The river Spree – view from the bridge Hansabrücke in Berlin Moabit. A leisure boat is passing by, blue skies – it’s finally Summer in Berlin.
The famous / infamous bridge Admiralsbrücke crossing the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg. During the Berlin Summer this bridge can be quite crowded with people chatting, playing instruments, singing, drinking, enjoying themselves.
I’m very happy to announce that I can give away two free tickets for the Festival Screening next Sunday evening at Sputnik Kino. No catch – no information collected, no email addresses harvested, no re-tweets necessary. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm Berlin time Friday January 22nd 2016 with “British Shorts” in the subject line.
And this is what you can expect:
Sun 24.01. 22:00 / Sputnik Kino
- The Hedgehog (Drama), R.: Chris Lee, Paul Storrie, 6:47 Min.
- Rickshaw Rick (Drama), R.: Robert Manson, 10:00 Min.
- Role Play (Drama), R.: Brynach Day, 16:00 Min.
- The Macaron Man (Comedy/ Mockumentary), R.: Ben Garfield, 19:00 Min.
- Holding The Strings (Music Video), R.: Benjamin Cowie, 3:34 Min.
- Last Night In Edinburgh (Drama), R.: Bita Shafipour, 21:00 Min.
- Oh-Be-Joyful (Comedy/ Drama), R.: Susan Jacobson, 14:00 Min.
- Princess For A Day (Black Comedy, Drama), R.: Tom Fergus Arnott, 10:00 Min.
For further information about the screening please feel free to visit the festival website: http://www.britishshorts.de/programmEN.html?id=392006930982179000
From time to time I enjoy reading what others have to say about Berlin – especially when it’s CNN and especially when the headline reads “Insider Guide: Best of Berlin”. Then I really want to know, what others are recommending, what to do and what to see when visiting Berlin – and what masses of readers are probably reading.
And then, confronted with an article claiming to offer tips on ‘Best of Berlin’ I also like to check the facts, the details, the recommendations. And sometimes I actually do find minor mistakes. Sometimes a name is misspelled, but sometime things are just wrong. And sometimes the whole article is just questionable, like the list of ‘10 things you can do in Berlin’ I recently had a deeper look at I recently enjoyed reading and commenting.
I know, everybody makes mistakes – but when you claim to ‘know where to look’ you should probably be extra careful about what you’re actually writing. I anyways just have to stare at those mistakes anyways – And since some mistakes are rather cute, or at least ‘interesting’, I’d like to share them with you.
Berlin Fast Food: Currywurst
A minor mistake can be found in the recommendations for food. Yes, Currywurst is a big thing in Berlin – and Konnopke’s Imbiss is probably one of the best known places in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg to get one. But even though the food is really fast food, you should at least take your time to fully spell the name “Konnopke” – not “Knopke” – otherwise your readers might be a bit confused when the search engine tries to suggest the correct name. Anyways.
Shopping: Mulackstrasse boutiques
Yes, the Mulackstrasse does offer a variety of different small shops and fashion boutiques. But where again is it located?
Mitte’s Schönenviertel (it means “beautiful quarter”)
I’m awfully sorry to say, but while Berlin probably actually does have some “beautiful quarters”, the quarter that Mulackstrasse is situated in is officially named “Scheunenviertel“. This may or may not look and sound similar to “Schönenviertel” – it has does however have a completely different meaning: “Scheune” means “barn” – in medieval Berlin the “Scheunenviertel” was the ‘Barn Quarter’. See also: Berlin Sightseeing > Scheunenviertel.
Attractions: Pergamon – Museum on an island
The Pergamon is definitely a museum to visit – no doubt about that. The only problem one should probably mention is that large parts of the museum are currently closed. Since September the museum has been under renovation and will probably still be for the next four to five years. If everything goes well, the museum should re-open in 2019.
Enough nit-picking for now. Please feel free to check out CNN’s “Insider Guide: Best of Berlin” yourself. Have a nice stay!
It’s Pictoplasma’s 10 year anniversary next year – and the first round of artists and speakers for the 2014 Pictoplasma Berlin Festival and Conference 2014 was just announced. And all the characters are probably already excited to celebrate and rock the Babylon from 30 April – 4 May 2014.
