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Empty nights in Berlin: Photo series shows the clubs without the people

Berlin’s pulsing techno heartbeat has stopped. The clubs are empty. Berlin-based photographer Emmanuele Contini went out on a Saturday night during the corona crisis to capture the city’s deserted party hubs. From Berghain and Kater Blau, ://about blank to Wilde Renate. KitKatClub to Yaam. The result is an impressive, unsettling photo series reflecting the state of emergency in which the city’s nightlife finds itself.


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://about blank. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Berghain

Berghain. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Else

Else. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Alte Munze

Alte Münze. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

KitKatClub & Sage

KitKatClub und Sage. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Golden Gate

Golden Gate. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Kater Blau

Kater Blau. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Yaam

Yaam. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Sisyphos

Sisyphos. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Salon zur Wilden Renate

Salon zur Wilden Renate. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Strange times indeed. The long lines are missing and no bass rattles the walls as you pass. But, slowly, slowly, the city starts to unfurl — the first relaxations have been announced since the crisis began. For clubs in Berlin, however, the closures are likely to continue for a long time. Partying before autumn or winter seems unlikely.

Until then, the clubs have organised themselves online. Under the banner United We Stream, regular DJ sets are broadcast from some of the world’s big names. Purely virtual, of course.

Original text Jacek Slaski



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