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FROM INDEPENDENT THEATERS TO A TINY HOUSE — PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS CULTURE ALL AROUND THE CITY

FROM INDEPENDENT THEATERS TO A TINY HOUSE — PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS CULTURE ALL AROUND THE CITY

If you are hoping to catch some plays and see some dance at this year’s Performing Arts Festival (24.–29.05.2022), you won’t be disappointed. The annual celebration of Berlin’s independent cultural scene is bringing theater and performance to venues all over the city, from Acud to Village Berlin. But PAF’s 50 performances and installations go far beyond traditional stages. One venue – the Social Capsule – even has wheels. This mobile tiny house lets you experience an interactive installation by scenographer and media artist Theresa Reiwer. The program will also bring you outdoors, with the likes of Blind Date, a comedy movement piece about beauty ideals held in front of Katapult, and Embodying Landscapes, which brings dance and music to Neukölln’s Körnerpark to reflect on the role of parks during the pandemic. Tempelhofer Feld will also be a venue of sorts: it’s part of the Reclaim THF! audio walk that takes you on a journey through the former airport’s past, present and future.

More conventional theater venues are also taking part, including Theater unterm Dach in Prenzlauer Berg which is staging Burn Out, a “theatrical upcycling” piece about sustainability in the arts. Over in Schöneweide, the dance piece Talk to me! about language and consciousness is showing at the Theaterhaus, while the Spreehalle is staging Bethy Trio, a theater piece that uses words, music and light to reflect on trans history. The program has the whole city covered – even the festival bar is mobile, offering bubbles, talks and special guests in a different district every night. We’ll drink to that!

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Anna Tiessen; LUX:NM & Cie. AGORA; Simon Vorgrimmler

We are giving away a pair of tickets for the performance of Halsüberkopf on Wednesday 25.05 at 20h. To win, send us an email.

Performing Arts Festival Berlin (24.–29.05.2022) – for the full line-up and tickets see the festival website.

@pafberlin

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SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

Schiller and Britney Spears in the same line-up? It can only be Theatertreffen, which is back with another two weeks of boundary-pushing stage productions starting tomorrow (06.05.2022). Under the direction of Yvonne Büdenhölzer for the last time, the festival will set up camp at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele to showcase the 10 “most remarkable” German-language productions of the year. Under Büdenhölzer, the festival has never been a slave to classical theater, and this year is no different. The program kicks off with Das neue Leben – where do we go from here, a (very) loose adaptation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” by director and Theatertreffen regular Christopher Rüping. With entertaining results, Rüping blends the Italian poet’s words with pop melodies from Meat Loaf and, yes, Britney (06 & 07.05). The reinvention continues next week (09 & 10.05) with Die Jungfrau von Orleans, a feminst deconstruction of Schiller’s 1801 tragedy by Joanna Bednarczyk.

Director duo Soeren Voima’s Der Tartuffe oder Kapital und Ideologie (21 & 22.05) is also inspired by a historical play, namely Molière’s 1664 comedy. But this version also draws on the 2019 book “Capital and Ideology” by bestselling French economist Thomas Piketty, while the drama plays out not in 17th-century Paris, but a 1980s German flatshare. But Theatertreffen isn’t all about established names and German plays: the Stückemarkt presents theatrical works from all over the world, including Circle Hasu from performer and composer Aine Nakamura (12.05) and And I dreamt I was drowning from London playwright Amanda Wilkin (15.05). Also worth checking out are the Burning Issues talks on hot topics like AI and power imbalances in the theater sector. It’s a line-up that brings (re)invention to where it belongs: right at the front of the stage.

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Rebecca Rütten; Joerg Brueggemann, Ostkreuz; Christian Kleiner

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstr.24, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map

Theatertreffen (06–22.05.2022) – tickets for the performances can be purchased on the website. A number of the productions will also be streamed online – check the program for details.

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PLAN THE PERFECT ART DATE WITH OUR GALLERY GUIDE FOR TWO — THE CEE CEE X BUMBLE ART LOVERS MAP, NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL

PLAN THE PERFECT ART DATE WITH OUR GALLERY GUIDE FOR TWO — THE CEE CEE X BUMBLE ART LOVERS MAP, NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL

Art is a pretty powerful thing: it can inspire, provoke and even set off sparks – particularly when you add a little romance to the mix. We think the best dates blend culture and chemistry, letting the conversation flow and the emotions heighten. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Bumble to create The Art Lovers Map – our latest Neighborhood Map that’s packed with gallery tips that will have you and your partner vibing via art. Besides ten gallery selections, the map features four walking tours – Schöneberg, Mitte, Kreuzkölln and Fischerinsel – offering both all-day adventures and around-the-corner art spots. Oh, and fret not: if you’re feeling peckish in between your doses of art or just need a moment to contemplate, we’ve selected some favorite eateries for a convenient pit stop on the way.

