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Merry Xmas from überlin

by Zoë Noble

merry xmas from uberlin

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Hund in Herbst

by Zoë Noble

autumn leaves and olive

Hasenheide park

autumn leaves and grass with feet

olive french bulldog in autumn

autumn red leaves

olive in Hasenheide dog park

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Give Something Back to Berlin: The Official Launch!

by James Glazebrook

GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO BERLIN logo

We’re super-excited to be helping to launch the inspiring new initiative Give Something Back to Berlin this Friday. One year after getting the feeling of “let’s do something – let’s get involved”, the GSBTB team are finally ready for their official launch – and we’d love you all to join us for a little celebration!

Give Something Back to Berlin is a platform connecting new Berliners with social initiatives. It’s about mixing, learning and sharing; about breaking down barriers between “us” and “them”; and about giving back to the city that we love. Through an online platform people can easily donate some of their time and skills to a local initiative that helps improve the city and the lives of the people that live here. One part Berlin DIY creativity, one part social engagement and one part social media makes a great equation for exciting collaborations! You can hear us talk about the project in this video, and read an interview with the GSBTB founders Anders and Annamaria by clicking on their little faces below :)

GSBTB founders

To celebrate the launch of the Give Something Back to Berlin website and the official start of the project, GSBTB and überlin want to invite you for a unpretentious release at the beautiful Agora co-working space in Neukölln this Friday! There will be free drinks and Korean sushi in the garden, followed by a short introduction to the project, before we open up the doors for the eclectic Agora Collect Festival.

Swing by to celebrate the many ways of giving something back – because this is just the start! Every skill and idea that we share will help develop Give Something Back to Berlin into an inspiring initiative that really works for the city! The only thing we know for sure, is that – Berlin being Berlin – this is the start of something really exciting :)

Give Something Back to Berlin Launch Drinks
Friday 21st June at Agora Collective, from 5pm
FREE ENTRY
Event details on Facebook

If you can’t wait until Friday to find out more, check out the check out the GSBTB website givesomethingbacktoberlin.com, and follow Give Something Back To Berlin on Facebook.

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Video: The street aesthetic of Berlin

by James Glazebrook

We can’t wait until Berlin looks like this again – all green and leafy with soft light warming the streets. Until then, here’s “The Street Aesthetic of Berlin”, filmed last summer by Danish artist Christian Andersen.

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Official überlin merch! Going cheep(!) this Easter weekend

by James Glazebrook

Apologies for all the exclamation marks and the appalling pun, but we’re pretty excited about releasing our official überlin merchandise. We have big plans for our line of products, but we thought we’d keep it simple for now and launch with our classic ü logo on t-shirts and tote bags. Everything is hand-printed here in Berlin by local studio Mother Drucker, in hipster-friendly black and white. Shipping is always free within Germany when you order more than one item – ü on ü is such a good look! – and for this weekend only, we’re giving you 20% off all the products in our store! Visit our store before Tuesday 2nd April and grab a wearable piece of überlin memorabilia at a special low price: uberlin.bigcartel.com.

Überlin Merchandise

Visit uberlin.bigcartel.com.

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Interview: Give Something Back to Berlin

by James Glazebrook

Annamaria Olsson and Anders Ivarsson are the brains behind an exciting new project called Give Something Back to Berlin, which will connect expats with community projects here in the city. Read on to find out more about GSBTB and how to get involved.

Annamaria Olsson and Anders Ivarsson Give Something Back To Berlin

by Jessica Povoa

Who are you and how did you come up with the idea for Give Something Back To Berlin?

We are Anders and Annamaria, two quite typical new-Berliners. We came here five years ago to take part in the city’s brilliant vibe with music, culture and interesting history… Anders worked as a freelance translator and ran a record label, while Annamaria studied and wrote.

