This weekend’s highlight is the International Women’s Day on Sunday, which is, since last year, a public holiday in Berlin! To celebrate it, the Berlin Feminist Week kicks off on Thursday with a full movie program made by women, PoC and queer filmmakers; the C/O Berlin opens its new exhibition with works of Linda McCartney, Francesca Woodman and Sophia Tun; Yumna Al-Arash presents her latest artworks at Anahita Contemporary, and the party for girls* who are looking for girls*, brought by the Vienna collective WET at ://about party.
And for this weekend guide, our guest curator Maikol Piardi share with us his selection of unmissable music events in March. Check them out!
Thursday Mar 5th:
Freier Eintritt / Audiovisuelle Performance von Cevdet Erek
Before the exhibition ”Bergama Stereo” comes to an end, Cevdet Erek will present the architectural installation with multichannel sound in an extended live version and in another perspective.
As the sun sets (from 18:00 on) till 22:00, the artist will reanimate the architecture this time in darkness, playing with lights and a louder live remix of the installation’s 34 separate sound channels. The entrance is free!
5 Mar. 16-22:00.Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, Mitte
Vernissage: Amos Badertscher – The Souls Around Us
The photographer Amos Badertscher has portrayed the Baltimore hustling subculture with thousands of pictures for decades. The Schwules Museum is now showing nearly 100 of them in Berlin. From 17:00, curators Jonathan David Katz and Hunter O’Hanian will talk with Katrin Köppert (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig) and Peter Rehberg (Schwules Museum) about the aesthetics of Badertscher’s work.
5 Mar. 17-22:00. Schwules Museum, Lützowstraße 73, Mitte
Freiraum presents: Booking reading. Vreni Frost | Glanz und Gloria
Meet & Read with our friend Vreni Frost. Ready for some self meditation & cleansing combined with witty irony and self-reflection? Don’t take yourself too serious, accept yourself and clean your mindset – that’s what it’s all about.
5 Mar. 18:30-21:30. Freiraum. Friedrichstraße 68, Mitte
On Music: Life after Music Magazines – the Norient Way
Music print media are going extinct. Who will research, analyse and critic music? Where will the dialog about and with music take place in the future? And what do music and sound tell us about the global present? At the launch of the series On Music, the online music platform Norient (Norient Sounds) offers answers. The online magazine and network for music scenes from Argentina to Ghana to Pakistan has reinvented itself in 2020 as the Norient Space. It has become a virtual gallery and community platform between art, journalism and academia that sees music as a seismograph of the times. Panel, concert, DJ set and installation.
5 Mar. 19-23:59. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Mitte
Berlin Feminist Film Week 2020
The Berlin Feminist Film Week give filmmakers a platform to tell stories, which challenge the repetitive heteronormative, white, cis-male narrative that dominates our screens. As the battle against patriarchal cinema develops and feminism makes further moves into the mainstream, so do the stories of People of Colour, trans, non-binary, queer and other marginalized characters. It remains, however, that these stories are often poorly told, tokenistic or used as a tool to support the relentless patriarchal narrative.
5-9 Mar, 19-23:00. Babylon Mitte and Berliner Union Film
Let’s sing together “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. And they’re like, it’s better than yours”. Seventeen years later and we’re shaking the ass with milkshake.
5 Mar. 19-22:00. Astra Kulturhaus. Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain
Berlin Oriental Quartet: From Bach to Brahem
From the very beginning, it was clear that their strength lay in their differences. Classically trained violinist Alexey Kochetkov, traditional oud player Wassim Mukdad, rock bassist Or Rozenfeld and the percussionist from the Berlin Orchestra for Early Music, Peter Kuhnsch… What common ground could they share? First, their love and passion for Middle Eastern music. Second, their will to find their own way to represent this culture while still respecting its traditions. They create an intercultural dialog not only by uniquely interpreting Arabic classical music, but also by integrating European classical into their oriental frame of mind.
