Art Exchange between Mexico City and Berlin.

 

independent art scene berlin mexico

© Christian Castñeda

For the empowerment of the independent art scene

Coming up next week Nuestro Barrio, an exchange project between the independent art scenes in Mexico City and Berlin, brings a great agenda to think, experience and understand the importance of autonomous art projects and places inside our community and cityscape.

Illustration Berlin

© Maik Hasenbank

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Open Air Gallery

Open Air Gallery Berlin 2016

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This coming weekend Berlin hosts a very cute event. One of city’s most beloved postcards turns into an outdoor art market, where the work of over 100 international artists is presented, performances take place and the whole street is colored by passersby. It is Open Air Gallery again, single event of the year in which the famous Oberbaumbrücke – bridge that connects the two alternative neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg – is closed for pedestrians only. Continue reading

10 things to do in Berlin in Summer

top 10 berlin summerHOT HOT HOT: here comes the sun! And once again Berlin – in its most sublime state – turns into a stage of joy. In celebration to the long days, to the warm nights and all the cheerful glow of the season we have prepared a list with 10 things to do in Berlin in summer. Let the season began.

 1- Go swimming in a lake

lakes to go in Berlin

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Berlin has water everywhere. Besides the river Spree and its many canals there are over 70 clean lakes refreshing around. In the inner city or at the outskirts, for the shy ones who prefere clothes on or for those fans of nudism, to hide or to been seen, there are lakes for all tastes.  Continue reading

Ortstermin 2016 Flight and Identity

The Art Festival in Berlin Moabit
Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th of June 2016

In the first weekend of June over 70 ateliers and exhibition places in Moabit will open their doors to present the work of more than 100 artists, expressing their thoughts and ideas on a theme as old as humanity, but again especially current: Flight and Identity.

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The theme has a special meaning in our area. Moabit is home for LaGeSo – Central Service Facility for asylum seekers in Berlin –, a place that saw its most hectic days last year with the peak of the refugee crisis. Continue reading

Berlin Carnival of Cultures 2016

Berlin Karneval der Kulturen 2016parade

© Daniela Incoronato

Berlin has a long migration history that seems luckily never to cease. More than fifteen percent of the population is foreign from over 190 countries. Whit its tolerant, libertarian and creative disposition the city keeps attracting people from all around the world. The result is a living multiculturalism full of possibilities, a heterogeneous city that not only respects but especially celebrates diversity and all the wealth that comes with it.

A big example of this is the up coming beloved event Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), a four-day urban festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces. From 13th to 16th of May the street of Kreuzberg are taken as stage for all forms of cultural expressions in a free and open program that attracts annually a plural crowd of over 1.3 million people. Continue reading

10 great things to do in Berlin in spring

Berlin is blooming, temperatures are rising and the city begins to stir. If you are planning to come soon here are 10 great things to do in Berlin in spring:

10 great things to do on Berlin in spring

1- Have an afternoon drink at the Klunkerkranich Bar

sunset at Klunkerkranich

This roof top bar in Neukölln offers a great view over the city and yummy drinks to accompanied it. Film screenings, DJs and live music are part of their program. Open daily from early afternoon until late at night. Continue reading

12th Pictoplasma Berlin 2016

International Festival and Conference on Contemporary Character Design

This weekend is the 12th Pictoplasma Berlin 2016 to bring – as every year – more color and forms to the Berlin Spring. This cool International Festival and Conference on Contemporary Character Design showcases the latest trends in fine urban arts, illustration, animation film and graphic design, focusing this year at the character’s overall posture and attitude, bringing up the question:  How does their appearance create personality and enable them to show character? Continue reading

Myfest Berlin 2016

As an important pole of criticism to capitalism and as a host of countless autonomous groups, Berlin has always been committed to the workers fight. Therefor the Labor Day, celebrated internationally on May 1, is a special deal in the city.

Since 2003 a huge anti-violence party takes place in the alternative and famous neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Organized by its own network and a broad coalition of residents, traders and civic initiatives, Myfest takes place from 11:30a.m until night and attracts people from all over the city in a colorful and public festival. Streets around Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße are closed, giving space to many stages where DJs, Bands, performers and comedians present. Street tends over the sidewalks offer all kinds of culinary delights and drinks for fair prices. Continue reading

Hanf Museum: the house of marijuana in Berlin

Hanf Museum, hemp BerlinNowadays there are countless types of museum dedicated to the all kinds of topics. But only four cities worldwide host one entire dedicated to cannabis. Berlin had to be one of them. Hanf Museum: the house of marijuana in Berlin devotes nearly 300 m2 to talk about all issues around the polemic herb.

Leaving aside devotions and prejudices, getting information is always important. Since museums are culture and paying a visit does not make anyone high, the Amstel House strongly recommends. Covering topics such as history, culture and medical use the museum seeks not only to bring information and raise dialog, but to find reconsideration to the legal situation of marijuana consumption. After all, what are 100 years of illegality when cannabis has been consumed for almost 5000 years? Continue reading

A celebration of the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s

A-Z. The Marzona Collection

Copyright photo: Tacita Dean: Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1997, 1999. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York and Frith Street Gallery, London

For the last two years and a half the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary art in Berlin – has been presenting an amazing exhibition. Divided by the letters of the alphabet and altered every quarter of year “A-Z. The Marzona Collection” features in a unique, mutable and multifaceted way the diverse works in the Marzona Collection, which mainly embrace American and European Conceptual art, Minimal Art and Arte Povera. From this time and movements individual artistic positions and genres, as well as important historical exhibitions, are examined. Continue reading