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July 03-09: Rave the Planet, Rum Festival, Photography Exhibition, and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of July 03, 2023!
One of the "wonderful" perks of summer in Berlin is the overwhelming abundance of fruit flies that generously invade your apartment. But fear not, dear friends, for I have stumbled upon a miraculous contraption designed to lure these tiny creatures to their doom using the irresistible fragrance of vinegar! Here is the Amazon link to this glorious fruit fly trap, although I'm sure you can also find it in local stores throughout the city.
And fret not, dear Insect Rights Activists, for there's no need to engage in a bloodshed battle. You can simply trap these pesky flies and release them back into the wild, allowing them to continue their reign of annoyance elsewhere.
As always, I’ve dedicated several hours to curate the finest upcoming events in the city for you.
Here's a sneak peek of what's in store this week:
📷 Capturing 1990s San Francisco's Queer Life (photography)
🎡 Fiesta Latina (Latin American Festival)
🏍️ Pure&Crafted (Bike & Music Festival)
🌎 Rave the Planet (Parade)
🍹 German Rum Festival
🎻 Staatsoper für alle (Open-air Concert)
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In My Chevy Nova, Ace Driving, 1997 © Chloe Sherman
1. RENEGADES: Capturing 1990s San Francisco's Queer Life
In 1990s San Francisco, a stronghold of queer life, photographer Chloe Sherman documented an evolving community that rebelled against cultural norms. After 30 years, her historically significant photographs are presented to a global audience for the first time in the exhibition "RENEGADES: San Francisco - Queer Life in the 1990s." Experience the candid portrayal of a forward-thinking era that embraced art, identity exploration, and freedom. More info.
Date: 30 June - 03 Sept 2023
Location: F³ - Space for Photography
2. Experience Latin America at Fiesta Latina
Embracing the spirit of life, Fiesta Latina invites visitors to Alexanderplatz for an exhilarating celebration. A vibrant program awaits, featuring an array of market stalls showcasing handicrafts, fashion, jewelry, and culinary delicacies. Dance classes and live DJs will set the stage for infectious rhythms and a lively atmosphere. More info.
Date: 04 July (Tue) - 11 July (Tue)
3. Pure&Crafted - The Harmonious Fusion of Music, Motorcycles, and Arts
Pure&Crafted is not your typical event. Since 2015, this festival, initiated by BMW Motorrad, has brought together music, motorcycles, and arts in a harmonious blend. It serves as a melting pot, connecting diverse communities and their interests. Exceptional musicians, innovative customizers, and talented artists unite to create a vibrant living culture. Pure&Crafted is a celebration of life's facets, where creativity, passion, and camaraderie thrive. More info.
Date: 07 July (Fri) - 08 July (Sat)
Location: NÅPOLEON KOMPLEX - Friedrichshain
4. Rave the Planet - 2023
This July 08, 2023, Berlin's city center will transform into a dance floor for the Rave The Planet parade. Under the motto "Music is the Answer," it's not just a celebration of electronic music but a powerful political demonstration for peace, recognition, and the preservation of electronic music culture. Participants demand the protection of this cultural asset, and the safeguarding of cultural venues. Join the movement and be part of the vibrant blend of music, activism, and cultural appreciation that bridges divides and fosters positive change. More info.
Date: 08 July (Sat) / 14:00 - 22:00
Location: Straße des 17. Juni
5. Experience the World of Rum at the 12th German Rum Festival
The German Rum Festival stands as a prominent global event, renowned for its dedication to rum. This festival provides a comprehensive platform for enthusiasts and newcomers alike (18+) to delve into the world of rum and explore its intricate manufacturing process, starting from the cultivation of sugar cane to the creation of the final spirit. With over 150 brands and 70 booths, attendees can enjoy taste tests, masterclasses, and insights into production, aging, and sustainability. More info.
Date: 08 July (Sat) - 09 July (Sun) / 12:00 - 18:00
Location: STATION Berlin - Kreuzberg
6. Staatsoper für alle: A Spectacular Open-Air Classical Concert
STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE (State Opera for Everyone) is a live concert featuring the acclaimed Staatskapelle Berlin, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, performing Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 at the picturesque Bebelplatz. This annual open-air event is a cherished highlight for classical music aficionados. The esteemed orchestra of the State Opera Berlin will gather on a temporary stage in Berlin-Mitte, offering a selection of mesmerizing compositions. Drawing both locals and tourists alike, this concert holds immense popularity, and best of all, it is completely free of charge, inviting everyone to revel in the splendor of classical music. More info.
Date: 09 July (Sun) / 19:30
Location: Bebelplatz - Mitte
Restaurant of the week:
The outdoor area with a brick building is very pleasant, and they serve excellent cocktails. The menu has a slightly upscale feel to it. For around €50 per person, you have the opportunity to share a variety of dishes with your companions.
Track of the week:
Movie of the week:
BlacKkKlansman (2018): Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, Colorado, successfully infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan branch aided by a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.