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EastSeven Berlin Hostel Blog: a weekend in Berlin

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Fiesta in Berlin

Fiesta in Berlin

parties & events from friday the 4th till sunday the 6th of June

If you are coming to Berlin for the weekend, and you have no plans yet, then just read on. We have made a selection of cool parties, interesting exhibitions and amazing events.

On Friday:
1. go to the famous club WHITE TRASH, for some stunning live music!

22:00h

live: C.AARMÈ (PostGarage/ SWE) at the Diamond Lounge
+ FUTURE FLUXUS (ex-KATE MOSH)

23:00h

live: HOW TO LOOT BRAZIL (Post-Punk/New Wave) at the Diamond Lounge

2. Pay a visit to the arthouse TACHELES

Been to Tacheles yet? This squat-turned-art-center boasts art galleries, clubs and bars on every floor. Tonight Cafe Zapata (bottom floor) hosts a session of refined electronic music. Tacheles: Oranienburger Str. 54-56

3. Visit the exhibition: WHO KNOWS TOMORROW @ ALTE NATIONALGALERIE

Who Knows Tomorrow – this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa, provides the title for a remarkable project held by the National Gallery, for which it has invited five internationally acclaimed artists, whose work is primarily shaped by their African origins, to join together in creating a major exhibition in Berlin.

Their works, completed and installed, for the most part, in prominent positions outside four of the National Gallery´s separate venues (Old National Gallery: El Anatsui, New National Gallery: Pascale Marthine Tayou, Friedrichswerder Church: Yinka Shonibare MBE, Hamburger Bahnhof: Zarina Bhimji, António Ole), will together serve to spark a dialogue over questions that are now more topical than ever before, thanks to the radical upheavals currently sweeping political, social and economic systems that had, until now, been considered unshakeable. These questions include: is uncertainty over the future now the greatest certainty we have today? Whose history needs to be told and faced up to now? What is art´scontribution to helping overcome (art) historical constructs, clichés and stereotypes?

Who Knows Tomorrow eschews the common practice of presenting artists in group exhibitions as representatives to speak for an entire continent. Instead, the participating artists reflect and interpret our own history and present us with their views of our culture, against the back-drop of four of the National Gallery´s iconic buildings, which themselves reflect German national identity at various points in the country´s past.

4. GET PERLONIZED AT BERGHAIN

schön schön
Wareika LIVE
Kalabrese
Sammy Dee(Perlon)
Zip (Perlon)

5. Visit the exhibition: BRUCE NAUMAN. DREAM PASSAGE @ HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

Dream Passage’ marks the first major retrospective by American artist Bruce Nauman in Berlin. The exhibition, hosted by the National Gallery in the Hamburger Bahnhof and set to open in summer 2010, has been occasioned by the successful installation of the spectacular architectural sculpture entitled ‘Room with My Soul Left Out, Room That Does Not Care’ from 1984 that was accepted by the National Gallery as a gift and which is now due to be permanently erected in Hall 5 of the Hamburger Bahnhof’s Rieckhallen in accordance with the artist’s own instructions. The whole-room sculptureintended for visitors to walk through is the high point of a series of works entitled ‘Dream Passages’ inspired by a dream dreamt by the artist himself. The work has not been seen since its first installation in 1984 in the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York.
While the exhibition is taken up with the artist’s ‘architectures of experience’ and his exploration of the themes of violence and brutality in the museum’s main hall, in the Rieckhallen, the focus is placed on the diversity of the sculptural pieces and Nauman’s work with language and the gestural. The bulk of the exhibition is made upby the unique collection of the artist’s works currently found in the National Gallery on loan from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. The collection contains key works from nearly all the artist’s main periods and are presented here together with a few pieces on loan from other collections.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue that has been devised around some 35 keywords, each considered to play a significant part in forming an understanding of Bruce Nauman’s work. The catalogue features a short text on each word and also includes a collection of source material that offers the reader an insight into the intellectual context of the artist’s work.

