News and views from Germany's federal capital in easily-digestible blog format.
Heads up for budding design artists: a scholarship for the private Design
Akademie Berlin (http://www.design-akademie-berlin.de/) in Kreuzberg is up for grabs.
Together with Berliner Zeitung and pop radio
station 104.6 RTL they're running a competition
for a Berlin poster, subject title "Mein Berlin" ("my Berlin").
First prize is a scholarship for their communication design course
worth €20,000. Second and thirds prize winners get a three day taster
course at the Akademie.
Posted at 2007-02-26 10:05:00
StilinBerlin - "Stil in Berlin" or "Style in Berlin" is a photo blog showcasing the capital's street fashion and aims to "document the urban, cosmopolitan and multicultural spirit of the city we live in".
While Berlin doesn't exactly have a reputation as a well-dressed
metropole, there are a lot of promising subjects on the streets of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte, and
StilinBerlin carries plenty of photos and short interviews with them.
Updated ca. weekly.
Posted at 2007-02-26 09:09:00
This week was the high point of the Carnival Season
If you missed the Parade
Sunday, you probably won't have noticed much of it though: Berlin
doesn't really go in for carnival. The only really visible indication of
what's called the "fifth season" (fünfte Jahreszeit
) citywide was the sudden increased availability of doughnuts at bakeries.
Posted at 2007-02-23 10:28:00
Berlin's city government has just released a new information booklet
with the title "Homo migrans" documenting the legal situation of
bi-national gay and lesbian couples.
Posted at 2007-02-23 10:03:00
In Berlin, tram construction is tradtionally conducted at glacial
speed, it seems. The much needed extension of the M10 to Berlin-Hauptbahnhof from the
current provisional terminus at Nordbahnhof won't
now be completed until 2011.
Posted at 2007-02-23 09:47:00
New York, stark black and white street photography: the trademarks
of photographer Arthur Fellig (1899 - 1968), commonly known by his
pseudonym "Weegee". Beginning on Saturday 24th February (vernissage:
23rd February, 7pm) an exhibition at gallery C|O
Berlin in the Postfuhramt (Oranienburger Straße) will show 217 photographs by
Fellig from the Berinson Collection as well as documentary videos about
the photographer and his work.
Fellig's nickname is said to derive from "Ouija" due to his seemingly
uncanny knack of arriving at incident scenes just minutes after they
occurred. This wasn't through some paranormal abilty though - he was
the only New York newspaper reporter who was allowed to have a
portable police-band shortwave radio.
Posted at 2007-02-22 15:45:00
Ravers at the 2006 Love Parade
Good news for the Tiergarten: Berlin's
(in)famous techno festival, the Love Parade, will
not be taking place this year - the organisers cite administrative
problems with the authorities and are considering taking the parade to
another European city. This is the third year the Love Parade hasn't
taken place: it was revived in 2006 under new management after a break
in 2004 and 2005.
It's possible, but unlikely that some
last-minute arrangement can be made to "rescue" the parade; if not it's
probable some other dance event will take place around the same time.
it's time for the Love Parade to be put to rest, by an injection at the
vets if needs be. I went to the 2006 event (as an observer, I hasten to
add - neon-coloured hairy leggings are really not my thing) and it was
a pale shadow of its former self. At least a third of the
"participants" were "normal" people who'd come to gawk like me, and
there was even a elderly people being pushed around in wheelchairs, for
Posted at 2007-02-22 09:11:00
It's Carnival Season in Germany, although until recently
Berlin was largely immune to the sight of Germans in silly hats
engaging in what is a very ritualised form of "humour". If you can't
resist, or have kids who probably enjoy this sort of thing, check out
the carnival parade on Sunday along
For a more international outlook on the new year
season, mosey on down to the Berlin-Hauptbahnhof (fear
not, it's been made safe and no high winds are expected this weekend),
which is playing host to Chinese New Year celebrations. Events
wil be held on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm onwards, with two dragons
of "up to 40 metres in length" prancing about. There'll performances of
Chinese boxing, calligraphy lessons, and stalls selling Chinese
kitsch craft and decorative articles. We also predict the presence of the inevitable China-Pfanne.
Posted at 2007-02-15 10:16:00
Good news in these times of ever-increasing energy prices: Berlin's
dominant natural gas supplier, GASAG, will lower
its price for gas by 30 cents per kilowatt hour, which works out at
about 5%. A four-person household which uses 20,000 kilowatt hours a
year will save around €60.
Reason for the reduction: gas prices
are linked to oil prices, which have been falling recently. Competition
from gas market newcomer NUON is also
said to have influenced the decision.
Announcement from GASAG:
Posted at 2007-02-14 13:10:00
In recent years Berliners have witnessed the introduction of a strange ethnic festival to the German capital: yes, Fasching
- carnival season - has come to town, brought in mainly by migrants
from less cosmopolitan areas of the nation such as the Rheinland,
particularly Cologne and Bonn. Fasching was virtually unknown
in the city until the federal government moved here; since then it's
become an event, but one which Berliners have not really taken into
their hearts, which is understandable because it seems to involve very
Posted at 2007-02-14 11:35:00
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