As a DJ and a journalist we were in many ways at the epicentre of Berlin culture and expat life. From this viewpoint, we saw the city going through a lot of rapid changes and noticed some challenges in both expat and ”normal” Berlin life. Having lived in Kreuzberg and Neukölln it was obvious that a lot of different groups are ”struggling” within the city.

What kind of challenges and struggles do you mean?

The related issues of gentrification and increasing rents have obvious consequences for poor Berliners with limited opportunities. The mix of those two social questions leads to a lot of frustration and tension. Some people have the feeling that a lot of expats are not getting ”integrated” but just consuming/using the city as their own playground while other people get pushed out or get nowhere.

This discussion has been very polemic, at times xenophobic, and has avoided seeing the big picture or creating any good ideas for how to deal with this new situation. People seem to look more for people to blame than actual solutions, which is both sad and counterproductive. Because it doesn’t matter how much Angela Merkel says that the idea of ”multiculti is dead”, or racist and nationalist parties say that they want no immigrants – migration is a hard fact for the whole world, be it Muslims or creative freelancers. Expats and other groups are in Berlin to stay, so they need to find ways of living and working together, not against each other.

Most expats love this city and want to contribute in different ways. With Give Something Back To Berlin we wanted to create a good alternative, somewhere where new- and Alt-Berliners can meet, get to know each other and the city in a broader sense, and at the same time contribute to society and make this city better for everyone. Whether you are German, an expat or any kind of Berliner, we believe that you should share not only with your own kind, and that broad views are the key to understanding and progress.

Give Something Back to Berlin logo

What is the project and how does it work?

The idea is very simple – the initative helps expats and new Berliners get socially involved. Through our online portal and social media channels people can easily sign up to donate their skills and a couple of hours to a local initiative that is helping to improving other Berliners’ lives. Maybe a soup kitchen for homeless people needs some extra help, a kids’ centre wants to offer extra English lessons or a girl’s club wants some cool women to talk about different kinds of career possibilities. Our partner organisations tell us their needs, we post them, you sign up and get involved!

Why is it only for expats?

It’s not ”only” for expats, but because we are doing everything on a volunteer basis with no funding, we thought this would be a good place to start. If someone were to give us a lot of money, of course we will open up Give Something Back to Berlin! There are already existing infrastructures for native Germans to get involved in, and we will work with them, but for many expats it might seem too daunting for them to get involved directly.

What kind of projects will you work with?

We met a lot of different organizations over the last months and they are excited to work with us! They include Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands, with their huge network of 1,000 employees and 750 volunteers, Kulturwerkstatt Neukölln, The Roma Theatre Café, St. Richard Gemeinde with its night café and soup kitchen for the homeless, Youth Club Bildog at Richardschule, the AIDS-home and café The Orangerie, Schilleria Mädchen Café in Neukölln, Nachbarschaftshaus Centrum, Kreuzberg… to mention just a few.

What’s happening next?

Give Something Back To Berlin will officially launch in April when we will start posting the ”givings”. Until then we are busy contacting the partner organizations, organising the project, searching for funding, building websites and planning events where expats and social organizations can meet, mingle and talk about possibile collaborations. If you (expat or German) feel like helping us building the project – holla right back to us! We are always in need of skilled people! Our GSBTBerliner Luke Atcheson is setting up a pilot project offering English lessons to local social organisations right now, so if you are interested in contributing you can contact him on lukeatcheson@gmail.com. You can also like us and Facebook and help us spread the Give Something Back to Berlin idea so we will have a lot of possible ”givers” when it all kicks off.

Follow Give Something Back To Berlin on Facebook or check out the website givesomethingbacktoberlin.com.

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Frühling Good: A Photo Walk with Olive

by Zoë Noble

So the sun has finally decide to show up here in Berlin and I think we can all agree it’s about bloody time. When we arrived two years ago people warned us that winter here can be one long grey nightmare and boy were they right! Aaaaaaanyway the sun is here, so we can all cancel those return flights home and enjoy it while it lasts!