Tue-Sunday: 11-18h

Begin at: 11:00
End at: 17:59

On Saturday:

6. HAVE YOU BEEN TO Z-BAR???

nice Pub in Berlin-Mitte

Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin

12mins walk fr East Seven

open every day from 8pm till late

7. FREAK CAMP PRESENTS: WE WANT MORE BASS

Geiom (Berkane Sol/Soul Motive//Nottingham, UK), Ike Release (Infrasonics) b2b 2krazy (Freak Camp), J-Trex (Freak Camp)

bass bass and MUCH more BASS !!!!!

8. Go to the famous  ÖKOMARKT AM KOLLWITZPLATZ

On a late Saturday morning you should go to where the locals go – the farmer´s market on Kollwitzplatz – 200 Meters from EastSeven. Fresh organic vegetables, varieties of sausages and a lot more of savoir vivre. By your food of the season there, go back to the hostel and prepare it in our fancy self catering kitchen.

Begin at: 09:00
End at: 16:00

On Sundays

9. And on sundays ……SUNDAY FLEAMARKETDAY

FLEAMARKET Mauerpark

Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m)you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. You don´t want to buy something – no problem you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well.

10. go to the one and only RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN

Punk rock legends The Ramones come from New York, but their biggest fan might just be from Berlin. Florian Hayler collected hundreds of Ramones-related items, and attended more than 100 Ramones concerts, then decided to collect his expertise and souvenirs in a museum. It debuted in 2005, a year after the death of founding band member Johnny Ramone.

The current museum opened in October 2008 after a move and an expansion. On display are childhood photos of the group, gig set lists, fliers from the band’s early days and a vast collection of concert t-shirts. If you bop ‘til you drop, the Ramones Museum’s Café Mania has drinks, snacks and light meals on offer.

The museum, located just off Oranienburger Strasse near art house Tacheles and the New Synagogue, also hosts movie screenings, acoustic shows, and Ramones-related special events. Closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Address: Ramones Museum Berlin
Krausnickstr. 23
10115 Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 8.30-18, Fri 8.30-20, Sat 10-20, Sun 12-18
Admission Fee: 3,50 Euro
Public Transport: Train station:
S Oranienburger Str.: S1, S2, S25
S Hackescher Markt: S3, S5, S7, S75

11. It´s sunday, you got a  HUNGOVER?

The best way to spend a hungover Sunday: Get up around noon and have a tasty brunch at An Einem Sonntag im August (Kastanienallee 103). Then visit the flea market at Mauerpark and find a nice place to laze on the lawn. Have the world’s best burger for dinner at the legendary Bird restaurant (Am Falkplatz 5).

12. wonderful sandsculptures at the SANDSATION 2010

Again, the most renowned sand sculpture artists from all over the world will come together for the International Sand Sculpture Festival SANDSATION. Welcoming up to 120,000 fascinated guests each year, the only urban sand art festival in Europe easily established itself in Berlin’s vast cultural landscape.

You´ll find the sandsation right next to the main train station!
Admission fee: 6€
opening hours: Sunday- Thursday: 9-20h
Friday & Saturday: 9-23h

we wish you a great weekend in Berlin! for more information on parties and events in Berlin Please check our online staff-recommendations.


EastSeven Berlin Hostel in Berlin´s hippest district “Prenzlauer Berg”

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

bbq party @ eastseven

bbq party @ eastseven

Our top 10 of things to do in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

If you are coming to Berlin we could recommend you to pay a visit to the vivid district Prenzlauer Berg.
here you will find loads of small shops, bars, markets and parks. For all the peolple who don´t have any idea what to see and do in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, we have made a handy top 10 of great activities in our amazing neighbourhood. All of these sights and bars are within walking disctance to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. If you are planning to come to Berlin you are more than welcome to stay at our cozy hostel, right in the heart of Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.
Here is our personal TOP 10:

