Staatsoper Für Alle 2021: Bringing Us All Back Together Again with Opera Music

Staatsoper Für Alle 2021: Bringing Us All Back Together Again with Opera Music

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One the past weekend Berlin once again saw its big annual free open-air opera event Staatsoper für Alle hosted at Bebelplatz by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Due to the pandemic, last year’s edition was held rather small offering the medical personal of the city a chance to view the live screening of the season’s premiere. This year, the event was still not back to its usual capacity of 40.000 people, but at least a few thousand citizens were able to join the two-day event.

Those of you who follow us, know we have been working with the Staatsoper now for several years, hosting the picnics at the Staatsoper für Alle events and creating video content for their social media channels. We were happy that we could join again in the festivities this year, but of course with one sad eye because it wasn’t in the shape of our famous picnic.

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PLATTE Brings Voguing & Ballroom to the Runway of Berlin Fashion Week

PLATTE Brings Voguing & Ballroom to the Runway of Berlin Fashion Week

Berlin has a new space and platform for emerging local designers and what better to put yourself onto the map with the most exciting fashion show during this week’s Berlin Fashion Week.  PLATTE is a project dedicated to supporting the fashion scene of Berlin in a sustainable way by offering space, structure, and expertise to upcoming local designers and brands. The makers of PLATTE are dear of colleagues of iHeartBerlin that have over a decade of experience in the field. Sevil Uguz is the founder of LNFA which is a network and fashion store for local brands at Bikini Berlin, and Arne Eberle is a Berlin Fashion Week veteran and co-founder of OE Magazine.

In their amazing space at Memhardstraße, they will host pop-up stores, workshops, showrooms, exhibitions, events and so much more. With their first event that happened on Tuesday, they gave a preview of what’s to come and their focus on working in an interdisciplinary way. They invited members of the Berlin ballroom scene to curate a runway show of a different kind. Housemother Ambrosia from the Kiki House of Angels brought together a cast of diverse performers who proofed that models can have any size, shape, and identity and look fabulous on the runway. And European housefather David from the house of Milan put together the choreography for the show that would have spectators gagging later on.

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Berlin’s Indoor Clubs to Reopen without Mask and Distancing Rules

Berlin’s Indoor Clubs to Reopen without Mask and Distancing Rules

We can’t believe that we are writing this, but after 1,5 years of lockdown, Berlin’s indoor clubs will finally be allowed to re-open without mask requirements and distancing rules. The Berlin Clubcommission announced the news yesterday after the Senat of Berlin lost a court case about it and decided to not challenge it any further. From Friday, September 3rd onwards, clubs will be allowed to re-open their indoor dance floors. Of course, there is a catch because we are still in the middle of a pandemic: Entry will only be allowed to vaccinated and recovered people. Especially since the enforcing of mask rules at outdoor parties has been reportedly causing some friction in the nightlife scene lately, that last bit seems to be a relief for many.

The news is of course welcome, not only for the struggling nightlife makers but also for hungry party-goers that have been starved of their favorite activity. We feel you. But they don’t come without some concerns.

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Get Lost in Dark Rooms full of Art: The LOST ART Festival

Get Lost in Dark Rooms full of Art: The LOST ART Festival

photo: Tadeo Cern. 

One of the major qualities of Berlin is that it never stops coming up with disused old breweries, factories, or power stations that all of a sudden get a new lease on life as event and exhibition spaces. These places are usually massive and thanks to that the things that can happen here can go so far beyond what’s possible in a small gallery in Mitte.

That’s why we are so excited to see what the LOST ART Festival will come up with at their latest edition that will happen on September 24-26, 2021. They are using 6000 square meters of industrial halls of the old powerhouse in Reinickendorf to present the work of 80 artists in a 48h long art happening. A 1km long route through 24 dark rooms will create an ambiance of mystery and surprise. And you know we love a good surprise in the dark 😉

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Bringing Community Spirit & Live Music Back On The Map with Soundboks

Bringing Community Spirit & Live Music Back On The Map with Soundboks

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With our recent Hangout event with Soundboks, we already got a taste of what it means to bring our own community back together this summer. And let me tell you, it was about time – because it felt damn good! We really missed just being together without a worry in the world and just enjoying ourselves with some laughs, good drinks, and dancing.

