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June 12-18: TENSOR Art Installation, Jewish Film Festival, Vegan Summer Festival, and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of June 12, 2023!
About twelve years ago, I went to Prague for the first time with a friend. We were young so we thought it'd be a great idea to buy a bottle of Absinthe and have it at our hostel. The only problem was we needed an Absinthe spoon or something similar to light the sugar cube - soaked in Absinthe - on fire. Being students, we didn't want to buy an Absinthe spoon. My friend suggested asking a random restaurant for a fork instead. I thought it was a long shot. I mean, who would give a fork to a couple of random kids? But guess what? We walked into the restaurant, asked for a fork, and they actually gave it to us! Why am I sharing this story? It's simple:
You never know unless you ask!
Fast forward to now, I still live by that motto. Just recently, I decided to shoot a message to Andrew and Maurice from 20 Percent Berlin, asking if they could give a shoutout to Berlin Events Weekly in their newsletter. And you know what? They were super cool about it and actually recommended us alongside Handpicked for Berlin.
⭐ When was the last time you asked for help and people were happy to lend a hand?
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:
⭐ TENSOR: Art Installation
🖼️ Reopening of Berlinische Galerie (#exhibition)
🎥 Jewish Film Festival
♻️ The Greentech Festival (#sustainability)
🌱 Vegan Summer Festival
🚲 Berlin Bicycle Market
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1. TENSOR: A Captivating Technological Art Installation at SOMMERLIGHTS 2023
TENSOR, a collaborative art installation by Christopher Bauder and Akiko Haruna, captivates viewers at DARK MATTER during SOMMERLIGHTS 2023. Inspired by the mathematical term "tensor," it transports visitors to an enigmatic world where light and sound morph endlessly, evoking both awe and unease. Suspended lights form a mesmerizing visual spectacle while Akiko Haruna's musical score heightens the experience. TENSOR is a poetic fusion of technology and emotion, inviting visitors to explore the unknown and challenge their senses. TENSOR offers an immersive 45-minute show that continually repeats, allowing visitors to dive into its captivating realm at their leisure. Buy tickets.
Date: 26 May - 02 Sept 2023 / Thursday - Sunday
Location: DARK MATTER
Berlinische Galerie, Foto: © Roman März
2. Reopening of Berlinische Galerie: 'When Platitudes Become Form' by Julius von Bismarck
The Berlinische Galerie reopens after renovations with an intriguing exhibition titled "When Platitudes Become Form," featuring artist Julius von Bismarck. Through deconstruction, von Bismarck challenges societal perceptions of nature and explores the intertwined relationship between our understanding of nature and historiography. This exhibition marks a biographical shift for the artist, incorporating his family history into the works. Julius von Bismarck's diverse artistic practice combines visual art, natural sciences, and humanities, manifested through installations, happenings, sculptures, and land art. More info.
Date: 26 May - 14 August 2023
Location: Berlinische Galerie - Kreuzberg
3. Jewish Film Festival
Founded in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. As a prominent cultural event in Berlin and Potsdam, the festival showcases the richness and diversity of Jewish life through the medium of film. With screenings held at multiple venues in Berlin and Brandenburg, the festival serves as a platform for dialogue, fostering discussions on a wide range of topics. It stands as both a celebration of Jewish film worldwide and a vital cultural event in Germany. Read more.
Date: 13 June (Tue) - 18 June (Sun)
Location: various locations in Berlin and Potsdam
© Vianney Le Caer
4. The Greentech Festival: Empowering Change for a Sustainable Future
The Greentech Festival, a three-day event held at the former Berlin Tegel Airport and online, brings together global participants to discuss and drive solutions for the climate crisis. With the motto #celebratechange, it offers a platform for mutual exchange, inspiration, and action. The festival showcases environmentally friendly technologies, hosts a conference for progressive discussions, and presents the prestigious Green Award for innovative projects and ideas. Join the Greentech Festival to be inspired and empowered to make a positive impact towards a sustainable future. Read more.
Date: 14 June (Wed) - 16 June (Fri)
Location: Former Tegel Airport
5. Vegan Summer Festival
The Vegan Summer Festival offers visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of booths showcasing vegan products and delve into the plant-based lifestyle. With over 100 information and sales booths, attendees can browse and purchase vegan products for three consecutive days. In addition to a wide range of delicacies and vegan organic and raw food specialties, attendees can also find animal-free cosmetics, T-shirts, as well as leather-free products and accessories such as belts and shoes. The festival is further complemented by music, cooking shows, and a children's program, ensuring a diverse and engaging experience for all.
Date: 16 June (Fri) - 18 June (Sun) / 12:00 - 19:00
6. Berlin Bicycle Market: A Hub for Used Bikes
As the weather gets warmer, now is the perfect time to consider getting a bike, and the Berlin Bicycle Market is the ideal destination for finding a quality used bicycle. With a vast selection of used bicycles and a diverse range of sellers, it offers a unique exchange for buyers in Berlin. The market's young and dynamic team prioritizes customer service and safety. They provide free, impartial purchase advice and inspect each bike to prevent any surprises for buyers. Mechanical expertise is also readily available, with on-site mechanics offering repairs and adjustments. The market works in cooperation with the Berlin police to prevent the sale of stolen goods, ensuring a secure marketplace for all. Read more.
Date: 17 June (Sat) / 14:00 - 18:00
Location: Berolinastraße 20, 10178 Berlin (Mitte)
Restaurant of the week:
You'll find this restaurant right in the heart of Dong Xuan Center, the biggest Asian market in Berlin. They serve up a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes. As soon as you step into the market, you're transported to a whole new world. Trust me, the market alone is totally worth a visit!
Track of the week:
Movie of the week:
Thirteen Lives (2022): A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding.