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FORECAST FESTIVALS — TWO WEEKENDS OF BOUNDARY-PUSHING COLLABS WITH PERFORMANCES, FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS

FORECAST FESTIVALS — TWO WEEKENDS OF BOUNDARY-PUSHING COLLABS WITH PERFORMANCES, FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS

Electronic music that incorporates traditional Finnish instruments. A film series that uses food to explore West African colonialism. And a graphic novel about a Black American GI in World War II. What could these three creative works possibly have in common? The answer is that they all feature in this year’s Forecast Festivals (01.–02.04. & 09.–10.04.2021). Over two weekends, 12 international artists, musicians and writers present innovative performances, artworks and talks streamed live from the former pumping station at Friedrichshain’s radialsystem. What’s special about the event is that each of the creatives has spent nine months working with a mentor to make their idea happen. Billed as “Mentorships for Audacious Minds”, Forecast was launched in 2014 with the aim of encouraging knowledge sharing in the arts.

The multidisciplinary program breaks down conventional genre boundaries and encourages diverse, political forms of creative inquiry. You see this in the projects themselves, such as the multimedia documentary work “Change Atlas” from Miami artist and researcher Sue Montoya who, under her mentor, artist Paolo Cirio, investigated the impact of rising sea levels on Florida communities and ecosystems. Montoya and 11 other creatives will be presenting their works over four nights that include all the performances from 2020’s postponed festival, meaning you can check out two years’ worth of creative collabs (full lineup here). And, who knows, if the work inspires you enough it could soon be you on stage presenting your own boundary-pushing project: Forecast has an annual Open Call for new projects every January.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Camille Blake & Adéola Ọlágúnjú

Forecast Festival Edition 4 & 5 takes place over two weekends (01.–02.04. & 09.–10.04.2021) and can be streamed live, free of charge, online.
@forecast_platform

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BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL DIGITAL — FOUR NIGHTS OF PANELS, FILMS AND WORKSHOPS TO VIEW ONLINE

BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL DIGITAL — FOUR NIGHTS OF PANELS, FILMS AND WORKSHOPS TO VIEW ONLINE

While many of us have been at home dreaming of our first post-lockdown getaway, the folks at Berlin Travel Festival have been busy tracking down the next travel trends. To get you inspired, the team have put together a packed program of destinations, adventures and experiences for their digital event next week (9–12.03.2021). Under the banner “Take a trip! But how?”, the four-day lineup comprises nightly video episodes that feature over two hours of interviews, talks and workshops from trendsetters and nomads that will get your wanderlust flowing – if it wasn’t already, that is…

If your next holiday is more likely to be in Saxony than Sri Lanka, we advise you to check out explorer Christo Foerster and filmmaker Kai Hattermann’s film about “microadventures” – little trips that give you that much-needed freedom feeling without having to cross the earth. Also keeping things bitesize is Jan Sadowsky, the founder of holiday home startup Green Tiny Houses who joins the panel “Wie viel ist wenig?” to discuss how tiny living concepts are making travel slower and more sustainable. Dare to dream a bit bigger? Travel blogger Maggie Haselwanter will gladly get you geared up for a global adventure with stories from her 2020 moped voyage from Switzerland to New Zealand. She joins the Travel Festival team to discuss being a woman who travels and how Corona cut her trip short. Finally, join bestselling author Stephan Orth for fascinating tales on the thrills and spills of couchsurfing through Saudi Arabia. All of these videos can be streamed for free with no pre-registration needed – just switch on and take off…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Cottonbro, Jasmin Chew & Taryn Elliott

Berlin Travel Festival (9–12.03.2021) – you can view the streams for free online.

@berlintravelfestival

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ALL MINE — VALENTINE’S POP-UP FROM PARS X UP AND COMING ON SCHÖNLEINSTRASSE

ALL MINE — VALENTINE’S POP-UP FROM PARS X UP AND COMING ON SCHÖNLEINSTRASSE

Helping you bring positive vibes this Valentine’s Day (14.02.) Kristiane Kegelmann of Pars and Chelsea Turowsky of Up and Coming are marking the opening of the Pars Kreuzberg showroom this weekend (13–.14.02) with the All Mine pop-up. The event brings together Pars’ high-quality, perfectly delectable pralines, Studio Linné’s mesmerizing floral arrangements, culinary delights from Schöneberg eatery Lok6 plus beautifully curated market goods from the Up and Coming range. Highlights include pasta by La Bolognina, natural wine, cakes and hot chocolate to go and ceramics from Tegan Emerson.

