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Teenage kicks

One of our favourite literary blogs Love German Books and our friends at Slow Travel Berlin are launching a new literary event next week at the ACUD club – just around the corner from Rosenthaler Platz. It looks like a fun evening of readings followed by the excellently named DJ Döner Summer on the decks… see you there?

an evening with Brittani Sonnenberg and Christiane Neudecker

Two writers – one American, one German, both with teenage protagonists. How do they create believable characters without getting patronizing or embarrassing? How do they capture the language and the lives of their teenage narrators? What’s the hardest thing about drawing on your own youth as literary material? And are teenagers the same the world over?

Brittani Sonnenberg will read from Home Leave and Christiane Neudecker will give us a sneak preview of her work-in-progress, Sommernovelle, with English translation – all in conversation with translator extraordinaire Katy Derbyshire.

Stick around afterwards for drinks and conversation with musical kicks selected by DJ Döner Summer: soul, funk, electronica, chill out, experimental and lit-beats.

Tuesday, 9 September, 8 p.m.
ACUD Club (rear Hof)
Veteranenstraße 21, Berlin-Mitte
€ 3 on the door

Facebook Event Page

Yep… watch the video if you don’t believe us… and have a read of this from Jurgen, one of the lucky (or crazy) gang that found themselves falling out of the sky somewhere in Brandenburg…

If you do not know what to do with your time in Berlin you can always jump out of an Airplane. Jumping out of an airplane? Yes you heard it right! Our friends of GoJump in Gransee convinced us that jumping out of an airplane is the coolest thing you will ever do in your life. We were a bit skeptical but nevertheless decided to check it out. I can tell you it was one of the coolest experiences in our lives!

Together with our hostel owner Jim, our crazy bartender Ally, the lovely receptionist Veronika and our cool Designers Julia and Sandra we took the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof towards Gransee. The brave Julia had no clue what we were going to do until the morning we left. Did I already mention we were afraid? We were very afraid! I have never experienced such a weird form of anticipation.

However, all our fears were taken away the moment we met the GoJump crew. After a short trip on the train, they picked us up from the train station Gransee and before we knew it, we were already making jokes again. After some formalities we immediately went on with the real stuff. After a short but very comforting introduction about the place we went on to put on our hip jumpsuits.

Every single one of us got an assigned tandem partner, the guy or girl that is hanging on your back and is basically doing all the work. The crew of GoJump exists of a group of professional passionate Skydivers, whose aim is to get as many people experiencing jumping out of an airplane as possible. If there were any fears left, they were all taken away by our tandem partners. Such a lovely and funny crew.

The next step was the actual skydive instruction. We thought we would go through an extensive training, but in fact the introduction was very short. They ended with a wicked smile and the words: “don’t worry, everything will be alright, you will see”.

And we did! All that was left to do was stepping into a (hypermodern) airplane and enjoy the view. Our tandem partners made some “scared of death” videos and photos of us, to share with our friends and families. Before we knew it, we were at 4000 meters high.

Afterward it all happened very fast. The door went open and first the professionals jumped out. Then it was time for us to jump. Every 30 seconds one of us would jump out with 220 km per hour. The instructions proved to be sufficient. We moved to the opening of the airplane, put our legs around the edge and our head on the shoulders of our tandem partners.

The moment you jump out of an airplane is amazing! The first few seconds you have absolutely no idea what is going on, but after a while you get to enjoy the full explosion of adrenaline for almost a minute. After the parachute opens the feeling changes to something, I think, comes very close to absolute freedom. The tandem partners let you steer the parachute around and this creates yet another fantastic feeling. After exactly 9 minutes you are back on your feet again.

After a good period of celebrating we were still alive and hugging each other, we got to see our photo and video footage. The result is hilarious. The rest of the day we could do nothing else than smile and feel happy.

So, if you would also like to experience something that is almost as cool as meeting David Hasselhof in real life, go and join GoJump and jump out of an airplane.

Thank you GoJump for this amazing life changing experience!


Jurgen and The Circus Crew

PS. Here are some more pics from the day… and don’t forget to check out the GoJump website











Coming up in our neighbourhood on Saturday is the fourth instalment of the Torstaßen Festival, taking place at venues along and close to the street that runs past both the Circus Hostel and the Circus Hotel:

“In cooperation with the venues, cafés, shops and bars in our neighborhood we present a musical matinee showcase with a current leftfield and cross-genre soundtrack. We see ourselves and our festival goers as explorers, who are not afraid to trust their curiosity instead of big headliners. We strive to be a forum for current and relevant development within Berlin’s music scenes: for locals, transients and their influencers.”

To join in the fun, you will need a ticket (€13 in advance, €15 on the day) which works as a pass to all participating venues. At the same time, other places in the neighbourhood are joining in the fun as “partycipants”, offering up a varied programme of side events and other fun and games.

