Carnival of Cultures street festival 2015

Here we go! It´s time again for the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, one of the most attractive and funny events in our wonderful city!

Like every year, this week end thousands of people will join in Kreuzberg to breathe the spirit of different cultures, listen to the variety of music and admiring all the costumes and music trucks at the street parade that takes part sunday 25th of May.

 

 

The Carnival takes place from friday 22nd to monday 25th around Blücherplatz (U1 and U6  stop “Hallesches Tor”) with over 100 bands and DJ´s performing all kind of imaginable music and over 200 street performers out of the stages!!

Now to the highlight: The Parade on Sunday 24th

It begins at Hermannplatz (U7-U8 stop) at 12.30 pm and goes all along Hasenheide, Gneisenaustraße, Yorckstraße

End: ca. 9 pm, Yorckstraße/Möckernstraße

For more infos –> http://www.karneval-berlin.de/en/english.175.html

 

Have fun and see you there!

Your U Inn Berlin Hostel Team

 

Summer in the city – best beach bars, chill out places and parks in Berlin

You planning to visit Berlin now or in the coming weeks? Surely you will visit the main touristic spots, like Brandenburg Gate, Fernsehturm, Eastside Galaery and so on. But Berliners like to chill out after a full day at the riverside, or in nice open air location with cold beer and good music. Here are some of the best places you shouldn’t miss.

Sommer in Berlin

Bearchbars, Cafes or Sitting Outside:
Klunkerkranich

At the parking level of the shopping mall Neukölln Arcaden you can find not only a chill-out-café-bar called Klunkerkranich but also one of the best views over Berlin. You should definitely go there in case you are – by chance – one of these people in Berlin that are NOT blessed with their own gigantic roof terrace. You are not alone if you are one of them. Not alone at all.

Prinzessinnengarten

The Prinzessinnengarten is a mobile garden next Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg. In the shade of the trees you can have a relaxing beer, or try a snack of the homemade organic food.

Club der Visionäre

Club der Visionäre aka CdV is a bar swimming on the water of a sidearm of the river together with the bar Freischwimmer it’s the favourite place for people from Kreuzberg and Friedrichhain to chill out on a long long Sunday afternoon. At the CdV there are always really good Dj’s playing. There are no big gigs, it’s more like they go and play in their own living room. So often you get the chance to meet some high ranking Djs.

Yaam

Yaam is one of the oldest Beach Bars in Berlin. It’s like a little island of Jamaica right in the middle of Berlin. Here you always find a little peaceful beach and chilled reggae music. At night they do some good parties too. Right now the Yaam is under threat because of a luxury condo they want to build on this location. That’s why a move is already scheduled for 2013. The new location will be the area of the former Maria/Magdalena/Josef Club and Schilling Bridge.

Badeschiff

The Badeschiff is a very unique place. Since the river Spree isn’t particularly made for swimming. They transformed to old ships into a swimming pool on the river. Pretty awesome right?! A lot of people hanging out at the Badeschiff the whole day. Swimming, chilling, sun bathing and later on dancing since they also do a lot of open air parties in the summer months.

Lichtpark

Lichtpark is one of the newer Open Air Party locations. For the weekend they provide for a small entry fee nice electronic music and a chilled location on the river. This place is often crowded by people who either just come or go to Kater Blau Club or did not get in for the Sunday after hour party but still want to make party.

Monbijou-Theater

You’ve probably been to open-air festivals at  ://about blank or  Sisyphos already. But it does not always have to be all electronic beats for crazy dance moves. At Monbijoutheater for example, you can learn to dance mambo, tango or swing. Feels like Dirty Dancing!

Admiralsbrücke

During the summer the bridge and its grassy shores are alive with droves of Berliners, relaxing and chilling with some cheap späti beers. All whilst taking in the vibes from the buskers, acoustic groups, And any other manner of movers and shakers that swings by. Free entertainment at its best! Setting the groove all the way into the night.

Tempelhofer FeldWe also recommend the big and green parks in Berlin like:

Preußenpark
Tempelhofer Feld
Insel der Jugend Treptower Park
Volkspark Friedrichshain

 

 

Images © Sabine Alex

This Ain’t California – a GDR Skateboard documentary

GDR Skateboard Movie

This Ain’t California – a GDR Skateboard documentaryThis ain’t California is a documentary about the Skateboard scene in East Germany. Yes you hear right. Between all these gray socialism there where some kids who not only build their own skateboards they build there very own freedom. And this idea is not so wrong at all. Just think about the fact that the GDR had some of the biggest urban development projects with a lot of concrete. Perfect conditions for skateboards. The premier of this Movie was at the Berlinale 2012 in Berlin. Just a few days ago. For more information go to www.thisaintcalifornia.de

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Fete de la musique June 21 2011

Fête de la Musique Berlin Friedrichshain

U inn Berlin Hostel Fete de la musique

“Participate in the vibrant sounds and beats of Fête de la Musique – the European and Worldwide Music Day! The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982, and was founded by the popular French cultural minister Jack Lang. The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and a few power connections, and yet, in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event.

