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issue 174

Luxury hotel and restaurant Orania’s non-engagement with the Kiez is probably its saving grace. But diners willing to step past the spiderweb of cracked glass actually step out of Kreuzberg for a real Berlin-rarity: Peking-style duck à la minute. more

, Food & Drink

Dan surveys the city’s start-up campus boom. In July, manufacturing giant Siemens announced plans to create a centre for aspiring technology entrepreneurs in Spandau which they’re calling an “innovations campus”. But Siemens isn't alone. more

Zeitgeist

Germany's so-called 'integration courses' are supposed to teach new arrivals the basics of local language, life and culture to help them find a job and become active members of their adopted society. But why aren't these classes working? more

, Zeitgeist

Who are those people preparing for the worst? Far-right conspirationists? Crackpots? Or just pragmatic realists? Ben Knight investigates. more

Interviews & Portraits

Deutsche Bank is reopening Prinzessinnenpalais on Unter den Linden as an exhibition space on Sep 27. Inaugural director Svenja von Reichenbach explains the new PalaisPopulaire’s “anti-interior design”. more

Art & Exhibitions

Two restaurants promote integration and gourmet Levantine cuisine at the same time, with mixed results. more

Food & Drink 1 Comments

Berlin may not be the most commercial art hub, but for the last week of September Berlin Art Week (Sep 26-30) unites the scene to showcase its impressive resources. Here's our rundown. more

Art & Exhibitions

Syrian exile Mohammad Al Attar on "The Factory" – an indictment of Western multinationals’ role in his country’s war. more

Theatre & Dance

British director Robert Chevara on Blonde Poison, a play based on the amazing true story of Stella Goldschlag, the Jewish bombshell who operated as a Gestapo agent in Nazi Berlin. Catch it at Brotfabrik Sep 21-Oct 3. more

Theatre & Dance

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Film

INTERVIEW! Erik Poppe on U – July 22, his harrowing, debate-sparking take on the 2011 Norway massacre. Out in Berlin cinemas on Sep 20. more

Film

The DJ and writer on his cabaret-inspired queer act Godmother dropping their debut album. Hear it for the first time on the one-off talk show "The Late Joey Hansom" with Olympia Bukkakis on Sep 20, 21:00 at Roter Salon. more

Concerts & Parties

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Film

From rap records and performance art to piano albums and chamber music, ex-Berliner Chilly Gonzales returns in music documentary Shut Up And Play The Piano. It opens in Berlin cinemas of Sep 20. more

Film

Not too clear on the difference between “music theatre”, “musical theatre” and “opera”? Maybe the upcoming BAM! Festival (Sep 20-23 at various venues) for Berlin’s independent music theatre scene can help you out. more

Theatre & Dance

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin presents a sobering primer in social injustice, Sep 20-26 at Babylon, Hackesche Höfe and Sputnik Kino. more

Film

INTERVIEW: After forays into jazz, folk and film score composition, prolific Swiss singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger dives into the realms of synth-pop on her new album Molecules. She celebrates with five consecutive shows in Berlin, starting Sep 15. more

Concerts & Parties

Catch up with under-the-radar award-winners at the Favourites Film Festival, Sep 19-23 at City Kino Wedding. more

Film

Explore the murky side of paradise at Australian and New Zealand film fest Down Under Berlin, Sep 19-23 at Moviemento. more

Film

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Film

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