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July 17-23: Photography Exhibition, Open Air Music, CSD Parade, and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of July 17, 2023!
I’ve decided to feature one event per week that is submitted by subscribers, fans, or anyone who comes across my page and believes their event could benefit from this platform. Initially, I was hesitant about showcasing events submitted by individuals, as it seemed to compromise the element of curation. However, I’ve discovered some cool events despite their niche audience.
I am utilizing this practice as a means to become more receptive to ideas that I was previously closed off to. In that same spirit, I started using a dishwasher a month ago! I used to wash dishes by hand, assuming that for just two people, it would take a long time to accumulate enough dishes to run a dishwasher effectively. However, upon learning about the water-saving benefits of a dishwasher, I decided to give it a try, and it has significantly reduced the time I spend on dishwashing.
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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:
📷 IRAN inside out - Photography exhibition
🖼 Art Exhibition
😝 English Standup Comedy
🎵 Airing Out – Open Air Music
🎶 AYO City Festival - Music
🏳️🌈 Christopher Street Day - Parade
Enjoy and have fun!
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1. IRAN inside out: Exploring Identity in Contemporary Photography
The exhibition "IRAN inside out" features contemporary photographs by German and Iranian women photographers. Through their artworks, these artists address the intersection of tradition and modernity in Iran, exploring themes of self-determination. Their personal experiences, family histories, and the situation of women in the country serve as inspiration for their photographic and video works. Spanning from 2010 onwards, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the social dynamics of Iran. The title "IRAN inside out" reflects the artists' perspective of examining the country's transformations and developments, both from within and afar. Read more.
Date: 23 June - 27 August / Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Location: Willy Brandt House - Kreuzberg
Courtesy Eva Fàbregas, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart / Foto: Jacopo La Forgia
2. Devouring Lovers: Immersion in an Organic-Technical Environment
Renowned Barcelona-born artist Eva Fàbregas presents her largest solo exhibition to date at Hamburger Bahnhof. Through her innovative approach, she transcends the boundaries of traditional sculpture, inviting visitors to engage with her work in various ways. Fàbregas transforms the exhibition hall into an organic-technical environment, where industrial iron girders coexist with biomorphic sculptures. The result blurs the lines between technology, humanity, and the non-human, offering a unique and immersive experience for all. More info.
Date: 06 July - Jan 2024
3. Berlin Dating Story: English Standup Comedy
Join Moni Zhang, an award-winning comedian and founder of the Berlin Mental Health Festival, for a hilarious evening dedicated to the ups and downs of dating in Berlin. Experience a diverse lineup of talented comedians sharing their funny and relatable stories about awkward first dates and bizarre Tinder matches. With anonymous audience participation, prepare to be entertained by unexpected dating anecdotes. Moni Zhang, featured by BBC and other media outlets, will be hosting this event before her appearances at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Reserve a spot.
Date: 19 July (Wed) / 20:00 - 22:15
Location: The Wall Comedy- Friedrichshain
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss/ Photo: Xander Heinl/ photothek.de
4. Airing Out – Open Air in the Schlüter Courtyard
Airing Out is an open-air music festival organized by the Humboldt Forum. It features live concerts, DJ sets, a family program, and refreshing drinks. The diverse live program showcases international guests and local musicians from Berlin's music scene. It takes attendees on a musical journey across continents, culminating in the vibrant sounds of Berlin's nightlife. Airing Out offers twelve summer evenings of captivating performances, spanning various genres and providing a danceable experience. Set against the baroque facades of the Schlüterhof, the festival welcomes music lovers of all ages. More info.
Date: 20 July (Thu) - 22 July (Sat) / 19:00 – 23:00
Location: Humboldt Forum (Schlüter Courtyard)
5. AYO City Festival: Berlin's Vibrant Music and Community Celebration
The AYO City Festival returns to Berlin for a celebration of the city's vibrant music scene and local community. This dynamic event features music performances, live acts, DJ sets, and delicious food options. The festival offers something for everyone. It serves as a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and brings the community together in a unifying cultural experience. The word AYỌ comes from the Yoruba language and stands for "joy". The festival aims to create awareness of the diverse, contemporary, urban, popular African & Afro diasporic music genres and showcase how important and indispensable they have now become to the music and cultural landscape in Berlin. More info.
Date: 22 July (Sat) - 23 July (Sun)
Location: Haubentaucher - Friedrichshain
6. Christopher Street Day 2023
Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) is a vibrant parade and festival that celebrates LGBTQIA+ rights. It commemorates the historic Stonewall riots and promotes visibility, equality, and acceptance. With a diverse range of participants and spectators, Berlin's CSD is one of Europe's largest Pride events. This year's motto, "Be their voice – and ours! For more empathy and solidarity!" highlights the importance of unity and inclusivity within the community. More info.
Date: 22 July (Sat) / 12:00
Events from Our Community
Frankenstein: A Captivating Exploration of Ambition and Empathy
Experience the gripping drama of Frankenstein, examining the consequences of unchecked ambition and the value of empathy. Berlin Open Theatre presents a fresh interpretation, delving into intergenerational trauma, social alienation, and the desire to create and replicate. With an international ensemble of immigrant performers, this thought-provoking production brings a multicultural perspective to the stage. Don't miss this innovative and captivating performance, premiering before its transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Performed in English. More info.
Date: 21 July (Fri) - 23 July (Sun) / 20:00
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Restaurant of the week:
The restaurant serves innovative Turkish-inspired dishes and appetizers meant for sharing. It has a laid-back and trendy ambiance with seating available both at the bar and on the sidewalk. The restaurant's customer-centric approach is commendable. During our visit, we ordered two beers that weren't sufficiently chilled. After finishing the first round, we asked if they had any cold beer available when we wanted to order another round. The manager did not charge us for the lukewarm beers, even though we had already consumed them, and insisted that we were happy to pay.
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Movie of the week:
The Worst Person In The World (2021): The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.