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SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUR EARS — THE TENTH EDITION OF THE XJAZZ! FESTIVAL

SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUR EARS — THE TENTH EDITION OF THE XJAZZ! FESTIVAL

To celebrate a decade of diverse musical discoveries, the XJAZZ! Festival returns to Kreuzberg from 06.–12.05.2024. Renowned for its innovative curation and eclectic lineup, this year’s edition promises to be a feast for the ears, heart and soul. Founded in 2014 with a rebellious spirit, XJAZZ shatters conventions in the German jazz scene and embraces musical styles from jazz to funk, hip-hop to electronica. With over 60 acts — from international icons like Bill Frisell to local greats like Sanni Est — there’s something for everyone. This year’s program is heavily influenced by US artists such as Lonnie Holley and Keiyaa, as well as up-and-coming stars from Berlin. Beyond the music, XJAZZ fosters collaboration and dialogue, inviting guests to workshops and panel discussions addressing topics such as cultural heritage and the origins of music. Director Sebastian Hecht emphasizes that the festival celebrates not only sound but connection, because music has the power to connect people like nothing else. The festival can be experienced at various locations throughout the city, including the Festsaal Kreuzberg and new additions like Halle 1.

The festival’s merchandise is an insider tip: exclusively designed by Hans Berger, it ensures the memory of extraordinary musical experiences will last long after the catchy tunes have sounded out. And what happens after ten years? The festival plans to continue crossing musical boundaries, redefining jazz, and inspiring audiences from all over the world, whether they’re experienced jazz lovers or newcomers. It promises to be an unforgettable week of discovery, listening and learning. For those unable to attend live in Berlin, the festival will be available online via the radio on the festival website.

Text: Rosa Herbel / Photos: Cheril Sanchez, Bendik Giske & Elisa Maciel

XJAZZ! Festival 06.–12.05.2024. Line-up, tickets & program are available here.

@xjazzberlin

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LOVE BETWEEN COMMUNITIES, BEINGS AND THE PLANET — THE FESTIVAL LOVE IS A VERB IN THE HAU

LOVE BETWEEN COMMUNITIES, BEINGS AND THE PLANET — THE FESTIVAL LOVE IS A VERB IN THE HAU

Viewing love not merely as a static thing, but a mutable action imbued with political power — it’s this that the “Love is a Verb” festival invites you to do. Taking place from April 12th to April 21st, 2024, the multi-layered event will unfold across Berlin’s HAU1 to HAU4, boasting an impressive lineup of artists and thinkers, including Jumoke Adeyanju, Lia Becker, Melanie Bonajo, Ali Chahrour, Ivo Dimchev, Wen Hui, Suzanne Lacy, Twin Shadow, Isabel Lewis, Ligia Lewis, Sarah Vanhee and many more. The initiative behind “Love is a Verb” seeks to transcend conventional notions of love and delve into transformative modes of connection. In an era marked by global crisis, it becomes increasingly evident how vital it is to view love as an active practice that extends beyond romantic relationships, enabling us to navigate contradictions and envision new forms of togetherness.

At the heart of the festival lies the “Vessel of Love,” a space crafted by Sophie Utikal and conceptualized by Diane Esnault and Shaly López. Here, ideas surrounding transformative relationships are shared, debated and celebrated through different mediums, including concerts, performances, lectures and discussions. In addition to artistic productions, the festival offers digital projects and interactive experiences at HAU4. “Love is a Verb” is a space to explore the politics of love and ways to coexist harmoniously. It serves as a poignant reminder that love transcends mere sentiment; it is a dynamic force that empowers us to evolve collectively and shape the world around us.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Jamila Kae, Carl Halal & HAU

HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Stresemannstr.29, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Love is A Verb 12.–21.04.2024. / HAU1, HAU2, HAU3, HAU4. The whole program & tickets are available here.

@hauberlin

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WHO NEEDS VENICE? YAEL BARTANA’S VIDEO ART AT CAPITAIN PETZEL

WHO NEEDS VENICE? YAEL BARTANA’S VIDEO ART AT CAPITAIN PETZEL

If you can’t make it to the Venice Biennale next week, Capitain Petzel has a little consolation for you. This Saturday, the gallery is hosting a film screening by artist Yael Bartana, who is co-designing the German pavilion this year alongside theater director Ersan Mondtag. Bartana’s trilogy “And Europe Will Be Stunned,” created in Poland between 2007 and 2011, will be will be featured. Born in Israel in 1970, Bartana repeatedly intertwines history and fiction in her films to grapple with questions of ideology. She ironically creates an exaggerated present and conjures imaginary visions of the future. Bartana is particularly fascinated by how fantasies of power mobilize people.

