Sustainable Listening #4 – How the Future of Food can Save the Planet

Sustainable Listening #4 – How the Future of Food can Save the Planet

Our next chapter of the event series Sustainable Listening together with Staatsoper Berlin combined culinary innovation and climate responsibility. Themed around the food system and the Planetary Health Diet, this unique gathering blended classical and electronic music, creating a sensory journey into the realms of food and sustainability.

Despite inflation hitting the gastronomy scene, Berlin continues to offer an impressive range of culinary delights from around the world and for different pockets. The city’s commitment to vegan and vegetarian cuisine is evident, although the numbers show there’s still progress to be made. With only 5% of restaurants being exclusively plant-based, and 20% offering vegetarian or vegan menus, Berlin’s food landscape reflects a growing, shift towards sustainable eating.

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Cocktail & Movie 4 – Celebrating the Love Dramas and Decadence of the Fin de Siècle

Cocktail & Movie 4 – Celebrating the Love Dramas and Decadence of the Fin de Siècle

Once a year, the Staatsoper and iHeartBerlin invite readers and music enthusiast to the beautiful Apollosaal. For one night, the opera’s opulent marble reception hall takes on a dual role: a cinema and a cocktail bar. Related to the Opera season’s musical lineup, we hand-pick a film and craft a cocktail, aiming to stir the audience’s curiosity about a particular opera or musical piece. This year’s movie and drink by Zubrowka was all about the atmosphere and decadence of the start of the 20th century. Read on to learn more about it and see some impressions from this evening. 

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The iHeartBerlin Picnic at Staatsoper für Alle – The Bliss of Classical Music

The iHeartBerlin Picnic at Staatsoper für Alle – The Bliss of Classical Music

Berlin is not a city known for its love of stability and traditions. Things change rapidly, and what may be your favorite party or restaurant today could easily become dull and uninteresting tomorrow. As Berliners, we are spoiled with an infinity of options. However, there are certain events that should never be overlooked and genuinely deserve the label of “timeless.”

One of these rare gems is the annual free open-air concert, Staatsoper für Alle, which transforms Bebelplatz into a magnificent arena for classical music. Even if you haven’t been a fan of opera music in the past, attending this event may change your perspective. It’s similar to the effect of being in a stadium surrounded by devoted fans; eventually, the music will resonate with you.

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Experience the Magic: Sunset Concert & Classical Music Aperitivo with iHeartBerlin & Staatsoper Berlin

Experience the Magic: Sunset Concert & Classical Music Aperitivo with iHeartBerlin & Staatsoper Berlin

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As Summer returns, so does one of our favorite happenings: “Staatsoper für Alle” – the annual open-air that transforms Bebelplatz Unter den Linden into an open-air arena for classical music. With free admission, live performances, and a special pop-up picnic organized by us, our readers are in for an unforgettable experience.

I guess most of our iHeartBerlin readers have been to an open-air party, a festival, or any other kind of music experience you can have beneath the summer sky. But over the years, I noticed how many see classical music as something that can only be experienced behind closed doors in big concert halls and so on. But what if one of the biggest and central public spaces in Berlin would become an open-air concert venue? 

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100 Cultural Events For Free and Outside – The Kultursommerfestival 2023

100 Cultural Events For Free and Outside – The Kultursommerfestival 2023

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This summer is going to be great! I can feel it in my gut. Ok, admittedly summers in Berlin are usually always great. But somehow there’s something in the air. Everyone is in the mood to just have the best time.

We’re looking forward to visits to the lake, walks in the park, outdoor cinema, open-air parties, evenings by the canal, festivals and a lot of fun. And there’s a lot to experience this summer, too. In large part, we have the Kultursommerfestival (Cultural Summer Festival) to thank for that, which is taking place for the second time this year. From June 24 to September 3, the festival brings together a full program of 100 events. It is probably one of the largest joint projects of Berlin cultural institutions there is.

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The Glorious Return of our Opera Picnic at Staatsoper für Alle

The Glorious Return of our Opera Picnic at Staatsoper für Alle

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We can’t believe it’s been already three years since we did our last official opera picnic for the big Staatsoper für Alle event. During the pandemic, the popular opera screening took place in socially distanced shapes that didn’t allow our picnic to happen, but this year the format finally went back to its original form so we were able to do it again like we used to.

And it felt really great to be back on Bebelplatz among all the opera lovers enjoying the show with our signature lavish picnic that made all the surrounding visitors jealous. And since the date coincided with the World Day of Picnics it was an even more perfect opportunity to make it extra special, including golden blankets, crystal glasses, chilled sparkling wine, etagéres full of fruit, and the finest snacks for our guests. 

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Sustainable Listening: It’s Time to Listen to the Oceans 

Sustainable Listening: It’s Time to Listen to the Oceans 

photo: Markus Braumann

A new event series at Staatsoper Berlin connects classic with electronic music and features thought-leading climate scientists for a new genre-bending format. 

Not everything we cook up in our iHeartBerlin-creative kitchen is always loud, bold, and edgy. Some projects are more about the fine details and the quiet sidenotes, yet turn out to be extremely powerful. 

So it happened that last week we premiered with our first creative and curational collaboration with Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The event series that we proudly call “Sustainable Listening” wants to connect science with music and bring scientists fighting climate justice for the next generations onto the stage of the opera house. 

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Staatsoper Goes Sustainable – Climate Concerts Inside Berlin’s Legendary Techno Club

Staatsoper Goes Sustainable – Climate Concerts Inside Berlin’s Legendary Techno Club

What does opera have to do with climate change? Two events in May and June dive into the relationship between culture and climate and raise awareness for climate change. iHeartBerlin is giving away 4×2 tickets, so don’t miss this opportunity!

Climate change concerns not only science and economy but also culture and the arts. Beyond the arts, many working in the cultural industry have asked themselves: What can culture do for the climate? 

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Fantastic Theater in December

Fantastic Theater in December

photo: Thomas Aurin. 

With clubs closed, events canceled, and generally December being a month mostly dedicated to anticipating Christmas and buying presents, there is not so much to do in terms of entertainment and nightlife. Or is there? Well, as by magic, some of my most anticipated theater pieces happen to have performances this month and I’m so excited about it because due to several lockdowns and what not I haven’t seen a lot of theater in the last 2 years and I miss it.

To avid followers of iHeartBerlin and regular readers of our event guide, it might not come as a surprise that we are big Constanza Macras fans. The Argentinian director and her company DorkyPark have blessed us with many memorable nights in the theater (or whatever other place she chooses for her pieces because it could also very well be a forest or an abandoned industrial hall). So this month she does not only have one but two of her big stage productions playing at Volksbühne and I really recommend you to go. The West is a piece about colonialism that premiered last year and I’ve seen it and it’s fantastic! The Future is her new production from this year, I have yet to watch it, and I will and I can’t wait.

Also on our list is Bibliomaniacs, a dance piece from a newly formed collective of female performance artists that we had the chance to see last year already and warmly recommend. It’s playing this week at Fahrbereitschaft in Lichtenberg. And last but not least, the opera that prompted our recent Cocktail & Movie Night at Staatsoper Berlin: Sleepless is one of the contemporary productions from Staatsoper that I believe is a great opportunity for a younger audience to get into opera and see how impressive a full-blown opera production in one of Germany’s main opera houses actually is.

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