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► Monday: MyFest 2017

Join Berliners as they honour worker’s day by joining the Street festival and 1st of May parades. This year’s MyFest is against violence. It challenges previous violent clashes between the police and demonstrators by reclaiming the spaces around the Kiez in Kreuzberg and celebrates with peaceful festivity, culinary delights, performances, and live concerts.

  • When: 11:30
  • Where: Mariannenplatz, 10997 Kreuzberg
  • Admission: free
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It is finally weekend time. Tired of city life and daily errands, the civilized and sophisticated you yearns to break free from the chains of the metropolitan lifestyle and “go back to the roots”.
Luckily for you, we have discovered the epitome of country life in the big city – with animals to pet, huts to admire, and cooking on an open fire. Welcome to the children’s farm (Kinderbauernhof) Pinke-Panke in Pankow! The farm is just slightly past the beautiful Bürgerpark, through which you should stroll too, for a remedying-via-laughter view of the lovely playful goats that entertain passers-by on a daily basis.

Pinke-Panke has existed in Pankow since May 1991. It is now home to three timber-framed buildings with animals, a large playhouse with kitchen, and a game room. All buildings are traditionally built as wooden structures, with a framework from clay or mud. Ecological principles represent the forefront of this farm. As a place of adventure and play, meetings and joint projects, Pinke-Panke is open to all interested children, adolescents, and adults alike. The founders of the farm believe that the care for animals and the engaged observation of nature let the children see the interrelationships between natural cycles – and consequentially plant the seeds for a (an even) more nurturing character in them.

If you wish to know more about Kinderbauernhof Pinke-Panke, visit here.

Below you can see some glimpses of the atmosphere captured at Pinke-Panke on a Saturday afternoon:

Click here to see the photo gallery!

An Aquatic Warbler perches on a reed (photo by Paul Gale)

An Aquatic Warbler perches on a reed (photo by Paul Gale)

While its name sounds like a creature Luna Lovegood might have made up, this small bird is in fact real, and in need of our help. To date, the Aquatic Warbler is the rarest migratory songbird in Europe and may be the first species to become extinct since the 1900s in Germany. Throughout Europe, the Aquatic Warbler occupies only forty sites in six countries and only four of those sites contain eighty percent of the entire population, with only 10-14,000 males in the entire world.[1] With breeding territory in Germany and Poland, the Aquatic Warbler, a habitat dependent species, has disappeared mainly due to habitat loss and degradation. Being “habitat dependent” means that the species is a specialist and can only survive in particular conditions, unlike a generalist species which can thrive in many different environments. Because of this particularity, the change in environments for the Aquatic Warblers has made them human dependent as well as classified as endangered. Having previously thrived in Germany/”Pomerania” (the border between Germany and Poland), the Aquatic Warbler male population dropped to 55 by 2011. The “Aquatic Warbler LIFE Project”, a project dedicated to “conserving Aquatic Warblers in Poland and Germany” has begun to inform people about the importance of conserving the species and to implement the necessary changes to save the species.[2]

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Awesomely creepy ghost catfish

Awesomely creepy ghost catfish (Photo by: Irina Stelea)

31st August 2013 – day of the 33rd Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums) in Berlin. Over a hundred museums, institutions and cultural centers open their doors to the public during this time, starting from 6 pm and continuing into the night until 2 am. This year’s stroll through Berlin museums was particularly adventurous and exciting for our two blog writers. Sometimes unexpected conditions come as the best surprise and set the trajectory for one of the most interesting and exciting nights of our summer (in the end, that is)…

7:25 pm: The arrows of the clock move relentlessly. I am in the cafeteria still munching on an apple while being firmly grounded in the belief that the sound of my nibbling and the strikes of the clock arrows are in perfect sync with the BVG schedule when it comes to the measure of time. I am wrong. Little do I know at this point that my plans for the night, for my Lange Nacht der Museen, will actually turn into a Run, Lola, run––esque attempt at different scenarios to spend the evening––all ending a bit “off” compared to the original ‘script’. I have planned to finally go to the Archenhold–Sternwarte: the oldest and largest public observatory in Germany that prides itself on possessing the “longest movable refracting telescope on Earth”. Although the Lange Nacht der Museen official program offers other curiosity–provoking potential visits, I have made my mind, perhaps also in a somewhat pay–back–time effort to erase all the frustration that I have gathered every second Friday of the month (the only time one can observe through the giant telescope) in the past year and a half when the weather was bad or when I had to delve into the depths of some text rather than those of the clear night sky. I have decided that what the old observatory would offer would suffice as a full program for the night. I will go to the “Radio-astronomical Demonstrations” at 8:30pm, then to the “Generation of the Stars” presentation at 9pm, then at 10pm I would see the current starry sky over Berlin in the Planetarium, and finally from 10pm I will be able to observe through the giant telescope…if the sky is clear. It’s 7:30pm and it’s rainy, cold, and…as cloudy as it can get…and I missed the tram.

8:00 pm: Berggruen Museum. I am waiting for my friends at the entrance while freezing in the cold evening rain––typical for the predictably unpredictable Berlin weather. At least the entrance is free, I think to myself to kill the time and ward-off the shivers. My mind focuses on the images by Picasso, Matisse, and Klee––some of my all-time favorite contemporary artists––waiting for me in the building. It will be the first time I see these works in person… As my imagination wanders off into the Surrealist realms, I can see the familiar silhouettes of my friends in the distance as they approach the museum.

8:00 pm: I get on the next tram not really sure where I am going. Given that the weather is not even close to clearing up, I try to think of another plan and promise myself that I will hunt that clear-sky second Friday of the month, even if that would be the last of me. I remember that there is another venue that interests me: a 3–hour workshop on 3D animation at the Museum for Film and Television. At 8:30pm my friend and I find ourselves at Potsdamer Platz. There is still some time, so we decide to check whether we should register. The man at the info desk does not know whether there should be prior registration but does enlighten us that the ticket costs 12 euros regardless. Just until now I had the illusion that the entrance is free which justified my lax schedule.

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