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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.

Bergmannstraße

There are many neighbourhood and street festivals taking place in Berlin over the summer, and one of our favourites is the Bergmannstraßenfest, down in Kreuzberg. The street itself is filled with stalls offering all kinds of great things to eat and drink, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the surrounding neighbourhood, as well as arts and crafts and other goodies.

Alongside the street festival are several stages, and it is the jazz music performed over the weekend that draws much of the crowds to this corner of Kreuzberg. The three stages can be found on Bergmannstraße at the corner of Mehringdamm, Nostitzstraße and Zossener Straße respectively, and over the three days there are over fifty performances from musicians that come from Berlin, Germany, and around the world.

Bergmannstraßenfest / Kreuzberg Jazzt
Friday 27th June – Sunday 29th June
Website including downloadable programme

WM Lounge Belgium

“We’re going home, we’re going home, we’re going… England’s going home…” Yes, for some of us here at the Circus – the English, the Spanish and the Aussies – it has been a traumatic week of World Cup football. For others things have been a little more successful. Above you can see Jared (USA!) and our good friends the Bertels from Belgium, who are still fighting on in the competition long after Roy’s Boys have caught the plane home.

Of course, Jared will now have his loyalties divided as Germany take on the United States in the final round of group games, and by Friday morning we will know the make up of the sixteen-team Second Round. The final round of group games are always played simultaneously, so we had to make a selection of what we are going to show this week, and the choices we made are as follows:

Monday 23rd June
6pm: Netherlands vs Chile
10pm: Croatia vs Mexico

Tuesday 24th June
6pm: Italy vs Uruguay
10pm: Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday 25th June
6pm: Nigeria vs Argentina
10pm: France vs Ecuador

Thursday 26th June
6pm: Germany vs USA
10pm: Belgium vs South Korea

So why don’t you come and join us at Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel and watch with the world? We have every game live on the big screen, a daily happy hour of half price big beers from 8-9pm, tipping competitions for each match, and on Saturday evening throughout the tournament we have a special World Cup Quiz with great prizes to be won. We also have a lovely World Cup Wall Chart which you can pick up from the hostel, or if you want to download it and print it out at home you can do so here.

CSD

(photo: © visitBerlin | Günter Steffen)

This Saturday is the 21st June, the “longest day of the year”, and it feels as if everyone will be out on the streets of Berlin over the weekend for a variety of different reasons. That is because not only does the annual Christopher Street Day parade fall on the same date as the Fete de la Musique, but there is the small matter of a German World Cup game as well…

CSD Berlin and Pride Week

The parties and events surrounding the annual Christopher Street Day in Berlin have already begun, as the city gets into the swing of a Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Pride week that will attract over one a half million people to the different activities taking place over the next few days. With some of the events already happening before the weekend, head over to Siegessäule magazine’s bi-lingual website to find out what is going on.

This is all leading up to the parades on the 21st June, of which there are three. CSD Berlin demonstration, which is traditionally the largest, will follow a route from Ku’damm to the Victory Column in the Tiergarten park. The Aktionsbündnis CSD, which is taking place for the first time, begins outside the Ugandan Embassy on Axel-Springer-Straße and finishes at Nollendorfplatz, whilst the so-called “little” CSD march will once again be taking place in Kreuzberg. There is an overview of the three parades and their routes on the Visit Berlin website.

As always, we know that for many travellers there is often insecurity when it comes to visiting a new country or city, around issues of security, safety and acceptance… you can be reassured that Berlin is one of the most welcoming cities there is. That said, if you do have any questions or would like more information about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life in our city, all of us, including our gay and lesbian staff members, are more than happy to help. The Sieggesäule magazine, linked to above, has a bi-lingual website and is also full of useful information.

Fete de la Musique

Fete

(Photo: © visitBerlin | Scholvien)

The Fete de la Musique began in France in 1982 and its popularity has spread around the world. The idea is simple: every year on the 21st June musicians agree to perform for free, to promote live music and the enjoyment of music performance. Events can take place in bars, clubs and theatres, as long as they agree to the principle of free entry for the public, but the real special events are those that take place in public spaces such as parks and squares, on the street or in playgrounds.

