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BRASSERIE DANDELION — JAPANESE-INSPIRED CUISINE WITH INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES ON WARSCHAUER STRASSE

BRASSERIE DANDELION — JAPANESE-INSPIRED CUISINE WITH INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES ON WARSCHAUER STRASSE

Admittedly, I try to avoid this area, and if I get lost there, it’s only to get to the nearest neighborhood as quickly as possible. But since February 2024, there’s now a reason to stop here: The Brasserie Dandelion. The bright, open restaurant is an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Warschauer Straße. High ceilings, plenty of plants, and light-colored wood create the perfect ambiance for this. Qingqing Hu, owner of Dandelion, studied architecture and specialized in gastronomy design. Naturally, she played a significant role in the interior design. The simplicity of form, functionality, and particular attention to detail characterize the brasserie’s interior and the dishes she and Chef Troy Lopez put on the menu. The dishes at Dandelion are inspired by Japanese cuisine but incorporate new influences, including those of the chef. Troy was born in Jamaica and has lived in Berlin for 25 years. After studying literature in New York, he moved to Paris, where his cooking career officially began. Since then, he has been cooking “passionately, romantically, and with an extra dose of pragmatism”. You may have tasted his work at Rosa Caleta, a small restaurant with Jamaican-European fusion cuisine on Muskauer Straße, where he was the head chef and co-founder.

Qing and Troy started on Warschauer Straße with Sandos. They now offer an extensive menu ranging from starters and shared dishes to hot and cold main courses and desserts. The menu remains diverse: you can enjoy traditional dishes such as tantan ramen, vegetable tempura, or cold soba noodles (served with ice cubes, just like in Japan). There are also fusion dishes derived from traditional recipes and enhanced with experimental and diverse influences. One of the classics is the miso carbonara with udon noodles, coated in a creamy sauce of parmesan, egg yolk, and miso, served with crispy fried bacon and shimeji mushrooms. New dishes are already being planned — I’m particularly looking forward to Nikkei cuisine, which combines Peruvian and Japanese influences. Once you’ve visited Dandelion and met Qing and Troy, I’m confident that Warschauer Straße will no longer be an annoying stopover but a final destination.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Brasserie Dandelion, Warschauer Str.36, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

@brasserie_dandelion

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HOME: VOCAL ENSEMBLE “A SONG FOR YOU” SHARE THEIR STORIES ON THE STAGE, AND ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM

HOME: VOCAL ENSEMBLE “A SONG FOR YOU” SHARE THEIR STORIES ON THE STAGE, AND ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM

Only A Song For You can lift an entire auditorium of people in Berlin to their feet. At the vocal ensemble’s first public performance last year, a sold-out Volksbühne were dancing, clapping and singing along, the ensemble expanding their size to a theater’s worth of people for a beautiful, connecting moment. When talking to co-founders Noah Slee and Dhanesh Jayaselan about how the ensemble came to be, they say the fundamental idea behind the group was simple: “Let’s sing.” Noah’s upbringing in New Zealand was filled with music, from being in a gospel choir to family barbecues where a cousin would no doubt bring a guitar, leading his whole family to sing together. This collective singing was something he and Dhanesh saw was missing in Berlin. Looking at the talent they saw in the soulful, R&B, Hip Hop and jazz scenes surrounding them, they felt that collective singing could be the gel to bring people together. The ensemble is centered on BIPOC identities and has over fifty members.

Seeing them live, each voice has its own beauty – when you think you’ve hit the sky for talent, another artist emerges and layers something new and unique into the performance. As Noah says “There’s a lot of Mariah Carey’s” in the group. More than a choir, the ensemble isn’t bound to song, but also movement and poetry to express story; story from cultures across the world. On stage, the group reclaims space and represents unrepresented voices. Off stage, the ensemble also provides a support network for members who meet for practice each Monday, setting the tone of their week. Since their first performance in early 2023, A Song For You have performed the main stage at Melt Festival, performed with Annahstasia and Nick Hakim, and amongst photographer Tyler Mitchell’s exhibition at C/O Berlin. In their upcoming album “Home” (out 21.06. on Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section) the group considers the meaning of space, and will do so in-person with a performance at Theater Des Westens.

Text: Savannah van der Niet / Photos: José Cuevas

Tickets for A Song For You’s “Home” album launch on 19.08.2024. are available here.

