Our favorite Freibad this summer is much more than just a pool: For the second year running, Tropez has taken over Sommerbad Humboldthain to create a space for art, music, debate and relaxation. Alongside the permanent “Voyage” exhibition, the varied program (led by Nele Heinevette) brings together the likes of Aurora Sander, Bob’s Pogo Bar and Broken Dimanche Press to infuse your bathing sessions with an intellectual challenge or two. Coming up this Saturday (23.6.2018) is Creamcake’s second edition of “Europool“, a panel discussion on “Perspectives on a more Plural Europe”, which brings together sociological, legal, artistic and activist perspectives on the question of reshaping Europe together. Pack your bathing suit, spare change (Tropez also doubles as a kiosk, with top notch pommes frites) and an open mind — we’ll see you poolside. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Christian Werner, Inkk Agop)
The summer months in Berlin go hand in hand with biking. Often, however, our bike isn’t exactly where we need it to be, plans change and the weather can be unpredictable. So how can we stay flexible when cycling? The answer: bike sharing. Berlin-based Byke provides bikes for hire, showing us how easy it can be: Their app locates all available bikes in your vicinity on a city map and — for the directionally-challenged — shows you how to reach your mode of transportation. You’ll be set to start your journey in no time, with at least 30 minutes at your disposal to get to where you want to be. As the bikes aren’t bound to a particular station, you’re free to park in any public place within the designated area. If the weather is so beautiful that a short ride turns into a spontaneous tour of the countryside, you can simply keep on pedalling, as the journey is automatically billed in 30-minute increments. So, dear Berlin weather, if you end up changing your untameable mind and let the sun re-appear from behind the clouds after a rainy morning, we’ll have our bykes at the ready. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Robert Rieger)
Fake it till you make it! Voguing is so much more than just the choreography to a Madonna video: With its origins in the African American and Latino queer scene in 1960s Harlem, the movement provides the opportunity to express oneself freely and with confidence. Dancers organize themselves into so-called houses, which function as a substitute family. At Motion*s studio, you can experiment with any pose. Your teacher here is Mother Leo Melody, who founded Germany’s first Voguing house, House of Melody, in 2012 and has since played a formative role in building Berlin’s voguing scene. The beginner course on Mondays teach typical poses and variations, which can then be perfected in the open jam session on Wednesday evenings. The music is loud, the beat is commanding and voguers celebrate themselves on the dance floor, pushing their bodies to the limit. Those who fall do so while in full control and with lots of drama. Heels are welcome, and the styles include elements of hip hop, catwalking and gymnastics. Above all, voguers’ attitudes toward life radiate throughout the room, especially whilst competing in regular ballroom events. C/O Berlin is hosting the next one on 16.6.2018, which will be presented by Zueira Mizrahi of the House of Mizrahi as part of the current Irving Penn exhibition. Penn’s stagings of his models were not only formative for Vogue’s style but also became iconic for the movement named after the magazine. On that note: Strike a Pose! (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn, Roza Coco Ahmad)
On the Cover of Vogue Ball, 16.6.2018, 18h
Even as passionate city dwellers, we’re naturally concerned with our environment and its ongoing sustainability. Taking a different approach to our kitchen scraps is one simple way to mitigate our impact. Read: compost, which is the obsession behind Die Boden Schafft, a 2012-founded initiative aimed at generating new soil, raising awareness about the earth we walk on and educating about all things compost. To achieve their goal, the team around founder Martina Kolarek regularly offers events and workshops. All that’s required is two square meters of soil, your kitchen scraps and a little bit of time. Alternatively, join one of Die Boden Schafft’s excursions to Brandenburg on 27.5.18, where a workshop will take place on the Grüna farm — the perfect opportunity to swap the city for the countryside, if only for one day. Register via email and prepare to get your hands dirty — and to see your garden, whether balcony or otherwise, flourish! (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Die Boden Schafft)
When we do yoga, we want to escape from the fast pace of everyday life and make more time for ourselves — at least for the length of a course. Yoga Now wants your time out to extend beyond Shavasana, and into your daily life under the slogan: ”What’s your yoga?” Jan Herzberg founded the studio in July 2017 to offer yoga for everyone, with styles ranging from Jivamukti and Ashtanga to Yin Yoga, and teachers taking a free approach to designing their classes. I attended a morning Ashtanga course and really enjoyed the light-flooded room and the unexpected tranquility before the Asanas commenced — after walking through two rear courtyards and up several flights of stairs, the hustle and bustle of Kreuzberg is quickly forgotten. Most courses at Yoga Now are designed for both beginners and advanced students, with the exercises are adapted to the level of individual participants. You will be challenged, but not overwhelmed, and you will definitely feel rested after. Plans to extend the attic into a kitchen and roof terrace made for meditation whilst overlooking the rooftops of Kreuzberg are currently in the works — in the meantime, you can find a view to your inner self during a free meditation session on Sundays. Namaste. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Yoga Now)
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