Many creative projects have been born out of the circumstance of the pandemic and its lockdowns and restrictions. This is one of them and it’s shaping up to be a really interesting cultural highlight on the balconies and patios in Mitte.
BALCONY AFFAIRS organizes interdisciplinary cultural walks to enable artists to perform live again. The performances will take place on balconies and in backyards, turning Berlin into an open-air stage for artists. The first cultural walk will take place on September 5, 2021, in Berlin-Mitte. Interested parties can purchase one of the limited tickets via Instagram (@balconyaffairs) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the daily walk with her daughter, Antonia Schulte looked at many empty balconies during the lockdown. With a great longing for culture, she imagined how nice it would be if the French window opened, someone stepped out and sang, danced or played something. She couldn’t let go of the idea and BALCONY AFFAIRS was to be brought to life. Her friend Eva-Maria Schattauer, who had a lot of experience in theater herself, was immediately enthusiastic and it was clear that the two wanted to bring live performances to the balconies of Berlin together.
A few months later and after many postponements due to quite a few Corona bans, the first cultural walk will now take place on September 5th, 2021, in Berlin Mitte. There are five different stages, all within walking distance of each other. Live performances will be presented on balconies, in backyards and from windows. The exact location will be announced to the audience only shortly before before the event begins. Who the performers are will initially only be revealed on the website and Instagram, further details remain secret.
What is certain is that it will be diverse, because the international artists come from very different fields. Among them are renowned dancers such as Olaf Kollmannsperger from the Berlin Staatsballett.
Young aspiring actors and talented singers, musicians and DJs reflect the diversity of the performances.
The communicated cooperation with the project “Heute Schreibe ich Gedichte” (Today I write poems) suggests that it will also be literary. This cultural project was initiated by Katharina Zorn and Jasna Fritzi Bauer and collects poems to bring them to the streets. A selection of these will also be staged at the first BALCONY AFFAIRS cultural walk.