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! It is most likely the cheekiest Berlin guidebook you’ve ever seen – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate its launch in collaboration with Bikini Berlin – the innovative concept mall in the West of Berlin.
Film and theater premieres are so exciting because you get the chance to see the team behind a production. Therefore we are really happy that we had the great honor to welcome the director of the film Wild Tales Damian Szifron at our Cocktail & Movie Night together with the Staatsoper Berlin.
He is currently rehearsing his first opera production at the Staatsoper: Samson et Dalila. In the course of this, we have planned this event in cooperation with the Staatsoper in order to be able to also show his film work in the opera. The team of Russian Standard and Sierra Milenario has designed two cocktails that embody the Latin American temperament and the incredible energy of the film.
Those of you who have been passing by Brandenburger Tor in the last couple of days might have already noticed the huge installation that was installed on the Straße des 17. Juni. It is only one of many many actions happening all over town this week commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Peaceful Revolution that lead to it.
The installation was done by Patrick Shearn from Poetic Kinetics and is titled Visions in Motion. If this flittering carpet in the sky made of countless colorful ribbons seems familiar to you: The same artist was also responsible for the shimmering flitter installation that graced the ceiling of Kraftwerk during our own 10th-anniversary event two years ago.
A personal-analytical journey, narrated to smashing four-to-the-floor drum beats at 130 bpm.
I turn left and lean against the thin metal wall next to me, the cool stainless steel nestling against my overheated skull. I’m dizzy, sweat running down my forehead. “So, what are we doing?” the familiar, rough female voice has this authoritarian and determined sound to it. A flash of light illuminates my vision—the dusty yellow light bulb’s reflection on the shiny, sterile surface of a mobile phone. Snow gently trickles; seven sweaty, half-naked bodies in a confined space, in need of a clear mind—or wings to fly again. The bass wafts underneath our feet, the sound of a toilet flushing next door.
What am I doing?
Looking at it superficially, I lost control over my life—yet, from a deep analytical point of view, I’m doing everything just right.
You might remember the works of Alex Soloviev from previous features on iHeartBerlin, including his video titled ”Everyday Berlin” and another one called ”Berlin – the inner layer”. This time, the filmmaker and traveler featured Berlin in a short film that’s a part of a project offering breathtaking insights into cities across the globe.
After including places such as Florence, Stockholm, and Moscow in his recent project, Alex Soloviev has posted a short film with the title ”BERLIN moves”. Indeed, the title is a bit self-explanatory – the video takes you on a dynamic journey across the city. From strolling pedestrians to various modes of transportation, the new film captures Berlin’s diversity in constant motion. You’ll probably recognize plenty of familiar corners and classic Hauptstadt settings. The masterful shifting of perspective will give you the impression of truly observing the metropolis and its inhabitants.
On Saturday the Ballroom scene of Berlin came together for a very special charity Ball hosted by the lovely David Angels Milan and Oliver Jopke. Following his super colorful and fun Pride Ball back in July, this was only his second Ball here in Berlin, but a massive one at that with around 1000 guests attending! The theme of the night was the ocean. In a time of climate awareness, it was a poignant gesture to this important ecosystem. But it was not just a gesture, in fact, all proceeds at the door were fully donated to the Ocean Now organization that campaigns for the protection and recovery of the oceans. We hear that it was the proud sum of 4.800 EUR that came together for this purpose.
The ocean theme, of course, saw many Voguers come up with their best oceanic outfits – we saw mermaids in fishnets, penguins, starfish, lots of shimmering scales and flowy blue fabrics. Commenting on the tragic state of pollution of the oceans there were also a couple of outfits assembled of bottles, bags and other plastic trash. The photographers of fabulous Tush Magazine were in the house as they were media partners of the event and they had quite a lot to photograph with all these crazy looks. The winners of each category did not only take home their trophies but also the latest issue of Tush as well as goodies by sponsors Bumble BFF, Weekday and The Moxy.
If you want to learn more about all the different categories and rules of Balls you should check out the recent Ballroom guide that we photographed with some members from the House of Angels. Below you’ll find our photos and GIFs from the Ocean Ball. Enjoy!
If you’re wondering when the next Ball is taking place check out our Events page and look out for the Black Magic Ball at Gorki.
Together with Staatsoper Unter den Linden we have again the honor to invite you and your friends to a unique Cocktail & Movie Night. On the 6th of November, we will first host a cocktail reception at the Kantine of the opera and then show the unique Argentinian movie “Wild Tales” by Damián Szifron at the Alter Orchesterprobensaal.
Wild Tales is putting all the Argentinian spirit for love, sex, violence, and absurdity in six short episodes that reunite in one extremely hilarious plot. No wonder the movie was internationally acclaimed by the critics and the audience. Now nearly four years after Wild Tales was nominated for the Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Movie, the director Damián Szifron is making his opera debut here in Berlin at the Staatsoper with his version of Samson et Dalila which premieres on the 24th of November.
When the magnificent Martini Cherry Furter opens the door to the main stage of Ballhaus Naunynstraße to welcome you in, you know you’re in for a treat. What awaits you inside is a feast for the eye thought up by dancer and choreographer Jao Moon and his team. “Everybody Can Be Everybody Can Not Be” is the fourth work of the young performer, but his debut as a choreographer of an ensemble.
Following the strong aesthetics of his previous solo piece Memory of Dislocation, Jao is once again presenting a piece that is visually stunning – not only because of the beautiful stage design by Michi Muchina with light by Emilio Cordero Checa, or the costumes by Billi Lobos, but also because of the unique and talented cast, including the aforementioned Martini, as well as Amada Tinoco, Natasha Vergilio, Francisco Bejarano Montes de Oca and, of course, Jao himself.
The Ballroom scene of Berlin is on fire right now! Never have there been more balls happening with new events popping up every other week. It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm of the young generation and how they rise up to create their own gatherings.
After we had so much fun at the last ball hosted by the charming David Angels Milan during Pride, we teamed up with him for his next ball Voguing for the Ocean that is happening this coming Saturday at Säälchen. The oceanic theme is not just meant as a dress code for the outfits of the Voguers, the event is also a charity fundraiser for the organization Ocean Now that is campaigning to protect this important ecosystem. Voguing for a good cause!
The Festival of Lights amazes me once more with how it manages to mobilize such a huge amount of Berliners to come out of the house at night to explore the city. If you walk along any of the trails of the festival you will encounter so many other people walking around discovering the many light art projections all over the city it feels like the night becomes day – and a busy one at that.
Until October 20th, 2019, every night from 19-23h you will be able to discover countless projections – many also animated with elaborate mappings that embrace the architecture and details – at various buildings in the city such as the TV tower, the Humboldt Forum, the Berliner Dom, several buildings around Bebelplatz, the Brandenburger Gate, the high rises at Potsdamer Platz, etc.
This year’s highlight was for sure the show at Brandenburger Gate about the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. Also, the newly opened James-Simon-Gallery at Museumsisland has a particularly stunning projection that beautifully reflects in the water. Now enjoy some impressions of this year’s Festival of Lights.