May is the month of holidays and big parties in Berlin. This weekend is of no exception with Monday being a public holiday and the whole weekend being one of Berlin’s biggest public parties. Take advantage of the long weekend as it is the last one until November!
Karneval der Kulturen @ Kreuzberg- Beginning tonight and going until Monday, Berlin celebrates the cultural melting pot that she is, with a massive cultural festival called Carnival of Cultures. Over the next couple of days you can find the majority of the action around Hallesches Tor. The festivals highlight is definitely the street parade on Sunday. This involves something like 80 extremely colourful floats driving along mainly Gneisenaustr and partying their way through Kreuzberg for the whole day.
In this the first guest writer post on Mogli Oak Berlin, Australian expat turned Berlin local, and now Mogli Oak Berlin reporting journalist, Lily K takes us on an adventure that dives straight into the centre of the gay and lesbian Berlin party world.
An imposing old park, a shuttle boat decked out in disco balls, free schnapps and an island full of lesbians. Put them all together and what do you get? The 2013 season opening of Mermaids Lesbenparty on Insel Berlin in Treptower park.
Berlin’s sunshine seems to have disappeared at the moment, but lets hope it returns over the weekend because this weekend is full of amazing events! Below are a selection of events that will take place over the weekend.
Friday May 10
After Work with Köttbullar@ Rag and Bone Man- If you have a craving from some Swedish meatballs and don’t want to make the trip out to Ikea, Rag and Bone Man will tonight cook up a Swedish feast of köttbullar that will be served with potatoes, lingonberry jam & gravy. There will also be a vegetarian option where the köttbullar are made from soy. 6,- euros per meal.
The May 1st hangover may still be continuing for some, but suck it up, the weekend is already here! Below are my Weekend Tips.
Friday May 3
Searching For Sugar Man @ Villa Neukoelln- The Oscar winning documentary film Searching For Sugar Man will be screening at Villa Neukoelln from 9pm tonight. This is truly an amazing documentary about an equally amazing man. If you haven’t seen it, check it out tonight.
The sun shines down on Berlin today on this one of her finest days May 1st known internationally as Labour Day, International Workers Day or Tag der Arbeit (Day of Labour) here in Germany.
For those of you who are unaware May 1st is a traditional Socialist workers day of protests that now takes place in 80 countries worldwide. The days origins stem from the Haymarket Affair of 1886 in Chicago where a peaceful workers protest for an 8 hour working day turned violent after a bomb was thrown at police leading the police to open fire resulting in deaths to both the police and the protesters.
Here in Germany May 1st was put onto the holiday calendar in 1933 by the National Socialists (Nazi) government where celebrations were organised by the government themselves. Obviously May 1st as we know it today has changed quiet dramatically from the Nazi organised celebrations.
After WWII May 1st celebrations existed on both sides of the Berlin Wall. On the eastern side, state organised celebrations took place where attendance was not really an option, it was required. Over in the West is truly where May 1st of today has its origins.
During the 80′s May 1st became associated with riots and battles between the police and the people mainly from the left and from autonomous communities. The tension exploded on May 1st 1987 where Kreuzberg descended into a hell hole of riots, looting and fighting, which left the suburb in flames. From this a weird tradition of rioting has occurred most years since then.
Over the last few years violence has been lowered quite dramatically, but there is still that possibility it does get out of control once again. These days most of the celebration still centers around Kreuzberg where many roads are closed off and thousands gather to party in the MyFest party grounds around Kottbusser Tor.
MyFest @ Kreuzberg- In one of the biggest parties Berlin has to offer, the streets of Kreuzberg get turned into a massive party ground where around 20 stages of varying types of music are played. The streets are filled with people who come for the music and stay for the amazing assortment of food available on the streets that is mainly provided by many of the Turkish locals.
Since the 17th century, or possibly earlier, German witches and sorcerers have been meeting on April 30th to party their way into May! To keep in with traditions, around Berlin tonight you will find numerous legal and illegal Walpurgisnacht parties where bonfires will be set alight and the people will be partying like it’s 1699! Two hotspots for such action can be found in Mauerpark and Viktoriapark, where the latter unfortunately often sees the police warming up for May 1 by closing down the party.
Django Unchained @ Pompeji- If you are looking for something a little romantic or maybe more civilized than the parties following, check out the screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained at the open air cinema Pompeji just behind Ostkreuz.
Honestly Berlin… snow? It’s nearly April! And it’s not Christmas… it’s Easter! But we shouldn’t let the shitty weather get us down! Easter weekend in Berlin is packed full of awesomeness! To help you on your way to having an awesome Easter weekend, here are my selection of Weekend Tips.
Subkultur/Berlin 80 Bar @ Mindpirates- Mindpirates will tonight host a pop-up installation featuring film projections of rare 1980′s Berlin concerts. Nick Cave, Crime and the City Solution, Mona Mur, Lydia Lunch, Swans and Wiseblood concert tapes will be screened, which will be accompanied by DJ’s spinning disks.
I don’t know if I can top a Weekend Tips which included a performance by David Hasselhoff! But I have certainly tried! The Hoff is gone, but protesting continues, partying continues and the snow continues! Without further adieu, here are my event picks for the weekend.
Berlin Wall Demolition Protest @ East Side Gallery- The demolition of a 20m section of the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, The East Side Gallery, has already begun! Much like the 50m section removed in 2008 for river access to the O2 Arena, this section is also to make way for a development project, this time featuring expensive luxurious riverside apartments. Head down to the East Side Gallery now and join in the protest that is now streaming live on the internet!
This weeks Weekend Tips is filled with an amazing variety of events including exhibition openings, parties, film nights, concerts, productions and much much more!
Friday February 15
JUST: Letters from Aleppo @ Stattbad Wedding- JUSTis probably one of the most recognised graffiti-ed names on Berlin walls. But the man behind the name is more than just a graffiti writer! He is also quite an accomplished photographer, who has become quite known for his work with street artist and graffiti artists in Berlin. This exhibition however will focus on photographs taken on a recent trip to Syria, where JUST joined the lives of the people he met in the streets of the Syrian city of Aleppo. 3,- Euros