@asongforyouberlin

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN — LETTERS LIVE BRINGS FAMOUS FACES, HUMAN STORIES AND FUNNY NOTES TO BERLIN

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN — LETTERS LIVE BRINGS FAMOUS FACES, HUMAN STORIES AND FUNNY NOTES TO BERLIN

Letters aren’t usually meant to be read out to an audience. But when they are, the results are compelling, unpredictable and objectively hilarious. That’s the premise behind Letters Live, the event series where famous faces read noteworthy letters in front of a hall full of people. The format began in London in 2013 and has since hosted the likes of Taika WaititiOlivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch. They read written notes that might begin as playful and chatty musings but unfold into uplifting – and utterly relatable – human stories. The effect is something like TED meets This American Life. After nights in New York and Paris, the Letters Live franchise is making its Berlin debut next Wednesday (26.06.2024) at the Philharmonie. The lineup for the event includes Christian Brückner, Anke Engelke, Sebastian Koch, Ibadet Ramadani, Devid Striesow, Sabin Tambrea, and Nikko Weidemann – plus more surprise guests – reading letters that range from the raw and emotional to the impish and absurd. Tickets for the evening – which is being held in aid of the charitable foundation Children For Tomorrow – can be purchased online. The full line-up and letters won’t be known until the night itself, but expect to grin, gasp, eye roll and weep with laughter…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Heribert Schindler & Andy Paradise

Letters Live 26.06.2024, is held in German and English – tickets available here.

@​​letterslive

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DANCING UNTIL SUNRISE: BERLIN CELEBRATES THE FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE

DANCING UNTIL SUNRISE: BERLIN CELEBRATES THE FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE

Although June is showing its moodier side, Fête de la Musique is creating a summery atmosphere and transforming the city into a huge stage. This time, over 250 locations offer concerts and musical performances. The program ranges from amateur performances to those by professional musicians. And we have collected some of our highlights for you. The Berlin Summer Rave transforms Winterfeldtstraße into a festival area with everything from techno to afro-house and hip-hop. There is also a variety of food trucks. On the terrace of Il Casolare, right on the banks of the Landwehr Canal, you can enjoy the ever-popular pizza from the wood-fired oven and live bands: Olive Christou, Limbocats, Sezou & Theo Schnelle, and Freekind. In the afternoon on the palm-lined terrace or later at night in the elegant rooms with their Parisian flair, you can dance to vinyl electronic music sets at the Orangerie Neukölln. The “Shine a Light” after-party starts at 8 pm with house music and the Flinta*Club Deck initiative, which promotes newcomer DJs.

Sustainability fans will also get their money’s worth at the Greener Fête de la Musique in the gardens of the Centre Français. This year, the event is taking place under the banner of Euro24 with a focus on sustainability and inclusion. There will be wheelchair basketball and a mini-Olympics for children and families. From 21h, you can watch the European Championship match between France and the Netherlands live at City Kino Wedding or enjoy crêpes, galettes, ice cream, merguez, and assiettes apéritif from Chez Gustave. Another exciting event will take place on the terrace of the Hoxton Hotel in Charlottenburg. There, natural wines from Drops will be served while the chefs from House of Tandoorprepare street food. The whole event will be accompanied by eclectic sounds from Bridontknow & VioPRG. Whether you attend an event or dance the night away, the Fête de la Musique is the best free and outdoor event that June has to offer! You can find more information and the complete program here.

Text: Lotte von Schönfels / Fotos: Jim Kroft

Further information and the complete program can be found here.

@feteberlin

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VIDEO ART OPEN AIR OR ARTIST TALK IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM? EXPERIENCE BOTH AT THE FOOTBALL CULTURE SUMMER: JONAS WEBER HERRERA’S VIDEO ESSAYS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

VIDEO ART OPEN AIR OR ARTIST TALK IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM? EXPERIENCE BOTH AT THE FOOTBALL CULTURE SUMMER: JONAS WEBER HERRERA’S VIDEO ESSAYS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

Few art formats are as beautiful as the summer open-air video art screenings at the Berlinische Galerie, which have been taking place for several years in collaboration with “Mobile Kino” on the yellow field of letters under the starry Kreuzberg sky. With soccer fever having broken out in Germany, Berlin in particular, it’s hardly surprising that this year’s video works have been influenced by it, and are being organized as part of the “Fußballkultursommer” program in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin. As always, the event will be presented by Jung und Artig, the Berlinische Galerie’s young friends. The new screening season will open on 26.06.2024 with works and an artist talk by Jonas Weber Herrera, who holds a doctorate in media art. “Torso As A Principle” and “Vacío (Void)” are the titles of the works shown after an artist talk with director Thomas Köhler.

While “Vacío” delves into family biography on a small scale and the political history of Colombia on a large scale, touching on disappeared opposition members, state terror, soccer, and protest — and thus addressing far more than sport, “Torso As A Principle” shifts the focus to the medium of film and the historical concept of the production of physical completeness. In his subtle video essays, Weber Herrera draws on found footage, which is given new contexts through montage, comments, statements, and critical observations, thereby developing his unique visual language. The evening starts at 19h30 with drinks, is free, and is open to all — in other words, the perfect utopia for art, soccer, and summer in the city. There will also be a screening on 30.08.: Open Air Video Art & Artist Talk with Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photo: Pauline Ruther / Film Stills: Jonas Weber Herrera

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124–128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Open Air Video Art & Artist Talk with Jonas Weber Herrera 26.06.2024 19h30–23h 

@jungundartig_berlin
@berlinischegalerie
@jonasweberherrera
@fussballkultursommer.berlin

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