Lollapalooza goes Berlin Horse Race – Festival Impressions

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After last year’s visit at the Treptower Park the joyful music carnival that is the Lollapalooza Festival unfolded its tent at the unusual location of the Hoppegarten horse race course. Embedded into the normally unused inner circle of the race course the festival had a much more straight-forward set-up than in recent years at the park and and the former Tempelhof Airport which made orientation much more efficient. It felt like it was also easier to locate and reach all the special areas of the festival such as the Fun Fair that was once again hosted by Absolut, the Kidzapalooza grounds and the Urban Nation exhibition cube.

Like last year we had the pleasure to visit the Lollapalooza with our partner Absolut. It was hard to miss their involvement in the festival thanks to their big bottle-shaped gate to the fun fair that also acted as a viewing platform, as well as multiple big glittering bottles. At the Absolut bar they served their newly revised Absolut Lolla cocktail made of Absolut Lime, wild berry soda and fresh berries. There was also a couple of other fun activities such as the photo booth, a flower crown workshop à la Midsommar and a little performance inspired by the Swedish tradition of Saint Lucy’s Day with illuminated creatures and a glowing unicorn. Some impressions of the visually stunning festival below…

Frank by Frank
on September 12th, 2017
in Music, Party, Photos

Soul Searching Done Right: How to Actually Find Yourself in Berlin

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I’m not really the quarrelsome type. I stand by what I believe in, but I’d never try forcing my spin on things upon you and I don’t mind exchanging thoughts with people that have different turns of mind. However, there’s this one declaration that invariably has the ‘’red rag to a bull’’ effect on me even on a small talk level.

I usually kind of feel it coming, because my interlocutor’s eyes inadvertently betray exactly what mood has just crept into the conversation. It can start inconspicuously with them admitting they actually did not go out last weekend, to which I can often relate. They usually mistake this for an invitation, and the first thing I know is them intimately leaning down in my direction and letting me in on the gist of their self-taught philosophy: ‘’Well, because, you know, Berlin is no place to settle down anyway, right?’’

Michalina by Michalina
on September 11th, 2017
in Stories

Everybody Dreams – A Dreamy Exhibition by JUNIQE & Casper in Berlin

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In a city of freelancers that take their home office very seriously and party people that are way too busy to squeeze in an appointment with their bed in their tight weekend schedule, sleep is a scarce, but very highly regarded commodity. If you’re like me, and you regard the time spent in bed as key to keep your creative juices flowing, you have to check out the upcoming Berlin Art Week events hosted by the lifestyle brand JUNIQE and Internet’s favorite mattress manufacturer Casper.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 7th, 2017
in Art

Apply for Grover’s Creators Program & Get Support for your Project

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Creating something entirely new and exciting is often just this one fabulous ideas away from you. An idea that might take you and others to new and uncharted places. But, without access to the right equipment many ideas end up being nothing but that thought in your head. But, technology is complicated, hard to access and unaffordable, right?

The Creators program powered by our partner Grover proves the contrary. This new program removes the limitations to your ideas and equips you with the technology and gadgets you need. So, your fabulous ideas can finally come to life. Does that sound too good to be true? It kinda does, but we aren’t telling lies here…

Andy by Andy
on September 7th, 2017
in Products

7 Wisdoms Earned from 10 Years of Blogging

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I remember 10 years ago when I started this blog there were no points of reference out there for me. Blogs were just something totally new and we all kind of didn’t know where things would go. I certainly didn’t expect that the blog would one day become the main thing for me taking over my personal and professional life completely. I’m so grateful that I followed my instincts and interests and just went for it. It was a difficult step for me back in 2011 to quit my day job and focus fully on iHeartBerlin, but these six years that came after were more fulfilled and happy than all the time before. I learned so much in these years, it’s a lot of trail and error, testing boundaries, starting over and jumping into the unknown. But the experience and knowledge I gained is something that I never want to miss.

