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RE:HOF RUTENBERG — RETREAT TO THE SIMPLE LIFE IN BRANDENBURG

RE:HOF RUTENBERG — RETREAT TO THE SIMPLE LIFE IN BRANDENBURG

The elements of happiness? How about a beautiful landscape, fresh country air, good food and wine, an engrossing novel, a log fire to warm the night — and no reception. At Re:hof Rutenberg in Lychen, Brandenburg, going back to basics feels like a luxury. That’s thanks to the love and care that owners and artists Marieken Verheyen and Martin Hansen have dedicated to developing their two-hectare plot of land into a countryside getaway over the past three years. Amidst heritage apple and pear trees and an organic vegetable garden, a converted barn, old vicarage, spacious loft and three private ecolodges invite you to escape the demands of city life. The aim of Re:hof is to be as self-sufficient and energy-independent as possible. That means solar energy panels, dry composting toilets, and a plant-based filtration system to recycle waste water. Here, in the middle of the Uckermark Lakes Nature Park, with its pine forests, bucolic meadows, and crystal clear lakes, it’s all about doing nothing except getting cozy within beautiful interiors (designed in collaboration with the architect Peter Grundmann) with generous glass windows offering sweeping views out onto idyllic fields. A sauna, an outdoor hot tub and a small shop stocked with organic produce ensure you have everything you need to unwind completely. Ready to plan your next escape? Book here, and quickly at that — Re:hof’s calendar fills up fast. (Text & photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)

Re:hof Rutenberg, Dorfstr.23, 17279 Lychen, Brandenburg; map

Book here.

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NEW FLAVORS, NEW SKILLS — GET HANDS-ON AT STADT LAND FOOD

NEW FLAVORS, NEW SKILLS — GET HANDS-ON AT STADT LAND FOOD

Sour beer tastings, fish smoking, butter churning — whatever food fad you’re into at the moment, you’ll find a community and a DIY outlet for it this weekend at Stadt Land Food, hosted by Markthalle Neun together with the who’s who of the Berlin food scene. Guided by the slogan “Good Food for All” and focusing on the connection between ethical farming and ethical food, this year’s edition of the festival, on this weekend, will see the beloved market hall spill out onto Lausitzer Platz and beyond with street food from local vendors, and a special edition farmer’s market featuring 150 producers from around Europe — from Sicilian almonds to Portuguese sardines. And then there are the talks, demonstrations and workshops. Ever wanted to learn how to make your own cheesehoney or pickled vegetables? Or improve your tasting notes when sampling coffee or Pet Nat? Come hungry — you’ll be leaving anything but. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Markthalle Neun)

P.S. We’re giving away a double pass to the wild oyster shucking workshop on Sunday (in English). Drop us a notesaying why you should be there to win them!

Stadt Land Food Festival at Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr.42/43, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
6.10.2018: 9-21h, 7.10.2018: 9-17h. Registration required for many events, full program here.

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POINT PROJECT: INTEGRATION AMONG WOMEN

POINT PROJECT: INTEGRATION AMONG WOMEN

To settle in a new city, it helps to meet a few locals — a feat that is often easier said than done. This is particularly the case for newly-arrived refugee women who have fled to Germany alone. Amongst the many community initiatives dedicated to integration, one mentoring program particularly worth noting is Goldnetz’s Point Project. Established by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the program was set up to provide career support to women who have had to flee their homes by themselves. Instrumental to realizing this aim are ”point sisters” — local female volunteers who are partnered with a woman who has come to Berlin alone to offer friendship, advice and support — and thereby a way to feel a little more at home. Women who are interested in signing up to be a “sister” receive training and background information from a Goldnetz coach before being paired up with a newly-arrived woman. Coffee catch-ups are also offered to allow for relaxed conversations, and sisters independently arrange meetings that fit with their schedules and interests. Along the way, Goldnetz coaches are on hand to answer your “sister”’s bureaucratic questions or addressing any of your own. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Julia Liebisch, Angela Dovifat / Point)

Point Project by Goldnetz GmbH, Am Köllnischen Park 1, 10179 Berlin-Mitte; map
Contact via email or call 03028883722.

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YOUR REALITY IS NOT MINE: STEP INTO TINA WINKHAUS’ VISIONS

YOUR REALITY IS NOT MINE: STEP INTO TINA WINKHAUS’ VISIONS

The work of German artist Tina Winkhaus is alluring and unapologetic in equal measure. Whether her lens is turned to wild animals, floral arrangements or celebrity lookalikes, her striking images subvert the divide between private and public, artistic and commercial. Now, in time for Berlin Art Week, Winkhaus has joined forces with Bikini Berlin to create a work you can experience from the inside. On the concept shopping mall’s second floor, you’re invited to step inside what appears to be a mirrored hotel room — an immersive sound and video installation that blurs the boundaries of both the space itself and your perception of it. Here, in the midst of chirping birds and flapping wings, the viewer becomes one with the environment, the concrete jungle blurs with luscious forests, and the outside comes in. What’s it all about? The clue is contained in this work’s title: “Your Reality Is Not Mine”. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o Bikini Berlin & Tina Winkhaus)
Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str.42-50, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Bikini Berlin x Tina Winkhaus “Your Reality is Not Mine

27.9-6.10.2018, 10-20h daily, Facebook event

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CLICHÉ BASHING #5: TAKE IT EASY GIRL VS. MULTITASKING WOMAN

CLICHÉ BASHING #5: TAKE IT EASY GIRL VS. MULTITASKING WOMAN

When was the last time you flexed your argumentation skills in an intellectual debate? If it’s been a while since you put your opinions to the test, head down to Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum next Thursday night (20.9.2018) for round #5 of Cliché Bashing. This debate series sees moderators Sissy Metzschke and Volker Wieprecht take on some of society’s thorniest issues, together with experts and the audience. The topic this round is “I’m (Im)perfect” — Take It Easy Girl vs. Multitasking Woman”. That’s to say, the pressure experienced by women to multitask their way to perfection in all areas of life — from building a career to raising a family and being the perfect partner. Where does this come from? Who’s perpetuating it? And how can we alleviate this oppressive double standard? These are amongst the questions that will be picked apart by a panel including mixed martial arts fighter Julia Dorny, actor and moderator Alina Merkau and founder of Yogibar, Helen Meyer. Naturally, the event welcomes all genders — round up your favorite conversationalists and register here for what promises to be a thought-provoking evening. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum)

Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84/Ecke Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Cliché Bashing #5, 20.9.2018, doors open 18.30h, event begins 19h. Facebook event, register here for free

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