The three films comprising “And Europe Will Be Stunned” also delve into an alternative reality. In the style of a propaganda film, the video work imagines what it would look like if a kibbutz were established in the center of Warsaw. Bartana, in her exploration of her origins, does not sugarcoat anything, nor does she preach. Her films are contradictory in the best sense: Bartana exposes political propaganda from all angles by appropriating oversized images, compelling soundtracks and poetic words. In Venice, we can expect nothing less from her.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Stefan Müller / Credit: Capitain Petzel / Film Stills: Yael Bartana

Capitain Petzel, Karl–Marx–Allee 45, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Yael Bartana – Film Screenings: 13.04.2024 17h

@capitainpetzel
@yaelbartana

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FACING THE SUN: NANCY HOLT AT GROPIUS BAU

FACING THE SUN: NANCY HOLT AT GROPIUS BAU

Her sculptures were not just meant to be looked at. Nancy Holt intended for them to transform the way people see their environment and themselves. In 1973, she installed one of her best-known works in the Utah desert: The “Sun Tunnels”, four concrete tubes three meters in diameter, frame the sunrise and sunset. At night, constellations glimmer through holes in the building material giving the illusion that they are within arm’s reach. Holt found a way to depict the movement of the celestial bodies that is both minimalist and poetic — without being kitschy. Although the sun tunnels in the Gropius Bau can only be experienced as studies, the museum impressively demonstrates how the land art pioneer used her art as a visual amplifier. The museum traces Holt’s career, spanning five decades, from her beginnings in concrete poetry to experimental films and installations that transcend spatial boundaries. Holt, who had studied biology and worked as an editor, had a deep understanding of how to combine text, image and nature. She often worked with scientists, architects and astronomers. Light is a visual medium that runs through much of her work. This is the case with Holt’s “Electrical System” from 1982, which fills the entire inner courtyard of the museum. Using light bulbs and curved metal pipes, Holt created a meadow of light for visitors to stroll through. What connects her work is the relationship between man, nature and the cosmos. Despite their enormous scale, her work blends into their surroundings and landscape. Holt illuminates what holds the world together. Today, ten years after her death, her land art explorations can be viewed as memorials against climate change: objects that can be used to align ourselves with the world and seek our place in it.  

Text: Laura Storfner / Credits: Holt/Smithson Foundation, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Courtesy: Sprüth Magers, Photos: Luca Girardini

Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr.7, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Nancy Holt: Circles of Light – Experiments with Sound, Image, Objects 1966–1986 until 21.07.2024

@gropiusbau

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BERLIN, YOU’RE WONDERFUL, EVEN OUTSIDE THE RING — WITH AB INS B! DISCOVERY DAYS EXPERIENCE THE CITY ANEW

BERLIN, YOU’RE WONDERFUL, EVEN OUTSIDE THE RING — WITH AB INS B! DISCOVERY DAYS EXPERIENCE THE CITY ANEW

Like new leaves, spring is unfurling in Berlin. And while it felt perfectly okay to limit our radius of movement to work, sofa and late-night bars in winter, it doesn’t anymore. We can all feel it: the tingling in our bodies, the desire for new experiences. If you’re not southward-bound this Easter but still fancy a breath of fresh air, why not explore the city in a whole new way? “Ab ins B!” by Berlin Discovery Days is an opportunity to do just that. From 30.03. to 14.04.2024 over 250 different events are waiting to be explored across ten districts — all outside the Ring. Looking at the program, there’s so much to check out it’s hard not to get FOMO. Easter bonfires in the Britzer Garten in Neukölln, discounts at the boat rental in Treptow-Köpenick on the Müggelspree, or secret views of Berlin at a height of over 70 meters in Marzahn-Hellersdorf are just a few stand-outs on the program. Are you more interested in architecture? No problem, how about Hans Scharoun in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, a guided tour of Bruno Taut’s Waldsiedlung in Steglitz-Zehlendorf, or a tour of industrial history in Siemensstadt?

Or is art more your thing? Then I recommend the textile wonders of Sofie Dawos in Dahlem, Carol Rhodes and Jenna Bliss in the Zehlendorfer Haus am Waldsee, or the guided tours in the Liebermann Villa in Wannsee. Want to get into summer vacation mode? Visit the indoor surf wave on Landsberger Allee. Have you been to the Köpenicker Strandbad Wendenschloss? Still too cold to go for a swim? Then let’s go to the sauna in Spandau. I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to decide what I’ll be attending, everything sounds so good. A look at the full program only makes deciding harder. From forest bathing and scavenger hunts to bondage courses and literary tours in the footsteps of Rainer Maria Rilke, there’s something for everyone. Spring in Berlin is finally here, so off to the B with you. The whole program is available here.

Text: Rosa Herbel / Photos: Hendrik Wolter, Reederei Lüdicke & CanvaPro

Ab ins B! 30.03.–14.04.2024

@ab.ins.b

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