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REVIEW! Chinese photographer Ren Hang’s bright and crisp pictures, almost all featuring naked bodies, seek to dispel the impression Chinese people are "robots without cocks or pussies". Through Feb 29. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

REVIEW! It's your last chance to see "The Truth Resides in the Folds" at Haus am Waldsee through Feb 23. Photographer Johanna Diehl fixes her lens on famil­iar places and innocuous objects of her West German childhood, with unsettling results. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

INTERVIEW! Ahead of his Berlinale Panorama premiere for "Nardjes A." on Feb 23, we met the acclaimed Brazilian in his Neukölln studio to talk championing strong, resilient women, joy as a form of resistance and the film that broke his heart. Read more

Film

INTERVIEW! Berlinale's Forum section celebrates 50 years of daring, independent curating with a woman as its new head. We met film critic, former taz editor and curator Cristina Nord for a chat on “think films”, feminism and counterculture. Read more

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As the 70th Berlinale opens today, we asked Berlin cinephiles for their outlook on this year's edition. From hopes the fest will reestablish its relevance, praise for Panorama and concern over its environmental impact, here's their takes. Read more

Film

INTERVIEW! With his production of Weimar's last operetta "Frühlingsstürme" playing now at Komische Oper, we met the Oper's intendant and chief director Barrie Kosky to talk reviving the piece after 87 years and the lost legacy of Jewish culture. Read more

Theatre & Dance

Don't miss one of our art critic's top picks for February, "Being on concrete" through Feb 22 at Eigen + Art Lab. Other highlights include the just-opened "Winter North Summer South" at Times Art Centre, Sprüth Magers' "Re’Search Wait’S", and more! Read more

Art & Exhibitions

INTERVIEW! In Weimar time the Nazis hijacked democratic culture, now it's the AfD and Pegida says film critic Rüdiger Suchsland. Time to fight back before we repeat our mistakes. The Critics' Week speaker (Feb 19) on screening out extremism. Read more

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Our stage critic's top picks for February are two exciting productions that capture the spirit of Berlin's dance scene. Don't miss Staatsballett kreativ at Tischlerei on Feb 21 through Feb 23 and "The West" at the Volksbühne on Feb 26 and 29. Read more

Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW! Musician and writer Jenny Hval, performing her latest work "The Practice of Love" at HAU2 Feb 15 through Feb 17, talks negotiating two art forms, the power of words and skipping between the autobiographical and universal. Plus Playlist! Read more

Concerts & Parties

REVIEW! Ulrich Rasche’s downsized production of "4.48 Psychosis", at Deutsches Theater Feb 12, 13, 28, 29, with English surtitles, captures the fury and fragility of Sarah Kane’s text but lacks the sheer impact of previous productions. Read more

Theatre & Dance

HOROSCOPE! Our resident astrologer Randon Rosenbohm on what's up in Berlin's February skies. From techno-fuelled ego deaths on the dance floor, to legacy-defining moments and knowing when to call it quits, find out what the month holds for you! Read more

Zeitgeist

INTERVIEW! Screening on Feb 11 as part of EXBlicks at Lichtblick Kino, "Coal Country Song", a portrait of musician Gerhard Gunder­mannand, is the directorial debut of German film curator Grit Lemke. She talks documentary filmmaking today. Read more

Film

Our music critic evaluates the latest works and career of two true UK icons set to grace Berlin stages this month. Or is it more accurate to call them heroes? Liam Gallagher and Stormzy are on the same journey, one at the start, the other at the end. Read more

Concerts & Parties

REVIEW! Falk Richter's "In My Room", playing at Maxim Gorki Theater Feb 7 and Feb 19 with English surtitles, explores masculinity and the impact our fathers have had on our lives with a diverse and masterful ensemble. Read more

Theatre & Dance

Two-day electronica fest Strom Festival, starting Feb 7, hosts a high-profile line-up in the Berliner Philharmonie. With 14 hours of music and a chance to dance into the wee hours at a once-in-a-lifetime location, our critic eyes up the programme. Read more

Concerts & Parties

VERBATIM! Ahead of their gig at Kreuzberg's Bi Nuu on Feb 10, Twin Temple’s Alexandra James tells us how the group is pushing back against societal norms by combining music with their passion for witchcraft and the occult. Read more

Concerts & Parties

Get ready for the biggest month in film with our 15-page special. From Berlin's best cinephile hotspots, to the inside scoop on the 70th Berlinale, Germany's love of dubbing, a sit down with the capital's Oscar-nominee, and so much more! Out now! Read more

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