Author: Felipe Tofani

How to enjoy MyFest Kreuzberg in the best way possible

For me, MyFest Kreuzberg is the unofficial open air party that marks the beginning of summer in Berlin. The trees are all green, and you can see people on the streets for the first time in a while. It marks a new season, a new beginning and, since 2012, I try to go there and enjoy myself in the best way possible. During all these years, I learned a lot about MyFest Kreuzberg and how thing work during this lovely day. My first time there was in 2012, and I was living in Berlin for less than two months...

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The Haus: Turning a soon to be demolished Bank into a Temporary Gallery for Street Art

The Haus is Berlin’s newest attraction, and it can only be described as one of these things that only happen in the German Capital. We say this because over 150 artists were invited to turn a disused bank into a temporary gallery for street art. Every room becomes a piece of art, and there are paintings, tags, sculptures and graffiti spread over five floors. But… Everything will only last until demolition day. We arrived at The Haus on a windy Saturday afternoon. The first thing we saw was a large H on the side of a building. The second...

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David Bowie Berlin Concert 1987: The Glass Spider Tour in front of the Reichstag

When David Bowie died, in early 2016, we were not surprised to read a tweet from the German Foreign Office mentioning how he helped bring down the Berlin Wall. We read it and started looking for a David Bowie Berlin Concert so we could see him in action. One of the first items we found was the Glass Spider Tour of 1987 that became legendary for a lot of reasons. Some say it was the worst tour Bowie ever did. Below we’re going to explain you this concert in Berlin. In June 1987, David Bowie performed in front of...

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Knut and Friends: The story of a polar bear in the Berlin Zoo

When I think about the Berlin Zoo, one thing comes to my mind, and it’s the polar bear called Knut. Born in December 2006, Knut was a polar bear born in the Berlin Zoo that became so popular that his presence increased zoo attendance by 30%. Yeah, everybody loved Knut, but he is not longer with us. His sad story is one of the reasons why I believe the documentary Knut and Friends is something that every animal lover should watch. Knut and Friends tell the story of Knut, the famous polar bear from the Berlin Zoo, and shows...

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Berlin Riots: The 1953 Uprising of Workers in East Germany

If you ever wondered why Strasse des 17. Juni has its name, you have to watch this short movie from British Pathé from the Berlin Riots of 1953. This short movie is not a documentary but a newsreel report about the uprising of workers against the Communist Regime in East Germany. This is the real deal, not an interpretation of what happened. If you don’t know what was happening back on June 17th, 1953, let us try to explain to you. The Second World War ended a few years before and Germany was split into 4 areas. The largest...

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Where did David Bowie live in Berlin?

During the seventies, Berlin was a city scarred by a war and by a wall the split it in half. This was the city where David Bowie and Iggy Pop decided to live, trying to escape the drug culture of Los Angeles. But where did David Bowie live in Berlin? During the time of singles like Golden Years and Fame, David Bowie was living on the commercial success of his Thin White Duke period. But he wasn’t happy. His behavior was growing erratic and he blamed his drug addiction. And he wanted to change his life, he wanted to...

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Total Records: The Art of Vinyl & Photography at C/O Berlin

Total Records: The Art of Vinyl & Photography From December 2016 to the end of April 2017 at C/O Berlin ; Without its cover, an album is just a black vinyl disc. But, with its cover, it becomes something magical that captures our eyes and turns music into something more. You don’t even need to close your eyes to remember four guys walking in a crosswalk, a baby under water trying to catch a dollar bill, a yellow banana… Everybody knows what are those and this is why Total Records at C/O Berlin is such an interesting exhibition. For...

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A Lot of Reasons to visit Helsinki in Winter

Six Reasons to Visit Helsinki in Winter It's not that hard to survive winter in Finland and enjoy everything that Helsinki has to offer ; Most of my friends think I’m crazy when I mention how much I love visiting Helsinki in winter. As I write this, I have been to Helsinki six times and I was there during winter twice and I loved Helsinki more every time that I went there. But if you ask me why do I love the Finnish capital so much, I wouldn’t be able to explain to you in words. But I gonna...

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