Every year I await the Pictoplasma festival with great excitement. Could help the fact that this festival happen usually to meet with the beginning of the good weather but mostly it is because I just love character design, it’s so much fun. For the main exhibition, they chose this year a fantastic location, the Silent Green Kulturquartier in Wedding.
Made in Wedding is a small gallery in one of the less developed corners of Wedding. The intersection of the Soldinerstr and the Koloniestr is the heart of a Kiez with bad reputation and little signs of cultural development. Nevertheless, there is a couple of initiatives trying to set an artistic offer and give opportunities to the local artist to be shown. Sometimes the most original and free of conventionalities artists are to be found in the most unexpected places. The actual installation in this space is surprisingly genuine. Far from the mainstreamed Auguststr or the über hipsteria of the art scene in Kreuzberg/Neukölln: Dichtung Fontanera is definitely a breath of fresh air for the senses.
So many times I thought that it would be great to have a cosy place very near home to have coffee and cake in winter or to have an ice cream sitting on the street during summer. Like a month ago my wishes were heard and they open this pretty caffee in the Soldiner Kiez.
We are always very excited about new restaurants in Wedding. As soon as we read in the Weddingweiser about Stranero we run to try their pizza and check out the restaurant. They are situated next to Nauener Platz, in the growing kiez of Malplaquetstr. Their pizza is very good and not expensive at all. For now is all they have, we hope they include some antipasti or salads in the menu to accompany those tasty pizzas. They probably will!
Grüntalerstr is probably my favourite street in Wedding. I love the library Echo Bücher and and the concerts at Studio 8 and recently I discover that Da Giorgo (just besides all this) is also a very decent place to eat. Nice wine, nice antipasti for free with your meal and good pizza.
The first edition of the Project Space Festival Berlin starting August 1st, will feature a different space with a surprise event (events will only appear in the calender a week or so before taking place) every day during this month. It´s pretty exciting to see festivals first editions and in this case, the innovative idea and the well organize and beautiful website will convince you to join then on at least one of the dates.
Galerie Patrick Ebensperger is hosting its first exhibition since moving to its new location: the old crematorium chapel, Plantagestrasse in Wedding. The space itself and the surroundings are imbued with quietness. The abandoned area of the crematorium (soon to be an art and cultural centre) and the adjacent graveyard give an interesting and sinister touch to this beautiful corner of Wedding. This moving environment makes even better the experience of meeting fine contemporary art.
Many people had told me already about this little Korean restaurant in Leopoldplatz. It is indeed a cute and authentic looking place to have a proper plate of Korean cuisine. We didn´t have any problems to get a seat (I had read that it could be busy at dinner time). The friendly waitress brought us a strange but tasty tea pot of broth that tasted like sunflower seeds and some appetizers. The food smelled so good and looked so tasty that I even forgot to take pictures of the plates before starting them. Continue reading
Pictures of things that catch my eye when I´m walking around Wedding
Turning from Osloerstr to Residenzstr on my way to the “holy” Kaufland where I was going to do my weekly shopping I found this warehouse that claimed to be “Welt der Stoffe” (The World of Fabric). I have never been very handy myself and never actually profess to be any good at DIY things, but every time I go to Ikea I always stop for a couple of minutes in the fabric section, imagining all the nice dresses and bags that I could do for myself if I were. Continue reading