photos: Wolfgang Hilse
Constanza Macras is doing theater in the forrest, Prinzip Gonzo is playing a theatrical Game of Life in an abandoned industrial hall and KiezOper is bringing their piece into the Wilde Renate night club. And these are only a few of the examples where theater in Berlin bends the rules and brings their concepts outside of the actual theater houses into the urban wildlife of the city to create new, interdisciplinary experiences.
With the piece Berlin Bound the Thin Skin Theater and Sisyphos, der Flugelefant have created yet another off-stage theater experience. They collaborated with the night clubs Griesmühle and Brunnen70 to stage what they describe as a party performance. Previously performed at Kater Holzig in 2012 it has already earned some praise and therefore was reactivated for new shows in 2014 in new night clubs. The performance is a colorful and crazy recreation of a plane trip to a place called home and the guests are invited to come along. What does it truly feel like to be home? What’s required for one to feel at home? Is it possible to preserve one’s identity or must one leave it behind? In Berlin, many people share the experience of leaving one’s own cultural system behind in a search for something new, ultimately to establish oneself as a member of a foreign culture and society. The arrival lies in your own hands.
The double premiere of the performance will happen this weekend with additional shows the weekend after. More details and a trailer after the jump.
photos: Alicia Kassebohm
Sometimes more simply IS more. That’s how it went at the 10th anniversary party of Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke on Monday. Despite many other special guests and performers, like Ziúr and ReveRso, the band Eat Lipstick quite rocked it – not only by celebrating birth(day), when Mad Kate came out naked underneath Anita Drink’s dress. If you didn’t wake up with glitter everywhere the next morning, you’ve cleary done something wrong. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
No real Berliner rushes into the busy nightlife without checking his outfit from top to the bottom . However one detail goes mostly unnoticed in the dark caves of the Berlin techno clubs: The Party Shoes.
Too bad, because nothing can enhance an outfit more than the right choice of shoes. We wanted to give the party shoe the right center stage and spared no effort to bring it into the spotlight. Some of you guys have such amazing shoes that it’s time now for a real photographic tribute to them. And I also want to apologize to all of you who I have flashed right into the face when pointing the camera to the shoes… so sorry you were blind for the rest of the party!
But recently we noticed that unusual shoes appear rarely on our radar. If you look on the floor of the Berlin Night Clubs you realize why: Broken glass, dirt, beer bottles and especially the tramping shoes of the other party guests turn any Cinderella Highheel into a pitch black witch boot.
No wonder no one has the desire to wear new white sneakers or beautiful leather shoes at a party. But recently, there seems to be a happy ending to this story in sight. The online shop Zalando has started a blog about small fashion life hacks that makes life a little easier. Among other things, it also teaches you how to clean white sneaker after partying hard. How this works is explained in a short tutorial video after the jump. In addition, there is the opportunity to win a Zalando voucher worth 1500 Euro. More party shoe photos and all the infos after the jump.
Last night I was lucky to be at the grand opening of the Cadillac Experience that is happening right now in the underground parking garage at Bebelplatz. The Cadillac Experience is a combination of an American Diner and a special car exhibition that was built into one of the floors of the garage for a few days so people can experience the wonders for all the senses that this iconic American car brand has to offer. The American Diner is the heart of the experience and it’s run by American star chef Richard Blais who created a very special burger for this unique event, but we’ll talk more about him on another day. The diner is a modern interpretation of the classical American diner which means that not only is the interior an updated contemporary version but also the dishes get a special twist. You can visit the Cadillac Experience starting today until Monday December 1st 2014 from 10-18h and test drive one of their new cars and join other activities as well as have breakfast or lunch at the diner. On Sunday there is also a special Christmas brunch.
After the jump you can already get an impression of the Cadillac Experience with photos of the opening night. The absolut highlight was a live performance by the amazing Aloe Blacc who I am sure many of you know from his collaboration with AVICII. Enjoy the photos!