5 Mar. 19:15-22:00. Prachtwerk Berlin. Ganghoferstrasse 2, Neukölln
PHØNIX16 – Dead on Arrival
On the 50th anniversary of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, PHØNIX16 – following the glorious example of the former bloc powers – is upgrading and modernising its arsenal. The industrial sounds of Throbbing Gristle, Daphne Orams, who is occasionally referred to as the inventor of techno, and the distorted, nerve-racking extreme performance vocal terror sounds in Scream X by Diamanda Galas, become new [a]live versions! with maximum vocal explosive power. Together with Antoine Brumel’s so-called Earthquake Mass and Luigi Nono’s epic lament of a single soprano Djamilla Boupacha, a blockbuster of music for voices beyond genre classifications is created.
5. Mar, 20-23:00. Silent Green. Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding
Friday Mar 6th:
Konzert | Bader Motor: The Colours of Noise
Bader Motor is a group of musicians and artists from France. Using instruments, voice and electronics, they will explore the colour spectrum in relation to noise. The concert takes place within the scope of the project “We’ll be making lots of noise”. Free entrance.
6 Mar. 17-18:30. Gropius-Bau. Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, Mitte
Opening: Linda McCartney (The Polaroids Diaries) . Francesca Woodman (On Being an Angel) . Sophia Tun (Extension)
Three exhibitions are opening at C/O Berlin in this weekend: The singular magic that imbues Linda McCartney’s work lies in her masterful use of a photographic technique that re-nounces the photographic negative as a means of reproduction and relies on the uniqueness of a one-of-a-kind positive: the Polaroid—irreproducible, uncorrectable, always live. Virtually unknown in her lifetime, Francesca Woodman today belongs to the canon of artistic photography and is recognized, along with Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman, as one of the strong female voices in photography in the second half of the twentieth century. Sophie Thun’s work contain references that go as far back as the sixteenth century. At the same time, her work addresses the precarious working conditions of young women artists in Western society today.
Opening 6. Mar 19-23:59. Until 06, June. C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstrasse 22, Charlottenburg
Opening: I am who | Am who am I | Yuma Al-Arashi
The first photography exhibition at the gallery celebrates the power of women and diversity, the beauty of female tribes and new age sisterhood. Over the last decade, Yumna Al-Arashi has created self-portraiture as an act of defiance. Often blurring the power dynamics between photographer, subject, and audience, Yumna’s work asks us to question the role of each as she seamlessly weaves herself within each. In her works, her subjects play various roles which often lead to forming a collective between women, an immortalization of the solidarity and support that exists between them.
6 Mar. 19-21:00. Anahita Contemporary. Schlütertrasse 14, Charlottenburg
The Pentacle: A Concert Installation
In the spatial sound system “The Pentacle 15.3,” developed by Fedde ten Berge, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and the Berlin-based musicians Driftmachine and Golden Diskó Ship create an immersive concert situation. In a circular arrangement made up of the audience and the artists, the interplay of sound and space will be newly explored, turning it into a holistic experience. Synth duo Driftmachine (Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer) works with 2 modular systems functioning in sync, searching for a new approach for groove and bass-driven music. The work of Golden Diskó Ship (Theresa Stroetges) combines pop and experiment, sound collages and catchy melodies, electronic and acoustic instruments as well as video projections.
6. Mar, 20:00. HAU. Hallesches Ufer 32, Kreuzberg
Tara Nome Doyle
Tara Nome Doyle has performed with Kat Frankie, worked with Max Rieger (Die Nerven) and sang on the soundtrack for Golden Twenties. Her first EP, Dandelion, has been streamed over a million times since the autumn of 2018. And now she’s releasing her debut LP: Alchemy. Her technique reveals itself through her compositions, as she plays with her voice, strewing syllables around in unusual rhythms and unique phrasings.
6. March, 20:00. Volksbühne, Roter Salon. Linienstraße 227, Mitte
Dinner for Two – The Art of Dialogue
A duo, like no other musical line-up, makes clear that the art of listening is the key to dialogue. The program of the Ensemble KNM Berlin includes works that make this experience in very different ways: merging voices contrast with heterogeneous material, chance encounters with detailed elaborated courses; tension leads to disturbance, interpreters become performers.
