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No time like the present – Berlin Art Week 2014

Clear your diaries for a night of fun and madness: Berlin Art Week 2014 begins from tonight, 16th September! The highlight will be the opening of the exhibition ‘Schwindel der Wirklichkeit’ (‘Vertigo of Reality’). [READ MORE]

Berlin gets bookish

Words are taking over Berlin. If you have read our magazine, then you will know that everyone is talking about the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, the 14th of its kind. Discussions, readings, and lectures will be taking place day and night until 20th September. [READ MORE]

It’s all about attitude

Where does art stand in society today? In a daring piece of self-experimentation, the performer Anja Müller is putting on a one-woman musical. [READ MORE]

Sept/Oct 2014: art, good food & construction

September is the time when Berlin gets started again. After the summer break the museums bring out new exhibitions, the theatres celebrate premieres of operas, plays and shows. The Berlin Festival rocks out by the River Spree and the Art Week draws art-lovers into the city. As always, Berlin&I gives you an overview of the best events. The Museum Island is home to innumerable cultural treasures and is a reason in itself to visit Berlin. But some of the buildings which make up the UNESCO World Heritage site are in urgent need of renovation and the Museum Island is now a large building site. Sometimes this results in disappointment for visitors who find themselves standing in front of closed doors. Michael Eissenhauer, director-general of the National Museums of Berlin, tells us in our interview what is happening on the Museum Island and in other important Berlin museums. Sarah Wiener (featured on our cover) gives us a taste of better food. And our tour guide reminds us about the last days of the GDR, which met its end 25 years ago.

Enjoy!

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Marimbaphone & family

The Konzerthausorchester is going on tour, but not to far away countries. For the Kiez-Konzert-Festival, the prestigious orchestra will trade its glamorous 19th century concert hall in the heart of Mitte for more unusual locations around Berlin. [READ MORE]

Embrace the music

Music and dance have a close relationship, but they never usually mix. In ‘Vortex Temporum’, the two come into physical contact: they mingle intimately with one another on stage, in the form of seven dancers and six musicians. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a master of the European contemporary dance form, is making her mark at the ‘Tanz im August’ festival with the Berlin première of her choreographical masterpiece. Dancers from her own company ‘Rosas’ will perform alongside musicians from the contemporary music ensemble ‘Ictus’. Although they start out as separate entities, throughout the piece they become smoothly entwined, spiralling slowly into each other. The musicians’ movements become dance, the dancers’ rhythm becomes music.

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Bring on the beef and beer once more

We’re coming down to the last few weekends of summer now so some consolation is needed. Fortunately, the people at the Beer&Beef Festival have decided to bring the festival back to Urban Spree and RAW-Gelände this weekend. After two successful rounds this season, you can expect more delicious, hand-picked street food and beer and drinks from small breweries. With music from DJs and bands too, it’ll really be a feast for all the senses. [READ MORE]

A Night at the Palace

If you take the train out to Potsdam this Saturday evening, you won’t just find yourself surrounded by beautiful imperialistic buildings, but also by the pomp and glory of the Prussian kings who once lived there will also be brought into the present. The grounds and follies around the Sanssouci estate will remain open into the evening on Saturday so you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of that extravagant baroque lifestyle. [READ MORE]

A walk through the past

As you may already have heard, November this year will mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Walking through the centre of Berlin today, it can be hard to imagine just what the atmosphere in 1989 was like. Well, the English Theatre Berlin is running a special season, which actually includes two guided walks and other ‘on-site’ performances exploring this period of history:  25 Jahre Mauerfall or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ossis/Wessis hopes to put the events of 1989 into context and the season is beginning with a special audio audio tour this weekend. [READ MORE]