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TIME OUT FROM THE CITY — A PEACEFUL WALK THROUGH THE CEMETERIES OF BERGMANNSTRASSE

TIME OUT FROM THE CITY — A PEACEFUL WALK THROUGH THE CEMETERIES OF BERGMANNSTRASSE

North of Tempelhofer Feld between the Kreuzberg hotspots of Südstern and Marheinekeplatz lies a hidden, sombre world: four adjoining cemeteries that provide not just a memorial to those lost but also a home to tranquil nature. Together the graveyards cover more than 20 hectares of heritage-protected gardens, offering the perfect space for a quiet, thoughtful walk that includes sculptures, gravestones and crypts. What awaits is a quite spectacular architectural journey, from classicism and historicism to art nouveau and modernism. Surrounded by statue-adorned stone walls, Friedhof Dreifaltigkeit II can be reached from the western side, from which a network of alleyways extends – unchanged since the site was laid out in 1811. Continuing on via the Friedrichswerderscher Friedhof II you reach the Friedhof Jerusalem IV, lined with charming avenues of aged linden trees.

Head towards the southern side you come across a quiet corner where a number of dilapidated mausoleums stand surrounded by cared-for but modest grounds. During your stroll through the paths and monuments, you might come across a few names you recognize – Martin Gropius is one of the figures buried at the site. Even in winter, the cemeteries teem with flora and fauna, and are thought to be one of the most species-rich green spaces in the area. It’s a place that offers a real sense of meditative relaxation – a thoughtful idyll in the middle of a hectic Kiez.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Merle Büttner

Friedhof Dreifaltigkeit IIFriedrichswerderscher Friedhof II, and Friedhof Jerusalem IV are looked after by Der Evangelische Friedhofsverband Berlin Stadtmitte.

Daily 8–20h

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HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

With more of us spending our days at home, it’s a great time to experiment with new forms of exercise. Enter the humble hula hoop. Usually considered an outdoor activity, hula-hooping is now flourishing in living rooms all over. Offering a taste of this trend are the hula hoop online courses run by Ulrike Biller aka Mama Ulita. Usually the Leipzig-based artist teaches hula hoop techniques at events and small training sessions, but with the pandemic she has shifted everything to Zoom – and it’s an amazingly fun place to practice! It is clear that Mama Ulita usually tours internationally as a burlesque dancer from her sensational energy: she is a great entertainer, extremely authentic and takes care of her students, giving plenty of devotion.

All you need to take part is three square meters of space around you, good lighting and a solid internet connection. Ulrike’s aim in her courses is not just to teach technique, but to work the body’s core and encourage mindfulness in a way that empowers women. The online hula hoop sessions are for all – from beginners to pros – and there is no pressure or expectations. I have already completed one course and am already looking forward to what’s next. At the start I could barely hold the ring up, but now I can already do a few little tricks and, most importantly, I’ve learned something new. Tip: It’s best to get a ring before the course and practice holding it up. Your hips will thank you!

Sharon Welzel is a Hamburg-based writer passionate about sustainability and innovation.

Text: Sharon Welzel / Photos: Karolina Grabowska, Mama Ulita & Nikolas Fabian Kammerer

Hula hoop online courses from Mama Ulita
On 05.02.2021 there will be a free taster sessionBeginners courses start this month.

@mama.ulita

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GUIDED AUDIO WALKS ON KARL-MARX-ALLEE: REDISCOVERING GDR ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY

GUIDED AUDIO WALKS ON KARL-MARX-ALLEE: REDISCOVERING GDR ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY

If Berlin’s east has a magnificent boulevard, then it is Karl-Marx-Allee. Its architect Hermann Henselmann created the imposing towers at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz that give the area its grand 1950s glamour. Today, there are hopes the boulevard will gain Unesco World Heritage status and so as part of the Art in Urban Space at Karl-Marx-Allee project the area around Kino International and Café Moskau will this year host four outdoor artworks starting this spring. Anton Steenbock and Peter Behrbohm plan to erect two sculptures based on the East German film “The Sons of the Great Bear”, while artists Michaela Schweiger, Ingeborg Lockemann and Inken Reinert are to create works inspired by the women of this former GDR neighborhood. Meanwhile, sculptures and works of art that once lined Karl-Marx-Allee are to be resurrected by Joachim Blank, Karl Heinz Jeron and Robert Sakrowski using augmented reality.

The outdoor exhibition series has already kicked off with radio shows which invite you on an audio walk through the neighborhood. In the first show (in German), cultural critic Thomas Flierl and conservator Georg Wasmuth talk about the architectural peculiarities of this East German showpiece street. They explain how the Allee has changed over the years while pointing to places which retain their GDR-era look. The pair focus on the details – the original ceramic tiles and geometric structural walls that you easily overlook in everyday life – letting you finally see your own city with brand new eyes.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Merle Büttner

Kunst im Stadtraum on Karl-Marx-Allee, various installations and events running until autumn 2021, 10178 Berlin–Mitte and 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

“La Passante Écoutante (Listening and Walking) – Karl-Marx-Allee” is available on Mixcloud. The next show will be broadcast live on 16.02.2021 at 23h on Colaboradio and archived on Mixcloud.

@kisr_berlin

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ALLOTMENT GARDENS FOR RENT — GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE WITH MEINE ERNTE

ALLOTMENT GARDENS FOR RENT — GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE WITH MEINE ERNTE

During the first lockdown in spring 2020, I decided spontaneously to join one of the public garden schemes offered in Berlin. There are quite a few options with various concepts but the one I joined is called Meine Ernte. The idea is simple: they rent large fields from farmers all over Germany and separate them into 40 or 80 square meter parcels for you to grow vegetables and fruits for a season (April–October) at a fair price. Two-thirds of your plot comes pre-planted with different veggies such as radishes, cabbages, potatoes, lettuces, carrots, and parsley for your convenience. On the remaining land you can plant anything you like. Like many of us, I spend most of my time in front of a screen, so it felt amazing to reconnect with nature and grow my own food. We were able to harvest plenty of fresh and delicious food without any prior experience in farming, and it tasted so much better than any store-bought produce – truly a win-win hobby! (Text: Sven Hausherr / Photos: Tammo Ganders for Meine Ernte & Sven Hausherr)

Meine Ernte has vegetable patches to rent in Baumschulenweg, Rudow and Wartenberg. For upcoming availability check online.

@meineernte.de

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CAST YOUR OWN CONCRETE LAMP AT HOME WITH DIY KITS FROM LU INTERIOR AND BETONWERKSTATT

CAST YOUR OWN CONCRETE LAMP AT HOME WITH DIY KITS FROM LU INTERIOR AND BETONWERKSTATT

It turns out creating your own pendant lamp at home doesn’t require much in the way of experience or tools – at least not with one of the DIY lamp-making kits from Berlin-based Lu Interior and the Betonwerkstatt. This concrete-based cooperation began in 2015, and offers three lamp kits to choose from. You get all you need to make your pendant – including materials, tools and instructions – delivered to your door. Behind the concept are carpenters Luisa Haase-Kiewning and Lukas von Schwanenflügel as well as architect Clara Lerch, who saw an opportunity to let people create unique and timeless designs very simply at home. All you need is a free afternoon and you will end up with a design piece created from high-quality, locally sourced and durable materials. And best of all: you made it! (Text & Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

The DIY concrete lamp kits from Lu Interior & Betonwerkstatt can be ordered online.

@lu.interior.berlin

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