6 Mar. 20-21:30. Konzerthaus Berlin. Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte
2001: A Space Odissey
Because it’s simply impossible to image a better venue to watch the sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odissey” than the Zeiss Planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg!
6 Mar. 20:30. Zeiss-Grossplanetarium. Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg
Brass Ya Ass! with Dat Brass
It gets wild, it gets loud and for a very special day, the elven dust from Friedrichshain transforms the Urban Spree into a colorful playground of jazz, hip hop, swing and Balkan beats.
6 Mar. 23-6:00. Urban Spree, Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain
Critical rave is one of the things that will help us to get through the next decade. But rave is not political. It has no political goals. It is one of the names for our political desire as it names our political desires. Real politics, like real writing, must happen elsewhere. But we will use some of all that energy, some of all that beauty, which does not go away when we do, which does not leave the party when we are leaving. Queer rave, baby!
6-7, Mar. 23-12:00. Polygon. Wiesenweg, 1-4, Friedrichschain
Griessmuehle w/ Ancient Methods, Remco Beekwilder & Grindvik
Techno with Ancient Methods at Griessmuehle’s exile.
6-7 Mar, 23:55-14. Alte Münze Berlin. Molkenmarkt 2, Mitte
Floorgasm | Psychedelia with The Horrorist, Airod & More
Who needs a mind when the beat controls your body?
6-7 Mar. 23:59-12. Trauma Bar und Kino. Heidestrasse 50, Mitte
Saturday Mar 7th:
A party where lineups are a thing of the past and techno is left to its devices narrating a musical journey.
7 Mar. 10-22:00. ://about blank. Markgrafendamm 24c, Friedrichshain
VeggieWorld Berlin 2020
VeggieWorld is Europe’s largest trade fair for the vegan lifestyle. The exhibitors will present a colorful mix of milk and meat alternatives, superfoods, sweets, drinks as well as clothing, accessories, cosmetics, services and projects. You can also expect a supporting program with lectures and live cooking.
7 Mar. 10-18:00. Station-Berlin, Luckenwalder Strasse 4-6.
Let’s brew kombucha, a fermented drink with cult status, also known as the “elixir of life” or “tea of immortality”.
7 Mar. 11-13:00. ManuTeeFaktur. Paul-Lincke-Ufer, 44A, 2., Hof, Fabrik – Aufgang A, Kreuzberg
Same Bitches *six years birthday edition*
Although Gegen was cancelled due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, their (un)official afterparty Same Bitches is not only on, but also will celebrate its 6th anniversary!
7 Mar. 12:00 – 8 Mar. 15:00. Suicide Club. Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain
How not to kill your plants!
You’ll learn how NOT to kill your plants in winter: how to water them correctly what to look out for and more great tips on how to keep them alive and thriving for the years to come. Participants will receive plants or cuttings at the end of the class.
7 Mar. 15-16:30. Torstrasse 62, Mitte
Daniel Steegman Mangrané: Fog Dog
Esther Schipper announces Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Entitled Fog Dog, the exhibition includes architectural light interventions, a sound installation and a new film.
7 Mar. 15-18:00. Esther Schipper. Potsdamer Strasse 81E, Mitte.
Vogue Party Berlin
With three different prizes, Runway (American, European & w/a Twist), Judges Choice (???) and Performance (Old Way, New Way & Vogue Femm), voguing will burn down the Tipsy Bar in Prenzlauer Berg!
7 Mar. 18-22:00. Tipsy Bar. Eberwalderstrasse 21, Prenzlauer Berg
Moeon Shop Opening
Since 2014, Moeon has been selling sustainable and contemporary fashion in Kreuzberg. At a turning point, they are shutting down their online shop to focus on their womenswear store and on a brand new menswear shop, both opening this Saturday!
