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.
A bit more than 10 years ago film makers Igor Paasch and Frank Künster premiered their documentation Let It Rock! about Berlin’s most controversial district Mitte at the Berlinale 2003 and showed their film at several festivals over the course of the following 7 years. Now, 11 years later they finally released the film online for everyone to see.
Several Berlin personalities who the younger ones of us might not even know anymore but who were somehow famous and involved in the Berlin scene at the time are talking about Mitte and its nightlife, some praise it, some complain about it, but everyone has their own unique perspective on it. We recognize a few people that are still quite involved today, such as Johann from Circle Culture Gallery, Cookie, Sasha from Jahcoozi, Mieze from Mia., Miss Kittin and Ellen Alien.
It’s quite interesting what parts of Mitte’s scene this documentary is showing. I was already living in Berlin and going out at the time, but somehow nothing seems familiar what I see in the film which proves once more how many microcosm coexist in Berlin next to each other. What’s interesting is that all this was filmed before places such as Bar 25, Berghain and Renate even openen. Tresor was still in its previous space at Leipziger Platz and Weekend, WMF and Watergate where the hip new clubs everyone in their 20s went to. For me personaly back than there was no district that was particularily cool or better than the other. The places you went to were all over the city, some even in the (geographical) West of Berlin.
Today everything is quite different in that respect. Depending on the person who is talking some districts have a bad reputation for the one or other reason. That’s a bit sad in a way because ultimately every district is going through the same kind of developement, just in a different time and speed. Ultimately they all make up the Berlin that we know and love and sometimes it’s also important to acknowledge the past of one area to understand and appreciate the present of another. Enjoy the film after the jump.
No city has a deeper connection to electronic music than Berlin. To describe it in the words of Techno legend Dimitri Hegeman, founder and owner of Tresor: “East and West celebrated the new freedom to the sound of electronic music. Berlin became the place for uncompromised youth culture and Tresor was the centre of this movement.”
Right next to Tresor electronic music will discover its avant-garde spirit this week with the Berlin Atonal Festival. The permanent home of this event which had its debut back in 1982, is an abandoned power plant called Kraftwerk Mitte. With several artistic installations it has been turned into a darkly majestic industrial complex for the duration of the festival.
We heartly recommend to check out the line up of this unique celebration of contemporary music and maybe discover one pearl or another between the several highlights. Also we think that the location and its audio-visual installations are an incredible source of inspiration for the music and light artists presenting their work there. After the jump we show you some of the most impressive pictures of the location.
Some Berliners like to climb the Brooklyn bridge and replace the American flags with white ones when they are in New York. When we went to the Big Apple recently, we were maybe not quite as progressive.
I have to admit that I avoided going to the states after my last visit 12 years ago. But despite my general disinterest in this country I always knew that I had to give New York City another try, especially since my last visit is almost 20 years in the past. And boy am I glad that I finally did it. I was amazed by this city, much more than I expected to be. Everything seems to be bigger, better, faster, stronger – and I’m not even exaggerating. It almost felt a bit odd when I returned to Berlin afterwards and everything almost seemed small and ordinary to me.
New York is an extreme city, but much like Berlin it’s totally up to you what you make of it. And thanks to our local guide and good friend Archer we managed to make something really great out of it and had a phantastic time there. To share some of our excitement with you we compiled a list of 10 amazing things to do in New York that will hopefully inspire your next trip.
photos: Gero Brelder
There is nothing that I find more intriguing than people loosing control and all their repressions on the dancefloor. For me that’s the definition of Voguing: Fighting for the sparkles of the disco ball every minute of the song pumping through the stereo. Some of this fighting spirit I am excited to experience live at the Berlin Voguing Out Festival that is taking place this week.
In 2012 Berlin Voguing Out introduced the first Voguing festival in Germany and since then this unique event has established itself within a very short time as a melting pot for the international Voguing scene.The third edition of the Berlin Voguing Out Festival will be even bigger and more colorful than in recent years. The program includes lectures, workshops, film screenings on the history of Voguing and the highlight of the festival, the Voguing Ball with its famous runway and dance categories.
This Wednesday there will be a special screening and an opening party at the Sophiensaele that you shouldn’t miss. On Thursday there will be a Voguing contest and on Friday a spectacular Voguing Ball. The final party on Saturday at the Berghain Kantine will probably get everyone jumping off their feet and into a coma after this crazy dance marathon.
More photos of previous Voguing events after the jump.