Berlin Marathon

Held annually on the last weekend of September – coming NOW!!! – the Berlin Marathon is one of worlds favorite. Last year there were more than 40 thousand  participants from 107 different countries and more the one million spectators. Along with Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York, it forms the World Marathon, which rewards with $1 million the top female and male marathoners.

strecke-laeufer-2013An interesting curiosity about the course – which begins and ends by one of  Berlin’s biggest symbols, the Brandenburg Gate – is that most marathon world records have been set here due to the super flat geography of the city, the mild temperatures the of the beginning of the German autumn and the super cheering spectators crowd. The course is also a class of history, since it passes through the major tourist sites of the German capital and almost all the central districts of the city, as our neighborhood Moabit.

The event is split over two days. About 8,000 additional inline skaters compete at the marathon course the Saturday before the running event. Power walkers, handbikers, wheelchair riders, and a children’s marathon are also part of the program.
If you are looking for a place to stay in the center of Berlin for this weekend – as a runner or as spectator – the Amstel House Hostel Berlin has a perfect and cheap special offer for you.

basic2-157Our Marathon special includes:
–    2 nights from Friday to Sunday in bed of a four-bedded mixed dormitory
w/ washing facilities and shared bath/ WC
– 48h Berlin Welcome Card (AB) Metro Tickets
– 2 x breakfast
– 1 x All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet
Reservations through our Website

HANFPARADE BERLIN 2013

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On Saturday, the 10th of August 2013 the Hanfparade Berlin 2013 will march for the 17th time to demonstrate for the change in the policy on Cannabis. The event starts at 13h at Bahnhof Zoo and will end at Brandenburg Tor with live music, Hanf market and talk.

If you are not from Berlin, are in the mood the join them and is looking for a place to stay, take a look in the Amstel House Hostel. We are only 5 minutes from the starting point Zoo and we offer great accommodation for the best price in town.

More information for the Hanfparade you an find here http://www.hanfparade.de/

Karneval der Kulturen

It’s definitely one of Berlin’s cultural highlights of the year. Celebrating its ethnic diversity since 1995, this event brings out into the streets people from all nations for a four day long playlist of live music, dance and great entertainment.

Berlin’s international population is booming. The estimated number of its citizens with a foreign passport is astounding 450.000 inhabitants. Out of the 3.5 millions, many have a mixed ethnical background.The political unification of the East and the West brought about changes. As a result of these mostly economical changes, social and cultural conflicts and differences started to become more and more apparent, creating tensions within Berlin’s blooming society. The biggest challenge of the newly formed communities was to merge but maintain – their cultural identity within the face of rising prejudices which became part of a public discussion at the time.Coincidentally, throughout this turbulent time period, Berlin found itself in the center of artistic attention – musicians streamed into the city contributing to its diverse flavor and richness and to its open-minded spirit.

The Carnival of Cultures has become an essential event to Berlin’s rich background variety and its growing communities. They see it as a challenge, as an open invitation to recognize the culture of their origin on an international platform while redefining their own views on their cultural identity. They must not be at odds as the Carnival attempts to prove every year. And we dare say succesfully.

When: 17-20.5.2013

Details: Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin Gallery Weekend 2013

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If you should believe the popular mockery going around Berlin these days then this nine year-old event is nothing more than a posh assembly of mediocre artist putting up a nice show-off. The glam is on but the concept is allegedly missing. We hear you, critics. The exorbitant funds galleries invested into a two-day venue could be allocated into more long-term projects of even higher quality aiming to attract wider audiences. However, we also agree with the galerist Tim Neuger that the weekend’s main objective remains to introduce 51 emerging artist on an international platform of Berlin, creating an an enviroment where the artist’s body of work, an exhibition place and a spectator merge in one. Admittedly, there is art that does not fit the gallery space whether by accident or design but that is not a reason to not enjoy the event for what it is and simply be a consumer. Here the highlights!

‘It’s the rules and conventions that hold us a prisoner’, she once said. ‘I wanted to make it them invisible’. So, a couple of years ago Eva Kotatkova turned her grandmothers’ aparment, a leftover from a socialist era, into a personal cave. She boarded herself in a corner, installed a false floor with tight openings in which she resided. She shot the whole process on camera. As a result, a person feels confined in a space and its movements are limited. When she presented her work as a part of ‘Using Own Language’ exhibition she built a tunnel – the only way to enter her exhibiton was to squeeze through the unstable construction. This time, this awarded Czech artist, introduces her paintings, collages and sculptures in the Meyer Riegger Gallery.

