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Next Tuesday (July 22nd) we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back to The Circus Jutta Hertlein, as part of our series of talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. Frau Hertlein has been to The Circus before, and it was an extremely interesting evening as she told us all about her life and experiences of living in Berlin during the time the city was divided by the Berlin Wall.

Frau Hertlein grew up in East Berlin until the age of 13, when she moved with her mother to West Germany. At the age of 25 she moved back to Berlin with her husband, living in the West of the city for 24 years until the fall of the Berlin Wall. During that time she made many visits to friends and family in East German and the GDR, and some of the stories she tells about the border crossings are not only fascinating, but at times barely believable when we look back on it now.

After the talk Frau Hertlein will be available to answer any questions you might have. Once again we are expecting it to be an extremely interesting and informative evening and, as always, the talk will be in English and is open to everyone. We will be collecting donations to the ZZB, to help support them in their important work.


Where: Fabisch @ The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Strasse 1, Berlin-Mitte
When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at 6pm
Topic: Life in the Divided City
Speaker: Frau Jutta Hertlein

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Fan Fest

Can you believe it? Down in Katz & Maus the atmosphere was tense last night as the World Cup Final moved into extra time. Germany was playing well, but so was Argentina. You got the feeling that it would take a mistake, or a moment of genius, to break the deadlock and prevent horrible spectacle of the title being decided by penalty kicks. And then, with about eight minutes to go, tired legs all over the pitch… Mario Götze!

What a moment! What a game! What a team! Since 2006, when we welcomed the world to Berlin and Germany, there has been a sense that this German team were building towards a major achievement, but it never quite came. And now, in the Maracana of all places, they have done it. As the final whistle sounded and the players began their cavorting, tearful, joyous celebrations, the bars and beer gardens of Berlin emptied onto the streets. Smoke bombs illuminated Rosenthaler Platz. Traffic was forced to a standstill. Black, red and gold flags were everywhere.

And tomorrow Berlin will have the chance to welcome their heroes home to Germany at the Fan Mile in front of the Brandenburg Gate. If you want to join in the fun, you will need to get down there early to bag a spot. The team are aiming to land at Tegel Airport at 9am, from where they will drive directly to the Fan Mile. Hopefully Berlin’s collective hangover will have worn off by then, and the party can start all over again…

Good job, boys.

(Photo credit: © ArGe Fanfest Berlin / Visit Berlin)

Monday Magic

We have done this before, and we are doing it again… for the foreseeable future we will be offering a FREE KEG OF BEER down in the basement bar of Katz & Maus EVERY MONDAY EVENING as part of our (old) new event MONDAY MAGIC! We will tap the keg at 7pm, and beer will be free until the keg runs dry. So the moral of the story is clearly this: come early, or go thirsty!


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

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.

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