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Noël was a typical teen with a secret: a Kpop obsession. Now the subculture has exploded into the Berlin mainstream, with Kpop merch in every high school, fan fundraisers to promote concerts, even dance academies. We get schooled in the Kpop craze. Read more

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Not sure how to make the most out of the Long Night of Museums? Check out our top picks from this year's programme, from hidden gems to big hitters. With 73 museums participating, it's the most intellectual way to stay out until 2am in Berlin. Read more

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Berlin journalist and author Florian Werner dedicated a whole book to the cultural history of faeces. We sat down to discuss his exploration of the “dark matter”. Read more

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Berlin boasts over 30 islands of all sizes: from the lively to the lonely, here are five offshore destinations that are sure to transport you into uncharted territory. Read more

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In the German papers this week: Vexing and perplexing news stories from Berlin and beyond... Read more

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It was an artists’ utopia, a cultural institution, a tourist magnet: after over two decades on Oranienburger Straße, Tacheles was shut down, the artists kicked out. Five and a half years on, Taylor Lindsay finds out what happened next. Read more

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Bassy, Babette, Sowieso, Privatclub... Our blogger doesn't want to be alarmist, but the latest club closure news doesn't bode well for the new year. Read more

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Berlin’s globetrotting festival of film festivals Around the World in 14 Films is back to give Berlin audiences a first peek at some of the year’s most critically lauded films. Catch it Nov 23-Dec 2 at Kulturbrauerei. Read more

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Left: Dreadlocked artist Jan Muche at his studio in Wedding. Right: Fatima Muhammed. Photos by German Palomeque

The cultural appropriation debate around dreadlocks has migrated from USA to Berlin, where many Germans continue to sport the style. A former dreadhead himself, Cameron Cook took a deep-dive into the issue. It’s not always a matter of black or white. Read more

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OUT NOW! Francis Lee's debut feature GOD'S OWN COUNTRY explores gay, immigrant romance in the British shire farmlands. Read more

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On Sun, Apr 23, France goes to the polling booths, and many fear Marine le Pen and Front National's success. Who's voting for her in Berlin? Some seemingly cool, open-minded Frenchmen... including our writer's friend. Read more

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Who is Germany's state-funded culture really for? Should more be done to attract "diverse audiences" to Berlin's cultural institutions? Read more

Opinion

This year's Down Under Berlin festival will further challenge the Antipodean myth of sun and surf with a blend of socially conscious films and deeply troubled protagonists. Read our guide and then check it out at Moviemento Sep 14-18. Read more

Film

From spies to sci-fi to more spies, Berlin is burning up the international small screen. Unlike Vancouver or LA, Berlin doesn't just serve as a convenient shooting location. The city itself is more and more featured in TV series all over the world. Read more

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MS Schrittmacher founder Martin Stiefermann heads Places & Traces, a tour that presents Mitte – from Alexanderplatz, Rotes Rathaus and through to the Stadtschloss – as a site of economic crisis. Runs Wed-Sun though Oct 1 Read more

Theatre & Dance

A woman is a work of art, quite literally in the case of American installation artist Donna Huanca. She creates spiritual terrains with clothing, plastic, canvas, makeup and living females. Her show Muscle Memory opens at Peres Projects on June 27. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

Fritz Blomeyer has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of German cheese – and now he's selling it out of his very own shop in Charlottenburg. Read more

Food & Drink

INTERVIEW. Gimmicky or great? The multisensory exhibition Van Gogh Alive attracts atypical gallery audiences with music, video, and immersive installations at the Alte Münze. The preview is on from May 14 and full opening May 21. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

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Respect, admiration or cultural appropriation? A visit to Brandenburg’s Wild West theme park raises questions about Germany’s ‘special’ relationship with Native Americans. Rachel Glassberg investigates. Read more

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The Rio Club Experience Video Book, on view at Berlin Festival's Art Village is the nucleus of the Berlin-based music festival, showing the origins of of a party-people movement that marked itself a decade ago. Read more

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