A Creative Networking Guide to Berlin – How to Get Started

Berlin is a hub for creative minds from all over the world and offers endless opportunities for designers, painters, actors, musicians, photographers and more. Are you a creative mind who has recently moved to Berlin and are looking for ways to connect with other artists and get involved? Figuring out how to get started can be a bit daunting.

Fortunately for you, there are already a number of local community projects here in Berlin bringing together artists of all types and connecting them with other artists as well as potential clients or collaborators. Learn more about three of them after the jump.

photo: Artconnect Berlin

One of these projects is Artconnect Berlin. This platform offers a plethora of options to get your creative business off the ground. On the one hand, they offer a free website where you can connect with other artists. In your personal profile, you can tell everyone about your interests and background and display your work. You can also create a project to promote your latest piece of work. In the events section, you can find different creative events to visit or post your own. Network users post job opportunities and open calls that you can accept and studio space is also advertised on the website.

Since 2012, Artconnect Berlin has also been running a creative agency and can help your creative career take off with its marketing and advertising expertise. This service is perfect if you have a great creative idea, but aren’t sure how to get discovered or take the next step in your career. Artconnect’s creative agency will help you develop your creative business and see your projects through to completion.

photo: Artconnect Berlin

If you’re wondering how to meet other artistic expats and global minds during your stay in Berlin, then InterNations can help. InterNations is the largest expatriate network worldwide. It was created to help members meet other high-profile expatriates from around the world living in their city and connect with them, both online and offline through its official Events and Activities.

InterNations also offers its members the know-how and support to make moving abroad more manageable. In the guide section, members can read articles on many relevant topics, including how to start your own business in Germany. InterNations was founded in 2007 and now has over 1.3 million members in more than 390 Local Communities around the world.

photo: Betahaus

Betahaus is another creative community in Berlin which seeks to bring together artists across the city to work together. It offers co-working space that can be used by individuals for working, sharing ideas, holding events and more. It’s generally open for anyone who wishes to work there from 8am-8pm from Monday-Friday, but it can also be booked any time of the day or night.

It’s a space for designers and others to develop and test out their ideas and prototypes. There are areas for quiet, concentrated individual work and areas where people can bounce different ideas off of each other.

photo: Betahaus

The idea behind this co-working space is that high-quality, creative ideas don’t stem from a static office atmosphere, but rather from mixing it up a bit and working in different spaces, at different times and with different people. Flexibility is the key to innovation. As an independent creative worker, Betahaus is a great space in which to collaborate with other creative minds.

There’s a place for everyone in Berlin’s creative world, so dive in and get discovered!

Text: Kuntal Patel

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