Next week is Mother’s Day in Germany, and things might look a little different this year. Whether you can surprise your mum personally or not, flowers always go down well and Bergamotte has a quarantine-safe solution. Their online shop is full of variety, from colorful bouquets to minimalist dried flowers, like the “Biarritz” spring-fresh bouquet with peonies, chamomile stems and limonium, or the dried “Big Sur” with lavender and nigella for guaranteed summer vibes. Whichever bunch you pick, the flowers will be hand delivered with a background story about their growers and origin, with €2 from each bouquet donated to Aktion Deutschland Hilft. Bergamotte is also helping those on the Corona front line by sending weekly floral greetings to hospitals and old people’s homes across Germany. But flowers aren’t all: you can also order sustainable houseplants on the site, with easy-care, animal-friendly and low-light species available. Whether it’s a beautiful bouquet or a marvellous monstera, now’s the time to bring the spring inside and make mum smile. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Bergamotte.de)
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.
BERLINALE LOUNGE: MASTERCLASSES, TALKS AND MORE — RIGHT NEXT TO THE RED-CARPET GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
The city is once again abuzz with cineasts hoping to catch some films and maybe a glimpse of a famous face – we’ve heard Willem Dafoe might make an appearance – at the 70th edition of the Berlinale. And while it’s all about the films – and the competition for the Golden Bear – there’s a lot more to the 11-day gala, with mind-broadening masterclasses, engaging conversations on media and special events to check out. Mere steps away from the red carpet at Potsdamer Platz, the Audi Berlinale Lounge is a hub for all that. Everyone can join in the Berlin Open House program, from budding filmmakers to casual movie lovers. The days start with energizing morning yoga classes followed by panel discussions, workshops and talks with industry gurus on topics like sustainability in film and how to self-market your skills in the industry. After a hard day watching films, you can drop by for a cocktail as musicians, DJs and open mic sessions provide the entertainment. The open lounge is the perfect spot to sit back and let the festival wash over you. (Text: Andreea Dragos / Fotos: Benjamin Diedering für Audi, Simon Hegenberg)
We’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of the Lounge Nights including Lui Hill, 26.02., Silent Party, 27.02., and FIVA MC, 28.02. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win.
Audi Berlinale Lounge, Potsdamer Platz 11, 10785 Berlin–Mitte; map
Scrolling through my social media feeds, I’m always discovering new designers, makers and curators that tickle my fancy. But when it comes to these smaller young brands, I often have to buy the products “blind” off their websites. Here’s an idea though: what if you could sit on that new chair or test out that untried hand cream before taking the leap? Well that’s the idea behind Freiraum, a new shop concept on Friedrichstraße that collects pieces from up and coming online boutiques and showcases them for you to see, feel and test in person. The brands available read like a who’s who of top innovators and visionaries in the fashion, design and cosmetic worlds. Besides local names like father and son menswear team Tom Àdam and Shanghai Tofu with their spunky shirts and accessories, you’ll find international designers like Barcelona-based M2Malletier with their minimalist, surreal bags, and sustainably-made garments from Henriette von Grünberg. After trying out it’s time for the cool part: just scan the product’s QR-Code, pay, and your stuff is sent right to your door. 2020 is the year of bricks and clicks. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Yuto Yamada & Kfir Harbi für Freiraum)
Freiraum, Friedrichstr.68, Quartier 205, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
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Do you spend your life criss-crossing town like us? Luckily your workout doesn’t have to take a hit with Urban Sports Club, which turns the whole city into your fitness playground. Headquartered in Berlin and now Europe-wide, the flat-rate sports membership club allows you to explore over 50 sports and activities across hundreds of studios in the city, for a fitness routine that brings you from Neukölln to Moabit and everywhere in between. Our 2020 fitness trend is for short but effective workouts and we take the chance to train wherever we find ourselves: like the 45-minute power cycling class at Beat81, for an energy boost when passing through Friedrichshain. On social visits to Kreuzberg, our favorite stop to get our feet off the ground is the pole dancing classes at Soul Flight by Moritzplatz. And after Sunday brunch in Neukölln, it’s the perfect time for some wellness with a session at Hotpod Yoga Berlin, a multisensory take on classic hot yoga. Getting our new year fitness goals, one Kiez at a time. (Text: Faye Valentine / Photos: Urban Sports Club & Stefan Haehnel)
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