It’s been such an easy start to the year that it’s almost a surprise that the Berlinale is already almost upon us. Now, we know that many of you are intimidated by the sheer size of the festival, let alone how to get tickets without standing in the Potsdamer Platz Arcaden for unendurably bright hours on end. We’re here to help, providing a quick and dirty guide to how to get the most out of this year’s Berlinale.
Archive: January 2014
„Screw you world, we don’t need you, we’ll just make art!“ Bosaina is in tears after she has performed the song „Porn Police“ with her band Wetrobots at a nightclub in Cairo. She is wearing a leopard leotard and ironically sang about „satanic homosexuals“ and the sexual freedom of women when the crowd starting chanting „Erhal, erhal, erhal!“ which means „Go away!“ Bosaina, like the four other main protagonists of Art War, is trying to express herself creatively in Egypt during the difficult times that followed the Arab Spring. Her struggle and the verbal and physical fights of young Egyptian artists build the centre of a fast-paced and jazzy documentary that has been in Berlin cinemas for a week.
Do you remember our little Berlin’s Best Bread tasting last December? And the winner in the dark bread category? It was the Spezial by Weichardt Brot made on the premises of this Wilmersdorf bakery with a long history of organic bread. Starting out with selling organic whole grain breads in front of Waldorf kindergardens in the 70s, the family Weichardt had a huge influence on organic baking in Berlin since they started the first whole-grain and Demeter organic bakery in the city. With only four own shops and three market stalls, all but one (Thursday’s organic market on Kollwitzplatz) out West, Weichardt’s bread is not necessarily easy to get if you live on the Eastern side of Tiergarten, but especially their main shop including the bakery and mill is very much worth the travel.
This coffee shop is located in the weirdest of places in central Berlin, right in the eye of the tourist-hurricane, but then otherwise a rather deserted area around Checkpoint Charlie, in between Mitte and Kreuzberg. There’s literally nothing else of food interest, which is maybe why this spot is crowded every time one passes by.
Oh my, what a night. Burgers & Hip Hop united two things so alike in a food and music bash at Prince Charles. People came, had burgers, and voted. So many people in fact, that the line was actually ridiculous and we hope we can make some changes so no one, or at least not too many have to wait for their meal for hours in the freezing cold.
Thank you all for joining the first public vote to find Berlin’s Best Burger, the results are in. And they’re surprising – who would’ve thought first and second place would go to CHICKEN burgers? Certainly not me, but it was very well earned – see the whole list here!