Enjoying Together: Of Inclusive Food and Non-Binary Gingerbread

Enjoying Together: Of Inclusive Food and Non-Binary Gingerbread

photo: Manfred Weber. 

Have you ever experienced this? You’re standing in front of a packed buffet at the company Christmas party and you’re just about to start feasting when you think: wait a minute, where are the vegan and gluten-free dishes? Sometimes you’re lucky and find at least a selection of, well, one dish. But often there are simply no dishes that meet one or the other criterion – let alone both. Eating then becomes an exclusive and, let’s face it, exceedingly monotonous affair.

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The Candella Ball: Devilish Bodies

The Candella Ball: Devilish Bodies

I have a confession to make: Besides my marriage to Berlin, I have an extra-marital affair with Medellin, Colombia. You know, it’s nice to stick your head outside of Berlin every once in a while to see what other cities are up to. And in that spirit, I want to share a party photo set with you I took in Medellin last weekend at the Candela Ball, so you also get to see what the queer party scenes in other major cities in the world look like.

I loved photographing at this drag ball. It was much like in the old days in Berlin when I took party photos regularly. One of the first parties I had to think of was the Blitz party that I captured many times. The costumes, the make-up, and the effort that was put in both by organizers and guests – it’s really something rare to find. This is what I found at the Candela Ball.

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How Berlin Knows Best How To Celebrate Life

How Berlin Knows Best How To Celebrate Life

Crack open a bottle of champagne while cleaning and then stick with the drink – groom your mind rather than soulless furniture. Or get stuck in a traffic jam, but sing at the top of your lungs throughout; ​​there are people who manage to turn dull, everyday situations into a party.

The gourmets of life are rarely those who impose themselves on others, rather, the loud-mouthed emptiness that does seem to be the constant shadow of those who manage to poison the most beautiful events with their sad and bitter opinions.

It is these people who rant over how ridiculous it is to spend savings on a single event, or what a waste it is to down that expensive wine on a regular Wednesday for no reason.

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Berlin as a Grand Hotel: The Vision of Fashion Label Acceptance Letter Studio

Berlin as a Grand Hotel: The Vision of Fashion Label Acceptance Letter Studio

Acceptance Letter Studio is a fashion label established in 2021 by Jakeyoung Shim, a talented young designer based in Berlin.  

His strong dedication to fashion has helped him to pave his way into the business, which first started in Korea. Today, Acceptance Letter Studio has not only made a name for itself in the Berlin fashion scene, but it is also part of the Fashion Council Germany. I had the chance to have a word with Jakeyoung in his studio, talking about his label, his latest collection, and of course living in Berlin.

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Look Over Here, Look Over There, Lesbians Are Everywhere!

Look Over Here, Look Over There, Lesbians Are Everywhere!

Just the other week, on July 22nd, we celebrated the Dyke* March in Berlin. 

Yes, the parade is the ultimate paradise for lesbians but it’s also a demonstration to show the world that we exist and that we are here proudly celebrating who we are and the community that we have been building for decades from the shadow. “Look over here, look over there, lesbians are everywhere!”

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Should Dancers Only Have Perfect Bodies?

Should Dancers Only Have Perfect Bodies?

photos: Julieta Segura.

The body of a dancer must be perfect, right? This common prejudice and also restrictive view on dance performers and their bodies was critically questioned by the latest performance piece called Æffective Choreography by Andre Uerba. The premiere took place last weekend at Radialsystem and it was sold out many weeks before. But for everybody who missed it, we have a couple of impressions from the general rehearsal of the performance. 

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Queer Joy at the Berlin Pride Parade

Queer Joy at the Berlin Pride Parade

The last weekend was full of queer joy for us with several pride parades and queer parties going on. It felt a bit like Christmas for the LGBTQIA+ community and there was something going on for every sub-group. This year, we not only visited the main pride on Saturday but also the Dyke* March on Friday and the Internationalist Pride that happened on Saturday evening at Hermannplatz. Both of these were pretty much in contrast to the main Pride parade, but nonetheless what stood out was the smiling faces and happiness of all the queer people who joined. And that makes us very happy. Because queer joy matters so much – it’s the rebellion, the antidote, the protest against discrimination, hate, prejudice, prosecution, and inequality.

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CODESS: The 8 Year Anniversary Performance by UY Studio

CODESS: The 8 Year Anniversary Performance by UY Studio

Avid followers of iHeartBerlin know that fashion label UY is one of our favorites in Berlin and very close to our hearts. No other label has elevated club wear like they did and turned it into a lifestyle. UY is one of the longest-running clubwear labels in Berlin with a history of presenting their work in a very creative and multi-disciplinary way. Three years ago they celebrated their 5th anniversary with a stunning performance at Halle am Berghain choreographed by our friends from The Progressive Wave with the soundtrack created by Dasha Rush. It was a true spectacle and one of the most impressive presentations of a fashion label we had seen. Check out my photos and animations of that show here.

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