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway #2: Win sexay scents from Frau Tonis Parfum

by James Glazebrook

Frau Tonis Duft-Set überlin

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we're running any open competitions] 

Smells like Valentine’s Day! For this annual celebration of all things sexay, we’ve teamed up with Frau Tonis Parfum to give one lucky reader a sniff of true love. The Berlin boutique has given us a gift box of three individual scents which, when combined, make up the überlin Eau de Perfume we created last year. The beautiful set contains Tulip, Larissa (“warm, oriental, intense”) and Seigneur, a spring scent comprised of nutmeg, violet, vanilla and leather. Worn separately, or together as a light unisex fragrance, they pretty much guarantee you’re going to get some this V-Day!

To make sure you’re really ready for lurve, we want to check you have your best chat-up lines handy. Just write your favourite pick-up line in the comments below, and if it makes us think twice about going home with you, we’ll give you a perfume gift set worth €33. To get you started, here’s our Sexpat Lucy’s favourite line:

Do you work at Subway? Because you’re giving me a footlong.

Frau Tonis Parfum TulipFrau Tonis Parfum LarissaFrau Tonis Parfum Seigneur

HOW TO WIN A FRAU TONIS PARFUM GIFT BOX:

Just leave a comment below, with your favourite chat-up/pick-up line.

You have until 6pm on Wednesday 13th February, to enter. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. Friends and family of überlin are welcome to enter. We aren’t biased – just like in real life, the person with the best line wins!
3. We will announced the winner via our Facebook page on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14th February.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway #1: Win a dream date with Berlin Film Society and Pret A Diner

by James Glazebrook

Berlin Film Society Pret A Diner flyer 1

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we're running any open competitions] 

SWIT SWOO – it’s nearly Valentine’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than to take that special someone in your life to dinner and a movie? We’re offering the gold-plated A-list version of the traditional V Day date, courtesy of our friends at Berlin Film Society and Pret A Diner.

Enjoy a drinks reception, followed by a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss – which won a Berlinale Golden Bear Award on its release in 1982 - and a Michelin-starred meal… all for FREE! The event takes place in a stunning abandoned opera and theatre prop factory, next Wednesday, 13th February – and you can find full details here. To find out how to win a dream date for you +1, worth nearly €120 in total (!), scroll down.

Berlin Film Society Pret A Diner flyer 2

HOW TO WIN DINNER AND A MOVIE FOR YOU AND A FRIEND – COURTESY OF BERLIN FILM SOCIETY AND PRET A DINER:

Just leave a comment below, and tell us your favourite date movie.

You have until 6pm on Monday 11th February, to enter. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
3. We will announced the winner via our Facebook page on Tuesday 12th February.

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Help Berlin’s homeless with One Warm Winter

by James Glazebrook

How could we resist One Warm Winter? Not only does the Berlin initiative do the valuable work of collecting donations to buy clothes for the city’s homeless, but it’s also backed by celebrities. For its third year OWW, with its slogan of “Das Leben Ist Kein U-Bahnhof” (Life Is Not A Subway Station), has rallied German hip hop stars Marteria (an ex-model) and MC Fitti (anything but), one of the Beatsteaks, “theatre luminary” Komet and, um, that guy who’s sticking it to Bonnie Strange. And pictured below: the singer from Jennifer Rostock (Berlin’s answer to Paramore) and photographer Oliver Rath.

One Warm Winter JenniferOne Warm Winter Oliver

There are two easy ways you can help. Donate a Euro here, and Groupon will match it – doubling the first 2,000 donations. Or go down to the Friends with Benefits party at Bi Nuu this Friday, catch a performance by Mr ROFLCOPTER himself, MC Fitti, and sets from appox. a kazillion DJs – and your €10 entrance fee goes directly to the One Warm Winter campaign. If enough money is raised, 500 homeless Berliners will get jackets to keep them warm this winter. Here’s your chance to make Berlin a better place to live – get clicking/raving!

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