Kapitel 21 – a Moabit’s cultural agitator

The Kapitel 21 is a bar, art platform and gallery as well as a great active cultural agitator in our neighborhood Moabit. As a meeting place for cultural producers and consumers, party-goers and tourists, they present changing exhibitions of local and worldwide artists, book readings, live music, DJ nights, video screen and Karaoke.
Moabit meets balkan
More than a neighbor the Kapitel 21 Team became to us in 2013 great partners. They were part of our 100 Years Amstel House Building Jubilee Party in the 15th of June closing the evening with style and a wonderful DJ set. In September 2013 they organized an incredible event, the MOABIT MEETS BALKAN, in a partnership with the also neighbors Kulturfabrik and Zaffke and with a vast program that lasted all they and with entry free. The Amstel House was also happy to support it, offering hospitality for some of the invited artists. In this video you get to have an idea of what the Event was like. And much more is still to come. Stay tuned and do not miss the next.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2ohPj4gok

Moabit’s Story part I – the boiling new suburb!

Berlin is many! This diversity can also be noticed between its neighborhoods, all with very strong personalities and at the same time really distinct from each other. Moabit in particular has a story a part, full of social fights, engaged arts and cultural diversity.

The very first ones to undergo the area – in the early times just a swamp surrounded by water – were Slavic tribes who crossed the river Spree in order to connect trade routes. In the 13th century its grounds were used by Brandenburg nobles as a hunting area until finally in 1715 French refugees settled around becoming the pioneer inhabitants of the island.

The map of Moabit in 1861

The map of Moabit in 1861

Life was calm and slow until Moabit was merged into Berlin in 1861. Over all, after the expansion of Germany’s Industrial Revolution, which had its burning heart right here, the new suburb began to boil. Numerous factories of big companies, such as AEG, Borsig and Siemens, were constructed in the neighborhood.

Bosig in 1900

Bosig in 1900

The AEG-Turbinfabric made by Peter Behrens in 1907

The AEG-Turbinfabric made by Peter Behrens in 1907

 

Inside the AEG Turbinfabrik

Inside the AEG Turbinfabrik

The enormous job offer attracted families from all around Europe generating an impressive population growth of more than 3000% between 1861 and 1910. Soon the ports of Moabit became agitated centers of import and export and its streets a vibrant and bohemia scene of the proletarian class. The industry ran in frenetic rhythm, as well as the labor mass in its long, exhausting and badly paid daily working journeys. Against the deafening machines, Moabit working class proved to be a loud crowed always engaged in the fight for its social and labor rights. Clandestine meetings, strikes, demonstrations, arrestments and deaths marked the district in the first decades of the XX century.

Moabit in 1905

Moabit in 1905

To be continued….

A charming Neighbor

In the last two years our neighbourhood Moabit has been experiencing an interesting transformation with the arrival of artists and establishments dedicated to art. The ZK/U – center for art and urbanistics is certainly one of the most interesting ones.

ZKU

In an amazing space with an overall footprint of 2000sqm they are located in a former railway depot on the edges of Berlin‘s largest inland port. The outcome of a concept developed by the Berlin-based artists’ collective KUNSTrePUBLIK it is a lively hub for the transport of ideas and ideals in the post-industrial era.

zku

They offer 2-8 months of artistic residencies for art production at the interface of urban research and the development and work of these artists can be seen in public events in collective presentation.

Tamdem/Shami Final Event 2013 - Foto: Mitost

Tamdem/Shami Final Event 2013 – Foto: Mitost

Until October they feature every Friday the Speisekino Moabit, which shows movies for free and serves a menu for 5 € going along with it. Also in the programm is a jazz-jam seasons happening every second weekend.  

Moabit Speisekino

Moabit Speisekino

Only two metro stops from Amstel House Hostel it is an absolutely must go to our guests!

Siemensstrasse 27-49

http://www.zku-berlin.org/

 

 

 

Vinyl in Moabit lives on!

Vinyl Laden 001We all know that it was the video that killed the radio star. Vinyl, on the other hand, is made of harder stuff. At least in Moabit. Thanks to the small but neat shop in Oldenburgerstrasse, Vinyl in Tiergarten survives and we dare say flourishes.

Vinyl Laden 008Whether it’s the sentiment that brings you here or just sheer curiousity, both are going to be more than satisfied. The Vinyl selection is rich and rare but so is the CD one. Whether you come to sell or buy the enthusiastic staff is going to make you feel like this is where you belong.

Vinyl Laden 005The service ranges from simple sell and and purchase to fixing any problem you may come across with your favorite record. Meet VinylBerlin  at Amstel House 100th anniversary event on the June 15th and stop by their market stand to see what the buzz is all about!

Vinyl Laden 007

There goes the neighborhood

It’s no secret that one of Amstel’s most coziest and frendliest neighbors is just a stone’s thrown away. One of Moabit’s popular hang-outs, the Arminius market hall is an fact an old lady that welcomed it’s first visitors in 1891. Badly damaged in the Second World War, it was restored in 1950 and reopened. What grabs you right away is the overwhelmingly detailed interior. You feel like the original plan had been to built a church, then halfway through the architects decided to drop the idea and build a public market place instead. It’s the elaborate archways and floral ornaments together with high ceilings and cathedral – like windows that make you feel like you’re in a holy place. If you worship good and quality food, Arminius Market Hall is your temple. Explore now!