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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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MAERZMUSIK — ONLINE FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND TOPICAL QUESTIONS

MAERZMUSIK — ONLINE FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND TOPICAL QUESTIONS

A marathon concert from a legendary New York music initiative and a celebration of a forgotten pioneer of electronic music – these are just two examples of the multi-faceted program of MaerzMusik (19–28.03.2021) from the Berliner Festspiele. The 19th edition of the “Festival for Time Issues” comprises ten days of music and is, for the first time, exclusively available online for free. The daily lineup of live streamsincludes the expected concerts and talks but also a lot for the eyes, including film presentations and performances.

The program kicks off with a project that fits the current climate perfectly: Environment, a joint performance by Berlin solo ensemble Phønix16 and Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos that takes acoustic and cinematic elements and uses them to make the experience of last year’s lockdown palpable. Meanwhile, the exhibition Here History Began highlights the work of late Egyptian-American composer and researcher Halim El-Dabh. In live streams from Savvy Contemporary gallery and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, El-Dabh’s position within music history is revisited via new works. Finally, if you’re in the mood for musical utopias, you should tune in to the Bang on a Can Marathon where for four hours, the legendary New York music crew will present a live version of a futuristic format developed especially for MaerzMusik. While there is additional distance between performance and listener at this year’s festival, the lineup still reminds us of how art, theory and current affairs are inextricably linked.

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Lukas Wenninger & Philippe Rebosz

MaerzMusik will take place online from 19–28.3 2021. Festival passes are available free of charge from 15.3. via the Berliner Festspiele website, with donations welcomed.

@berlinerfestspiele

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REUSE, REDUCE, RE-WEAR — SUSTAINABLE FASHION FROM BERLIN LABEL AVENIR

REUSE, REDUCE, RE-WEAR — SUSTAINABLE FASHION FROM BERLIN LABEL AVENIR

The water consumption involved in producing a single pair of new jeans is around 1000 liters – quite a statistic, and just one of the many problems caused by textile production. It’s also the challenge that Berlin residents Sophie and Niklas are facing up to with Avenir, the clothing label they founded at the beginning of 2020. The pair met at school and followed the same path, working for major fashion houses in Paris and London including Givenchy, Lavin and Jens Laugesen. But they soon gave up their permanent jobs to unite in pursuit of a shared goal, namely to produce sustainable fashion and in doing so achieve change in the fashion industry. What particularly alarmed Sophie and Niklas was fast fashion, with its rapid fashion trends and associated waste. Offering a real alternative became the duo’s starting point.

A visit to the textile storage halls of the Berliner Stadtmission and I:Collect – where many tons of discarded clothes are collected – confirmed what the pair had suspected: textile overproduction is enormous. So, they then asked, why not simply use existing materials to make garments rather than producing everything from scratch? It turns out this is easier said than done, since using existing material requires more work and creativity to overcome limitations like the dimensions and quantity of the fabric. But for the designers all this is worth it, and looking at their brand’s contemporary styles made from pre-loved denim, you can see why. Besides jeans, Avenir also offers basics like T-shirts, made not from water-sapping cotton but 100% recyclable cellulose. And when you are finished wearing your shirt you can simply send it back to Avenir, who from their recycling centre in Ahrensburg weave the fibres into new fabric, thereby closing the circle and helping reduce the amount of clothes and materials that get thrown away. The duo’s ideas don’t end at upcycling and recycling, however: they are also planning a collab with the Hamburg label Faible and Failure making pieces from leftover yarn – a project well worth supporting! In the meantime, if you want to know more about how Avenir makes their garments you can visit the website which explains the individual stages in full detail.

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Debora Brune & Avenir, Styling: Sophia Costima, Model: Friends, Kleidung: Avenir Jacken & Models Own

You can order all the pieces from the Avenir collection online.

@avenir_berlin

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FOTO MEYER — PERSONAL ADVICE ON ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

FOTO MEYER — PERSONAL ADVICE ON ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

Have you been wanting to get into photography but are unsure where to start? Now is a good time to finally go for it with the help of the team at Foto Meyer, who can find you the equipment that suits your needs. Under the management of Vincent Meyer, this Schöneberg family business has been specializing in cameras and lenses for 50 years, and there is even a photo lab onsite. They’re a great resource not just for professional photographers but for hobbyists and video enthusiasts too. The expert team are familiar with all the major manufacturers and are happy to guide absolute beginners, answering any camera questions you might have be it film or digital! And if you want to take your shooter for a test drive you can also hire photo equipment, with the rental fees deducted from the purchase price if you decide to buy. With on-site technical specialists, professional cleaning and repairs, owners can get peace of mind too. If you can’t make it to the physical store – a photographer’s treasure trove located on Viktoria-Luise-Platz – you can also find all the equipment and advice you need online. You’ll be supporting a local company – and if you’re eager to get snapping, you can even get orders delivered the same day in Berlin and Potsdam and overnight in the rest of Germany! (Text: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen / Photos: Foto Meyer)

Foto Meyer GmbH, Welserstr.1, 10777 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Sat 10–19h, on Sun 20.12. 13–18h

@fotomeyer

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DISCOEAT — SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WITH DINNER APP FEATURING FOOD FROM 150 BERLIN RESTAURANTS FOR DELIVERY AND PICKUP

DISCOEAT — SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WITH DINNER APP FEATURING FOOD FROM 150 BERLIN RESTAURANTS FOR DELIVERY AND PICKUP

It sounds too good to be true: free delivery fee and discounted meals from some of Berlin’s top restaurants. But that’s just what Discoeat lets you do. The restaurant app offers up to 30 percent off lunch and dinner collections from 150 of the city’s eateries during off-peak times, be it early or late. It’s a win-win: you save money on meals while local businesses gain much-needed customers during quieter times. Started in 2018 by Berlin foodies Moritz Heininger and Nicoló Luti, the platform’s city-wide selection has it all, from just-opened joints ripe for discovery to established eateries for the perfect pickup, including the likes of 1961 for eye-catching sushi and fusion cuisine plus poké bowls from Ma’loa. Moreover, during lockdown the Discoeat team are making a special effort to boost restaurant businesses: the site will not charge commission on any pickups or deliveries during the rest of 2020, and you can spread some extra love yourself by making a donation when ordering from your favorite eatery. What better way to support your local? (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ma’Loa Poké Bowl, Unser Café Berlin & Mina Aichhorn)

Discoeat: you can book pickup and delivery via the app.

@discoeat.de

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