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Show Your Pride – A Rainbow in My Hair

Show Your Pride – A Rainbow in My Hair

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Wella Professionals to be part of their new #ShowYourPride campaign and participate in a photoshoot for Blonde Magazine along with the striking Strify, the luscious Leonie, and the daring David. It was certainly an unexpected request, but one I followed gladly, because it gave me the opportunity to talk about diversity and being different – but also because I got the chance to express some public pride myself with a dash of rainbow colors in my hair.

Frank by
on July 7th, 2018
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Explore Berlin’s Past & Present through Music

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The Deezer Music Tours, the new project from the streaming service Deezer, is definitely right up our alley! Experiencing a guided audio tour of the city with the right soundtrack in your ear sounds like a great idea to start with! They’ve asked unique personalities from the music industry – Marcus Staiger, DJ Westbam, und Bela B –  to share their first-hand insights on Berlin’s recent history and combined those with iconic songs that take you right back in time. Nothing left to do but hop on a Deezer nextbike and listen to three awesome audio guides that will give you musical trivia no Berliner should miss – and all of that completely for free!

Michalina by
on July 6th, 2018
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9 Essential Tips for Creatives Getting Started in Berlin

Trying to make a living in the creative field is always hard. And if you are a creative and a freelancer… things get even worse. No matter what field you work in: film, photography, crafts, design, illustration, we are all bound by the daily struggles and unforeseen challenges. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We went to the Berlin Kreativ Konferenz organized by the Berlin Kreativ Kollektiv at the beautiful Colonia Nova space in Neukölln and learned so much about the work of creatives that we are now ready to share this wisdom with you.

We spoke with a lot of the experts from different fields who gave talks and workshops at the two-day-conference about the most important advice they would give.  Here are the 9 most important pieces of advice they want to share with any creative getting started in Berlin.

by
on June 28th, 2018
in People, Stories

Game-Changing Projects for Berlin’s Future

Germans are famous for their grumpiness – and sometimes it feels like the new expats are adapting it quicker than they would admit themselves. While gentrification is a real issue, we cannot stay entirely focused on that, because that leaves us with no time to support new initiatives with the potential to have a really positive impact on our city. Today, we are presenting 5 such ideas from the minds of our local visionaries – the future may not be as dim as you’ve thought!

Michalina by
on June 19th, 2018
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How iHeartBerlin Stays Alive: Our Work with Brands

How iHeartBerlin Stays Alive: Our Work with Brands

One of the questions that I get the most as a blogger is not how I come up with my stories or what I want to accomplish with the blog, it’s how I make the blog work as a business, or more specifically: how I make money with it. It’s actually quite a bold question to ask someone, but I can understand where it comes from. Even though blogs have now been around for over 10 years in Germany, it still is a fairly new medium – people have a lot of questions about it.

The magic words are “brand collaborations”. If you want to break it down into more simple terms you could also call it advertising, but what we do and how we do it is quite different from traditional advertising that you might know from TV or magazines. We want to explain a little…

Frank by
on June 15th, 2018
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#morespacefor #Music – How A Pop-Up Concert Surprised Berlin

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It’s a warm lazy Friday afternoon in Berlin. The temperature is high and the mood is dazzling. The weekend is ahead and everybody just wants to go home and change into their party shirts. But on this particular afternoon two weeks ago Berliners had a little surprise on their way home.

In collaboration with smart, the car brand who is well known for its minimal need of parking space, the brass band Moop Mama did a spectacular pop-up concert near Berlin Dom. We had the chance to be there while the band was playing and could dance and jump with the spontaneous crowd of Berliners. Check out the video here.

The idea behind the concert #morespacefor #music is to show how much better the parking space could be used if cars would be smaller. I like the approach and think that this kind of events are part of the dialogue we need to find out in what kind of city we all want to live in.

Below there are some photos from the concert.

Claudio by
on June 8th, 2018
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Berlin: The Love of Your Life or a Distant Lover?

I’m pretty sure that you know Notes of Berlin or that at least you have encountered some really funny and incredibly true quotes or messages written on the walls of Berlin. One of them that I can’t get out of my mind was this one: “Having to leave Berlin feels like leaving the love of my life.”

When I read this I felt like the city was talking to me. Or that at least somebody somewhere just felt what I was feeling. Because back then my relationship with Berlin was about to become, against my will, a long distance relationship. And that was a really scary moment. To feel like your passionate and beautiful love affair is going to end so abruptly leaves you uneasy. And while you get on the plane you find yourself already making up crazy plans to get back to your recently lost lover.

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on June 5th, 2018
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A Berlin Nightlife Tarot: 5 Characters you’ll meet on the Dance Floor

When the music starts to play and you feel how the bass runs through your body there’s no going back. Your body starts to relax, your shoulders sway softly, your arms start to rise and your heart is pumping harder. And then the room fills with anticipation, waiting for the drop. And then all the emotions that were contained inside you emerge through every move – the beast has been unleashed. With every twist and turn, you shake the daily routine out of your system. You exude all your worries until you empty yourself of everything that weighs you down. The beat is so loud you can’t even hear your own thoughts. Finally. And then, when you are finally empty, the music can just run through you like a wild stream, limitless. Then you could be anything, anyone.

Here we present you our special Tarot, dancefloor edition. A pentacle of personalities that you might encounter while on the dance floor of your favorite club. Each one of them walks their separate way on their own astral plane. But when the music calls and they gather on the dance floor they conjure all the good vibes, and, on that rare moment, anything could happen. 

by
on May 31st, 2018
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United Colors of Berlin – Love Against Right-Wing Populism

It seemed one of those beautiful early summer Sundays where you wake up with a little bit of hangover from a long Saturday night, lying around in bed a bit lazy but still sure you have to go out because the weather is too good to waste on a hangover.

But on this beautiful Sunday the so-called “Alternative for Germany” a party that gained popularity in a time of the refugee crisis and international instabilities had made big plans. This party wanted to march for the “future of Germany” all over Berlin and show how popular they have become. With an announced number of 10 000 marchers, it was supposed to become the biggest right-wing march since the end of the nazi-regime.

Claudio by
on May 29th, 2018
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How Berliners Fight Against Right-Wing Populism

Berlin was up in arms as the AfD announced their demonstration “Zukunft Deutschland” for this coming Sunday, May 27th. In moments like these, you as a reader do not know whether to laugh in shock or break out in tears. Apparently the right-wing populist party expects 10,000 participants to its event, but we’ll see about that. Berlin reacts quickly, cleverly and with its typical cheeky grin: 13 counter-demonstrations have been registered for this Sunday, whose estimated number of participants already wildly exceed that of the AfD demonstration.

Franziska by
on May 25th, 2018
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