Archive for June, 2011

A TOP 5 of Fantastic events in Berlin, in July

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Berlin

Berlin

1) Charlie Chaplin, Complete!
This is the event of the year for everyone who loves Charlie!!
At the Babylon Cinema, from July the 15th till August the 7th, all Charlie Chaplin´s movies will be broadcasted.
80 films in 20 days!
There will be 10 Live Orchester Performances, sweetening up the mute performances!

2)Bread & Butter- Tradeshow for selected brands
Welcome to 10 years of BREAD & BUTTER, welcome to the BREAD & BUTTER SUPERSHOW!
The 25th event by BREAD & BUTTER (from July 6th till JUly 8th) – tradeshow for selected brands will guarantee a show of superlatives!
On the eve of the B&B anniversary event you are invited to join us under Berlin’s night sky for a breathtaking open-air festival starring super live acts!

Save the date:
Tuesday, 5 July 2011, from 7:00 pm

Limited Capacity – First Come, First Served!

3) Classic Open Air @ Gendarmenmarkt
from July 7th till July 12th.

For this years very special 20th anniversary they have planned seven concerts, which range offers something for everybody – from the youngest rock’n’rollers to the more mature opera devotee.
On offer is an explosive experience for all the senses: through sound and vision you will be equally enchanted, our productions use light, lasers and fireworks to spectacular effect.
So make sure to be there for a magnificent evening concert under the setting summer sun, surrounded by the breathtaking architecture of one of Berlin’s most renowned city squares!

4) ORWOhaus Festival
on the 8th and 9th July 2011

a unique music festival, with non-mainstraim bands and a diverse range of music-styles.

5)THE BROWSE FOTOFESTIVAL@ DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN KREUZBERG

THE BROWSE FOTOFESTIVAL
70 Fotograf/innen in 66 Locations in Kreuzberg
Check here for the locations.
Enjoy your holiday in Berlin!! book a place to stay here.


10 things to do for free in Berlin, this week!!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

The EastSeven Berlin hostel made an amazing top 10 of cool events and sights in Berlin, 100% free of charge !!
1. International street theatre Festival `Berlin Lacht`
International Street Theater Festival at Mariannenplatz, 24-26th of June
This is street theater at his best! Expect the unexpected!
There will be acrobatic, live music, clowns and a lot of more different kinds of performances!
I am sure it will bring you to laugh

2. Free meal at the EastSeven Hostel Kitchen: it’s nice, it’s vegetarian,it’s for free
on Mondays and on Wednesdays we cook for our guests. This is the opportunity for all travelers on a budget to meet up with other travelers and filling their bellies ! We meet at the hostel kitchen at 7pm!

3. Sunday is fleamarket day in Berlin!
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.

4. Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
When visiting Berlin, you should visit some historical sites aswell. for instance the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. It’ s not going to be a fun trip, but you will learn so much more about the terrible second world war and its victims.
Opening Hours
15 March until 14 October: daily 8:30 – 18.00
15 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30
Entry is free.

5. Farmer´s market at 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.

6. 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.
TIP: Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir.

7. 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.Admission is free; advance registration required.

8. The Berlin Wall Documentation Center
is one component of the memorial site ensemble at Bernauer Strasse. The ensemble consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation and Documentation Center. The Documentation Center is officiated by the Verein Berliner Mauer – Gedenkstätte und Dokumentationszentrum, which is supported by an advisory council and bears responsibility for the project content.
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researches and presents the history of the division of Germany.
The Documentation Center opened on November 9, 1999, the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, with a workshop exhibition titled “Grenzblicke. A new exhibition titled “Berlin, August 13, 1961” has been on display since August 13, 2001. The exhibition, presented in both English and German, was designed by the Berlin company gewerk.
The Documentation Center is housed in a section of the Evangelical Reconciliation Parish. The rooms, provided rent-free, are to be used for documentation and for an exhibition.

9. 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.

10. Volkspark Friedrichshain
A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. In the middle youll 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.