1.It´s summertime, at last!:  a must visit: Berlins largest and oldest beer garden – the Prater.
2.Wasserturm The unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments.
Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir.
3.enjoy Berlin´s great bars/clubs/cafes all around us – e.g. White Trash, Prater (Berlin’s oldest beergarden), Week End, Icon Club, Kaffee Burger, Bassy Club, Tacheles etc.
4.shop till you drop in Berlin´s off-beat fashion shops on Kastanianallee
5.find some of Berlin`s best fleamarkets near the Hostel, they are on every sunday!
6.Helmholzplatz According to local legend, Prenzlauer Berg has one of the highest birth rates in all of Germany. Helmholzplatz is just one of the places in the district where mummies and daddies come to push their new-borns around in expensive pushchairs and gorge on a little brunch.
Visit the best affordable Japanese restaurant in East Berlin: Sasaya
Alternative and strictly limited Berlin fashion and graphics: Supalife Kiosk in Raumer Str.
7.Kollwitzplatz Käthe Kollwitz, the famous left-wing, anti-war artist, would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that its one that was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days.
Dont miss Kollwitzplatz`s famous market on saturdays
Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse.
Just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue.
8.Kulturbrauerei This huge complex of night-time hangouts originally housed Berlins Schultheiss brewery for more than 150 years. By night the Culture Brewery turns into a popular meeting point for determined drinkers, eager to explore the buildings wealth of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, or just hang out in the huge courtyard.
The Kulturbrauerei is also a popular venue for famous live acts.
9.Mauerpark If you are over 20 and still like to play (particularly with beer bottles), then this is your playground. Its the best place in Berlin for relaxed outdoor boozing and there are hilltop swingsets which are a great spot for watching the sun sink lazily in the West.
Dont miss the fabulous flea market on Sundays.
10.and after a hard day´s walking, why not recover in EastSeven´s lush garden with some selected german beers!

For more great information on parties and events in Berlin check our online staff-recommendations!

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


TOP 10 of amazing things to do in Berlin, FREE of CHARGE!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

 

Berlin

Berlin

10 cool tips to have an amazing time in Berlin and save some money while you´re at it!!!!!

EastSeven Berlin Hostel recommends cool activities and sightseeing spots, all of which are free of charge.
We have made a list of 10 interesting things to see and do in the exciting metropole Berlin.

Here is our TOP 10:

1.Tacheles – One-time department store then SS headquarters in the heart of Berlins former Jewish quarter, the Tacheles was taken over by squatters in 91. Behind the buildings bombed out façade is a wealth of art studios, two cinemas, 3 bars, a beach bar, a café and a newly opened bourgeois restaurant.Watch out for the fire-breathing dragon in Café Zapata! Just opposite youll find delicious French fries served from a dodgy looking trailer called Beckers Fritten
2.Gendarmenmarkt – Touted by many guidebooks as the prettiest square in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for its two churches – one Protestant, one Catholic – each built opposite each other by the opposing religion. Not often that happens. TIP: Fassbender & Rausch, possibly the worlds greatest chocolate shop, is on the corner of Gendarmenmarkt

3.Kollwitzplatz – Käthe Kollwitz, the famous left-wing, anti-war artist, would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that its one that was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days. Dont miss Kollwitzplatz`s famous market on saturdays
Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse.
Just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue.

4.Museums on Thursday night for free: NO ADMISSION FOR ALL STATE MUSEUMS
don’t pay money for culture! most of the state museums are admission free on Thursdays. Simply ask at the reception where to go!
5.Reichstag- The German parliament building, re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.
You can get in for FREE. Try to avoid the queues at the Reichstag, make a reservation at Kaefers restaurant at the top of the glass dome. This should get you in the side door.
6.Holocaust Memorial- Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
Walk through the memorial, youll quickly realise its not the kind of place you want to have a summer picnic at.

7.Potsdamer Platz- This was the glitzy centre of Germanys debauched 1920s metropolis, and the site Europes first traffic light system. Smashed into rubble during WW II, its now home to Europes fastest elevator and a mass of steel and glass buildings said to represent the future of Berlin.
Check out the Sony Centre and Cinemax cinemas for films in their original language (e.g. English, this is not for free of course!)
8.Volkspark Friedrichshain -A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic or barbeque. In the middle you’ll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble. Also you can play beachvolleyball for free here. They have a special area reserved for beachsports. Its free to use for anyone but you´d have to bring your own equipment.