When I became part of Blogfabrik 2 years ago I knew that this would be a place where this knowledge and experience would some day also be transferred to other people starting projects and working in digital media. With the upcoming Content Creation Week where me and my fellow Blogfabrikanten will hold workshops, lectures, key notes, panel talks, the time has come now for me to share with the next generation. To give you a bit of a taste of my own workshop that is about long-lasting and successful content I have gathered my most cherished wisdoms of 10 years of blogging.

Frank by Frank
on September 7th, 2017
in Stories

Would I Fuck my Friends?

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photos: An.Do

Why The Fuck Am I Single: Lesson #2

Location: Berlin. Display Name: FWB NSA, Some not understandable abbreviation (?). Edit Profile. About Me: Honestly, I am only online because I ate too much pasta and I am too lazy to get up and get a drink and I somehow gotta fill the meantime… (?). Relationship Status: Single.

“Still, single pringle and ready to mingle!” as my dear friend Juan would poetically say. Also, this is no desperate cry-out for immediate attention to my everlasting loneliness. It’s me, merely admitting a very, basic human need. And, it’s not like I’m generally craving for that ONE MAN attached to me all the time, especially not in my mid-twenties. We all enjoy our freedom, our meaningless sexual encounters, and quirky flirting, dating and nasty stories to tell. It’s maybe just that creepy voice in my subconscious screaming: “If you don’t find him now you’ll neveeeer” (fades away with dramatic echo). Anyways, all you actually need for that life phase is your GURLFRIENDS. I just need my boys, a night filled with worthwhile content like the importance of face masks, Jake Gyllenhaal’s well proportioned lower abs, funny stories about genital shapes and two bottles of rosé, and I AM HAPPY! Apparently, the three of us make each other so happy that the outside world perceives us as some symbiotic, interdependent gay organism. “So, Juan, Casper and you are pretty close, huh?” A friend recently asked. “Of course” I replied. He went on: “I always wonder how you gays do it. Being friends and fucking each other, I mean!” I paused. “Wait what?!”

Andy by Andy
on September 6th, 2017
in Stories

Turning the Berlin Wall into Art like you’ve never seen before

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illustrations: Ligia Fascioni

The Berlin Wall that once divided the city has been an important symbol ever since its fall. However, its image has served not only as a grim reminder of just how cruel the world politics can get, but also as a proof that even in the darkest of times, humans are capable of creating art. The concrete canvas that the remains of the Wall provided in Mauerpark don’t cease to inspire new artists even as the paint is starting to peel off.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 5th, 2017
in Art

10 Years of iHeartBerlin – Thank You & Photos

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I am still quite overwhelmed with feelings of joy, especially now going through all the fun photos of our special night (if you have more photos send them to us!). 10 years is a very special number, but I’m glad that we could do this big number justice. Teaming up with the Olympus Perspective Playground was an amazing opportunity that I am so proud of and thankful for. Being surrounded by the amazing artworks of this immersive exhibition and the stunning venue of Kraftwerk was just much better than I imagined it to be. And by the amount of euphoric faces that I saw during the night I am confident to say I was not the only one.

Frank by Frank
on September 4th, 2017
in Art, Party, Photos

A Decade of iHeartBerlin & 2 People who could not be more different

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photo: Katja Hentschel

10 Years of iHeartBerlin! How did we make it so far? I wonder sometimes when I think back to all the crazy shit that happened in the last 10 years. And especially when I look at Frank and me who were two very different people back then. Of course, everybody was a bit different 10 years ago… but believe me… we were unrecognizably different.

Not to show you how much we changed, but rather to show how it does not matter how old you are and how cool you look to make amazing projects happen, I will guide you back to the dawns of time and when Frank and I were still two little puppies playing with bits and bites and with no idea whatsoever that we will stick around so long with each other delivering to you the best stories about our beloved city.

Claudio by Claudio
on September 1st, 2017
in 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