From the institution that’s been keeping Berliners toned and motivated since 2016 comes a brand new space dedicated to community, music and art and food — comprising a restaurant, deli and bar. Following the recent launch of John Reed Women’s Clubs, John Reed Fitness Music Clubs has ventured into the lifestyle realm with a manifestation of the brand’s heart and soul: The Reed. The space opened on 2.2.2018 with A$AP Rocky gracing the stage in front of a 20m curved LED wall. This unique digital platform will see emerging and established musicians and visual artists show their works in a program of events, including restaurant and bar nights. The Reed is open to all by day, with its kitchens preparing fresh food from dawn to dusk. Designed with health and sustainability in mind, menus include a range of low carb, paleo and vegan options — like baked sweet potato with fresh greens, hummus and avocado cream. Should a toast be in order, the modern take on the classic Champagne bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and homemade lemonade alongside several varieties of sparkling wine. Keep that in mind next time you’re planning a leisurely Sunday brunch amongst friends, by the way — bottomless Prosecco and coffee accompany a brunch buffet for a flat rate from 10-16h on Sundays. Check the program for updates on that, and much more. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: The Reed)
We recently had the pleasure of watching the up-and-coming piano soloist Olga Scheps give everything in an emotive performance during the Kammermusiktage Ahrenshoop. Then came the release of her cover record of German dance group Scooter, “100% Scooter (Piano Only)”. A bold move — and one which you have the chance to experience live on 6.3.2018 at Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, which will host “Neue Meister: Modern Classical Music” together with the Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin. The 7th iteration of the concert series will see six emerging composers and artists who blur the boundaries between classical, electronic and pop music perform their latest works live on stage. Joining Scheps — who was named the Echo Klassik “Best Newcomer” in 2010 — will be Berlin trumpeter, composer and pianist Sebastian Studnitzky, Ukrainian pianist Marina Baranova and pioneer of “orchestronic” music, Fabian Russ. Expect captivating performances that transcend definition and transport you to a sublime state of mind — not to mention to the forefront of what’s happening in instrumental and electronic sound right now. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft)
Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum and the Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin present “Neue Meister: Modern Classical Music”
Tue 6.3, 20h. Tickets via Eventim.de, koka36.de und at the Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum shop.
Do you remember the moment you first fell in love with Berlin — this untameable city, teeming with rugged beauty? That feeling is explored in Audi E-Tron’s “Symphony of Now,” a cinematic ode to the metropolis in which director Johannes Schaff melds personal stories and after dark scenes with Berlin’s urban texture. The score, curated by Innervisions’ Frank Wiedemann, brings together Berlin musicians from across the generations, including Samon Kawamura, Gudrun Gut, Thomas Fehlmann and Modeselektor. The feature-length film is the third instalment in the Audi Zeitgeist Project series — a platform for experimental, boundary-pushing creativity. Symphony of Now launches with an exclusive world première including live performances on 14.2.2018, followed by two nights of première screenings. All events are exclusive, but we’re giving away three double passes for both 15.2 and 16.2.2018. To get your hands on one, tell us your preferred evening, and what keeps your fire for Berlin burning bright. Here’sthe film’s teaser to spark some inspiration. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Franz Grünewald / stills from Johannes Schaff’s “Symphony of Now”)
Audi E-Tron presents Symphony of Now, an Audi Zeitgeist Project
World première & live performance 14.2, première screenings 15.2 & 16.2.2018. Time and location TBA.
All events exclusive, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and preferred date to be in to win a double pass.
With so many excellent coffee shops serving up perfectly poured lattes and third-wave filter coffees, it’s not news that Berlin has gone a bit coffee crazy in recent years. But what about the tea lovers out there? Where can we go for excellent tea, prepared properly and served at the right temperature? While there are a handful of shops, we find the best outcome for a nice cup o’ tea is to prepare our own at home. Showcasing countless varieties of teas, blends and infusions from black to green, herbal to fruit, a nice shop to pick up some warmth this season is Kusmi Tea. Celebrating the grand opening of its newest location here in Berlin on 15.12.17 — perfectly timed to coincide with the International Day of Tea — there’s no better day to refill your tea stocks, as Kusmi will offer 20% off your entire purchase (through 16.12.17) and donate 20% of their total grand opening revenue to Pink Ribbon Germany, a charity organization aimed to support breast cancer patients and increase awareness of the disease. Whether you’re tea inclined or just know someone who is, head to Kusmi Tea’s grand opening for tastes of their high-quality blends and recipes and support their charitable efforts, because after all — ‘tis the season for warm beverages and selfless holiday spirits. (Text: Massimo Hartmann / Photos: Régis Lelièvre, Emilie Wade)
Since 2012, the old Willner Brewery in Wilmersdorf has served as an artist space, but — like much of the cultural monuments that make Berlin, Berlin — the brewery has been bought and will close its doors for good on 17.12.17. In one last stand to celebrate art in all its forms, the brewery will play host to the Lost Art Festival (15-17.12.17) — 48 hours straight of exhibitions, artist talks, live performances, cinema, and of course, dancing. Rooms that were previously inaccessible (even by the artists who used the space in recent years) will be opened up to the thrill seekers amongst us, while exhibitions will take place throughout the space. We’re intrigued by The Dark Rooms, which will cover 10 rooms over three floors — each room being individually staged by one artist. The tickets are free, but must be reserved ahead of time and are only available online in 12-hour time slots (you are free to come and go as you like during that time.) However, luckily for you, we have two pairs of exclusive 48 hour tickets to give away so you can take full advantage of the weekend to explore and take-in all types of art and inspiration. Email us your full name at email@example.com to enter, winners be notified by email tomorrow at noon — so don’t wait! (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Tadao Vern, Its The Vibe, WBB)