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STREET FOOD FRIDAYS — BITE CLUB RETURNS TO GLEISDREIECK PARK

STREET FOOD FRIDAYS — BITE CLUB RETURNS TO GLEISDREIECK PARK

Start saving your appetite: Bite Club is back! After a Covid-induced break, the fabled food event is returning tomorrow (18.06.2021) with eight stalls of round-the-world cuisine from some of Berlin gastro’s leading lights. The rendezvous point for the Friday feast is the B-Part co-working space which overlooks the Kreuzberg corner of Gleisdreieck park, meaning you are (almost) guaranteed a good sunset. The lip-licking lineup includes Caribbean-hot jerk chicken from Vybz, fully-packed pittas from The Shawarma Mamma and fresh and fiery bibimbap from Son Kitchen. Also serving up the spice is another mother – Mama Shabz – whose crispy pakoras and sharp Koftas have made us keen fans of Pakistani cuisine. There’s liquid indulgence too, with classy cocktails from B-Part’s resident cafe Jules and cool beers courtesy of Brlo. Should you still have space after that, you can finish up with one of Woop Woop’s creamy-fresh nitro gas ice creams. More vendors are being added in the coming weeks, including Ma-Makan with their Malay dishes and matcha shaved ice from Tenzan Lab. Time to block your calendar: this summer’s Friday hangout is sorted.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Celia Topping & Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke

Bite Club returns weekly from tomorrow 18.06.2021, 17h at B-Part in Gleisdreieck Park, Luckenwalder Str.6b, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Entry is free before 19h; otherwise €3.

@biteclubberlin

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KANSHASAI — THE JAPANESE FESTIVAL OF APPRECIATION WITH GIVEAWAYS AND INSPIRATION FROM UNIQLO

KANSHASAI — THE JAPANESE FESTIVAL OF APPRECIATION WITH GIVEAWAYS AND INSPIRATION FROM UNIQLO

When the sun starts to shine more and all the flowers are opening, I start to appreciate things that little bit more. The same goes for Uniqlo, who are spreading a little love this month with a program of specially-curated activities and giveaways. The Japanese apparel brand known for minimalist, clean-cut styles calls it Kanshasai. This Japanese word is broken down to mean Kansha – appreciation – and Sai, which means festival. Thus: the Appreciation Festival. Over two weeks (10.06–23.06.2021) the retailer has lined up dozens of giveaways including eco-friendly tote bags (get yours today, 10.06.), bags specially illustrated by artist Laura Breiling (17.06), vouchers for online floral shop Bloomon plus your chance to win a bike. The celebrations continue with in-store artworks from Berlin creatives including artist Ju Schnee, who has created a sculpture inspired by AIRism, the innovative keep-cool material from Uniqlo. The sculpture stands tall at the center of the Tauentzienstrasse store, mimicking the free flowing and lightweight form of the material. Blending Berlin art with Tokyo fabric technology, the installation is a worthwhile stop on your next shopping trip for summer basics (speaking of which: check out Uniqlo’s range of linen shirts, shorts and dresses while you are there). Pop by one of the six Berlin stores today or next Saturday (19.06.) where the team is serving up vouchers for free gyoza from Takumi-Ramen. We’ll be first in line!

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Bloomon, David Böll for Uniqlo & Rodnae Productions

Check out everything Uniqlo has on offer during their Kanshasai Festival here. Gifts are available while stocks last. Special offers and gifts can be found in stores across Germany

Uniqlo, Tauentzienstr.7b/c, 10789 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Sat 10–21h.
Uniqlo, Leipziger Platz. 16, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri 11–19h, Sat 10–19h
Uniqlo, Rosenthaler Str.42, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 10–20h
Uniqlo, East Side Mall, Tamara-Danz-Str.11, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Fri 11–19h, Sat 10–19h
Uniqlo, Alexanderhaus, Alexanderpl. 2, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 10–20h
Uniqlo, Schloßstr.110, 12163 Berlin–Steglitz; map
Mon–Sat 10–20h
@uniqlo_de

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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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