BERLIN´S APRIL: WHAT A THRILL! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
It would be logical to get used to the change of seasons after some time. But the return of the colours, the sensation of the warm sun on our skin… no, we do not get used to it. It seems like a small wonder every year.
In order to be able to take these beautiful colours home, we visit Berliner Staudenmarkt at Domäne Dahlem this weekend (6 and 7 April). This popular perennial market festival provides everything a gardener´s heart could wish for – no matter if you are a professional gardener or just hobby plant grower.
Let´s stay on this subject a bit longer: cherry blossom festival can´t only be experienced in Japan. The beautiful park Gärten der Welt in the district of Marzahn transforms into a sea of pink and white blossoms every April. There will be some guided tours about the blossoming cherry trees – but whether they satisfy or rather arouse your longing for Japan is another question.
Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
Should you think as Meryl Streep´s Miranda Priestley in “The devil wears Prada”, the current exhibition Past Intelligence: Givenchy. Uli Richter. Students at Kunstgewerbemuseum might be the better choice of entertainment for you than our previous tips. A dress created by Hubert de Givenchy in 1986, the evolution of his idea by designer Uli Richter in 1989 and what came to life inspired by these two dresses throughout the work of nowadays´ students lets us overthink the German saying “clothes make people”. One thing is for sure: these people (and artificial intelligences – very interesting!) make great clothes. (© photo: Yasemin Akgül, photographer: Noa Lesche)
What would Berlin be without Erich Kästner? Even though he was neither born here nor did he die in the capital, for many German readers he defined their early image of the city by his children´s novel “Emil and the Detectives”. In February he would have turned 125 years. In his honour there will be several events all over the city – for example a reading of his less popular story „Der kleine Grenzverkehr“ (eng.: the little border traffic) from 1937/38 at Renaissancetheater on 29 April with actor Hans-Jürgen Schatz. Unfortunately, we could not find any information about English surtitles.
If you speak a little German and wish to dive deeper into the soul of the political capital of Germany, Die Stachelschweine (eng.: the porcupines) are glad to help. The political cabaret theatre at the heart of famous Kurfürstendamm invites all satire fans to solo shows with artistic director Frank Lüdecke and many comedies with small ensembles. Their style is always intelligent, pointed, snappy and quick – and extremely funny. A wonderful opportunity for all, who are trying to take dramatic world events a bit of their cruelty by the magic force of humour.
Being at Europacenter already, we should take a look at one of Berlin´s most unusual clocks. The “clock of flowing time” is a 13 meters high water clock, which was designed and installed in 1982 by French artist and physicist Bernard Gitton.
What´s the best thing about Berlin? We think it is the impression of never finishing to explore the city. Even if you think you´ve seen it all, you have to admit that in the meantime new exciting things have arisen.
It´s just like that with the art scene here. The MAP Gallery was opened in January as a gallery with the character of an intellectual salon by three lovers of art and design. For gallery weekend from 26 April on there will be their second exhibition at Linienstraße 107. (© photo: Branko Buchberger, 2023)

What better way is there to review our impressions than discussing them with dear people in cosmopolitan atmosphere of light-flooded rooms having one or maybe two fabulous drinks? As we are not even motivated enough to think about alternatives, we are going to indulge this little habit tonight. See you at the bar!
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