The LGBT culture in Berlin and the community behind it is probably one of the most diverse, lively and interesting scenes in Germany and probably also in Europe. No other city has such an active and beautiful queer subculture. And by culture we are referring not exclusively to nightlife but of course to art, theater, dance and literature. In all fields there are strong queer voices living and working in Berlin and this is quite the inspiration for all the young LGBT people coming here. For some these voices are maybe even too strong, calling it all a “Gay Mafia”. I am not so sure if this Gay Mafia really exists. For sure there is a community here who can be supportive in certain aspects for some artist. But being gay or LGBT doesn’t make the community of Berlin automatically love and accept every artwork you produce as we might have seen in the recent case of Dries Verhoeven.
One strong voice in the LGBT community is the monthly city magazine Siegessäule which is distributed free all over the city. Since the last edition we are collaborating with them on a new city column that comes out every second issue. Since the magazine just turned 30 we really want to congratulate them and to do so, we compiled a collection of the covers from 1984 until today. Also there is an exhibition at the Schwules Museum about the Siegessäule and tomorrow there will be a guided tour with gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim showing you around and telling you more about it. After the jump you can find the sometimes trashy, sometimes provocative but always fun covers of the magazine. We’re looking forward to another 30 years!
If you book a kick-ass huge venue like the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin it is pretty obvious that you are in for some series action. And boy, the Nights by Absolut Berlin edition was one hell of a party. The Swedish Vodka brand turned this industrial cathedral into an exotic jungles. Concret columns contrasted the lush greens, cut with laser beams and butterfly rain.
The obvious highlight of the night was the live laser couture performance by London-based Studio XO who equipped some dancers with stunning sculptural mirror dresses that shot laser beams onto their fellow dancers and surrounding crowd which were than reflected by mirror foile elements and mirror accessories creating one hell of a spectacle for the eyes. But look for yourself, a huge set of party impressions are to be found after the jump. Enjoy!
This coming Saturday premium vodka brand Absolut is bringing their new exciting event series Nights by Absolut to Berlin, and of course this is going to happen with a bang. They series launched in New York with a spectacular party earlier this month and the next one in Berlin is promissing to be just as great.
With their previous projects and collaborations Absolut has always been a pioneer in combining the nightlife experience with creative and artistic works and the Nights by Absolut will be no exception. For each of their events of this series they have invited one creative mega mind to come up with a project that will leave a lasting impression.
For their European launch on September 27 here in Berlin they invited London-based Studio XO to create an unforgettable experience in a massive location. Studio XO is specialized in combining couture with technology and they have already some really impressive collaborations in their portfolio such as the flying dress for Lady Gaga or the illuminated stage outfits for Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Fergie.
In Berlin they will create something that could very well become their masterpiece. Fusing modern technology, fashion and elements of nature they will turn the impressive Kraftwerk Mitte into a one-of-a-kind experience. The visitors of the party will be equipped with special laser couture elements and they will project a playful picture of lights, colors and movement into this great space. I’m sure this is going to be one hell of a stunning looking party. If you want to be part of the Nights by Absolut, read on after the jump on how to win tickets.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.
Pitchtuner by Marlen Stahlhuth
Even if we became less excessive in our party habits, we still love to have a great dance when the occasion is right. And what could be a better reason to celebrate and dance our heels off than the 7th Anniversary of I HEART BERLIN. But no dancing is going to happen without the right music. Fortunately, we have a bunch of good old and new friends who are looking forward to support us with their energy and musicality.
I am happy and proud to announce that Pitchtuner will play a live concert at our party. Pitchtuner are a Japanese and German duo playing great and fun electro pop. They also were responsible for part of the soundtrack of our little web series of the The Fruit Salad. Now they are releasing their new album ready to go in October which will be a blast. As a preview to their new album they’re performing exclusively at our party. But this is not everything! Not only will we have a super cool line-up of DJs for you including some surprises, we will also have a very special Barber Shop photo box by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm celebrating the release of her first photo book BEARDICTED, the official opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition and the third edition of the BERLIN FILM NIGHT. After the jump we will present you our full line up of DJs and musical highlights. Check them out and don’t miss our 7th Anniversary Party tomorrow starting at 23h at Leipziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str).
Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.
We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.