9.Fleamarket -Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m) you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. If you don´t want to buy something – no problem,  you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well, and ofcourse there is no entrance fee here!
10.Brandenburg Gate -Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city. Just go to foot from Unter den Linden and take a closer look at this immense Gate. This Beautiful sight in Berlin is also admission free to visit.

Have fun exploring berlin on a low budget! for more cool events & parties in Berlin check out our online staff-recommendations HERE!


This weekend in Berlin: Carnival of cultures!!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

 

karneval der kulturen(c)Daniela Incoronato

karneval der kulturen(c)Daniela Incoronato

Berlin will celebrate the 15th Carnival of Cultures on Whitsunday weekend: 21st May- 24th May 2010.

The carneval of cultures represents the ethnic and cultural diversity of the German capitol.
It´s a four-day street festival, starting this friday afternoon at 4pm.
With up to 400 different stalls, selling delicious international food, jewellery, clothes, drinks and much more…this is going to be the party of the year!
Also there is music, live music! There are about 950 artists playing world music, interactive performances, dances and percussionists !

The highlight of the festival is the procession, wich takes place on whitsunday and will last about 9 hours. What to expect? Artistic costums and mask and around 4500 participants from 70 different nations!
Furthermore you will see acrobats, stilt walkers, wizards, percussionist, clairvoyants and many more.

How to get to the Festival:

The closest underground stations are Hallesches Tor (line U1 and U6) and Mehringdamm (line U7 and U6) which are directly located at Blücherplatz.
You can also reach the festival area within a five minute walk from the station Gneisenaustraße.

How to get to the street parade:

The starting point is located at Hermannplatz. You can get there easily by taking the underground (line 8 or line 7) and get off at the station Hermannplatz.
The stations (Südstern), Gneisenaustraße and Mehringdamm are located along the route.

enjoy your stay in Berlin!

for more information on events and parties check our staff-recommendations!


This weekend in Berlin: Theatertreffen@Sony Center Screen at Potsdamer PLatz

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Berlin

Berlin

The Berliner Festspiele presents an unique theatre experience

The Theatertreffen/Berliner Festspiele, 3sat/ZDFtheaterkanal and the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz are embarking on an unusual collaboration. For the first time the three Theatertreffen productions recorded by 3sat/ZDFtheaterkanal will be shown on a giant screen in the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz. Theatre-lovers, tourists and curious passers-by can all become part of the Theatertreffen free of charge.

On show are:
Fri 14 May 20:00 “Der goldene Drache”
by Roland Schimmelpfennig, director: Roland Schimmelpfennig
Burgtheater Vienna (television director: Hannes Rossacher)
Sat 15 May 20:00 “Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns”

by Elfriede Jelinek, director: Nicolas Stemann
Thalia Theater, Hamburg, in co-production with Schauspiel Köln
(television director: Harald Spieß)
Sun 16 May 17:00 “Riesenbutzbach. Eine Dauerkolonie”
A project by Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock
director: Christoph Marthaler; Wiener Festwochen (television director: Andreas Morell)

We are pleased to invite you to experience these special theatre evenings on the big screen.

(text: berlinerfestspiele.de)

There is no entrance fee, so feel free to stop by and be part of an unique ´theatre-expierience´.

For more information on the Theatertreffen Festival, that takes place in Berlin from May 7th till May 24th, check the website.

For more information on events, parties and things to do in Berlin, please check our personal online staff-recommendations at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel website.


How to spend a weekend in Berlin, our top 10 of fantastic events and exhibitions!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

 

Berlin!

Berlin!

No ideas on what to do in Berlin, read on for our recommendations for this weekend, 14th till 16th of may….

On friday….


1)  visit the:  TOPOGRAPHIE OF TERROR-Exhibition

It was the center of Nazi terror and power between 1933 and 1945; now this stretch of land next to the Martin Gropius Bau and not far from Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to documenting the chilling and murderous strategies, plans and actions of the Gestapo, SS and security branch of the Third Reich which were all once headquartered here.

