On the 3rd of October Germany will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its re-unification. Wait, didn’t we do that last year with the balloons and all? No, that was the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall which happened about one year before the actual re-unification of Germany. So as you can imagine this is a pretty special day for us here, especially for those who were born in the time when the country was still separated.
As in previous years the “Tag der Deutschen Einheit” will be celebrated with a big street festival at the Brandenburger Gate that is free for everyone to join. The Festival der Einheit is presented by Coca-Cola and will feature some of the most promising German music acts such as Lena, Felix Jaehn and Revolverheld as well as reviews on some of the most beautiful moments of the past 25 years.
Since the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall last year we have been publishing a lot of features about Berlin’s pre- and post-wall history here on the blog. This has been a very educative process for us as we learned so many things about the city that we live in that we didn’t know before. For the 25th anniversary of the re-unification of Germany we want to give you another history lesson by collecting 25 highlights of the united Germany. We picked both big and small happenings, personal and general events that were important to us. Join us on a trip down memory lane after the jump. For more of those moments come to Brandenburger Tor on October the 3rd!
If there is one thing you can definitely experience in Berlin than it’s an unforgettable night. Berlin is so famous for it’s pulsating nightlife with the streets full of people moving from one bar, club, bistro and Späti to another like a big beehive. You have something for everyone here, all styles of music, fashion and fetish you can imagine. It’s a wild jungle that can be overwhelming at first, but is one of the most fun places to be in the world.
In promotion of their brand new Black Night series AXE asked us about our most special night experience that we had here in Berlin. This is impossible to answer for us! We’ve been going out here now for way over 10 years and as much fun as we had it’s simply impossible to pick one special night that we could share with you. Instead we wanna turn it around and give our readers a little advice on how to have an unforgettable night in Berlin, or more specifically: where? It’s hard to believe, with all the different guides we’ve written over the past years we never did a club guide! This needs to change so it’s happening today: We chose our 10 favorite clubs in Berlin.
illustrations: Daniel Ramirez Perez
Berlin’s cityscape isn’t as flashy as some other metropoles boasting a single iconic landmark like Lady Liberty for New York City, the Eiffel Tower for Paris or the Twin Tower for Kuala Lumpur. Instead, Berlin rather gets you with its edgy, yet historic, character that is present and clearly visible everywhere in the city. From the graffitied streets of Kreuzberg to the tall Fernsehturm that you can see from pretty much wherever you are – I’m sure you will agree that this indeed is a very diverse city. It’s difficult to sum up Berlin in words, that’s why we’re glad to have illustrator Daniel Ramirez Perez capture our charming and wonderfully weird Berlin in his colorful architectural illustrations. Have a look for yourself after the jump.
photos: Moritz Jekat
The first day of a new week is waiting in the wings. While some are still lying in their beds getting the sleep they need for their first working day of the week, the party crowds are just stepping out of clubs after a weekend of partying – enjoying the last hours of an amazing weekend.
For almost two years the Berlin-based photographer Moritz Jekat has walked the streets at 6 am on Monday mornings searching for these party people. He photographed the young folks who danced the night away and just stepped out of clubs like Kater Holzig, Kater Blau, About Blank, Golden Gate, Berghain and Renate.
Have a look at some shots of tired but cheerful – and mostly surprisingly fresh – looking people after the jump.
photos: Hello Mr.
It was sometime in 2014 that Hello Mr. first appeared on my book-shelf. With its unique blend of opinions, personal views and gay perspectives on style, relationships, and more, it swept aside all the clichés of the mainstream gay press right away. Thanks to its curated design, stunning images, and delightful take on ‘dating’ between men, Hello Mr. would soon become one my favorite contemporary magazines. The 6th and latest issue, which has hit the stands last week, is not only my all-time favorite, but it’s about your (and mine) absolute favorite city: Berlin. For the occasion, Hello Mr. is coming all the way from New York City to launch at Berlin’s beloved magazine store Do You Read Me? tomorrow Friday, Sep 4th. – More on this after the jump.
Ruins of Maria am Ufer, photo: Michael
With events scattered around the city and free of charge the festival FUTUR25 celebrates the German reunion this upcoming weekend. Some may ask: Didn’t we celebrate the same thing last year? But no. Last year we celebrated the anniversary of the fallen wall with illuminated balloons along the way of the wall. What had become reality for the people only became politically official with the signing of the German reunion contracts, which happened a year later.
FUTUR25 now celebrates the 25th anniversary of this political milestone with great installations, exhibitions and concerts. Radialsystem V serve as the centre of the festival, but is certainly not the only venue! The section Trümmern und Träumen (“ruins and dreaming”) is for us the most exciting one as it focuses on the developments of the Berlin Club scene, brings important figures back on stage, and takes you around on rickshaws to the locations of previously legendary clubs and those that still exist after a wild history of over two decades.
Read more about a couple of the program highlights and see some archive photographs of long forgotten clubs and parties after the jump…
all illustrations: Nicola Napoli, photo: James Dennes
This Saturday, August 1, at 21h it’s going to happen: Nicola Napoli will unleash his Berlinferno at the Blogfabrik as part of the Absolut Art Bar series. Enjoy some more teaser artworks after the jump.
With the anticipation building for this year’s Fusion Festival, we’ve been inspired to create a list of new and more intimate summer music and arts festivals. Some are hosting performances and events at unique venues across Berlin, while others invite us take a break from the city life, pack some camping gear and escape to the beaches and forests not far away. This year welcomed a handful of new festivals with a focus on creating a community atmosphere where you can spend a weekend enjoying great music, quality food and drinks, exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances. It’s time to leave the club scene behind for a weekend and make the most of these festivals, many of which only come with the short-lived Berlin heat. Click on to discover what this summer holds in store.
photo: Yonca Cavus
Tonight you’ll get a taste of fresh indie pop from Hamburg live at the Fête de la Musique. The three guys from Pool have made a few rounds at several festivals in the past years including Melt!, South by Southwest, Fusion and the Reeperbahn Festival and now they are finally releasing their debut album Snacks & Supplies on April 24, 2015 which is gonna be a perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer. The upbeat record is showing guitar pop from Germany at its best with catchy tunes and a down-to-earth attitude. The new video for the first single State of Mind is a little short film with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde story. Too bad the boys from the band are not in it because they are quite the eye candy. Let’s look at some photos of them and enjoy the video after the jump. And go check them out live on Sunday June 21, 2015 at 18:30h at the Fête de la Musique special at Dussmann!
We’ve already teased this upcoming exciting exhibition by Australian artist Joseph Marr in our feature about the creation process of his amazing work. But now it’s time to take a closer look at his new solo show Satisfaction that will open at the Michael Reid Gallery tomorrow evening. Those of you who have seen his work in other shows or under the bar counter of the Berghain bar know that his objects are quite stunning to look at. Translucent naked bodies of men or women in bright colors, often sexy or even explicitly sexual as in the famous piece Together that will be shown at the gallery for the first time outside of Berghain. The special thing about Joseph’s objects is that they are molded entirely out of sugar. His material has great symbolic meaning: The sweetness of it is what we are craving for, almost addicted to. We want so much of it until we are stuck on it with our fingers and get sick of it. But the addiction is not over, as the craving for it will kick in later again. It’s the predicament of getting satisfaction out of something that is not good for us.
Don’t miss the opening Thursday night at Michael Reid. The exhibition will run from April 7 until beginning of May with a finissage during the Gallery Weekend on May 3, 2015. Some impressions after the jump.