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As a part of the collaborative project Werkstatt für Photographie 1976 – 1986, this exhibition traces the history and influences of the Berlin based photography institute to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The renown of this institute is a result of its innovative approach towards photography as an independent form of art and a means of cultural expression. Over 250 photographs, both iconic and lesser known, are featured in this exhibition. They include works from 70s and 80s West Berlin as well as the United States.

  • When: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Where:  Amerika Haus – Hardenbergstraße 22–24, 10623 Berlin
  • Admission: 6€
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The BCB Choir Ensemble performing at Novemberlicht. Credit: Marga Hattingh.

As the days grow increasingly shorter, colder, and bleaker in Berlin, it can be tempting to shut oneself inside and despair at the absence of light and life. But despair not! Christmas markets, song, and snowfall accompany the Wintertime; with the cold and darkness comes the opportunity to better appreciate the warmth of fragrant glühwein cupped between thawing fingers, the sparkle of fairy-lights, and the intimacy of shared body-heat.

My first experience with a Christmas market came the Saturday before the first snowfall here in our very own Niederschönhausen in the form of the fourth annual neighbourhood Novemberlicht festival. I, along with many other BCB students who had bundled themselves up for the occasion, traversed the fearsome distance separating our campus from the local Rewe to watch the school choir’s first performance of the semester.

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Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) in Berlin bring a whole new dimension to celebrating Christmas. For around three weeks, these markets become the city’s social hub and a place of friendly gatherings, romantic first dates under the Christmas lights (or the mistletoe), or alternative dinner plans (read: French crêpes with marinated almonds and Glühwein). As they are coming to an end, one cannot avoid feeling a certain nostalgia for this time of the year already. To give you a glimpse of the city’s Christmas atmosphere (or the Weihnachtszeit) – and hold on to its spirit a bit longer – we bring you a short photo gallery of the ambiance captured at one of Berlin’s biggest Christmas markets at Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg.

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