We cannot even begin to list here all the different events that are taking place on Saturday – have a flick through the programme page on the website to see what is happening.

Germany vs Ghana at 9pm

fanfest

(above: FIFA Fan Fest Berlin © ArGe Fanfest Berlin)

After a fantastic start to the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Portugal, the German national team will be taking to the field once again in Brazil on Saturday evening. They know that a win against Ghana will probably be enough to take them through to the next stage of the World Cup, whilst Ghana really need to win after losing to the United States in their opening fixture. If you want to join the tens of thousands watching the game with painted faces and plenty of black, red and gold flags in the Tiergarten, then we would certainly recommend getting their early to guarantee your entry. The gates open at 1pm. You can find details of the Berlin fan mile here.

Otherwise, come join us down in Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel’s very own World Cup Lounge. We will be showing all three games on Saturday evening, starting with Argentina vs Iran at 6pm.

100 Fav PlacesLast year our friends at Slow Travel Berlin produced a wonderful book, collecting together 100 of their favourite places in Berlin to provide inspiration and ideas for travellers and Berliners alike. The selection includes everything from cafes, restaurants and museums, to parks, monuments and architecture, many of which were even a discovery to members of the Circus team who are Berlin born and raised! The book proved to be extremely popular, and sold out its initial print run before we could even get some copies for sale at the Circus. Thankfully they have ordered a re-print and it is available now. Here is some more about the philosophy behind the book:

“As long-term residents of Berlin, we are still very much in thrall to this wonderful city. Rather than dictating your itinerary or telling you what’s ‘hot’, our aim is to provide a charming and inspirational companion to Berlin for visitors and residents alike. Our favourite places have, as the title suggests, been hand-picked by core members of the Slow Travel Berlin team and reflect our overall ethos of slow, sustainable travel: taking time to explore the fringes of the city, discovering lesser-known delights, and supporting smaller, independent businesses.”

We will hopefully have some copies available for sale in the Circus Hotel in the not-too-distant future, but for now we would highly advise you to buy the book directly via the Slow Travel Berlin website.

WM Lounge Pic

BOOM! That was the sound of Thomas Müller arriving at the 2014 World Cup in much the same way as he finished the last one… and the hattrick hero of the German team has now scored EIGHT goals in the two tournaments combined, which means he could be chasing down all kinds of records. Of course, for the atmosphere in Berlin it was great that Germany got off to a winning start, but here at The Circus we have any number of guests from any number of countries, and so the first week has seen happy Italians, ecstatic Dutch, philosophical English, despairing Spanish, proud Australians and pleasantly-surprised Americans, and much more in between.

So why don’t you come and join us at Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel and watch with the world? We have every game live on the big screen, a daily happy hour of half price big beers from 8-9pm, tipping competitions for each match, and on Saturday evening throughout the tournament we have a special World Cup Quiz with great prizes to be won. We also have a lovely World Cup Wall Chart which you can pick up from the hostel, or if you want to download it and print it out at home you can do so here.

Here are the games taking place over the next few days…

Tuesday 17th June

6pm – BELGIUM vs ALGERIA
9pm – BRAZIL vs MEXICO
Midnight – RUSSIA vs SOUTH KOREA

Wednesday 18th June

6pm – AUSTRALIA vs NETHERLANDS
9pm – SPAIN vs CHILE
Midnight – CAMEROON vs CROATIA

Thursday 19th June

6pm – COLOMBIA vs IVORY COAST
9pm – URUGUAY vs ENGLAND (COME ON ENGLAND!)
Midnight – JAPAN vs GREECE

Friday 20th June

6pm – ITALY vs COSTA RICA
9pm – SWITZERLAND vs FRANCE
Midnight – HONDURAS vs ECUADOR

Saturday 21st June – (DON’T FORGET THE WORLD CUP QUIZ… STARTS AT 8PM)

6pm – ARGENTINA vs IRAN
9pm – GERMANY vs GHANA
Midnight – NIGERA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

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