[Berliner Kulturwurst #20:] November 9th – 14th : Botticelli, Short Films and String Quartet

For this 20th edition of the Kulturwurst, 7 recommendations to cater any taste, from a Renaissance exhibition to an International short film Festival, including a classical music concert and an open event on vegetarianism and sustainable development!

► Monday, November 9th: HELDENMARKT & VEGGIEWORLD


VeggieWorld is a consumer exhibition as well as a trade fair for vegan lifestyle products and services. VeggieWorld is the oldest and largest happening of its kind. At this trade fair, you can find both initiatives for sustainable development and vegan products: food and drinks, cosmetics, fashion, kitchen products… “Berlin is regarded as vegan capital of Europe. So what could be more natural than bringing VeggieWorld to the heart of Berlin. The capital is home to many celebrities of the vegan cooking movement, innovative gastro concepts as well as many manufactures. Moreover members of the German veggie union (VEBU) of the offices in the capital will be represented.”

WHEN: 10am – 6pm
WHERE: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 4-6, 10963 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to S+U Pankow, then the U2 to U Gleisdreieck
PRICE: 8€ for students

► Tuesday November 10th: Fancy Japanese Food @ Sasaya


My weekly food recommendation goes Japanese! I have discovered this restaurant last week and since it’s very near from the M1 Station Milastr;, I felt like other people should know about it. Because it’s good. Very good. “Sasaya is the best in Japanese food you’ll find in central Berlin, because they not only serve sushi, although theirs is without question very good. Even more remarkable are all the little plates they’re serving as appetizers, the Tsukemono (pickled vegetables), the Takana (fried vegetables), the Kukiwakame (seaweed salad) and above all the Rengoma (spinach with sesame sauce) – all sounding quite simple, but then delivering a taste so refined only Japanese food is able to create. And the colors, this vivid shades of green on beautiful plates contribute loads to the overall sensory delight you’ll experience. Sasaya is always crowded, a reservation is highly recommendable. Go for the traditional tables and then finish your dinner (or lunch) with the Matcha and Wagashi, the strong and bitter green tea (in another gorgeous green color) is served with different Japanese sweets with the Mochi being very delicious – soft and tender, yet quite luscious and not too sweet.”

WHEN: Thu–Mon 12am – 3pm; 6pm–11:30pm
WHERE: Sasaya, Lychener Straße 50, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to Milastr.
PRICE: You can get a good dinner for less than 15€

► Wednesday Nov. 11th: Interfilm @ Babylon

KW20 Interfilm

The International Short Film Festival takes place every November since 1982 and begins this week on Wednesday. “interfilm has established itself as one of the most important short film festivals in Europe. It is the second oldest German short film festival (after Oberhausen), and is recognised as the second most significant and oldest international film festival in Berlin after the Berlinale. More than 7.000 films with a maximum running time of 20 minutes are submitted each year. Of those, approximately 500 films are selected and organised into different thematic programs. These include; international, German, animation, documentary and children’s films. ‘Focus On’ highlights productions from specific countries or regions. Beyond that there are also special sections devoted to areas such as music videos, commercials, experimental films, historical films and retrospectives.” This year’s edition offers a very rich and large programme: 6 different competitions (including documentary and green film competition), a focus on Canadian and eastern European shorts, and lots of guests, delicacies and clips. The cinema Babylon opens 3 cinema rooms during the entire festival and offers a large selection to cater any taste.

WHEN: from 3pm to 11pm
WHERE: Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to S+U Pankow and the U2 to U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
PRICE: 5€ on 11.11

► Thursday Nov. 12th: The Botticelli Renaissance @ Gemäldegalerie


“The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is celebrated as one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance. His paintings have been endlessly reproduced and interpreted. His motifs – widely borrowed and adapted – have gone out into the world, often at a considerable remove from the originals. Indeed, they can take us so far away from the actual paintings by Botticelli that the artist’s name has come to stand for fashion and lifestyle, with no mention at all of his work. Products are named after him, displays of popular culture follow patterns established by him, and individual figures, chief among them his iconic Venus, have become part of the collective visual memory. (…) The exhibition traces the fascinating history of these shifting appropriations and re-evaluations right up to the present and is the first to present the artist’s work – a selection of more than fifty originals by Botticelli – in the context of these adaptations and interpretations in a wide range of media spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, fashion and design. Among the 150 works on display are numerous masterpieces by artists such as Edgar Degas, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, René Magritte, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Bill Viola on loan from the world’s leading collections.”

WHEN: 10am – 8pm
WHERE: Gemäldgalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to S+U Pankow, and the U2 to S+U Potsdamer Platz
PRICE: 7€ for students (Gemäldegalerie + Exhibition)

► Friday Nov. 13th: Mendelssohn Pur @ RADIALSYSTEM V


“The Mandelring Quartet is amongst the top string quartets of the world. On two evenings the world renowned chamber music ensemble will be devoting itself to the works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. On the first evening the musicians will perform both quintets and on the second evening they will perform all seven quartets by the composer, for which they received high praises after the release of their CD recording last year. At the same time, the new violist of the quartet, Andreas Willwohl, will be introduced to the Berlin audience.”

WHEN: 8pm on Friday, 7pm on Saturday
WHERE: RADIALSYSTEM V, Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to S+U Schönhauser Allee, then The S41 to S Ostbahnhof
PRICE: 11€ for students on Friday, 14€ on Saturday

► Saturday Nov. 14th: Filmtalk: Canadian Short Film in the Limelight @ Grüner Salon


“To accompany the five ‘Focus on: Canada’ short film programmes for Interfilm Festival, interforum will hold an in-depth film talk about short filmmaking in Canada. Canadian filmmakers and experts will not only discuss their films but also the challenges and opportunities they encounter on their home turf as well as the inspiration they draw from. The abundance of outstanding Canadian short films and vibrancy of the scene, from edgy independent films to big budget productions, promises to make for a lively film talk alone – but the Canadian talent of storytelling begs to be discussed too. Shorts from Canada often have extraordinarily bold and original narratives that succeed at moving audiences while conveying a unique spirit and atmosphere. Their stories exude urgency, tackling socially sensitive issues with incomparable fearlessness – free of cliches and often embracing the art of cinema. The Focus on Canada section aims to make the distinctiveness of Canadian filmmaking tangible, both on screen and in discussion with the public.”

WHEN: 4:30pm
WHERE: Grüner Salon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10178 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE FROM CAMPUS: Take the M1 to S+U Pankow and the U2 to U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
PRICE: free, book tickets at [email protected]