So… it’s raining again. But instead of hardcore hibernating, it’s time we all embraced this time of year for its brilliant cultural fixtures. Seriously, Berlin is more packed than ever with fun stuff to keep us occupied over the next 7 days, from Berlin Art Week to arthouse films, contemporary literature, tandoori chicken and a 60-hour party. What more do you need?
Berlin is a mecca for all manner of wonderful things, but Indian food is absolutely not one of them. In fact, those of us accustomed to a certain calibre of curry (hey, Brits!) tend not to bother here at all, instead indulging in a decent tikka masala or five when we visit home. But now, thankfully, there’s someone in town who takes the cuisine as seriously as we do. Zed Marke, a Canadian street food chef, has earned a formidable reputation as connoisseur of the tandoori chicken, a staple of Indian cooking. His skewers of succulent chicken spend 48 hours in a clay oven, as they should, and emerge worth the wait.
Moksa, Oranienstraße 200, 10999 Berlin | Mon-Sat, 12pm-10pm
Sleaford Mods | Festsaal Kreuzberg
If you’re in the mood to let out some rage, or at least listen as two English guys rage about the state of their home country through the medium of blistering electronic punk, head to Festsaal Kreuzberg for the return of Sleaford Mods. With new album Eton Alive, the duo tear into the privately-educated elites who have driven the UK to its current precipice with zero regard for anyone other than themselves and their privileged pals. Expect tales of unemployment, austerity and general malaise delivered in Jason Williamson’s distinctive East-Midlands accent over minimal beats.
Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin | 9pm, 10th + 11th September
Berlin Art Week: STATISTA opening | Haus der Statistik
Another huge date on the Berlin calendar: Berlin Art Week returns with a packed program themed around the fall of the Wall and the city’s development since 1989. 17 museums, 15 private collections, 20 projects spaces and numerous galleries will take part this year, hosting exhibitions, tours and talks from across the contemporary art world. Tonight, for one of the most hotly anticipated events, creative collective STATISTA take over the iconic Haus der Statistik to present their exploration of how the building could be used for the greater good of the community. Tonight’s opening event begins with a performance by the neighbourhood choir, and promises a fascinating chance to see inside one of the city’s most famous abandoned buildings.
Haus der Statistik, Otto-Braun-Straße 70-72, 10178 Berlin | Opening from 7pm tonight
Berlin Art Week runs from 11th to 15th September at various locations across the city
No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989 – Today | C/O Berlin
Another opening under the great umbrella that is Berlin Art Week: C/O Berlin presents a journey through the city’s club scene since the fall of the Wall in 1989. Jointly conceived by Heiko Hoffmann and the gallery’s chief curator Felix Hoffmann, the exhibition explores how the bars, clubs, and other creative spaces that emerged in the early 1990s became the driving force behind Berlin’s rejuvenation and evolved as the heart of the global techno scene. Tonight’s opening will be followed by Labland, a club night featuring Modeselektor, Krsn and Skate, with visuals from Pfadfinderei.
C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin | From 7pm (Labland club night from 10pm)
19th International Literature Festival Berlin | Various locations
Fans of prose, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels and children’s literature are in for a treat this week, as Berlin’s 19th annual literature festival returns for a 10-day celebration of the written word and contemporary literature. With political debate, academic discourse and workshops taking place across the city, attendees will have intensive access to the worldwide literary scene in all its diverse forms. Tonight, it’s the Lange Nacht der Poesie (Long Night of Poetry) at Silent Green, for which ten international poets read aloud poems in their original language.
Lange Nacht der Poesie takes place at silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin | 6pm
The 19th International Literature Festival Berlin runs from 11th to 21st September, various locations
12 Jahre Renate | Salon Zur Wilden Renate
Legendary dance club Wilde Renate is 12 years old! Not a particularly significant birthday, but definitely reason enough for 60 hours of partying with over 60 artists. Big-name DJs Sabine Hoffmann, who regularly hosts her party Frauengedeck there, and Marlon Hoffstadt of Savour The Moment have been associated with the club for many years, and will return to the decks for the occasion. International guests this weekend include Oberman from Rotterdam and Trance Wax (pictured) from the UK. Come one, come all, and party hard.
Salon Zur Wilden Renate, Alt-Stralau 70, 10245 Berlin | Midnight, Fri 13th to 4pm, Mon 16th September
Fantasy Filmfest | CineStar Sony Center
Any film fans craving something beyond the usual superhero blockbuster fare would do well to check out this year’s Fantasy Filmfest at CineStar Sony Center. Here, fantasy does not mean dragons, fairies and enchanted forests, but rather imagination, oddity and innovation. Expect a stellar lineup of thrillers, obscure sci-fi reveries, brutal horror shockers and soulful arthouse gems throughout this 12-day festival. But, be quick! It concludes today (15th September) with White Snake, Dark Encounter and 3 From Hell, among others. Ooh-err.
CineStar Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin | Screenings from 12pm today
Fantasy Filmfest runs from 4th to 15th September at CineStar Sony Center
Berlin changes fast. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily city news and the latest cultural highlights.