Berlin Stories | 25 April-2 May

News and events from our community in Berlin.

By Staff

Upcoming and recent events in Berlin. News: Two girls* centres in Berlin have been shut down, due to pro-Palestinian social media posts made on private accounts of its employees, as announced via the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district office last Friday. Frieda-Frauenzentrum e.V., which operates both Alia and Phantalisa, wrote a letter detailing how the service contracts for both facilities were subject to “extraordinary termination with immediate effect”. A letter containing the district office’s reasons for the termination is available here.

Event: The Setten event series - headed up by Refuge Worldwide host Yuko Asanuma - kicks off tonight at 90mil with performances from Extended Constellations (a group led by Astan KA), Falyakon, KAKUHAN and Rashad Becker. On Sunday, there’s a second event at Panke featuring DJ sets from Kahn + Need and Yeahlena, while Ramallah MC Dakn داكنْ and Popon play live.

News: Refuge Worldwide and SAVVY Contemporary are collaborating on a a series of experimental sonic performances, grounded in improvisation as a method. It will feature three radio shows on Refuge, hosted by Shiru, and welcoming Sonic Interventions, Canto Diáspora and Sōydivision. Following that, each group will perform at the SAVVY space and have their work documented on SAVVYZΛΛR radio - more info here.

Event: This Saturday at Oona, the fantastic Lekker Collective and label will be taking over the airwaves and bar from 1-6PM with a wide range of their crew coming down for shows: Tan Brown, Nando The Native, Rosa Landers, Mike Nasa, Bat Zoo and more.

Fundraiser: Arkaoda Berlin are hosting a fundraiser this Sunday. The venue has been experiencing difficulties lately, now forced into arranging a GoFundMe campaign and a series of soli parties. Head down to support them from 5PM-Midnight as the Codex Club crew take control of the bar area.

Fundraiser: Looking ahead to next week, we will be hosting a May Day Manifesto event at Oona Bar. Curated by our resident Adam Cooke, the day time event welcomes KOP Berlin to discuss their work campaigning for victims of police violence, as well as inviting Irish Bloc Berlin who are working hard uniting the Irish diaspora. There will be music from Adam, as well as Meriem Sdiri and Mahita. Come down from 2-8PM.

Demo: For those out on the streets following the May Day demo route, head to Südstern for 4:30PM to join Migrantifa in the anti-war bloc.

Yoga: To ease your post May Day recovery, our friends at ROOTS Berlin are hosting a BIPOC yoga session in the park. Entitled Flex & Flourish, it will take place at Volkspark Humboldthain from 12-330PM on May 4th. The class will be led by expert instructors Karli Cumber and Kris Eshu. More info via the Roots socials.