely one of the favorite things that Simon and Tobias, better known as Andhim, love to do and of course only they could come up with the brilliant and hilarious idea to play some music at the famous Hühnerhaus 36 chicken grill next to Görlitzer Park at 8 o’clock in the morning.
Their little Hühnerhaus-Experiment is the first Episode of their new series ‘Playces’ in which they want to play pop-up sets in special, authentic and interesting locations around the world to get in touch with the local people and their daily lives outside of the nightlife scene. And seriously, is there a better way to start their cool new project than with a 8 a.m. Sterni in their second hometown Berlin!? But watch and enjoy for yourself after the jump…
You’re sexy and we know it. By now we all get it: it’s fall and it’s officially that season of the year again, where you’ll want to turn up the heat. Well, don’t worry, we got you covered! Minimal soul band MOVEMENT from Australia not only blend R&B and ambient elements in their music, but also have created a music video blending bodies, visualizing the art of getting physical. „Ivory“ is a clip playing with color, shapes and your libido. Directed by Fleur & Manu, this music video will make you feel things. Check out the NSFW clip beneath and prepare for the room temperature to go up a notch.
Everyones favorite traditional German digestif Jägermeister is bringing their successful music program, the Wolfenbütteler Festspiele, to Berlin with the 4-day music festival Hubertusfest. From November 3-6 they are bringing established German bands such as Booka Shade, Jennifer Rostock, Kid Simius, Schluck den Druck and Romano together with newcomers such as Tüsn, Cosby and Chefboss to the stage at the Spreewerkstätten. Looking back at the many Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour and Wolfenbütteler Festspiele events they have done in the past I can pretty much guarantee you that it’s going to be one hell of a blast.
One thing that makes this festival not only fun but also genuine is the support that the younger bands will receive through it. There is going to be three public nights with concerts. The first one is the Newcomer night that is free of entry. The second and third public nights will feature the more famous bands and ticket sales of these will actually co-finance the next music videos of the newcomer bands. We salute the spirit behind this, the older ones supporting the young. Cheers to that with a Jägi! After the jump you can find out more about the line-up and win tickets for the almost sold-out events!