Nothing is left of the buildings that once held the offices of these organizations, which were destroyed during Allied bombing in 1945. The Topography of Terrors open-air exhibition runs along the excavation site of the cellars of the Gestapo, where political prisoners were interrogated, tortured and executed.

A preserved 200 meter section of the Berlin Wall can be viewed along one side of the site at Niederkirchnerstrasse. Texts are in German and English; access to the exhibition is available daily until dark. Entry is free, and guided tours and informational talks are provided upon request. A new multi-million euro documentation center is scheduled to open in Spring 2010.

Address: Topographie des Terrors
Niederkirchnerstr. 8
10963 Berlin

open from 10-20h
free of admission
Train station:
S Anhalter Bahnhof: S1, S2, S25
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: S1, S2, S25
Underground:
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: U2
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: U6

 

2. Go to a LIVE CONCERT @ LIDO

Tonite there is a Concert of “Lali Puna” (support: Mexican Elvis)
Wonderful indietronic music as side project of Markus Acher (the Notwist).

Lido
Curvystraße 7

Begin at: 20:00
Open End

3. More party party party…..Go DANCE the night away….
TOK TOK VS. SOFFY O **LIVE** (TOKTOKRECORDS) TURMSPRINGER (TONKIND) LEKTOR (PENTAGONIK | LIEBE ZUR MUSIK) FXYZ (ELSEWHERE..

It’s an electronic ALICE IN WONDERLAND special party with lovely surprises, popcorn and a lot of candy floss!

Eine Party im Wunderland……….Alice tanzt zu Techno, bedeutet: unkommerziell und ausgelassen feiern, dem Alltag zu entfliehen und im Wunderland einzutauchen.

Wenn Alice wieder zum Tänzchen einlädt, dann gibt es nicht nur reichlich Musik für die Meute, sondern auch viele liebevolle Überraschungen, wie u.a eine Zuckerwattemaschine, Popcorn und viele bunte Wesen, die nur darauf warten mit euch um Jägermeister zu spielen. Im Wunderland heißt es, interaktiv zu feiern und sich auf eine kreative Art und Weise in die lange Tanznacht zu begeben. Wir freuen uns auf eine weitere verrückte Runde, mit Liebe und Tanz – die ganz Nacht!

Wunderliche Grüße schickt euch das Alice-Team

Begin at: 00:00
Open End

4. Visit an exhibition on Squatting:
SQUATTING. ERINNERN, VERGESSEN, BESETZEN@ TEMPORäRE KUNSTHALLE BERLIN

curated by Tilo Schulz in cooperation with Jörg van den Berg.

squatting shows 22 works by seventeen artists in a format that aims to involve visitors in a mostly serious, sometimes entertaining, but always intense dialog with art. The exhibition takes as its point of departure a form of memory that is not only backward-looking. This active form of remembering—and forgetting—is understood as a need felt by society as a whole, and as one basis for the production and reception of artworks. squatting brings together works which take memory as their theme and focus on experiences with places, situations, people, and actions. The featured artworks occupya space (the Temporäre Kunsthalle) whose location (Schlossplatz) is itself charged with political memories and ideological interventions.

squatting responds to this as a themed group show in which attention centers on encounters between individual artwork and viewer. The exhibition is based on an iconic exhibition practice which artist Tilo Schulz and curator Jörg van den Berg have been developing since the late 1990s. The focus is placed on the presence of the individual artwork, developing a network of connections in terms of form and content between the works on display. Blocked-off and opened spaces, lines of sight and movement emphasize both the differences and the links between the various works: to experience the whole exhibition, visitors must access and leave the Kunsthalle via three different entrances. The space of art (inside) and the space of political memory (outside) remain separate, but are woven together in the visitor’s movement. squatting shapes a specific place that offers visitors a pictorial vocabulary as material for active further processing.

Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin

Schlossplatz

10178 Berlin Mitte

Daily from 11-18

Begin at: 11:00
End at: 17:59
Link
5. Or visit the Fridah-Kahlo Exhibition

FRIDAH KAHLO-RETROSPEKTIVE @ MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU

Gemälde, Zeichnungen und eine Fotoschau werden ungewöhnliche Einblicke in Frida Kahlos Zeit geben.

