Articles by Paul

Originally from Lancashire in the north of England, Paul Scraton is responsible for Company Communications at The Circus. If you would like to get in contact with him, you can reach him by email at paul.scraton [at] circus-berlin.de

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Ninety minutes from glory… yes, here in Berlin the nerves are already jangling as we wait for Sunday evening and the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. We have been here before, of course. Germany played in the final twelve years ago, whilst the 2014 edition is a re-run of the finals of 1986 and 1990. In 1986 Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to victory in Mexico, whilst Beckenbauer’s boys got revenge in Italy four years later.

With Germany coming into Sunday’s game on the back of an almost unbelievable 7-1 shellacking of hosts Brazil in the semi-final, Argentina will know that their team, led by Lionel Messi, will have to be at the absolute peak of their powers to grab the famous trophy in their rival’s backyard… it has all the makings of an incredible game, and of course we will be showing it live on the big screen down in Katz & Maus, with kickoff at 9pm.

The night before we are also showing the Third Place Playoff game between the Netherlands and Brazil. Kickoff is at 10pm, and at 8pm we will be hosting the final edition of our very special World Cup Quiz, with prizes to be run. On both days we will have our World Cup Happy Hour – with big beers half price between 8 and 9pm…

So good luck to all teams… and if Germany can pull this off, be ready for the party of the year! Here are some more impressions from the last few matches at Katz & Maus:

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If you have spent the last few weeks down in Katz & Maus or elsewhere, watching the World Cup, then you might fancy a bit of a change of scene this week. Yes, the semi finals and the final are still to be played, but there are some free nights coming up and we’ve got a tip for you that is taking place at the Zionskirche, just a short walk up the hill from The Circus and Rosenthaler Platz.

NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS are a theatre ensemble based here in Berlin that have been home to a good number of well received productions over their fifteen year history. In 2011 their CANTATATANZ – an evening of music, performance and a collage-like composition based on the baroque musical artistry of Johann Sebastian Bach – was such as success that in 2014 they have brought it back to Berlin. The performance features dancer Yui Kawaguchi, countertenor Terry Wey, and musicians Jakob David Rattinger, Mayumi Hirasaki and Eugène Michelangeli, and it is fair to say that the Zionskirche itself, as the venue, plays an important role in the visual language of the piece.

Here’s what they say themselves about what you can look forward to:

Employing a sensitive theatrical language that incorporates instrumental music, song, dance, acrobatics and drama, NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS draw on the models of classical music to compose new sound and image landscapes that later reveal quite distinct ways of thinking to the audience. The working method of “guided improvisation” opens up a creative dialogue between the arts, the concerted interplay of which in the course of rehearsals is then condensed into a single evening in a series of tableaux.”

There are performances on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th July, and tickets start at €14. You can book them in advance through the Radialsystem V website. If you want to find out more about CANTATATANZ, including photos and videos of previous performances, then check out  the NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS homepage.

Photo credit: Dieter Hartwig

Berlin Fashion Week

Looking good Berlin!?! Yep, it is that time again, as the fashion world arrives in Berlin for the twice-yearly Fashion Week. Things kick off tomorrow and run through until the 13th July, and include everything from shows to trade fairs and all kinds of surrounding events.

Here are some links for those who want more information, and we are also aware that many of our guests in the next few days will be here for Fashion Week, and if you have any questions or need any help with regards finding venues, cool and interesting shops in the neighbourhood, or anything else then please get in contact with us or drop by the reception. And in the spirit of Fashion Week, the Circus’s very own Lisa has put together a neat selection of shops within walking distance of Rosenthaler Platz, so keep an eye out here on the Circus blog for that, later in the week…

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – the top shows, held this year at the Erika-Hess Eisstadion

Bread & Butter – leading internation trade fair for street and urban wear, held at the former Tempelhof airport

Premium – international fashion trade show, at STATION Berlin

Ethical Fashion Show – trade fair for ethical and social responsible street fashion and casual wear

These are just some of the things taking place in the city over the next week, and if you are interested in the latest edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week magazine (Autumn/Winter 2014-15) you can find it for download on the Fashion Week website here.

Textile Art Berlin

As you might know, the Circus crew are hard at work – when we are not watching the football – making plans for developments in all three houses as part of our Creativity Bonanza… and part of this means getting out there and getting inspired. On Saturday our designers Sandra and Julia headed to Textile Art Berlin to see what they could discover…

“Sandra and I went to TEXTILE ART BERLIN searching for textile art inspiration for the hotel lobby. It is a 2-day fair for contemporary textile art and design with exhibitions, stalls selling all sorts of haberdashery, fabric, books and more for textile handicrafts, film screenings, workshops, fashion shows and more. We concentrated on the exhibitions presenting all types of textile art and handicrafts from patchwork over weaving and tatting to printing. Our personal favorites were the woven series “Women in their fifties” by Laima Oržekauskienė as well as the sewn and watercolored scenes by Rita Zepf and individual pieces such as a fascinating weaving by Giedre Bartelt.” – Julia

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GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Blimey Charlie, this World Cup is turning into something very special indeed when it comes to action on the pitch. Not only were there goals galore in the group stages, but in the second round all sixteen teams gave it a good go and there were some extremely dramatic finishes. There will be plenty of “what ifs” as well, especially from fans of Chile and Switzerland… whilst both Algeria and the USA put on a show that hardly any of us would have expected, apart from perhaps their most hardcore fans.

