Berlin Stories | 23 May-30 May

News and events from our community in Berlin.

By Staff

Our latest updates for the week ahead.

Event: Hildashaus & Refuge Worldwide present FLOWfest, in celebration of Menstrual Awareness Day on May 28th. The event includes a panel discussion, open mic poetry and group composition, life drawing class, educational corner and donuts on the house. This family-friendly event is for everyone who menstruates and allies. Read about it here.

Campaign: Following a legal battle and public demonstrations, the Tuntenhaus, one of Berlin’s oldest queer housing projects, has won the right to stay. A deal for a private buyer to takeover the building, which is located at Kastanienalle, has fallen through and the building has been declared public property by the building senator. Find more info here and check out an iconic speech at one of the demonstration days by Refuge resident BLEACH here.

Event: On Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, BLACK Communion takes over Morphine Raum on Köpenicker Strasse. BLACK Communion is the sharing of experiences from the transnational Afro-diaspora, breaking down genre boundaries and encouraging experimentation through collaboration. The events present performances from Infinite Lives, Dudu Kouate and Leila Bencharmia. Check out this radio show from Eiliyas discussing the project with Kouate.

Event: We're counting down the days until our first Berlin dance since Jaunary, when we take over the Plötzensee Strandbad on June 2nd. RSVP via Resident Advisor.

Fundraiser: If our open air isn’t your thing, check the Solispiral event at 90mil (also on June 2), which features live performances from Special Interest, Vanity Crystal and Mamíferos, as well as DJ sets, a film programme and food. The event is raising funds for Lajee, a self-organised grassroots centre in Aida Camp, near Bethlehem.

Opening: The Hidden Sounds record store from London is opening a Weserstraße pop-up location for the summer months. Named ZAPA, the store will stock obscure, second-hand vinyl and cassettes. It’s based at O Tannenbaum. Go visit them!

Event: The mighty Poetry Meets goes down this Friday at Festsaal Kreuzberg, with an incredible program of The Cavemen, readings from Poet & Prophetess and Musa Okwonga, a talking drum performance from Ayansike, a film screening and DJ sets. Poetry Meets Highlife promises to be a sensational debut presentation of The Cavemen’s first Headline show in Germany! Tickets here.

Event: Sudan uprising and Salam Sudan Campaign invites you to the performance soli-art show by the Sudanese contemporary artist Hassan Musa. It takes place at Oranienplatz this Friday at 6PM.

Image courtesy of Hassan Musa, Sudan Uprising