9 Wonderful Things to Do to Make the Best of the Lockdown

9 Wonderful Things to Do to Make the Best of the Lockdown

We’re halfway through November lockdown and to put it mildly: people are on the edge. I’ve had so many phone calls about depressions, worries, fatigue, anxiety – and that was just about November in general! I’m feeling you here, I’m feeling all of that – I really do. But to be honest, I think at this point it’s better not to dwell on these feelings too much. It’s just going to become a spiral that leads further down, and we’re probably better off staying optimistic hoping things will get better once the situation somehow passes – whenever that will be. 

And in that optimistic spirit I did what we do best here at iHeartBerlin: gather some ideas for a fun listicle – this time about some lovely spirit-lifting things to do to make the lockdown period and winter, in general, a bit better. And I’ll spare you the obvious such as taking walks in the park and binge-watching Netflix because I think we’ve done enough of that already. And I’m sure you all already Marie-Kondoed your house and perfected your sourdough baking skills during the last lockdown. So we’re moving on to new things, more specific things – all of which are approved and tested by me personally!

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Plant Up Your Berlin Home with Bergamotte

Plant Up Your Berlin Home with Bergamotte

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Some of you might have noticed already thanks to our comprehensive plant guide, that we are true plant lovers here at iHeartBerlin – and I can pretty much speak for almost the entire team.

In the last years, plants have become such an integral part of my life, not only because of my growing collection but also because of the connections with other people I have made over time because of our shared love for those green beauties. 

Especially the charming events and pop-up sales hosted by Bergamotte in the last years have given me a lot of opportunities to connect with local plant lovers and I’m really grateful for that. As you can imagine, I was excited when they approached me to help spread the word about their special plant and flower delivery service they offer here in Berlin, but also in other major German cities.

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A Berlin Utopia: An Optimistic Vision of Oberbaumbrücke

A Berlin Utopia: An Optimistic Vision of Oberbaumbrücke

Today we want to share with you a very optimistic and cheerful piece of art that we hope will brighten your day a little as it did ours.

We already shared with you the work of Portuguese artist and architect Bruno Pinto da Cruz a while ago with our feature about his ISOMATIC pieces and in our guide about Portuguese Life in Berlin. He has now followed up with a splendid new Berlin-themed piece of his vivid ISOMATIC series that you need to see.

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Berlin Autumn Dreams: A Walk in the English Garden at Tiergarten

Berlin Autumn Dreams: A Walk in the English Garden at Tiergarten

Would you believe that even after 20 years in a city you would still be able to discover something you’ve never seen before? I am very confident in my knowledge about Berlin, but this weekend I was again surprised to stumble onto something that has always been there, but I never came by nor heard of it. I’m talking about the English Garden in Tiergarten. I know this park is very big and there are probably many things in it, that many of you might not have discovered yet, but I’ve been there so many times, how on earth did I miss this incredibly charming garden?

I’m glad that I discovered it now, with the beautiful colors of Autumn making it look even more magical. I think I haven’t been to an enchanting place like that in quite some time! It felt almost like in a completely different part of the world. And there are a few things to find there: A cafe and restaurant called Teehaus that looks quite nice, a classical flower garden, a part that looks a bit like a botanical garden with lots of different bushes and plants, a big pond with a mystical weeping willow tree.

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Magenta Moon: Dive Into Another World with this Immersive Digital Experience

Magenta Moon: Dive Into Another World with this Immersive Digital Experience

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When I look outside the window right now, all I can think about is just getting out of here. But of course, flying to a more beautiful place is not always an option. But what I experienced at my visit to the new Magenta Moon pop-up experience by Deutsche Telekom, comes actually pretty close.

The “Moon Garden” is a pretty cutting-edge immersive and interactive experience and the centerpiece of the new Magenta Moon Campus that is happening from now until November 1st at Leipziger Platz in Berlin and online with various workshops and talks. Imagine walking into a room that brings you to a completely new world, stimulating your senses and offering you a place to relax, to play, to explore. It sounds like a dream right now – doesn’t it?