But we have to wave goodbye to some good teams, as we head towards the Quarter Finals. As always we have all the games shown live on the big screen in our World Cup Lounge at Katz & Maus, a daily happy hour from 8-9pm, and on Saturday, the fourth installment of the World Cup Quiz.

Friday 4th July

6pm Kickoff – GERMANY vs France
10pm Kickoff – Brazil vs Colombia

Saturday 5th July

6pm Kickoff – Argentina vs Belgium
10pm Kickoff – Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Here are some more pics from some fun nights down at the World Cup Lounge:

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Rummelsberg 06.07

After the fantastic opening party a few weeks ago, it is time for the second installment of the FLY Watergate Open Airs at Rummelsburg this coming Sunday. On 6th July it is time for Suol vs Mobilee vs Watergate, and here’s what our mates have to say about the event:

“For months we have been looking forward to dance barefeet through the sand, watch the sun’s rays twinkle on the Spree and rubbing the marks from our sunglasses on our nasal bridge. With great relief we can announce that those days have finally arrived. By that we mean the festival at Rummelsburg! And even better than a Watergate-Festival at Rummelsburg is the fact that we can spend it with our dear friends from Suol and Mobilee.

Without a doubt it is a great pleasure being able to experience it all with you! Get ready for Fritz Kalkbrenner’s live show, a thrilling set by Seth Troxler and a dose of Tiefschwarz in broad daylight. Also we have Anja Schneiders Sound in our beautiful Spree setting, Daniel Bortz delivering emotional tunes and the not-so- sleepy Pillow Talk. Suol-trio Chopstick, Johnjon and Till Von Sein are on board too with Rodriguez Jr. and Re.You letting you ride their sonic waves. To complete this phenomenal extravaganza we invited our beloved friends Matthias Meyer, Ruede Hagelstein and Meggy.”

As always, we have tickets available at the reception of the Circus Hostel for €19,50, and it promises to be some party… check out the facebook page of the event for more information, as well as links to the artists performing on Sunday.

48Hours

Berlins biggest off-scene art festival takes place again this weekend – 48 Stunden Neukölln invites you to see and be part of projects at more than 200 locations. This year’s festival will be themed around “courage”. Not only Berlin based but also international artists ask the question on how open-minded society really is.

Over 300 concerts, exhibitions, movies, concerts and interdisciplinary projects take place in between Maybachufer, Tempelhofer Feld and Sonnenallee. Such as: queer live in Kiev documented with Lomo cameras at Neukölln Arcaden. Social-design start up ‘be able’ presenting their work of enabling inclusion and integration for socially marginalized groups in an open art gallery. A museum of capitalism where social circumstances become tangible.  And ‘Zeitmaschine’ (time machine) – a video installation that makes the visitor see his immediate past and shows the uncertainty of the future.

Experience art at the most remote places and non-places.

Photo Copyright © Caterina Böcker für Kulturnetzwerk e.V.

readux

For those of you who read the Circus Blog on a regular basis, you will know that we like the pocket books from Berlin-based publishers Readux so much that we sell them in the Circus Hotel. Next Wednesday will see the launch of the third series of four books, and there is a launch event taking place at one of our favourite Berlin craft breweries, Vagabund in Wedding. You can find out more information about the launch party here, and here is a brief intro to the books that make up series #3:

“For those of you who loved our translation of Franz Hessel’s 1929 In Berlin, we’re proud to present Arthur Eloesser’s Cities and City People. Published a decade earlier, in 1919, it takes Berlin’s meteoric growth as the starting point for examining the meaning of urbanity.

Flash forward to the end of the 20th century, and you’ll find David Wagner visiting Friedrichstrasse, Schönhauser Allee, and Café M in Berlin Triptych. Wagner revisits those locations again in 2013, noting the changes he observes and creating a fascinating record of Berlin in the past fifteen years.

Berlin-based author Brittani Sonnenberg casts her eye further afield with Hong Kong Buffet. Her story about the patrons and employees of a restaurant in Pocahontas, Mississippi is an entertaining tour de force in the voices of rural America. We’d also like to congratulate Brittani on the tremendously successful launch of her debut novel Home Leave.

Amanda Svennson’s Where the Hollyhocks Come From is a story of attraction and repulsion with a compelling, lyrical style. It makes up the third installment in our series presenting stories from Sweden’s most exciting contemporary authors.

Our covers for this series are by Berlin illustrator Lisa Schweizer.”

We will hopefully have the books available to buy in the Circus Hotel very soon, and in the meantime, you can of course buy both print and electronic versions from the Readux website.

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