The Zoo station together with the well known shopping street Kurfürstendamm – kindly called Ku’ damm by locals – formed at the time of the Wall the trendy center of West Berlin. Theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, cabarets, restaurants, fashionable stores and local designer made of the area the biggest buzz of that Berlin. Today a mix of many universes it gathers luxury with poverty, newcomers students with longtime residents, train stations, tourist attractions and a lot of coming and going.
Amazing C / O Berlin, the International Forum for Visual Dialogues, moved this year to the Amerika Haus, located in the area. Still being renovated the institution offers until spring 2014 open air photo exhibitions 24h/7 and gratis for all to see. The current theme is by the way the area where the exhibition takes place, nothing less than the boulevard Zoo & Ku’damm. Here 13 Photographers from the renowned Ostkreuz Agency were invited to explore Charlottenburg and its residents and to reveal the diverse stories and social strata behind the hectic activity and facades. Myths and truths, secrets and clichés, the different histories and social differences that stirred this usual urban scene were all portrayed. Going on until the 24th of November the Ostkreuz. To the West. A new perspevtive on Charlottenburg is located only 3 metro stations from the Amstel House, right in front of the Amerika Haus.
Exactly 50 years ago the then President of the United States John F. Kennedy made one of his best and one of XX century’s most famous speeches. In a crucial and tense period of the Cold War the first American president to step in Berlin after the construction of the Wall talked with enthusiasms to an audience of more than 450.000 people in the West neighborhood of Schöneberg. Emphasizing the U.S support for the West Germany JFK pronounced in this speech the legendary words “Ich bin eine Berliner”, which became his best known and Berlins most repeated quote until today.
Ever since then the Kennedy family won the affection of the citizens of Berlin. In honor to this special relationship Berlin opened in 2008 a museum dedicated to one of the most unique families of the recent history. The Kennedys Museum offers this year special events doe the 50th years anniversary of JFK visit. Definitely worth a look.
Considered one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, the JazzFest Berlin plays in several directions. Having the rhythm as the starting point and connection the festival investigates and presents different cultures, styles and forms of expression and emotion, which find in jazz the common means of expression. The concept of the event is the documentation, support and recognition of trends in the jazz world, becoming a mirror of the diversity of the musical creative activity.
During four days – from October the 31st to December 3rd – the event will feature a varied program and many major representatives of jazz around world. There will be plenty good music, free style, improvisation, the best African percussion and drums, hallucinating pianos and wind instruments.
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Artists from New York and Berlin are gathered in the exhibition Tomorrow It’s Time for the Future. The focus is to strengthen the artistic exchange between the two poles and stimulate the growth of cooperative projects and collective artistic between them.
The flirtation between the two cities, however, is been going on already for a long tine. For many Berlin is just like New York in the 80s. Freedom of expression, creativity and urban lifestyle, as well as innovative and fluent artistic production are common characteristics between them. With the exorbitant rents the American metropolis, many artists New Yorker artists immigrated to Berlin searching for a cheaper life more time to artistic creation.
Mixing established artists with others emerging, Berliners with New Yorkers, the exhibition shows some of this affinity between two of the most important art scenes of the world. At the same time a retrospective of generations and an outlook in the future of the arts , the exhibition stays only until October the 20th and is a must go for everyone in this city.
From 9th to 20th of October the nights of Berlin will have a special touch. It is time for the Festival of Lights, one of the biggest illumination events in the world! During the festival more than 70 of Berlin’s most famous sightseeing, landmarks, historical buildings and memorials are illuminated by light installations and projections made by local and international artists. The TV tower, Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom, Olympic Stadium, Hotel Adlon and Oberbaumbrücke, between many other city buildings, become projection screens of different textures, colors and lazer illustrations, gaining an incredible and unique look.
The official center of the festival takes place in Potsdamer Platz, where visitors can find the Info Point of the event. With the mild autumn temperatures, the entire town becomes a night light colorful performance that can be seen in pleasant walks or even by guided buses. Special art and cultural events also take place during this period, such as the already traditional Music Festival Jazz in den Ministergärteb.Since its debut in 2005, the festival of lights has become one of the most popular events of the German capital, annually attracting thousands of spectators from around the world.
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The first’s and only museum in the world dedicated to the acclaimed American punk rock band Ramones is located in Berlin. Made in chronological order the museum is divided in two basement rooms: the first show pieces of from 1975 to 1985 and is dedicated to the beginning of the punk movement. The second room is presents the second phase of the group, between 1985 and 1996. Among the objects to be seen the exhibition shows previously unpublished photos, autographed posters, clothing of the musicians, signed first editions of various publications and much more.
