Issue 121

In December, Mimi – immigrant, activist, organiser and the glue who held the Ohlauer Straße refugee squatter community – passed away. We wrote about her a year earlier in our refugee issue. Here's our portrait of a remarkable woman. Read more

Interviews & Portraits

Russia's infamous "anti-gay propaganda law" has inspired activism around the globe, from large demos to Barbie Breakout's YouTube protest. But what about gay Russians themselves? And how well is Germany extending its hand? Read more


Driven by persecution in their home country and rumours of sanctuary in Germany, Chechen refugees are flooding into Berlin, making them the number one national group seeking asylum in the country. Yet barely any will be allowed to stay... Read more


Hans-Torsten Richter answers your questions about surviving and thriving in Berlin, like the ever-complicated issue of health insurance for expat freelancers in Berlin. Read more

Features 7 Comments

Germany made a highly publicised offer to take in 5000 refugees from Syria. But who are they? Milo is one Syrian refugee, who, while faced with better chances than most, used his opportunity here to raise awareness through song. Read more

Interviews & Portraits 3 Comments

INTERVIEW. Sat, Nov 30 sees the opening of Philippe Rahm's "Constructed Atmospheres" at Architektur Galerie. The Swiss architect rethinks architecture with meteorology in mind. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

Dan Borden on the former East’s colourful meccas of socialist fun that were intended to win the hearts of its increasingly grumpy residents. Some are surviving and some are thriving. Read more


Hamburger Mary’s hikes up its skirt and flashes you an Ami-inspired experience. The gay-friendly burger joint on the ground floor of a gay-friendly hotel, it offers half pound hamburgers and a rotating cast of drag queen hostesses. Read more

Insider Tips

INTERVIEW. Like Kraftwerk's short-panted son that can't be taught his table manners, Dadaist techno-pop visionary Kubin has been soldering and doddering for decades. He helps close out the Worldtronics at HKW on Sun, Dec 1. Read more

Concerts & Parties

Picassophile? The legendary Spanish painter's artwork is now showcased at two simultaneous exhibitions not to be missed. Soak up the master's multifarious work and celebrate his 132nd birthday at two different museums. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

There's something fun and engaging about dipping food into a shared pot. Be it boiling oil, hot cheese or chocolate fondue is here in the city. We tried three of Berlin's hottest (s)pots: Feuer und Flamme, Ars Vini and Tian Fu. Read more

Food & Drink 1 Comments

OUT NOW! A "professional moment" from Luc Besson, this ain't. THE FAMILY flops and flails. Read more


OUT NOW! Bernardo Bertolucci's teens are self-sequestered in a struggle with adolescence. Read more


OUT NOW! In Ritish Batra's LUNCHBOX, big things come in small boxes in a excellently scripted treat. Read more


VERBATIM. There’s a new (Green) sheriff in town. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg mayor Monika Herrmann’s outspokenness has already gotten her attention as head of Berlin's "alternative" district – on topics ranging from pot to refugees to Touris. Read more

Interviews & Portraits 8 Comments

On Mon, Nov 25, EXBlicks screens "Can't Be Silent", Julia Oelkers' documentary on The Refugees, as a benefit for the O-platz refugee camp. As part of the band, MC Nuri spits rhymes about the harsh conditions of asylum seekers in Germany. Read more

Interviews & Portraits

INTERVIEW. Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult film "Stalker" transforms into an intimate theatre piece for the Scandi Nordwind Festival. Part nostalgia, and part questioning of memory, growing up and getting in with the right crowd. On Nov 27 and 28 at HAU 2. Read more

Theatre & Dance

OUT NOW! Is THE ACT OF KILLING worth the hype? Two critics debate the merits of Joshua Oppenheimer's re-enactment doc. Read more

, Film

OUT NOW! Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a compulsive masturbator and repulsive Jersey Shore stereotype in DON JON. Read more


OUT NOW! Hala Lotfy's COMING FORTH BY DAY poignantly portrays two women's struggles as they care for an ailing patriarch. Read more


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