For everyone who wants to stay open-minded for new ideas and suggestions for their Sunday program in addition to the usual flea market visits, Berghain and staying in bed, here comes an unusual alternative recommendation. We visited the Hoppegarten horse race course on Sunday for the highlight of the racing season – the 125th edition of the Grand Price of Berlin – and had a look at all the horses and well-dressed people. Actually, some of the (older) ladies could have easily been mistaken for the Queen from behind – it was very fun to watch outfits in general and try on hats at the hat shop!
The horse names in all the different races were also quite exceptional, for example A Miracle, Waky Sol, Kimberley‘s Dream, Banana Split and Amorous Adventure. But all those wacky names didn’t give them a big advantage – in the end the horse with the almost subtle name Second Step and its jockey Jamie Spencer took the victory of the most important race on Sunday. Between races you could enjoy your Florida ice cream or a glass of wine listening to the live band playing songs from Buena Vista Social Club (one of my very favorite summer music) to modern pop or jazz interpretations. Or you could have a closer look at the beautiful horses at the parade ring or the presentation ceremony.
A visit to Hoppegarten is a very nice opportunity to swap your dark clothes for your Sunday dress, hat and picknick basket. And with a bit of luck and knowledge you could actually leave the racing not only with great new impressions, but also with a bit of betting money in your pocket. Enjoy my impressions after the jump. The next races are on September 20 and October 3, 2015.
photos: Philipp Pusch
Last year young photographer Philipp Pusch made a big wave with his Berghain portrait series fertig. Now he has a new project coming up that we want to introduce you to. With his series kurz vor gestern he captures scenes of urbanity in melancholic and mysterious black and white photos. The combination of the human body with geometric forms of human-made objects and structures is one of the most prominent qualities of his photos.
He has now compiled the best work into a photobook of the same title, that is being released this Friday at Gordon in Neukölln. You can get a preview below and follow the series on his tumblr.
After weeks of preparations and anticipation it was finally time to reveal the Berlinferno on Saturday at Blogfabrik. Young Italian artist Nicola Napoli has created a huge artwork for the Absolut Art Bar series that is a tongue-in-cheek response to all the criticism Berlin has received lately and an interpretation of all the worries and fears that Berliners have about the changes of their city.
For this event we turned the Blogfabrik, our new co-working and event space at Kottbusser Tor, into a pink inferno full of eccentric fantastical creatures. It was so much fun to change up the place and re-use all the modular furniture, it was almost like a play-set for grown-ups. It was such a pleasure to work with Nicola who has such a creative mind and so much wit, and also with the guys from Absolut who proved yet again what a modern and progressive brand they are by letting us create a world around our idea and message. Thank you for making this such an enjoyable collaboration!
We were super happy about how everything came together in the end and how many of you showed up to the opening to have a drink with us. We also want to thank our super charming live act Heather Sparx who gave a great performance filled with her joyful synth pop tunes and lots of good energy and glitter, and of course to our DJ teams Rydim & Ricardo Esposito and Dada Disco who both played the most amazing music for us. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
photos: Chris & Eric Phillips
For two years now our friends from Pornceptual have undressed Berliners for their parties, short films and photos and fought against prude and stuck up mentality and for a more liberal attitude towards sex and the human body. It’s been a fun and sexy ride to watch these guys and their project grow to what it is today and give something huge back to Berlin.
This Saturday they celebrate their 2nd anniversary party at Prince Charles and we thought it’s a good time to look back at 2 years of Pornceptual. Enjoy our little photo retrospective after the jump and don’t miss the party on Saturday. Be ready to porn…
Last Thursday it was finally time for a new project that we are part of to see the light of day. For the first time we invited people to see the new Blogfabrik space. The opening event was a huge success and so many came, more than we ever thought would. We are super proud and happy that the reactions were so positive and curious. It’s been really like a dream come true for us since we moved in back in May, but only now with the reactions of the people at the opening event we can finally realize and understand how amazing this project is.
I would like to thank the Blogfabrik godfather Holger Bingmann from the bottom of my heart for making this place a reality. It’s a huge undertaking and certainly not an easy one, but we are really grateful that someone has the faith in and enthusiasm for this project. I would also like to thank the Blogfabrik and Daily Bread Mag team Maria Ebbinghaus, Claudio Rimmele, Daniel Gruber and Danilo Sierra for rocking the house for us!