 

This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in over 340 cities worldwide, 60 European cities, 22 of them in Germany alone. On June 21st one can hear all styles of music that is free to the public thanks to all of the musicians, bands, orchestras, choirs, soloists and DJs that perform for free on this day. In Berlin, Fête de la Musique has been produced by the Fête Company since 1995. The festival started as a small movement and has grown to be one of the largest and most widely attended music festivals our city offers!”

Stages near the Hostel in Friedrichshain:

Feuermelder (Alternative Indie Punk)

Krossener Str. 24

Lovelite (Dancehall Dub Reggae)

Simplonstr. 38

Rosis (Elektro DnB)

Revaler Str  29

Cassiopeia (Alternative Punk Dub Reggae)

Revaler Str. 99

Neurocomic (Techno Minimal)

An der Schillingbrücke

For more information check www.fetedelamusique.de

Carnival of Cultures Street Festival 2011

“Karneval der Kulturen” The Street Festival 10th June – 13th June

U inn Berlin Hostel Karneval der KulturenCome right in! Listen and dance to the sound of Berlin: four different stages – Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta – want to introduce Berlin’s music szene as well as international bands to you. Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians settle on the grassland and invite all visitors to test their own abilities in those fields and practice their skills in creativity. 330 market stalls attract with culinary seducements, arts and crafts and much more.

 The Highlight the Procession 12th June

On the Sunday of Pentecost, 12th June 2011, about 4.800 participants organised in 93 groups will change Kreuzberg into a sea of colours and ideas.  We expect about 700.000 visitors to celebrate Berlin’s diversity along the route. The street procession focusses on the cultural richness of Berlin, and also highlights the often hidden treasures of its international cultural scene. It questions everyday life and politics. Carnival is a combined art form that embraces many aspects of artistic expression. Due to the global migration currents it is multifacetted and of mixed styles. The Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life.

www.karneval-berlin.de

Boxhagener Platz – Ein Berliner Heimatfilm

Boxhagener Platz

U inn Berlin Hostel Boxhagener Platz

Boxhagener Platz: Ein Berliner Heimatfilm? Für die heutigen Anwohner des Boxhagener Platzes werden sich da wohl so einige Fragen stellen. Ist dieser Film doch im Jahre 1968 angesiedelt, und spiegelt das Leben zwischen der “Studentischen Revolution” in West-Berlin und der Niederschlagung des “Prager Frühlings” im Bruderstaat wieder. Bilder eines “drei Tage wachen” und “drauer druffen” Plüschhasen, der vom Boxi-Kiosk zur Zoohandlung tanzt, mit dem sich der moderne Friedrichshainer wohl ehr identifizieren kann, werden in diesem Film nicht bedient. Nicht einmal der Eckkneipe Feuermelder wird eine Gastrolle zugedacht. Der Regissur Matti Geschonneck(selber am Boxi aufgewachsen) hat dem “durchsanierten” Bezirk Friedrichshain den Rücken gekerht und den Film in Leipzig, Dessau und Halle gedreht. Trotzdem wird der Film wohl zum Pflichtprogramm für jeden der sich unserem Kiez verbunden fühlt.

Berliner Kiez

Sein Film schimmt nicht auf der Ostalgie Welle mit, sondern ist eine Milieustudie, in der es um eine Oma und ihren Enkel geht. Wärend seine Oma gerade ihre besten Jahre durchlebt und nur noch auf den Tot von Ehemann Nummer Sechs wartet, um mit dem Siebenten anzubendeln, versucht ihr Enkel den Mord am lokalen Fischhändler zu klären. Dabei trifft er auf alte Spartatkisten, Kiez-Schläger, Malocher und wichtig tuende Wachmeister. Doch wie soll es anders sein  stößt er schnell an die Grenzen des Arbeiter und Bauern Staates.Vertreten durch die Staatssicherheit.

Also doch irgendwie ein (Ost)Heimatfilm.

Ab 4.3.2010 in bestimmt auch in Euren Kiez-Kinos.