Germany's multicultural capital of creativity.
Style and Culture
With it's solid reputation as the new Hipster haven, graduates from London art schools have been escaping to Berlin for years.
How has this city been holding onto it’s title as the creative capital for the hip, the trendy and the uber cool? Here are a few of our favourite finds from our most recent trip..
Where should you go?
Full of locals, bars, community and food, Prinzessinnengarten is the epitome of Berlin culture.
This is an extract from the gardens leaflet, translated to english:
'The Prinzessinnengarten is more than just a place to grow vegetables in the city. It is a space for diverse activities. Through the opportunity to contribute and to participate in open workshops, through the garden café and a variety of cultural events, the Prinzessinnengarten has become a lively meeting place with appeal far beyond the neighborhood. At the same time, it is an example of a new type of gardening in the city. Lately, more and more is being heard about gardens that have little to do with the typical ideas of green in the city or with parks, front gardens or allotments. Through such gardens and their participants, terms such as urban gardening, urban agriculture, community gardens, city farms or guerrilla gardening have found their way into common usage. This phenomenon can be observed in the most varied of forms in many cities around the world. Community gardens and urban farming projects are especially widespread in North America. The appearance and size of these gardens as well as the motivations and ideas of the gardeners may vary greatly in detail. What these gardens have in common, alongside the focus on local food production, is that they are developed as community projects and on their own initiative. In addition, gardening is not only understood as a pleasant pastime, with the garden as a private retreat. The alternative use of urban land, self-sufficiency and community work are also generally associated with wider societal issues. Through practical activity, this new garden movement takes up issues like biodiversity, healthy eating, recycling, environmental justice, climate change and food sovereignty. Urban gardens practically demonstrate an ecologically and socially different approach to urban spaces and their inhabitants, enable the social empowerment of marginalized communities, and are places where opportunities for local micro-economies and other economic models are being tested. In an unobtrusive and pragmatic way, such gardens raise the question of how we want to live in our cities in the future.'
Places mentioned in the video:
Neukölln - Located in the southeastern part of the city, this is the latest Berlin borough to be hailed as the centre of all things hip.
Friedrichshain - Imagine an art gallery turned inside out and you’ll begin to envision this eastern district.
Kreuzberg - home to students, artists and a large Turkish population; known for thrift shops, laid-back cafes and the landscaped Viktoria Park.
Kurfurstendamm - one of the most famous avenues in Berlin.
What should you go see?
Urban Spree Friedrichschain.
If you are interested in street art - which, it is likely you are if you have trekked all the way to Berlin - then this is a must see hot spot. It also plays host to more formal exhibitions, concerts and always has new residencies to check out.
'Urban Spree is a 1700 sqm artistic space in Berlin-Friedrichshain dedicated to urban cultures through exhibitions, artist residencies, DIY workshops, concerts, an art store and a large Biergarten. WithinUrban Spree, the Urban Spree Gallery is a 400 sqm independent contemporary urban art space.'