And now let’s get to it and look at some photos from our press preview afternoon and the opening party in the evening by photographers Anna Agliardi and Nils Krüger. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I was minding my own business cleaning my house when all of a sudden the sound of my vacuum cleaner was overpowered by a thumping techno beat that got louder and louder. What. The. Fuck. When I looked out the window there it was: The Train of Love (a.k.a. Zug der Liebe) stomping down Prenzlauer Allee right under my window. I knew it was happening that day, but I didn’t really pay much attention to the details of it so I had no clue it would come past my house.
The street parade (that is not supposed to considered be a second coming of the Love Parade) was not what I expected it to be at all. It was loud, yes, and trashy, oh yes. But it was also one thing: A getting together of all kinds of people! Like a the laziest paparazzi on Earth I sat down on my balcony snapping away pictures of the people who came by. I saw cute hipster kids, costumed crazy people, 90s-style ravers, hot gay guys, moms and dads, happy bottle collectors, flower girls, people in wheelchairs, body builders, Asian trans women, all skin colors, all ages, all styles, all nationalities. This was probably the most diverse and inclusive event that I’ve seen in Berlin and I watched, deeply fascinated, sipping on my Rhabarberschorle on my little balcony…
On Friday Leni from Amy & Pink and I were two of the few lucky people who got to join a very exclusive event at Cassiopeia in Friedrichshain. In promotion of their sexy new cabriolet MX-5 the Japanese car brand Mazda organized a private concert of the Finnish band Sunrise Avenue that only 200 people were able to attend. You couldn’t actually buy tickets for this concert, you could only win them on the Mazda page or through various radio stations. I was privileged to be part of a small group of bloggers and journalists who got “smuggled in” by the girls from JuLi PR to see the so-called “concert of your life”.
It’s been actually well over 10 years that I have been inside Cassiopeia and I was pretty amazed by the whole area behind and around it that also includes a beer garden, an open air cinema called Insel and a crazy climbing tower. It was a lovely atmosphere with a wild mix of people of all different styles and it reminded me of how special the whole RAW area is.
As Friday was a pretty hot day the concert inside Cassiopeia pretty quickly developed into a musical sauna experience. But the die hard fans of Sunrise Avenue, as well as the band members were some tough cookies that made it through the heat like an easy exercise. I somehow managed to take some photos and animated GIFs from the performance and in the end I even got rewarded and caught one of the plectrums that the charismatic front man Samu Haber threw into the audience. That is certainly a souvenir to remember this concert, and for you I have the photos after the jump.
When the word “wall” comes up in any other city in the world it doesn’t really stand out. When it comes up here in Berlin it suddenly gets this super heavy meaning. Yes, the Berlin Wall will forever be a scar that the city is wearing across its heart, in some places more visible than in others. But Berlin has so many more walls than just THE wall. I’m talking about the so-called firewalls or “Brandwand” in German, the walls on the sides of the typical townhouses. Not that they are something specific only to Berlin, but due to the destruction of the city so many of them are visible because houses are missing in the row.
At first site these walls look raw and unintentional, but if you look closely you can see that they sometimes have a kind of footprint that was left by the house that used to be in front of it. It’s like a shadow of the past that won’t go away. Many fire walls look really run down, some have graffiti and tags, others more elaborate and commissioned murals. Some are just painted and clean, and others have received some windows (something that is actually illegal because it defeats the purpose of the fire security).
The German photographer Harf Zimmermann, one of the founders of the famous Ostkreuz photo agency, has dedicated a whole photo book to the most charismatic walls of the city. It’s a beautiful Berlin documentary piece about this lonely and often neglected part of the city. It was released by Steidl last month. After the jump we have a little preview for you.
Bobby Kolade SS16, photo: Huss/Truong
Today we would like to offer you our juiciest piece of our seasonal Berlin Fashion Week cake: Our favorite collections. We’ve had a great time checking out all the shows and presentations and it was truely a wild and inspiring season. Never before have we seen so much colors and unconventional designs on the runway of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. A big toast to all the designers who have dared to be more progressive and less conformative this summer. Enjoy our highlights after the jump.
photo: Olga Khristolyubova
We are in love. With the super charming outdoor runway presentation of the new Spring/Summer 2016 collection by Julian Zigerli. With the cute fingerpaint-style illustrations and the smudges pattern on the fabrics. With the special grass make-up. With the natural setting in the park. With the cool new heart-shaped Zigerli sunglasses, a collaboration with Lunettes Kollektion. With the male models walking hand in hand down the runway which became such an iconic image of this season’s Berlin Fashion Week. And with the lovely backstage and show impressions of our talented photo contributor Olga Khristolyubova. Enjoy a magnificent photo series after the jump.