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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.


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.


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.


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.


(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


(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


(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.


For many of our non-German speaking guests, the theatre has traditionally been one aspect of Berlin cultural life that it was very difficult to get into. Increasingly though theatres are beginning to offer their plays with English “surtitles” (smarty-pantsies will know that this means that the titles are flashed on a screen ABOVE the stage, as opposed to sub-titles which, of course, appear below).

One such theatre is the MAXIM GORKI, and next Wednesday we have a limited number of tickets for the performance of The Cherry Orchard. Lisa from the Circus team will be taking any interested guests for the ride, and the tickets we have cost €15 each. For those that don’t know, here’s a little bit about the play:

“For years and years Madame Ranevskaya has poured money down the drain and piled on debts. Now the family estate must be sold – including the beloved cherry orchard. Lopakhin, an enterprising merchant from the lower class, suggests the property could be saved if they cut down the orchard and build vacation rentals. But the aristocratic family will have none of it until the day of reckoning is upon them, and their home is about to slip through their fingers.”

The pick-up time for those who want to join is 6pm at the reception, but again places are limited so get your tickets from the reception as soon as possible.

Street Sign

The sign is out on the street and the flyers are on the tables. The big screen is functioning and the downstairs bar of Katz & Maus is decorated. The Circus staff tips are in, and the tipping competition board has been filled out. Yep… we are most definitely ready for the FIFA World Cup 2014… so get on over to the Circus Hostel and join in the fun.

Big Screen

The downstairs bar at Katz & Maus opens each day at 5.30pm. We have every game on live on the big screen, daily happy hour from 8-9pm throughout the tournament when big beer are half price, and a special World Cup Quiz Night on all five Saturdays during the competition. And the Circus staff are not the only ones expected to get their predicting hats on… we have a tipping game for every match we show. Throw a euro in the pot and guess the score. Get it right and you’ll win the pot (or a share of it if there are more than one with the correct score) and if no-one wins it will roll over to the next game.



It’s going to be a whole lot of fun for the next five weeks, so come join us for the football party!

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