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Radio überlin, now on Berlin Radio International!

by James Glazebrook

Radio überlin on Berlin Radio International

We’re big fans of Berlin Radio International. It’s fast becoming a great place to hear different voices sharing opinions on tons of different topics, both related and unrelated to Berlin. Our top pick to date is this Kiez Piece show, in which Alex from Kiez Oper chats to the brains behind the stunningly well-researched blog KREUZBERG’D.  But the show we’re most excited about is… OURS!

Radio überlin launches today on Berlin Radio International. Zoë and I are going to explore all that is weird and wonderful about life in Berlin, with the help of guests from the city’s international scene. Tune in for classic and brand new music made in Berlin, advice, games and giveaways. This is also the new home of Ask überlin, so drop us an email if you have any questions about Berlin, us, Olive, beard maintenance… absolutely anything! Anyway, here be the deets:

Radio überlin (show details)
Live on Berlin Radio International, every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30pm Berlin time (listen here)

Kiez Oper: Insanity

by James Glazebrook

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

We’re prone to hyperbole, especially when it comes to Berlin, but Kiez Oper is definitely one of the best things we’ve ever experienced. Aiming to “bring opera into the 21st Century”, the far-from-traditional company performs up-close, in unexpected venues, most recently in Stadtbad Wedding.

As we sat down on the sloped floor of the disused swimming pool, we had no idea what to expect – until a cast member embedded among us suggested we pick up our coats, lest they get trampled on. Sure enough, singers walked through the crowd to get to the makeshift stage formed by the pool’s deep end, to perform a disturbing narrative with the theme “Insanity”, woven together from the compositions of Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Britten and more. Compelling performances combined with state-of-the-art sound design and projected visuals created an immersive experience that we’ll never see repeated.

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

Kiez Oper by Irene Moray

by Irene Moray

For your chance to catch the company in action, stay tuned to the Kiez Oper Facebook Page for updates.