From their website: “5 Inspiring Days With Conference Lectures, Artist Talks, Exhibitions, Group Shows, Animation Screenings… And A Big Birthday Party!”
So if you’re into animation and/or character design and all that jazz please feel free to find details and datasheets about Pictoplasma Berlin Festival and Conference on their website over here:
The full programme will be announced in February 2014.
It’s this time of the year, that not only christmas markets are popping up here and there and everyhwere, but also aticles and blog posts about christmas markets. Why? Because it’s this time of the year…:)
In case you’re not aware of the german tradition of christmas markets, here’s a short intoduction: about a month before christmas, you can see these ensembles of booths beeing installed and combined with christmas trees, special light installations – sometimes even rides like roundabouts and ferris wheels are added. The booths will probably offer everything and anything from Glühwein (punch) to diy-socks, from candy to curry wurst. Depending on the *theme* of the market (if there is any) the range of goods offered may vary.
In smaller town you’ll find these arrangements probaly on some central square, probably on some market square, probaly near city hall. And since Berlin is a collection of small towns you’ll find lots of these markets – probably on some market square around the corner, down the street.
Coming up: a list of Berlins Christmas Markets
the official party at Brandenburg Gate
Also this year Berlin will host one of the world’s largest New Year’s Eve parties. The event will take place downtown Berlin on an area over two kilometers long, between two renowned landmarks: the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and the Victory Column (Siegessäule).
With over a million visitors, dozends of artists, bands and DJs the New Year’s Eve Party downtown Berlin is one of the world’s largest events at the turn of the year in Europe – if not in the world.
This year’s programme features mostly german, but also some international live acts, such as Kim Wilde, Hot Chocolate, Jimi Jamison, Johnny Logan, Udo Jürgens, Andreas Bourani, Cassandra Steen, Culture Beat, DJ BoBo, Frida Gold, Marianne Rosenberg, Berlins Country/Western band The Boss Hoss and many more. Around midnight the Scorpions are expected to perform one of their very last gigs playing “Wind of Change” around midnight. Later DJ Ötzi and other DJs will spin records until early morning hours.
As this is Berlin you are of course alowed to drink alcohol – although you are not allowed to bring glas bottles. So you better be prepared and either bring that champaign in a plastic bottle, or buy your drinks at one of the many “bar booths” that will be located along the party corridor.
And additionally you should also not bring any fire works – there will be light and laser performances as well as spectacular midnight fireworks provided.
Admission is free – further information can be found on the party’s website in english:
Kulturbrauerei Prenzlauer Berg
If you prefer to go clubbing on New Year’s Eve without having to travel a lot, you might want to concider an easy option: going to the former brewery “Kulturbrauerei” (“Culture Brewery”) in Prenzlauer Berg – which you might also call “the walled garden option”: some 15 Dancefloors, more than 30 DJs – and you just have to pay for one ticket. The huge court yard connects all the venues and around midnigh you can hang outside and watch the fireworks.
Admission is Euro 25,-
Further information can be found from the New Year’s Eve Party page of Kulturbrauerei:
other party options
Of course there is other party options than going to the largest New Year’s Eve party in town or to the walled garden Kulturbrauerei – basically you can go where ever and be pretty sure, that there’ll be a party. But on the other hand this may also mean, that there’s probably more ‘party’ in the streets than you might expect — like youngsters shooting at each other with fireworks…
Or let’s put it this way: you may want to know in advance where you want to go (A) and where you have to go (B) and how to get from A to B and back – without getting too much oth other people’s fun in your way.. Walking down Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg around midnight might not be such a good idea, meeting at some friends’ appartment way before midnight might be a good one..=)
Party the Berlin way
Get started early, get going early – visit some good friends – eat some Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and Würstchen (sausages). Some minutes before midnight you should grab a glas, a bottle of champagne and go into the street. But beware: around midnight there might be lots and lots of firecrackers and fireworks going off all around you – especially in certain areas..
Then you’re free to go party hopping – or clubbing – or both – or just stay a little longer wherever you are.
What ever you do, where ever you go – whatch you step and mind the gap!
Have blast! And a Happy New Year!