Barbara Weiss Gallery in Kreuzberg invites you to see works of Ayse Erkmen. Ever fleeting, avoiding the timeless, relying simply on flexibility of time and place and the reality of then versus now, the Instabul born artist reconstructs old sculptures and steers away from longing for the new. In 1994, walking down Oranienstraße you may have noticed a string of black words painted on a facade of one of its houses. Harking back to her heritage, these words were no real words they were verb endings. Verb endings used in Turkish language describing a story from a perspective of the others. Split between two cultures, she rarely interprets her art. It does seem like it tells a story of its own. Or you do?

First woman to ever win the Grand Austrian State Prize, Maria Lassnig made the Capitain Petzel her temporary weekend getaway. Focusing on body awarness, this pioneer of Austrian art scene, accentuates the striking world of human emotions. Her work as seen in Karl Marx Straße, has never before been exhibited outside her own studio. Don’t miss it!

The Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery has certainly hit the jackpot with Oscar Murillo. This young painter, a graduate of London Royal College of Art cerainly won’t dissapoint. He’s been known as constantly crossing the line of ideal concepts of the ‘Making Of’. He often works with video and participatory installations. A manifestation of body in transit, Murillo defies the traditional way of making art within the walls of one’s studio as a potential for functionalism and liberation. He sees these aspects within a community, out on a street or at parties and they posses the same importance and stimulation as the aformentioned.

Certainly, the Gallery Weekend could use less glam and more modesty but when splurge why don’t do it in style? ‘Special about weekend is the fact that we invite the art public to visit our galleries. It should not be anything special, really but the more marketed the art is the more it moves away from its point of origin and that is our goal – to bring back the art to places where it is truly presented and exhibited’. So much from the gallerist herself, Joanna Kamm. Keep your eyes and minds open and you may be surprised what this upcoming weekend may bring!

What: Berlin Gallery Weekend

Where: overall Berlin

When: 26-28.4.2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictoplasma Berlin 2013

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All of you aspring artists, illustrators and designers out there, perk up. There is no better way escape from grating Easter winterland than to take part in world’s leading contemporary character festival taking place in Berlin.  Pictoplasma presents year after year an astounding mixture of art dialogue, fascinating conference lectures and animation  screenings. Presented by more than dozen artists and accompanied by 25 character walk exhibitions, this event becomes more than just your typical weekend getaway. Pictoplasma not only connects but educates and creates unique characters on a new level.

The Conference

You’ve been a doodler ever since they invented school desks? Then the container of Platton Kunsthalle promises to gather the best of the best for an out of this world doodling sessions – just drop in on the Character Lab. You might find yourself performing next to the imaginary Sound Creatures of David Kamp. Pass by the Platoon Bar to meet new enthusiastics and bond over great coffee or over cold beer. This years’ highlights on this vivid creative platform include Sue Doeckson, whose love for scissors, glue and paper seems to be infectious and monster knitting sensation from the US – Anna Hrachovec.

Animation Festival

Divided into four different categories – Characters in Rythm, Motion, Narration and Psychadelic Midnight Mix, the Babylon screen brings to life new born characters in a large selection of short films, motion graphics and experimental jobs. There is also something for the youngsters – Mini Plasma is dedicated to them.

Character Walk Exhibitions 2013

Character Walk Exhibitions takes in 2013 a huge leap. More and more Berlin neighborhoods tend to open up to art these days and so this years’ Walk  caters not only to Mitte art fans but invites the emerging scene of Kreuzberg and Neukoelln to tag along for the ride. This year’s tour is made of more than twenty galleries, art venues placed at various spots in the city. This part of the festival bustles with creative energy as it boasts a number of installations and sculptures both in limited festival editions.

WhatFESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE OF
CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART

Where: BABYLON am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz,
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Berlin,
AND 20+ ART SPACES

When: 10 – 14 APRIL 2013

Berlin Fashion Week 2013

Year after year fashionistas from all over world flood to Berlin to experience the unique transformation of city’s winter gloom into colorful world  of modern creativity represented by the industry’s best.

The trends of the season become alive as designers, customers and specialists come together to set the tone of what’s in and what’s out in 2013. Posh catwalks, glamorous events and cozy showrooms unveil the secrets and surprises artists have been working on and allow the audience to gain an insight on new trends and directions.

There is more!

Market of The Continents

An incredible journey around the world starts this weekend.

Columbus. Hamburgers. Indians. Carneval. If these four words just about sum up your knowledge about America, it’s high time to move your booty and do something about it. Market of the Continents celebrates in Dahlem Museums its 16th anniversary and presents the best of American arts. Read more