7. Mar, 18-23:00. Dieffenbachstrasse 12, Kreuzberg
Measure for Pleasure – Another Period Piece
In his most recent work, Benny Claessens deals with familiar and forgotten moments in the history of the representation of women. On stage, performers Rob Fordeyn and Teresa Vittucci deconstruct the mythology of woman as created by man, summoning up the sensual awakening of a new cult, the female resistance and the turn of societal conditions in favor of a luscious life full of desire, ecstasy and fulfillment. After the successful HAU production “The Last Goodbye/Vibrant Matter“ in June 2018, Claessens now returns to HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
7 Mar, 19:00. HAU3. Tempelhofer Ufer 10, Kreuzberg
Bump! Das Retro Studio
Have you always wanted to know what it’s like when Grace Jones, Boy George, Madonna, Freddie Mercury and Divine mix up a club together and provide great entertainment together? That’s exactly what you can find out at Bump. Because they are there, live and only for you.
7 Mar. 23-8:00. SchwuZ. Rollbergstrasse 26, Neukölln
Sunday Mar 8th:
Wet: Women’s Day Edition
Women’s Day is on a Sunday, but that is ok for the Vienna collective WET from bringing their sex positive party to town. WET is a party for girls* who are looking for girls*. WET is created by women* for women*, a feminist and sex-positive space of inclusion, shared experiences and lust. WET unites people with the love for electronic popping music and sexy vibes on the dancefloor. WET is the celebration of our bright and female* future! We are creating a space where you can feel free and safe, supported by an awareness team and a very wetty darkroom.
8. Mar, 14-23.59. ://about blank. Markgrafendamm 24c, Friedrichshain
King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, is a British indie rock and blues rapper, singer-songwriter, producer and musician from London. He first appeared on screen under the guise of King Krule in 2010. With rough vocals King Krule lend a voice to songs like “The Noose of Jah City” or “Portrait in Black And Blue”. His third album, The Ooz, was released on 13 October 2017 and acclaim among the best of year. His fourth album, Man Alive!, was released early this year. His music blends elements of punk jazz with hip hop, darkwave and trip hop.
8. Mar 20:00. Columbiahalle. Columbiadamm 13-21, Kreuzberg
Shangai Pan Fried Soup Buns
Shengjianbao or pan fried soup buns, are a favorite food from Shanghai! These half-steamed and half-fried buns (bao 包) are traditionally filled with a pork farce that oozes a delicious jus. Along with a traditional filling, they will be also served in a vegan version.
8 Mar. 11-15:00. Paolo Pinkel, Karl-Marx-Strasse 55, Neukölln
Roda de Feijoada #20: Women’s Day
The best feijoada in town with samba and Brazilian sounds to celebrate the Women’s Day.
8 Mar. 13-23:00. Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, Kreuzberg
In My Room
Falk Richter’s In My Room is a research project that unfolds a multilayered web of memories, images and voices from the personal space of a son and author, weaving biographical experiences with social narratives into a panorama of a present become past. It’s made up of snapshots of sons remembering their fathers, family rituals, everyday stories and societal developments. In My Room is a personal autofiction experiment that dives into the unexplored black boxes that fathers leave behind. At the same time, it’s also an imaginary echo chamber in search of traces of one’s father in one’s own life. With English subtitles.
8 Mar. 18-20:10. Maxim Gorki Theater, Am Festungsgraben 2, Mitte
The New Yorker Indie-Rock-Band DIIV is originally a solo project from Zachary Cole Smith under the name Dive. Then the other followed Andrew Bailey, Colin Caulfield and Ben Newman craft the soundtrack to personal resurrection under the heavy weight of metallic catharsis upheld by robust guitars and vocal tension that almost snaps, but never quit.
8. Mar, 20:00. Festsaal Kreuzberg. Am Flutgraben 2, Kreuzberg
Bonus – Monday Mar 9th:
Music, Wine & Dine at Le Faubourg
Under the motto “Music, Wine & Dine”, Sofitel’s restaurant will introduce new Bordeaux wines from the Rothschild vineyards, accompanied by culinary highlights from Sebastian Leyer’s ovens, with live cooking and cheese platters from Fritz Blomeyer, plus a guest DJ playing the right tunes!
9. Mar, 18:30-0:00. Restaurant Le Faubourg. Augsburger Strasse 41, Charlottenburg
A Live Jazz Band Play The Music of Missy Elliott
Celebrating the life, music and samples of pioneer Missy Elliott, a live jazz band will take you on a journey through the music of one of hip hop’s most acclaimed artists!
