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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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DISCOVER INNOVATIVE BRITISCHES DESIGN AND MEET LEADING MANUFACTURERS — BCFA OPEN BERLIN POP-UP FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

DISCOVER INNOVATIVE BRITISCHES DESIGN AND MEET LEADING MANUFACTURERS — BCFA OPEN BERLIN POP-UP FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

Today marks the start of Berlin Design Week (12.–22.05.2022), showcasing the freshest approaches to contemporary product design from around the world. If you are a design professional, this year offers a great opportunity in the form of the BCFA Open Berlin pop-up on 17.5. Organized by the British Contract Furnishing Association, the exhibition offers interior designers, buyers and architects the chance to check out designs from some of the most innovative players from the UK commercial interiors sector. Whether your line of work is furnishing high-end hotel rooms or sourcing exclusive artworks for offices, you’ll find plenty of creative stimulus and networking opportunities with leading designers. Hosted at the Alice Rooftop & Garden in Charlottenburg, the event features designs from 20 suppliers, including chairs and tables from Burgess Furniture, artworks from Elegant Clutter and fabrics from RomoTimorous Beasties and Camira. Besides checking out the exhibits, you can also meet the people behind the designs and enjoy drinks and canapes at the rooftop location. The event is open to industry professionals and entry is free of charge – tickets can be reserved online.

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: BCFA, Jane Clayton & Company, Alice & Ulster Carpets

BCFA Open Berlin – 17.05.2022 13–20h at Alice Rooftop & Garden 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
The pop-up is open to specifiers, architects and interior designers based in Germany. Tickets can be reserved online.

@the_bcfa

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TIMOROUS BEASTIES: THE WALLPAPER AND TEXTILE STUDIO SERVING STATEMENT GRAPHICS AND LAVISH PATTERNS

TIMOROUS BEASTIES: THE WALLPAPER AND TEXTILE STUDIO SERVING STATEMENT GRAPHICS AND LAVISH PATTERNS

Your home interior is never quite finished – at least not until you’ve added those final touches such as wallpaper and textiles. After all, most of us want a rug in the living room or some curtains in the bedroom. Helping you furnish your flat with flair is Timorous Beasties, the textile studio that has been bringing Scottish punk to wallpapers, fabrics and cushions since 1990. You can now add rugs to that list with the brand’s Art Rug collection of provocative and exotic carpet styles. The designs are inspired by the iridescent and often outlandish patterns created by Timorous Beasties founders Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, whose signature wallpapers are celebrated for their irreverent chic. Using a variety of materials – from natural linens and cottons to cloth made from recycled plastic bottles – the Timorous Beasties range is designed in Glasgow and manufactured in the UK and Europe.

You can see the wallpaper and textile collections up close at the brand’s Schöneberg showroom which, with its high ceilings and concrete floors is the ideal canvas for the striking designs. Visits are by appointment or during opening hours, though we’d recommend putting 19.05.2022 in your calendar: from 16h you can visit the Art Rugs Collection Preview, giving you a sneak peek at the new pieces. Part of the Open Berlin & Studio Open Night from Berlin Design Week (12.–22.05), the launch also gives you the chance to check out the full Timorous Beasties range while enjoying a drink. Whether it’s statement graphics or lavish patterns, the designs will help you make your interior bright, bold and beautiful.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Sophie Doering & Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties Showroom, Kurfürstenstr.14, 10785 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Tues & Wed 10–18h and by appointment. The Art Rugs Collection Preview will be held on 19.05.2022 at 16h and is open to all.

@timorous_beasties

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FROM FOREST BATHING TO BAREFOOT HIKING: DIVE INTO NATURE IN BERLIN & BRANDENBURG WITH DREAM LOCAL

FROM FOREST BATHING TO BAREFOOT HIKING: DIVE INTO NATURE IN BERLIN & BRANDENBURG WITH DREAM LOCAL

Looking to head out for some spring sunshine but lack the inspiration? Worth a browse is Dream Local, a digital marketplace for nature-filled experiences that go far beyond the usual walk in the woods. The site lets you find activities in and around Berlin, helping you support local initiatives and businesses and improve and preserve the environment. Dream Local’s philosophy is based on three principles: protecting nature by connecting with it, giving yourself purpose and fulfillment, and fostering belonging and empowerment through meeting other people. We’re happier, healthier and more productive when we make nature a meaningful part of our lives. This, in turn, helps the environment: people are more likely to get involved in their community and engage with nature when they feel connected to it. There are already 16 diverse experiences to discover on the platform, including herb foragingself discovery workshops with horsesdyeing fabrics with plantswine tasting sessionsbarefoot walks and even “forest bathing” with pranayama. The workshops and activities are not just a great way to escape the city, but encourage you to open your eyes to the possibilities nature offers. Dream Local invites you to discover nature, find yourself and experience the beauty of Berlin and Brandenburg. Time to dive into your wilderness!

Text: Anabelle Grundmann / Photos: Luke Montgomery & Amauri Mejia / Credit: Dream Local

Dream Local

@dream.local

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EQUIPE BERLIN X FRIENDS POP-UP: THREE BRANDS TEAM UP FOR INNOVATIVE SLOW FASHION EVENT

EQUIPE BERLIN X FRIENDS POP-UP: THREE BRANDS TEAM UP FOR INNOVATIVE SLOW FASHION EVENT

There’s nothing quite like a spring clean. But what if our consumption choices prevented us from ever needing one in the first place? Enter Equipe Berlin, the project for sustainable yet stylish fashion pieces. Formed by three Berlin-based sustainable fashion labels – Kuvert BerlinManakaa Project and Pugnat – the collective is hosting a pop-up event this week (05.-07.05.2022) where you can browse and buy a range of “slow luxury” garments. The three labels blend design and innovative cuts while maintaining functionality and timelessness via simple tones. How about an ivory-hued blouse from Manakaa Project in “non-violent” organic silk or a sweatshirt with handmade embroidery made from ecological textiles? For a handy pullover to keep the chill off your shoulders, the super soft cashmere knits from Pugnat will feel like cloud nine; carry it in a canvas shopper by Kuvert Berlin.

The pop-up doesn’t just feature the brands’ own designs, though. For each event, Equipe Berlin teams up with a designer to celebrate local talent and innovation and fuel community spirit. This week, you can look forward to Wanda Wasabi, a fashion brand founded by Berliner Anne Wolf and Miki Kawai from Japan. The pair craft garments by repurposing vintage Japanese kimonos, giving old threads new life. This week’s event is the first of a series of pop-ups, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for future gatherings where you’ll find more sustainable finds from bright fashion minds. 

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Equipe Berlin & Manakaa

Equipe Berlin x Friends Pop-Up, Manakaa Project Showroom, Giesebrechtstr.6, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
05.05. 16–21h, 06.05. 14–20h & 07.05.2022 12–18h

@equipe_berlin
@kuvertberlin
@manakaa_project
@pugnat.knitwear
@wandawasabi

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