The glittery times of the Berlin cabaret! As promised, the continuation of post Where does Berlin come from – Part I, about the history of Berlin…
German Revolution 1918
After the WWI and the German Revolution in 1918 the Emperor Wilhelm II abdicated and the German Monarchy was abolished, giving place to the Weimar Republic. After almost a decade of struggle with high unemployment and hyperinflation, came in 1924 a period of relative stability: the so called Golden Twenties. Literature, cinema, and music entered a phase of great creativity. Street theatre, the cabaret scene and jazz bands became very popular. The Bauhaus and its traces and curves reflected not only a new form of architecture, but also a new way of thinking. Berlin was considered the continent’s gay capital. The art scene was just fabulous and extremely vanguard. Potsdamer Platz became the busiest traffic center in all Europe and the heart of Berlin’s night life.
Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s
Berlin in the 1920s
The Blue Angel, a film
starring the legendary chanteuse and movie star,
Marlene Dietrich, based on nightlife at
the Wintergarten, Berlin’s famous cabaret in the 1920s
To be continued…
Berlin Fotofestival 2013 presents: Wall on Wall by Kai Wiedenhöfer. A Photo exhibition on the Berlin Wall about Walls that worldwide separate people.
Over a length of 364 meters at the back of the East Side Gallery, the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still standing, 36 panoramas, each 9 x 3 m tall, to see pictures of walls from 8 regions of the world – walls that separate people, perpetuate conflicts where dialogue is necessary. The images were produced by the Berlin photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer.
Since 2006 he has photographed eight border and separation walls around the world: in Baghdad, between North and South Korea, Cyprus, between the U.S. and Mexico, between Spain and Morocco, around the Palestinian territories, in Belfast and at the former German-German border .
In 1989 Wiedenhöfer photographed as a young student the fall of the Berlin Wall. For him it was the most exciting and positive political event of his life. Like many other people at the time he believed that with the fall of the Berlin Wall other walls would be torn down too. Years later proved the opposite. Old walls were cemented; new ones were added as a result of conflict – in Europe, USA and the Middle East. Shocked and to show that walls are not a means to solve global political and economic problems of our time, Wiedenhöfer launched its long-standing gigantic wall project.
“The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine”, said David Bowie about Berlin in the 1970s. Although that city, heart of the Cold War, might not exist any more, its greatest and unimaginably cultural extravaganza is as alive now as then – and as it seems to have always been. During its seven centuries, the turbulent and multiple existence of Berlin went through drastic transformations, for the good and for the bad. There’s one aspect however that despite all changes remains through time along its fascinating history: a diverse cultural spirit of vanguard and love for bohemia and arts.
At the reign of Frederick II (1740-1772), an enthusiastic for music, arts and literature, Berlin became a center of the Age of Reason. Guided by Enlightenment ideas, it was a time of great cultural movements and sociopolitical reforms. Later, in the beginning of the 19th century and oddly during the stagnation after Napoleon’s invasion, an intellectual boom floured cafés and salons, attracting thinkers such as Hegel and Ranke. About the same time the already heading Industrial Revolution started showing sings of its astonishing transformation in the World and, in a special manner, in Berlin.
Berlin in 1846
In the early new century, with the construction of more than 1000 factories, the then capital of Prussia became a center of technology, a symbol of modern metropolis and international city. The population expanded dramatically and outlying suburbs including Wedding and Moabit were incorporated. Popular culture evolved in parallel. In the music scene there has been a huge number of ballads about life in Berlin, like the famous “Das ist die Berliner Luft”(That’s the Berlin air”) from Paul Lincke.
To be continued…
Berlin is famous for its kilometres of an exuberant street art. The strong local scene attracts artists from all around, many of them worldwide known. Here some of the most famous pictures to be seen.
The most-popular painting of the East Side Gallery The Kiss was first paint in 1990 right after the Wall Fall. Made by the Russian artists Dmitri Vladimirovich Vrubel it is a close-up of the two communists leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing, inspired by the real kiss they had in 1979 during the celebration of the 30 years of the DDR.
Blu is an Italian artist with many famous and huge works around Berlin. On many occasions between 2006 and 2009 he worked in the city, mostly in the alternative neighbourhood Kreuzberg. The first one above was a co-working with the French photographer J-R.
By Os Gêmeos
By Os gemeos / the Twins
Born in São Paulo Os Gêmeos (in Portuguese The Twins) are the best known graffiti artists in Brazil. The identical brothers consider Berlin their favorite city in Europe and left their mark on a big wall near the subway station Schlesischer Straße.
The Astronaut by Ash
The French Ash belongs to the first wave of street artists in Europe. He participated to the Backjumps exhibition in Berlin where he realized the work called astronaut / cosmonaut on a wall of a typical Kreuzberg building in the centre of Berlin.