Fete de la musique!! Today in Berlin!!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Fete de la musique (c) Barbara Sigge

thé festival for live music, all around town!
this amazing event takes place every year, on the 21st of June, the day the summer begins…..
Special about this festival is, it´s totally for free and really all around the city! It is an open air festival, a lot of different bands with different musical styles will perform and turn the city into one big live open air stage!
For the complete program of the festival klick HERE
Close to the EastSeven Hostel you will find the fete de la musique at the Mauerpark, at Bassy Cowboy club and ZumDrittenman (kollwitzstrasse/sredzkistrasse)
The festival starts at 4pm, and will approximately end at 10pm….after this there will be after parties at many different locations….fete de la nuit!
For more information on events and parties in Berlin please check our online staff-recommendations!
Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


Carneval of Cultures- This weekend in Berlin!!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Karneval der Kulturen © Daniela Incoronato

Karneval der Kulturen © Daniela Incoronato

This yearly festival is all about celebrating different cultures and dance and party together.

Just as every other year, Berlin is going to proudly present the Carnival of Cultures, which will take place between June 10th and June 13th in 2011, with a four-day street-festival, the Parade (13th of June) and various parties throughout the whole city.

On the Sunday of Pentecost, 12th June 2011, about 4.800 participants organized in 93 groups will change Kreuzberg into a sea of colors and ideas.
About 700.000 visitors are expected to celebrate Berlin’s diversity along the route. Klick here for a map of the route.

The street procession focuses on the cultural richness of Berlin, and also highlights the often hidden treasures of its international cultural scene. It questions everyday life and politics. Carnival is a combined art form that embraces many aspects of artistic expression. Due to the global migration currents it is multifaceted and of mixed styles.
The Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life.

There will also be a lot of live music. Listen and dance to the sound of Berlin: four different stages – Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta – want to introduce Berlin’s music scene as well as international bands to you.
Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians settle on the grassland and invite all visitors to test their own abilities in those fields and practice their skills in creativity.

330 market stalls attract with culinary seducements, arts and crafts and much more.

But it’s more than just a big party – the Carnival of Cultures is a reflection of Berlin‘s cultural diversity. It brings together professional artists and amateurs, young and old, and – furthermore – is a great opportunity for members of Berlin’s ethnic communities to make their cultures visible to Berliners and visitors equally. Whether it’s traditional or modern – every culture gets its chance to add their aesthetic vision to the capital‘s reputation as a vibrant and constantly changing metropolis. Being part of this traditional event has always been an unbelievable experience for both, visitors and participants.The procession takes place on sunday the 12th of June from 12.30-21.30. It starts as everey year at Hermannplatz. To have a view of the complete route klick here

(text & info from: http://www.karneval-berlin.de/)

Address: Carnival of Cultures
Blücherplatz 1
10961 Berlin

Public Transport:
Underground:
U Hallesches Tor: U1, U6
U Mehringdamm: U6, U7

if you are still looking for a nice accomodation in Berlin feel welcome to reserve a bed at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.


DMY International Design Festrival Berlin, 01-05 June 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Berlin!

Berlin!

It is the time of the year again! If you´re in Berlin visit the design festival and the many parties organized in honor of the festival.

DMY Berlin is an international design network for contemporary product design. At the yearly DMY International Design Festival Berlin both renowned and young, experimental designers launch new products, prototypes and foresighted projects. The exhibition is accompanied by a wide program of symposia, designer-talks and workshops, able to reflect current topics of contemporary design and to reveal necessary future trends of design and its related disciplines.

Furthermore DMY yearly assigns the DMY Awards for excellent projects. With international exhibitions and activities in Europe, Asia and South America, DMY gives visibility to unconventional and innovative projects and products that go beyond the mainstream.

(Text: DMY-Berlin.de)

You can klick here to take a look at the programm.

Klick here to find out about the parties that are organized around the festival

For more cool tips and things to do and see in the german capitol check the hostels website for personal recommendations.