Specially for Valentine’s, the team have created different gift sets featuring selections of gourmet food, wines, cocktails, bouquets and design pieces. There are five different options to choose from – CrushBlossomEarthHope and Coral – all of which can be pre-purchased online and picked up in person, with walk-ins also welcome. If that wasn’t enough, you can also take home a handmade blood orange upside-down cake from Lok6 for an indulgent weekend treat. Whether you are in a relationship, single or somewhere in between, this pop-up has all you need for treating your favorite person – or yourself – this Valentine’s.

Text: Lottie MacAskill / Photos: Gabrielė Mišeikytė, Studio Linné & Pujan Shakupa

All Mine pop-up at the Pars Showroom, Schönleinstr.6 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map 
Sat & Sun 13.02–14.02.2021, 13–16h

Covid–19 safety precautions are in place.

@upandcoming_berlin
@parspralinen
@studio.linne
@lok6_restaurant

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REFERENCE FESTIVAL: ONLINE FASHION WEEK EVENTS BRINGING TOGETHER CREATIVES FROM ALL OVER WITH 032C, GMBH, BALENCIAGA & MORE

REFERENCE FESTIVAL: ONLINE FASHION WEEK EVENTS BRINGING TOGETHER CREATIVES FROM ALL OVER WITH 032C, GMBH, BALENCIAGA & MORE

This year fashion week is online only, but that hasn’t stopped the creative minds behind it from putting together a great programme. Case in point: the 2021 Reference Festival, which premiered in 2019 and is returning once again as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week from 21–23.01.2021 with the support of the city’s Administration for Economy, Energy and Urban Development. Created by the agency of the same name, the three-day Reference event serves up hybrid formats that present art and fashion in perfect harmony. At today’s launch (21.01) you can see the festival’s very special backdrop – the Zeiss Planetarium – with highlights including sculptures by Tobias Spichtig in collaboration with Balenciaga and a presentation by 032C to mark 20 years of the iconic magazine. Other must-sees include the show by Berlin label GmbH (22.01) and Saturday’s panel on the “Reference Prize” (23.01). The contest, which runs until the summer, invites up-and-coming designers from all over the world to submit their work for the chance to gain support from Reference and fashion label Slam Jam in creating their very own brand. With art, fashion and culture, this line-up has it all – and it’s just one click away!

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Rayan Nohra, Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Gentle Monster x Frederik Heymann

You can register for Reference Festival on the website.

@mbfw.berlin
@referencestudios

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PALAZZO ANTICRISI & VICTORIA TACOS POP-UP — INSTALLATION MEETS WINE SPÄTI MEETS MEXICAN STREET FOOD

PALAZZO ANTICRISI & VICTORIA TACOS POP-UP — INSTALLATION MEETS WINE SPÄTI MEETS MEXICAN STREET FOOD

At Torstraße.74 sits a surreal place for surreal times: Palazzo Anticrisi, a temporary installation at the former No.74 clothing store that offers a unique space for social interaction. Working with Berlin architects Something Fantastic and Sam Chermayeff, founder Fabian Johow has created a room that brings the outdoors in: bathed in ruby-red light, the hall-like space features an oversized street lamp in the middle looming over sparse bench-style seating. Austere yet sociable, it’s a fascinating place to spend time – yet there is more to do, for from now until December the space is also home to a kiosk offering a good selection of natural wines to enjoy there or to go (Thu-Sat). On Fridays and Saturdays, meanwhile, the palace opens its doors to a spicy popup by Victoria Tacos. Fresh from an Art Week stand at the Wilhelm Hallen, the Mexican food pros are now based at the Palazzo, serving deliciously non-traditional tacos in vegan (king oyster mushroom), vegetarian (melt-in-the-mouth jackfruit) and meaty (slow-cooked pork) varieties. Get your order with a bottle to go or pick out a comfy throne and enjoy a session of food, drinks and thoughtful contemplation – just like an Italian aristocrat. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Conrad Bauer)

Palazzo Anticrisi, Torstr.74, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map 
Wine sales: Thur–Sat 17–22h 
Victoria Tacos pop-up runs Fridays and Saturdays 12–20h (eat in or take away)
@anti_crisi 
@victoriatacosberlin

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