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Humans of the U8 – A Berlin Subway Portrait Series

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photos: Leon Kopplow

It will not come across as any revelation that the U8 is my favorite U-Bahn line. And I’m not alone in this claim: your response to the profile of U8 we featured in our article What Does Your Ubahn Line Say About You? proves that you too have a high appreciation for this crazy train that can take you all across Wedding, Mitte and Kreuzkölln. And this sentiment is strongly dependent on all the passengers of the U8 – each of them has a unique story, often reflected in their bold outfits. Just who are they exactly?

The photo series by Leon Kopplow, previously covered on Notes of Berlin, is a simple yet quite wonderful homage to the great many colorful people that take the U8 every day. For whatever reason – whether to get to work, uni, party, or a tinder date. As you’re scrolling through the pics, you might be wondering about their various purposes, but one thing remains clear – they all constitute a beautiful in its diversity image of Berlin.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 19th, 2017
in People

How Berlin influences Celebrity Artists from around the World

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Nadja Sayej has interviewed them all: From Susan Sarandon, to Yoko Ono, Dita Von Teese and James Franco. In seven years she found her way into the worlds of the rich and famous, and listened to extravagant stories told at VIP parties over champagne glasses at pool bars. But, despite all these quirky talks about glamour, life philosophies, and bizarre scenarios some celebrities took their time to mention the German capital and what role it played in their life or for their work. Nadja Sayej’s new Celebrity Interview Book, a collection of 21 interviews of some of the world’s biggest stars, will be published on October 26th and we have already collected a few Berlin anecdotes for you…

Andy by Andy
on October 16th, 2017
in People, Stories

How to be a Successful Creative in Berlin

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photo: BORSHCH

In recent years Berlin has become an international hub for creatives from all around the globe. Affordable living costs, creative freedom and living a life of the beaten track made the German capital an attractive moving destination, chosen over buzzing cities like London or New York more and more. And where there is creative energy, there are people coming together to start new and exciting projects whether in music, film, fashion, or something completely different. But, starting something new is oftentimes easier said than done. So, what do you have to reckon with when you start a “Do it yourself” project, and what role does Berlin play in that process? We met up with two “DIY” experts who know.

Andy by Andy
on October 12th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

The Watching Eyes at Kottbusser Tor

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For a few weeks now a quite special installation has been gracing the Kreuzberger Zentrum at Kottbusser Tor. Hanging from the balconies of the apartments you can see black and white close-ups of the eyes from the residents of the building. The installation wants to give a face and a voice to the people who live there and who are under threat to be pushed out of their homes due to the usual real-estate nightmare that’s going on in the city. I think it’s a good idea to protest the developments in this way because for those real estate investors often the people are just numbers on paper, their lives and their stories don’t matter to them, mostly because they are invisible to them. But they are real people and it’s about time that all the real estate sharks are faced with the reality of them. They are watching you now!

Frank by Frank
on October 10th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

The 5 Types of Berliners in Autumn

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Autumn is upon us! It’s the time of the year when we walk over Warschauer Brücke and an icy wind tells us mercilessly that we put the wrong jacket on. It’s that time when we find ourselves paralyzed in our local supermarket while looking at a shelf full of “Lebkuchenherzen” and “Glühwein”. The time, when you should get that fur coat out of the closet and at last, it does NOT make sense anymore to buy these sandals on sale. Wasn’t it just spring? Didn’t you wanna go to all of the lakes? Well, the time for bikinis and sunscreen is over. The colder months are coming. And there are very different ways of dealing with that fact in this city. Here are 5 types of Berliners in the Fall that you might know too well.

Andy by Andy
on October 2nd, 2017
in People, Stories

Little Horror Stories from Awful Berlin WGs

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photo: Mark Jensen / CC

We’re all young and poor at some point. And being young and poor in Berlin is not immediately a reason to freak out. But, for many it is the start of one storyline: “You, your room, and that WG”. For some this is just a short act on their way to “Me and my first own place”, for others it’s a longer narrative they won’t escape until their late thirties, or maybe they’ll never… It is a story that can take unexpected turns, creepy twists or just ends up being one absurd sitcom. We collected some hilarious Berlin WG stories. Maybe you can relate…

Andy by Andy
on September 25th, 2017
in People, Stories

Techno, Salsa & Pharmacy Windows: An Interview with Natalia Escobar

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photos: Alicia Kassebohm

A power woman with many careers: Natalia Escobar is many-faced, ‘many-named’ and many-talented’. Ultimately, when she served the first sounds to ever push Berghain’s new Säule floor through wave rhythms, drony Techno and experimental Electro a bigger audience came to realize that Miss Escobar is a Berlin force to be reckoned with. Yet, where others reach artistic capacity, the Colombian beauty seems to only really get going: Art exhibitions in various cities, making her own music under different aliases, DJ sets for Vivienne Westwood or the Techno Temple itself. If you don’t have her on your radar just yet, she should be now! Catch her DJing this Saturday at our 10 Year Anniversary and read on about Natalia’s favorite dancing spots, her beautifully simple love for Berlin, and her upcoming, first ever EP.

Andy by Andy
on September 1st, 2017
in Music, People

The Abstraction of Pop by Aérea Negrot

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The question is not, what is Aérea Negrot doing, it’s more: What is she NOT doing? The Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artistic all-rounder works in every art form that comes to mind: She sings, performs, produces, DJs… She became internationally known for her collaboration with the dance floor superpower of “Hercules and Love Affair”, but only referencing this stage of career would limit her art. Her eclecticism jumps from pure energy behind the decks, over a love for experimental productions, to a voice filling a concert hall with every tone from a high falsetto to a roaring baritone. We still remember her mesmerizing avant-garde performance at Volksbühne. Before she’s spinning our 10 Year Anniversary event this Saturday, we met up with the Queen of Versatility and talked about dirty club corners, drunk aunts, and her exciting upcoming projects.

Andy by Andy
on August 31st, 2017
in Music, People

FKA Twigs at Bread & Butter by Zalando 2017

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Less than a month is left to what might be one of the most exciting weekends for Berlin. I know the stakes are high in this competition, but that’s no joke – there’s the highly anticipated Bread & Butter by Zalando (B&&B) – a fashion/music/food extravaganza happening Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd of September in the Arena Berlin, and if you care at all for any component of the aforementioned trifecta, you better save the date. Why? We have all the highlights and some tickets for you to win listed for you.

UPDATE: M.I.A. (Friday) and FKA Twigs (Saturday) were announced as headliners.

Michalina by Michalina
on August 18th, 2017
in Fashion, Party, People

Lipsticks & Attitude against Right-Wing Populism

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photos: Steven P. Carnarius

All this right-wing movement going on in the world right now, you got to be kidding me! These people need to get it together already. It’s 2017 for crying out loud, you would think by now we have all moved beyond being whiny-ass bitches scared of everything and everyone that is different than them. But apparently not, I guess it takes a couple more centuries to realize that we’re all different kinds of people living side by side and no-one’s taking anything away from anyone just by being there and being different and it’s all gonna be okay if we just stop waiving those torches and hayforks in the air like some mad medieval faire.

Given Germany’s shady history it’s all a bit more hush hush here with the right-wing shenanigans. But it’s there: the racism, the homophobia and transphobia, discrimination, assault; you name it – we got it! But sometimes we forget about it because the media is relatively calm about it. But talk to anyone who is not white and straight and they will be able to tell you stories that will make your toes curl.

Frank by Frank
on August 15th, 2017
in People