9. Mar, 19-22:00. Badehaus Berlin. Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain
Guest Curator: The best music events in March by Maikol Piardi
Every first Thursday of the month, the mighty Maikol Piardi will share with us his list of music events that he bets you simply can’t miss! Maikol explores his unique music experiences via his English podcast Music Travel Guide, sharing inspirational stories from professionals, insiders and music lovers living in Berlin and all over the world.
So let’s Maikol tell us this month’s highlights:
A Night with Quantic DJ @ Gretchen
Gretchen’s musical program is always worth a special attention. To confirm the rule, on Friday 13, Will Holland aka “Quantic” will take over the club decks! Quantic is considered one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. His musical journey is a mix of styles and different genres such as deep funk, classic soul, tough drums, reggae, jazz and tropical rhythms based on his Colombian influences. Alex Barck from Jazzanova (the well known German Berlin-based DJ/producer collective) an Eddy Ramic will join the British producer, musician and DJ for a tropical and eclectic set in the splendid Gretchen’s club atmosphere.
13 Mar, 23:30-6:00. Gretchen. Obentrautstrasse 19-21, Kreuzberg
Horse Meat Disco Berlin @ Prince Charles
Severino, Michelle Manetti, OMJ, Oren Marzam and Magic John will be the protagonists of this Horse Meat Disco edition at Prince Charles. The party keywords are their unique community of late-night hedonism and their high quality of disco sets resulting in a night for everyone wants to (re)live the 70s New York nightlife. Expect to be immerse in a magic atmosphere made by classics, italo disco, house, afro & funk in a stylish mix of club and bar.
14 Mar, 23:59-12:00. Prince Charle. Prinzenstrasse 85F, Kreuzberg
Da Soul Revival Robert Owens back2back Mandel Turner @Paloma
Mandel Turner and Robert Owens will bring their own special musical taste at Paloma Bar for another appointment with Da Soul Revival. Owens is known for his work with the Chicago House group Fingers Inc. in the mid-1980s, and Turner for his many collaborations with the likes of Barbara Tucker, James D-Train Williams & Nile Rodgers. They will perform together creating a music journey focused on house, acid, disco edits and funk. A combination of pumping grooves, great songs and beautiful voices for all house music lover.
19 Mar. 22-06:00. Paloma. Skalitzer Strasse 135, Kreuzberg
Mayra Andrade “Manga Tour 2020” @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
The last Friday of March will warm up the heart of every music lover. Mayra Andrade will bring her delicious mix of around Latin and free jazz, combined with African Batuko and Brazilian accents, capturing the characteristic melancholy of traditional Cape Verdean music. Her unique melting pot influences, beautiful voice and urban and electronic imprints will brighten up the stage of Festsaal Kreuzberg!
27 Mar. 19:30-23:00. Festsaal Kreuzberg. Am Flutgraben 2, Kreuzberg
Save the date
Psicotrópicos Brazilian Arts Festival: 22 March 2020 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Underworld: 21 March 2020 @ Tempodrom
März Festival: 20-29 March 2020 @ Various Venues
Gal Costa: 28 Mar 2020 @ HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Piano Day: Joep Beving: 29 Mar 2020 @ Silent Green
Jon Hopkins – Polarity Tour: 2 April 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin
Steve Reich – 6 Pianos: 15 April 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin
Thundercat: 17 April 2020 @ Astra Kulturhaus
James Blake: 23 April 2020 @ Verti Music Hall
Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin: 8-9 May 2020 @ Tempodrom
XJazz Festival: 8-10 May 2020 @ Various Venues
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: 27 May 2020 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Boiler Room Ten: 29 May 2020 @ Berlim (sold out)
Nicola Cruz and Fidel Eljui: 18 Jun 2020 @ Funkhaus
Björk Orchestral Tour: 9 Jul @ Waldbühne
Four Tet live with lighting by Squidsoup: 17 oct 2020 @ Velodrom (sold out)