The Cultural Intersections of the 1920s and 2020s

The Cultural Intersections of the 1920s and 2020s

illustration & photo: Amanda Artiaga. 

The new decade we have just entered invites comparisons with the much-mythologized 1920s. People are undoubtedly fascinated by that bygone time, and that fascination has found an outlet multiple times even on this very blog, like when we were recounting the 20s nightlife with the History Phone. But the phenomenon is universal – chances are you’ve heard about the very popular TV series ‘’Babylon Berlin’’, which brings to the screen the novels of Volker Kutscher set in the Weimar Republic. 

Even though there seem to be clear dichotomies between the former and current 20s like techno replacing jazz, I think that one could also find a few common denominators. Read about some of these cultural intersections of the 20s in this article.

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The Berlin Experiment – Exploring History Through Photography

The Berlin Experiment – Exploring History Through Photography

photoMichael Beaton / CC 

Berlin’s image keeps on inspiring photographers. Apart from showcasing many awesome Instagram accounts presenting the capital in all of its current diversity, we love finding projects that visually combine the city’s past and present, just like the fantastic series refilm.io, initially inspired by the movie ”Wings of Desire”. Today, we want to present a collection that includes fewer photographs but is nevertheless a meticulous visual homage to the city we love. Read on to see more works from Michael Beaton’s ”The Berlin Experiment”!

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Berlin, Don’t Break Our Hearts: A Call for Help from Griessmuehle

Berlin, Don’t Break Our Hearts: A Call for Help from Griessmuehle

We updated our story to include the latest developments.

Neukölln’s Griessmuehle hosts many of our favorite events. Apart from the iconic parties such as the famous CockTail d’Amore, it’s also the stage for many screenings of Mobile Kino and other community-fostering events like various markets. That’s why we’re all concerned with their recent SOS video message, in which they urge Berlin to ”respect the clubs as they are”.

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BVG to Apply for UNESCO’s World Heritage List

BVG to Apply for UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The BVG has had some memorable advertising campaigns, but it feels like they set an entirely new precedent with their most recent video. In it, the city’s public transport company announces that they’re applying for a spot on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. How do they motivate this rather ambitious claim? Read on to understand a bit more about the campaign that will most likely surround you in some shape or form for the upcoming months… unless you get everywhere by bike.

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Get Your Christmas Gifts Wrapped at this House of Golden Tinsel

Get Your Christmas Gifts Wrapped at this House of Golden Tinsel

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Christmas season is upon us, and for many, it is connected with the necessity to assort a collection of suitable gifts for a number of people. If your schedule is so tight you can barely make it to any of the alternative Christmas markets we’ve listed here, there’s another option with more regular opening hours: the concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin with their many awesome stores and a unique gift-wrapping station, ready to welcome you right until December 24th!

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6 Awesome Calendars from Berlin for 2020

6 Awesome Calendars from Berlin for 2020

Getting yourself an actual, material calendar is surely a bold move in times of ubiquitous digitalization. Going analog can bring structure to your hectic life without any of the screen addiction that productivity apps can cause. Buying an actual calendar is also an important gesture of showing support and appreciation to the artist behind it. And obviously, it’s an appropriate gift for almost anyone – and especially useful in Berlin, the city where people need the occasional reminder of conventional concepts of time.

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The Coolest Alternative Christmas Markets & Sales in Berlin

The Coolest Alternative Christmas Markets & Sales in Berlin

Heissa Holzmarkt. 

Although Berliners are known to hate the wintertime, December brings one special treat that somehow alleviates the pain. Even those hardened freelancers who don’t need to show up for work and seriously consider hibernating with takeout as a viable survival solution are likely to leave the comfort of their home office when they hear two magic words: Christmas markets. And seriously, what’s not to love? Berlin’s Christmas markets reflect the spirit of the town itself and many of them have little to do with the cheesy vibe of dumb consumerism. On the contrary – they present a chance to discover and support local creators, get to know locations that remain relevant all year round, and last but not least, have a glass of the classic Glühwein. Read on to discover the coolest Christmas markets and special sales going on this year!

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New Queer Photography: A Fantastic New Photo Book

New Queer Photography: A Fantastic New Photo Book

If you had the chance to see the iHeartBerlin group exhibition Uncensored Berlin last year, you know that we love supporting bold photographers, unafraid of making a statement. The same thing could be said about Benjamin Wolbergs, who is currently preparing to publish a unique book that presents contemporary LGBTIQ photography, featuring many of the artists that took part in our exhibition.

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Like a Berliner: The New Book by Sophia Halamoda & iHeartBerlin

Like a Berliner: The New Book by Sophia Halamoda & iHeartBerlin

Get ready for something really exciting. For years now we have been quietly cooking up a very special project together with the talented illustrator Sophia Halamoda, whose amazing work we’ve been featuring on the blog for a few years now. You might remember her iconic Berghain comic, the hacks on how to become a “Real Berliner”, the Winter guide and the Flatmate Roulette. All of these beloved illustrated stories have just been the foreplay for something bigger: Our brand new big book “Like A Berliner” is coming out in just a few weeks is out now! It is most likely the cheekiest Berlin guidebook you’ve ever seen – and we‘re throwing hosted a party to celebrate its launch in collaboration with Bikini Berlin – the innovative concept mall in the West of Berlin.

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