At the Circus Hostel we will be hosting a special Pop Quiz in honour of the Torstraßen Festival, which will take place downstairs at Katz & Maus on Saturday evening from 9pm (admission for this is free). So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a pop culture brainiac, know your Backstreet from your Beastie Boys and your Flaming Lips from your Falco, then come and have a go at the quiz… it is hosted by Ally, our very own Queen of Pop, and there are some funky prizes to be won.


We are extremely pleased to announce the details of the next  Circus Talks evening in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History) which will be taking place on Tuesday 26th August in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel.

Alexander Longolius was born in Berlin in 1935, two years after the Nazis came to power and four before the outbreak of World War II. In the early 1950s he went on a school exchange to the United States, before studying in Berlin. He has been strongly involved in Berlin politics, and was a member of the Berlin Senate (state legislature), as well as being the Chairman of the executive board of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation.

In 2005 he was awarded the German Order of Merit in recognition of his work for German-American friendship. He has lived in Berlin through the war, the Allied occupation, the division of the city and its eventual reunification, and he will be coming to the Circus to share his experiences of the last 79 years. It promises to be another fascinating evening, and we are really excited to welcome Mr Longolius to the Circus and hear the thoughts of someone who has lived through and been a participant in the modern history of the city.


Eyewitness History Talk with Alexander Longolius
Tuesday 26th August 2014, 6pm
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Str. 1, Berlin-Mitte
U-Bahn Rosenthaler Platz

The talk is open to all and is in English. Admission is free, and we will be collecting contributions for the ZZB to help them continue in their important work

Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F015843-0016 / Schmitt, Walter / CC-BY-SA

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Today is the 53rd anniversary of the day the border between East and West Berlin was closed using rolls of barbed wire and hundreds of armed guards. Within hours the construction began of what would become known at the Berlin Wall, the most visible manifestation of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” that divided not only the city, the country, but also Europe. The Berlin Wall continues to shape the city almost 25 years after it came down, and if you are interested in learning more, there are a number of fascinating exhibitions and other sites of memory to explore. Here are some of our favourites:

Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre

Just a short walk up the hill from the Circus, Bernauer Straße was the location for some of the most dramatic scenes during the days following the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Many escapes both above and below ground took place here, as well as some of the first tragic deaths of people attempting to cross the dividing line. The stretch from Bernauer Straße U-Bahn station to Nordbahnhof is now home to a large open-air exhibition about the many historically important events that took place here, as well as  the Chapel of Reconciliation and a preserved stretch of the Wall itself which stands as a memorial site. The Documentation Centre is closed until November 2014 for renovations, but the Visitor’s Centre houses an interesting shop with books, videos and other resources relating to the history of the Berlin Wall.

U-Bahn: Bernauer Straße

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After a great summer of Open Air parties down in Rummelsburg, hosted by the fabulous FLY Watergate crew and their pals, this Sunday 17 August sees the final installment – for this summer at least. Here’s what they have to say…

“A fantastic summer at Rummelsburg is coming to an end and for the grand finale we will be going out with a big bang! Our favourite location will be especially prepared for the occasion with the sand sifted and the trees perfectly combed. The weather fairy has already been bribed so all you fortune seekers can rave to your hearts content as the sun charges our batteries with all its’ strength one last time. That the music for the show will be amazing should go without saying…so anyone who isn’t familiar with Loco Dice, Jamie Jones or the fantastic live shows of dOP is going to get some serious extra tuition from us. Whether barefoot or in polished shoes, everything goes, just don’t forget your sunscreen!”

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

KMA Beer Fest
Those who know us well, know that we love a beer or two at the Circus. So what more could we want than the world’s biggest beer garden, over a mile long, to be built within a sober walk or a tipsy stagger from The Circus. For the eighteenth time, Karl Marx Allee is host to the International Beer Festival. The festival runs from the 1st to the 3rd August, and will bring together 320 breweries from 86 countries, presenting over 2000 different beers for you to try.

In recent years the festival has showcased beers from specific countries, such as Poland in 2013. This time around they have decided to follow the growing trend, and the motto for 2014 is “Craft Beer Specialties.” Over 200 craft beers are expected to be presented at the festival, from the USA, Italy, France, Argentina, Norway and Nepal.

Opening times for the festival:
Friday 1st August: 12 noon – Midnight
Saturday 2nd August: 10am – Midnight
Sunday 3rd August: 10am – 10pm

The admission to the International Beer Festival is free

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It is time for the next installment of our favourite summer festival in Berlin – the FLY Watergate Open Airs at Rummelsburg. We’ve already enjoyed some great parties, and the fourth event on the 3rd August promises more of the same. The event is hosted by DIYNAMIC, and the line-up includes Solomun, H.O.S.H., David August (live), Stimming (live), Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Adriatique, Karmon, Thyladomid, and Magdalena.

As always, we have tickets available at the reception of the Circus Hostel for €19,50, and it is going 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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