With their new event series On The Map, Soundboks wants to continue to make this happen for all the different communities around the artists and makers of the city. And by city I’m not only talking about Berlin, this year they are also expanding their activities to Hamburg and Stuttgart. And being a speaker brand what is most important to them is of course the music. So they invited some of the most talented rising talents to perform and invite their fan communities to come together for a good time. These events are made for those artists that couldn’t perform and those locations that couldn’t open during the pandemic – it’s time to bring them back on the map.

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Berlin’s Clubculture Reboot: PCR-Test Indoor Parties & Vaccination Night Events

Berlin’s Clubculture Reboot: PCR-Test Indoor Parties & Vaccination Night Events

It feels like Berlin’s nightlife has been on hold for so long now, we can’t even remember how a club looks and smells on the inside. While the few clubs blessed with an outdoor area are shyly and quietly hosting some open-air parties this summer giving at least a small part of Berlin clubbers a bit of dancefloor magic, the majority of clubs that only have indoor dancefloors (which are about 75%) are now shut down for over a year.

Of course, this has totally created an imbalance. For the clubs, because those that don’t have the luxury of outdoor space are clearly at a disadvantage here, but also for clubbers because since there are so few options for legal parties that many organizers decided to keep their events on the low, or even if they publicly announce them, tickets sell out within hours which leaves many willing ravers without access to all the fun. This, too, seems pretty unfair.

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Berlin Global: The New Interactive Exhibition About Berlin and its Place in the World

Berlin Global: The New Interactive Exhibition About Berlin and its Place in the World

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Since our first blog post, we have been dedicated to capturing and documenting Berlin in its many facets so that the whole world can have a glimpse of this wonderful city. It has always been important to us that we address both the residents of this city, as well as visitors, no matter how long they are here and no matter where they originally come from. Our special focus is on those people who have come here and brought a piece of the part of the world they came from with them when making their projects. Because Berlin is never just Berlin – it’s a potpourri with influences from all over the world. And that’s a good thing.

The new interactive exhibition BERLIN GLOBAL, which ceremoniously opened last week in the new Humboldt Forum, takes exactly the opposite approach here, showing Berlin with all the footprints that this city has left behind in the world. We find this approach extremely exciting, which is why we took a closer look at the exhibition.

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iHeartBerlin’s Secret Party: The Hangout Berlin by Soundboks

iHeartBerlin’s Secret Party: The Hangout Berlin by Soundboks

Following our concert event with Lie Ning last year at Hallesches Haus, we got together again with Danish speaker brand Soundboks last week for one of their Hangout Berlin sessions and hosted a small secret iHeartBerlin gathering where we invited our current and previous team members and friends to have a good time together.

It was our first event this year, and boy, have we been starving for something like that. It was the first time in a year that we had the whole crew together in one place and it just felt great to finally meet everyone again. We’re super happy that Soundboks made this happen for us.

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Win Exclusive Tickets for the Absolut WeTopia Creative Open Air in Berlin

Win Exclusive Tickets for the Absolut WeTopia Creative Open Air in Berlin

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There’s no other way to put it, but this summer is just special. There has never been so much anticipation and so much longing to be together and have fun together as right now. Finally getting to meet friends and family again, going to events, and partying together feels infinitely good and we can hardly believe our luck right now.

To bring the current joyfulness a bit to the top, today we have the pleasure to announce a particularly exciting cooperation. Together with our longtime partner Absolut Vodka, with whom we have already done countless actions in the course of our 14-year history, such as various great visits to the Lollapalooza Festival or a trip to Sweden for a special Midsommar party, we invite you to the Absolut WeTopia Creative Open Air – for free and exclusive!

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Our Favorite Upcoming Berlin Events of the Summer

Our Favorite Upcoming Berlin Events of the Summer

photo: Pornceptual. 

We can’t believe it, but it seems the lockdown and with it the lack of events, seems to be finally over. More and more live events are popping up all over town and we are eagerly hopping from one to the next. We really missed going out, mingling, enjoying music, drinks, performances – it’s been too long.

The summer seems to be full of events and we’re still getting new ones every day. We’ll be updating our event page from now on again, so stay tuned to it. For now, we selected a new of our favorite upcoming events of the summer, including the first Pornceptual event of the year, screenings by Mobile Kino, and some exciting theater performances. We hope to see you there!

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