Täglich von 10-20 Uhr
Eintritt:

* 10,- Euro/erm. 8,- Euro
* Kinder und Jugendliche unter 16 Jahren frei

On saturday….

6.   Check out the GRAFFITI-ART IN STEGLITZ

one of the strangest buildings in town will be the center of a streetart -project. Four artists from France, Spain, USA and Germany will spraypaint the 70ies building for six weeks with 2000 spraycans. Vier Streetart-Künstler aus Frankreich, Spanien, den USA und Deutschland besprühen das Wahrzeichen aus den 70er Jahren sechs Wochen lang mit 2000 Farbdosen

7. Go Shopping: SECOND HAND SHOPS!

There are countless places in Berlin for second-hand shops. A big selection of second-hand clothes is on sale at Colours in Bergmannstrasse, Kreuzberg and in Trash-Schick in Wühlischstrasse, Friedrichshain. Have a look in our yellow pages or ask us at the reception for good second hand shops. You’ll find nearly everything you need in Berlin’s second-hand shops.

8. Go dancing: VAKANT / DUMB-UNIT NIGHT

Tolga Fidan LIVE, DeWalta, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Ali Kuru, Ahmet Sisman, Dario Zenker

9. Check out some live bands:
THE DON DARLINGS LIVE @ BASSY COWBOY CLUB

open 8 pm
show 11 pm
dance party starts midnight

Begin at: 20:00
Open End

10. Go to the SUNDAY FLEAMARKET @ Mauerpark

Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m)you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. You don´t want to buy something – no problem you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well.

That´s all for now. Hope you enjoy your stay in Berlin. We wish you a great weekend! See you soon @ eastseven berlin hostel


Our TOP 10 of events in Berlin this SUMMER

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Summer Berlin

Summer in Berlin

we have made you a great list of cool events in Berlin

Coming to Berlin this summer? Check this blog, and see what cool events are going on! Since there are so many many cool things to do in Berlin, we made a TOP 10 of our Favourites only. More cool events are also to be found in our weekly staff-recommendations.

1.Carneval of Cultures: The four day street festival presents the cultural richness of Berlin. Enjoy! On 23rd May about 4.800 participants organised in almost 100 groups will change Kreuzberg into a sea of colours and ideas.
STREET FESTIVAL 2010
21st May– 24th May
Friday 4pm–midnight
Saturday/Sunday 11am–midnight
Monday 11am–7pm

Free of admission!!
Four international stages – Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta – will present the sound of Berlin and the world. On the “Rasen in Aktion” visitors are invited to practice their skills in creativity and sports. More than 350 stalls will offer delicious food, arts and crafts  and much more.

for more detailed information, check on the website

2. DMY FEstival: Internation Design Festival Berlin. From  09-13 June
The 8th edition of DMY International Design Festival 2010 will kick off with a grand opening ceremony in the evening of June 9. Over 10.000 square meters filled with inspirational prototypes and new product evolutions by over 400 designers invite you to explore the latest developments in the fields of contemporary product design.
For more detailed information, check the DMYwebsite

3.Visual Berlin Festival, AVIT Berlin 2010. From 10-12 june.
A great audio-visual-festival!Three days of exploration into the evolution of screen culture and expanded visual and performance possibilities, with seminars, AV/interdisciplinary performances and special presentations by guest artists from across Europe. Guided projects and advanced workshops in performance technologies such as VDMX, Modul8, CoGe and visual programming environments, Processing, VVVV, Quartz Composer. Plus hardware hacking, circuit bending, surface mapping and more!
check for more information: Visual Berlin

4. 7th International Streettheatre Festival Berlin; Berlin Lacht! From 11-13 June

Street theatre and street music from all over the world.

11.-13. June 2010 Mariannenplatz
In the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg under trees and in a multiculti area. This year again with the big theatre spot in the middle of the parc.

