On the hunt for an industrial kitchen lamp or the perfect mid-century coffee table? Then the ninth edition of the Design Börse Berlin is perfectly timed for all your interior design needs. This weekend (15.11.–17.11.2019), on the second floor of the huge Loewe Saal in Moabit, you can browse, bargain and immerse yourself in this beautifully constructed world, with designs ranging from art deco to Bauhaus. Designers and vintage dealers from all over Europe gather here every year to offer collector’s originals as well as exceptional new items at reasonable prices. A preview on Friday offers early entry, and on Saturday (15–18h) the auction house Quittenbaum will gladly value your fancies. No matter whether you are looking for a special Christmas present or just want to sate your appetite for Le Corbusier, you will find it at the Design Börse. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Designbörse Berlin)
If you’re a beer lover and a coffee connoisseur, why not combine the two at Uppers & Downers Berlin, the festival bringing cutting-edge European beer brewers and coffee roasters together for some wild and wacky hybrids. Normally we’d recommend not mixing your uppers and downers, but if you get the mix right, great things can happen. The festival has stands offering a multitude of brews to taste, including the likes of the “Snoutjuice” coffee stout (11% abv!) from Sweden’s Brewski and the malty imperial coffee stout from Slovenian masters Pivovarna Pelicon. And for those wanting to keep the two brews strictly separate, there’s always nitro coffees and quirky ales from event hosts Motel Beer & Coffee. Food can be had from Lars Exit and entry includes a bottomless tasting glass, so expect to be energized and soothed in equal measure. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Cliff Lucas, Good Beer Hunting)
A Diy Queer-feminist Instagram Workshop in a church? Yes, at Dice Conference + Festival (31.10–02.11.2019) boundaries aren’t just pushed, but broken down completely. The result is three days of music featuring an extensive line-up of non-binary, trans and female DJs and performers. The music lineup of mainly electronic acts at Kreuzberg’s Bi Nuu space features genre-hopping veteran and iconoclast DJ Marcelle; SHYGIRL, the fierce alter-ego of London-based DJ and singer Blane Muise; and deep house legend Lady Blacktronika. Meanwhile, the Tabor Church is where the festival’s theme of “Overtime” – how society values (or doesn’t value) performers’ time and work – is pursued, with rousing workshops like “Negotiating your Worth“. The space also hosts a multitude of audiovisual wonders including Parisian DJ and producer CRYSTALLMESS with a “pluridisciplinary” show combining music, video and 3D. It concludes a festival that provokes as much discourse as it does dancing. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Lisa Wassmann, Taborkirche)
Taborkirche, Taborstr. 17, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Bi Nuu, U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Dice Conference + Festival (31.10–02.11.2019). Tickets are available online.
The Mini Bazaar is gradually developing into a small institution. “Perhaps Berlin’s most beautiful children’s flea market”, the Bazaar is aimed specifically at mothers and fathers who are interested in sustainable childrenswear. On Sunday (27.10.2019), Little Years, the Berlin family blogzine, is inviting parents to sell used, well-preserved children’s clothing alongside shop owners who want to clear treasures from their outlets. The focus is on higher-end kids brands like Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini and Tiny Cottons, this time available for less. In addition, there are – also sustainable –Berlin labels like Monkind, which will be offering samples and Second Season items. Lovingly designed play and nappy corners, arts & crafts tables, workshops and refreshments ensure that the whole family will feel right at home in the beautiful rooftop loft at the Aufbau Haus. (Text: Nella Beljan / Photos: Marina Jerkovic & Anne Freitag)
We advise you to put next Tuesday (29.10.2019) in your calendar and get ready for an evening with Mirna Funk and Fabian Hart, who will read excerpts from their columns for the online edition of German Vogue. In her column Jüdisch heute (Jewish today) Mirna Funk deals with the presence of Jewish culture in Germany and her day-to-day life as a German Jew living between Berlin and Tel Aviv. Meanwhile in his #DasNeueBlau(#TheNewBlue) column Fabian Hart discusses being free from masculinity and the need to question internalized role models. Both authors provide progressive insight into their subject matter, and aim to enlighten, probe and debate, unafraid to broach sensitive topics. Now the pair will share their words live on stage, and if you’ve ever read anything by them you’ll know that it’s never boring. Fancy joining the event for a discussion and maybe a drink? Just write us an email at email@example.com for a chance to win two tickets. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Shai Levy, M.Kocher & M.Hattwig)
Backfabrik, Saarbrücker Str.36a, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Buchbox Reading with Mirna Funk and Fabian Hart in the Clinker Lounge on
29.10.2019 from 20h, Online Tickets here.