You can pick up the printed map at selected spots in Berlin or view it online. Inside you’ll find highlights that include the Schöneberg route, which starts with a scoop or two at Jones Ice Cream before taking you to “Die Blüten von Berlin” at ChertLüdde’s newly-opened space in former costume shop Deko Behrendt. The Mitte route, meanwhile, is all about non-traditional art, with Lauren Lee McCarthy’s NFT “I Heard Talking Is Dangerous” at Eigen + Art Lab. The digital discovery continues with a dive into the world of memes at Galerie Nagel Draxler, home to Christine Wang’s exhibition comprising hyper-realistic paintings of Covid-era social media posts. Next up, the Fischerinsel route features heavy hitters like Gerhard Richter, who appears in the “Château Province” group show at Spree-side gallery Die Möglichkeit einer Insel. It’s followed by a culinary stop with small plates and natural wine at Bar Freundschaft. Last but not least, the Kreuzkölln route takes you to K-T Z for some surrealism from Pieter Schoolworth and Neukölln’s Weserhalle for Andy Kassier’s playful and vibrant new show. This art-filled jaunt culminates with wine and a film at the intimate Wolf Kino. To check out the routes in full, pick up your copy of Cee Cee x Bumble The Art Lovers Map. Happy hand holding! 

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Cee Cee x Bumble The Art Lovers Map
The map can be picked up at selected spots across town or viewed as a digital version online.

@bumble_germany
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A CENTER FOR CREATIVES WITH STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS — HAUBROK FOUNDATION AT THE FAHRBEREITSCHAFT IN LICHTENBERG

A CENTER FOR CREATIVES WITH STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS — HAUBROK FOUNDATION AT THE FAHRBEREITSCHAFT IN LICHTENBERG

This depot, once home to the vehicle fleet of the GDR Council of Ministers, is now one of the most creative courtyards in Berlin. In 2013, collector couple Axel and Barbara Haubrok acquired the former “Fahrbereitschaft” site in Lichtenberg and turned it into a space for artists and creators. In addition to studios and workshops, the two hectare site houses the Haubrok Foundation exhibition venue. In autumn 2021 the site reopened to visitors with vernissages presenting a changing line-up of high-quality works. Artists that have been featured include Martin Crew, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Karin Sander and Wolfgang Tillmans. In addition to exhibitions, the site is home to lots of things to discover, from a casino and bar to a bowling alley and even a sauna. You can take a guided tour around the facility to hear historical tales from its 1970s heyday. If you need a little culinary refreshment, head to the nearby Dong Xuan Center for a tasty bowl of Phở.

Text: Cosima Kind / Photos: Cee Cee Creative for visitBerlin

This feature is part of Into Berlin, an initiative from visitBerlin in cooperation with Cee Cee, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Haubrok Foundation at the Fahrbereitschaft, Herzbergstr.40–43, 10365 Berlin–Lichtenberg; map

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A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

If you are looking to visit a palace, Marzahn-Hellersdorf might not be the first destination on the list. Head to the historical palace of Schloss Biesdorf, however, and you’ll find a perfect setting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Even from a distance you can see the unmistakable octagonal tower of this classicist palace, which sits in 14 hectares of parkland on the Barnim Plateau area of high ground. Designed by architect Heino Schmieden – who also worked on the Gropius Bau museum – Biesdorf was partially destroyed in 1945 and has been extensively renovated in recent years. Nowadays, the municipal gallery hosts art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection documenting the history of the 1868 house. An extensive program of concerts, guided tours, artist talks, lectures and literary events take place in its historic grounds.

Once you have arrived from the city center – Biesdorf is just 30 minutes from Friedrichstraße – sit back with some coffee and cake on the sun terrace. Afterwards take a walk through the park – a design from Eduard Neide, who was a director at the Tiergarten and a student of Peter Joseph Lenné. Then, check out the pond and historic ice cellar. In the warmer months, concerts and other open-air events are held in the grounds as part of the Biesdorfer Parkbühne. Best of all: admission to the gallery’s exhibitions is free of charge.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Cee Cee Creative for VisitBerlin

This feature is part of Into Berlin, an initiative from visitBerlin in cooperation with Cee Cee, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Schloss Biesdorf, Alt-Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlin–Marzahn-Hellersdorf; map
Sat–Thu 10–18h, Fri 12–21h, Tue closed.

@schlossbiesdorf

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