13. – 22. August 2010 Alexanderplatz
10 days we spread joy and happiness in the historical center of east Berlin

26.-29. August 2010 Breitscheidplatz, Kurfürstendamm
the final days our tour of street art take us to the center of west Berlin.

Check their WEBSITE for more detailed information

5. 18th annual Lesbian and Gay Festival – Europe’s largest – this coming June, over the weekend of the 12th and 13th 2010. As usual, it´s being held around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.The party takes place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 20,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Travel, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.

Check the website: www.regenfonds.de to find more information!

6. Fete de la Musique. 21st of June
there are bands playing throughout the city. All for free. Check the website to find more information and the schedule.

7. 48 Stunden Berlin. The Neukölln Art und Kulture Festival! 25-27 june, Berlin Neukölln. Check the website for  the programm
8.The Berlin Festival: 10- 11 September @ Airport Tempelhof. Great line up. check the website for further information.
9. Popkomm, Berlin 8-10 September. New Location: Berlin Tempelhof
After a year of reinvigoration and collection of hot new contacts, Popkomm is making a comeback in 2010 with new dates, strong partners and THE new location.
The Popkomm Festival is the section covering live music at Popkomm. From 8 to 10 September 2010 there will be around 60 showcases at the Popkomm Festival at eight venues in the Kulturbrauerei building complex in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg.
Popkomm is also giving acts at the Festival a chance to perform on the grounds of the former airport in Berlin Tempelhof, with exclusive showcase events taking place during the daytime. Popkomm and Melt! will be including a number of artists in the Berlin Festival line-up. On 10 and 11 September the Berlin Festival will be taking place for the fifth time and it expects more than 15,000 music lovers to attend every day. This year the urban Berlin Festival is expanding. Planning is under way for an open-air stage under the extended roof of the airport building and for two indoor stages inside the hangars. check the website to find out more on these 2 great festivals
10. Musuem Night Berlin: 27th Edition. Over 100 museums will open their gates from 6pm- till 2am. Get more information: Musuem Night

It´s gonna be a great summer! hope to see ya all in Berlin, @ eastseven Berlin Hostel


Exhibition: Squatting; rembering, forgetting, occupying

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Berlin Art

Berlin Art

An intersting exhibition; our personal recommendation for all travelers visiting Berlin

squatting shows 22 works by seventeen artists in a format that aims to involve visitors in a mostly serious, sometimes entertaining, but always intense dialog with art. The exhibition takes as its point of departure a form of memory that is not only backward-looking. This active form of remembering—and forgetting—is understood as a need felt by society as a whole, and as one basis for the production and reception of artworks. squatting brings together works which take memory as their theme and focus on experiences with places, situations, people, and actions. The featured artworks occupya space (the Temporäre Kunsthalle) whose location (Schlossplatz) is itself charged with political memories and ideological interventions.

squatting responds to this as a themed group show in which attention centers on encounters between individual artwork and viewer. The exhibition is based on an iconic exhibition practice which artist Tilo Schulz and curator Jörg van den Berg have been developing since the late 1990s. The focus is placed on the presence of the individual artwork, developing a network of connections in terms of form and content between the works on display. Blocked-off and opened spaces, lines of sight and movement emphasize both the differences and the links between the various works: to experience the whole exhibition, visitors must access and leave the Kunsthalle via three different entrances. The space of art (inside) and the space of political memory (outside) remain separate, but are woven together in the visitor’s movement. squatting shapes a specific place that offers visitors a pictorial vocabulary as material for active further processing.

The Artists:
Heike Kati Barath, Annika Eriksson, Carsten Fock, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Sven Johne, Šejla Kamerić, On Kawara, Thomas Locher, Antje Majewski, Olaf Nicolai, Anna Oppermann, Manfred Pernice, Bojan Šarčević, Michael Schmidt, Gitte Villesen, Simon Wachsmuth, Haegue Yang.

curated by Tilo Schulz in cooperation with Jörg van den Berg.

Opening Hours:

Daily from 11-18 @ Schlossplatz

Exhibition ends at 24th of may.

(Text:museumsportal-berlin)

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