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Just Imagine Emily in Paris Actually Went to Berlin Instead

Just Imagine Emily in Paris Actually Went to Berlin Instead

So, today we’re having a bit of light-hearted fun for you. I guess a lot of you saw the new Netflix show Emily in Paris that comes from the maker of the iconic Sex And The City series from the early 2000s. The new show turned out quite a success, but it’s also quite divisive. No matter if you like Emily or hate her – the show certainly gave us something to talk about.

While the Americans certainly did a great job in glossing over Paris to be the picture-perfect city they imagine the French capitol to be – I did wonder how the show would have looked like if it had taken place in Berlin instead. What if Emily had gone to Berlin, with a little studio apartment in Neukölln. Just imagine! So, inspired by a couple of memes I already saw online I created my own whacky version of Emily in Berlin.

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No Culture. No Future. – A Film About the Importance of Arts & Culture

No Culture. No Future. – A Film About the Importance of Arts & Culture

A few months ago I published a story about how the lockdown has seemed to have created a new dogma of system relevance that discriminates against arts and culture workers. This was a story very close to my heart and close to what matters to all of us at iHeartBerlin.

While some cultural institutions were able to re-open since then, although under challenging circumstances, the overall situation has not improved for the majority of the scene. Especially in the alternative and underground scenes, it’s still quite dramatic. While publicly funded institutions don’t really have to worry about going under, it’s those independent arts and culture makers that really have to fear for their livelihoods. Rents and bills still need to be paid, but to produce shows and events is still often not possible, and support programs by the government have so many blind spots and leave a lot of people behind or are simply not enough. For many, the situation is really serious. And considering we are only at the beginning of the second (most likely bigger) wave that will bring new challenges and restrictions you don’t even want to begin to imagine how much worse it could get.

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Up-Close and Personal with Lie Ning at the Checkout Sessions by SOUNDBOKS

Up-Close and Personal with Lie Ning at the Checkout Sessions by SOUNDBOKS

photos: Roger Sabaté. 

The other week I had a little personal dream come true: My favorite Berlin musician performed for us at one of my favorite Berlin places. The occasion was the Checkout Session concert series by Danish loudspeaker brand SOUNDBOKS – and I can’t say how grateful I am to them for making this happen. In the end, it was such a sweet gathering with a stunning performance – I couldn’t be happier.

When SOUNDBOKS approached me a while ago and asked me to curate a concert event for their Checkout Sessions, it didn’t take me even a second to pick the musician. I wanted Lie Ning to perform at one of our events the moment he debuted last year, so this was the perfect opportunity. Before he came out with his wonderful debut single Tonight, I had already known him as a contemporary dancer and model – I like to say muse even – but little did I know back then how much more talent we would witness from him. The Berlin-born artist really has a lot of facets and he obviously likes to have his fingers in many pies – a desire I can absolutely relate to.

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Berlin’s Hottest New Music Talents at the Checkout Sessions by SOUNDBOKS

Berlin’s Hottest New Music Talents at the Checkout Sessions by SOUNDBOKS

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In the last couple of years Berlin’s music scene has been cooking up so many amazing things, we’re always excited to stumble upon new talents with songs that blow us away. It feels like Berlin is really having its music moment now, and artists who are based here are getting the amount of international recognition last seen in the times of Bowie.

Danish loudspeaker brand – SOUNDBOKS is as in love with the upcoming musicians of Berlin as we are, which is why they are hosting the Checkout Sessions this month at various cool venues all over the city, offering some much-needed live music experiences.

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Discovering Berlin From A New Angle: A Scavenger Hunt with Surprises Hosted by glo™

Discovering Berlin From A New Angle: A Scavenger Hunt with Surprises Hosted by glo™

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If you’ve lived in Berlin for a long time and your job is all about knowing everything about the city, I can tell you, to surprise me with something new is a feat you are gonna be destined to fail at. Alas, of course, you are really inventive. And whoever organized that scavenger hunt by glo™ that I was invited to join last week sure was!

The whole experience made me realize, that the city has an infinite amount of surprises left for me to experience. Discovering Berlin from a new angle, seeing places I hadn’t seen before, or seeing familiar places in a new light – this is what keeps me motivated to do this blog and it keeps my enthusiasm for Berlin as fresh as on the first day.

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