We’ve long been fans of the Berlin Travel Night series – indeed we co-hosted one last year. The tenth installment, happening tonight (30.04.2020) is all about China and you won’t even have to leave your house to join in the journey. Live on Instagram, host Katie Gallus will be joined by author Simone Harre to discuss her new book China, who are you? and the five years she spent regularly touring the country to write it. Following encounters with everyone from millionaires to taxi drivers, Harre tells a story of a diverse country as fascinating as it is unknowable. It’s an adventure that is well worth streaming as we await the real-life Berlin Travel Festival to make up for the cancelled event in March. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Simone Harre, Reisedepeschen & Luke Marshall Johnson)
There are numerous initiatives that have come to the aid of Berlin’s gastro scene during this time, but what about the measures and innovations needed for the post-Corona era? The Feminist Food Club deals with precisely this issue. Launched in 2017 by Stil in Berlin founder Mary Scherpe and designer Ruth Bartlett to provide a platform for women and non-binary people in the industry, the project’s new Corona Crisis Talks address the challenges currently faced whilst looking to the future too. These Instagram interviews have seen Mary talk to Berlin restaurateurs including Anders Alkaersig from Albatross and Sarah Durante from Humble Pie about individual approaches in areas like PR, online selling and financing. The series asks important questions that are relevant to business owners planning for the future, but does it in a way that’s interesting to the regular restaurant-goer. The interviews go out live on Instagram; check out previous talks on the Feminist Food Club website. (Text: Hanna Komornizyk / Photos: Viviana Blihoghe & Margaret Flatley)
Feminist Food Club talks
With Peter Duran (Isla Coffee), Thu 16.04.2020 19h
With Camden Hauge (Shanghai), Sun 19.04.2020 12h
With Soleil Ho (San Francisco Chronicle), Sun 26.04.2020 19h
If lithium-ion cells, AC fast charging and regenerative braking sound like a foreign language to you, then it’s time to wise up on e-mobility. Soon all your road journeys will be electrically powered, so it’s only right to get informed about this alternative energy. The “Start to Drive Electric” exhibition, opening on 12.03.2020 at the Drive Volkswagen Group Forum on Friedrichstraße, is your highway to this knowledge. Packed with interactive displays showing the cutting edge in four-wheeled technology, it promises immersive learning that’s the opposite to a session on Wikipedia. The highlight is The Accelerator, a 360 degree walk-in cinema where you learn about e-mobility not just with facts and figures, but feelings and emotions too. Besides showing you the underlying tech, the exhibition also hosts discussions on topics like driving feel and design, as well as practical advice on charging and vehicle range. And for those heading to the opening night, there will be a special musical treat to get things shifted into higher gear. Welcome to the electric era. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: VW Drive)
Drive Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84, Berlin–Mitte; mapOpening: “Start to Drive Electric”, 12.03.2020, 20h (entry from 19h45). Register for the opening here.
Exhibition runs until Spring 2021.
It’s not often that we see a literary event and club night at the same time and place. But there’s much to be gained from bringing together these two expressive forms, especially when the creative lineup is as rich and full of surprises as at Halb Halb (06.03.2020) at Rixdorf’s Arkaoda club. The night is a collab between Berlin lit collective Kabeljau & Dorsch and arty partymakers Cereals which starts with readings, segues into live music and ends up as a full-blown party. Writer Marius Goldhorn starts proceedings with a reading of his tales of an increasingly insecure Europe, followed by a selection of Ianina Ilitcheva’s 40,000 Twitter ministories read by Luise Hart. The musical half of the night kicks off with a wave-garage-synth-punk gig from Berliner band Das Das, before the disco ball is lit up for a danceable set by Andre Pahl. Closing up the night, Cereal co-founders Smidek and Balaban will get behind the booth to bring funky flashes and guaranteed grooves. This mashup of words and tunes is something we can get behind. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Das Das, Arkaoda)
Arkaoda, Karl-Marx-Platz 16–18, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Halb Halb, 06.03.2020, 22h–6h
BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL: GET THE SCOOP ON THE LATEST TRIP TRENDS WITH WORKSHOPS, TALKS AND MORE
Unfortunately, the Berlin Travel Festival will be postponed until further notice due to a case of COVID-19. We will keep you up to date and inform you as soon as there is a new date!
Ready for your next getaway? Well your first destination should be Arena Berlin, where a weekend of travel trends, tips and tricks awaits at the Berlin Travel Festival (06.–08.03.2020). Under the motto “Where Is Paradise?”, organizers have invited pro travellers and innovators to share their stories and debate the issues of the day – not least how to travel the world and still maintain your green karma. The 150 speakers and 200 exhibitors are bound to awaken your imagination: How about some road trip planning with motorhome startup Paul Camper? Or discovering magical Canary Island forests at the La Gomera stand, before securing your very own sustainable cabin in the woods with Cabin Experience? Speaking of wilderness, get yourself prepared at survival expert Manuel Larbig’s workshops on finding emergency food and making fire. Most importantly: come see us at the Cee Cee booth and join in our workshop. More details – and a prize draw – next week! Until then you can discover the highlights in the festival magazine, designed by our very own Cee Cee Creative. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Julia Luka Lila Nietzschke for Travel Festival, Sophie Döring)
Berlin Travel Festival at Arena Berlin, Eichenstr.4, 12435 Berlin–Alt-Treptow; map
06.–08.03.2020: See the Travel Festival website for the full listings.