Highlights from Berlin’s museums, galleries, and cultural outings.

Transmediale 2013
Transmediale 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The early months of the New Year may seem like prime time for Berlin hibernation, but it’s just the season for us at Miniloft to make the most of the city’s cultural highlights. Straddling January and February, and connecting the many dots between art, culture and technology the transmediale 2013 (http://www.transmediale.de/) festival always promises a special few days for the 20,000 strong media art professionals, artists and activists who make their annual pilgrimage to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. (http://www.hkw.de/de/index.php)

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Bread and Butter Winter 2013
Bread and Butter Winter 2013

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fashion in Berlin has been a slow build, with the city often languishing below London, Paris and Milan. In recent years though, Berlin’s presence on the global style stage has been subject to it’s very own makeover. The bi-annual Mercedes Benz Fashion week is Berlin’s acknowledgement to high end and high concept design. But haute couture & up-and-coming ateliers are not the only ones represented in Berlin’s twice-yearly fashion and design extravaganza.

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Literature Fest 2012
Literature Fest 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

For those of us who don’t head back to school anymore in the fall, the annual International Literature Festival is a welcome intellectual pick-me-up after summer’s lazy lounging. The feast of readings and events is celebrating its twelfth year, with the usual bounty of amazing authors from around the world.

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Komische Oper
Komische Oper

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Miniloft guests enjoy a 10% discount at the golden Komische Oper, the most beautiful of Berlin's three opera houses (especially not that the Staatsoper is undergoing years-long renovations). They have a new director this year, the Australia Barrie Kosky, formerly of the Schauspielhaus Wien.

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Creative Sustainability Tours
Creative Sustainability Tours

Monday, June 25, 2012

Looking for an insider's perspective into what makes Berlin such a unique place? The city has a fascinating history, of course, but now Creative Sustainability Tours also show you the people and places that are creating its future. The intelligent, interesting tours help you discover Berlin’s unique, local initiatives.

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dOCUMENTA
dOCUMENTA

Thursday, May 3, 2012

dOCUMENTA (13) is almost upon us! This gigantic, prestigious art event happens only once every five years, for a nice even 100 days. Get ready to dive in: In June 2012, over 160 artists and other participants from around the world present their works all over the city of Kassel, including sculpture, performance, installation, research and archiving, painting, photography, film, curatorial, text-based and audio works as well as other experiments in the fields of aesthetics, art, politics, literature, science, and ecology.

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Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Germany's most celebrated modern painter turned 80 this year with a bang - retrospectives mushroomed all over the country, including a major show at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Around 140 paintings and five sculptures from all periods of the artist's extensive oeuvre, carefully selected together with the artist himself, offer visitors a profound insight into his diverse body of work. The Mies van der Rohe building is put to good use – the outside edge of the exhibition displays a dazzling array of Richter's small colorblock paintings, a long bright line facing out through the museum's glass walls.

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AADKmigrationen
AADKmigrationen

Friday, March 9, 2012

The artistic network AADK (Berlin/Portugal) presents Tristesse Deluxe - Nomadics, a new exhibition that explores traveling. Talks, music/video shows and discussions as well as a classical exhibition with videos, tableau paintings, objects and spacial installation will explore traveling as an interface between new places and old networks, focussing on the artistic perception of space, time and motion.

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Stasi Museum
Stasi Museum

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Stasi’s methods of coercing information were pretty incredible, fearsome then and now fascinating: scent tracking (storing each individual’s scents in jars), the infamous button cameras… The headquarters, in Berlin-Lichtenberg, including the offices of the Ministry for State Security,

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Berlinale 2012
Berlinale 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Get your glitz on this winter at the Berlinale, a prestigious film festival that's surprisingly accessible to the public. The Berlin International Film Festival shows about 400 films within ten days, mostly international or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections: great international cinema in the Competition, independent and art house in Panorama, films for young audiences in Generation, new discoveries and promising talents from the German film scene in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, avant garde, experimental and unfamiliar cinematography in the Forum,

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