Cheers to an amazing new year! 2015 is kicking off spectacular with various kinds of parties (check out our NYE selection below), and some truly intriguing exhibitions opening early in January. It is a promising start of what we expect to be a shiny year for the art scene.
23:59 100 Jahre Volksbühne - 1000 Jahre *Porto*Bello* @ Volksbühne
WHY: Happy birthday Völksbühne! The old beauty is celebrating her 100th birthday. Without stiff ceremony, but with some surprises, music, food and drinks. For this occasion, Bühne will turn into a dancefloor from midnight till the early morning hours. Dancing shoes and party mood are all you really need to join.
Volksbühne / Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info
20.00 Mindpirates Vereinsheim Closing Party @ Mindpirates
WHY: Mindpirates announce what might be the last chance to party at this lovely space. "The End is just the next beginning", they say, and while we are not happy to see a great space vanishing from the map, we only want to stay positive and wish them an amazing finish and an even better beginning.
Mindpirates / Falckensteinstr. 48 (3rd backyard), 10997 Berlin, U Schlesisches Tor / more info
20.00 New Year's Eve Masquerade @ Konzulat
WHY: Step into the new year at one of the city’s hippest off locations - on 3 floors, panoramic views included. Amusing stories about Berlin’s nightlife and life as single in the capital included, read by Michael Nast in the old movie theatre. Celebrate from 23h onwards into the new year.
Konzulat / Leipziger Str. 60, 10117 Berlin, U Stadtmitte / more info
20.00 Swinging Silvesterball @ Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi Berlin
WHY: This year Delphi offers one of those magical kind of events, in the beautiful elegant atmosphere of the former silent film theater. Live jazz & swing, burlesque & cabaret, showgirls, tarot, absinthe and all that roaring twenties allure make it an irresistible offer.
Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi Berlin / Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin / €35 - €12 after 01h / more info
21.00 FACTORY Andy Warhol New Year's Eve Tribute Party w/ Eddie Argos (ART BRUT) @ Bang Bang Club
WHY: Celebrate artfully at the Bang Bang Club with an Andy Warhol themed party - featuring free champagne for the first 100 guests, cocktail bar, movies, Pop Art, glitter 'n' glamour & DJ sets by Eddie Argos, Sascha Schlegel, Julian Kirsch, Cosmic Palms and Nellski.
Bang Bang Club / Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin, U Mehringdamm / more info
22.00 NYE @ ACUD MACHT NEU
WHY: ACUD MACHT NEU invites you to celebrate one year of the club and another year on this planet! ACUD will be having 2 floors with a very special program carefully curated by Casper Clausen from Efterklang & The Group - with an impressive line-up of live acts and DJs.
ACUD MACHT NEU / Veteranenstr. 21, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info
23.00 New Year's Eve Party @ Lady Fitness
WHY: No worries, no sweat - Lady Fitness is not what it seems to be. Ask any well-informed Berlin art scene insider, and you will get a warm recommendation to visit this oddly named art space. Lady Fitness is offering you to "take the easy way out of 2014" - let your imagination work out the details, or simply show up for the midnight toast and possible surprises.
Lady Fitness - contemporary art space / Stromstr. 11-17, 10551 Berlin, U Turmstr. / more info
19.00 Drucken Heften Laden - Reflections on Theory and Practice of Independent Publishing (Exhibition, Workshop, Events) @ NGBK
WHY: "Drucken Heften Laden" will analyse and discuss the conditions and possibilities for independent publishing in the context of art and city (politics). The exhibition presents a temporary archive, with selected nGbK titles published since 1969 and contemporary books and journals. Running parallel to this is a three-day closed workshop, the themes and results of which will be integrated in the public series of events.
NGBK / Oranienstr. 25, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / free entry / more info
17.00 Flavio de Marco - Tiergarten @ Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
WHY: If the first shows in 2015 are in any way indicating how the upcoming year is going to look like, we would warmly recommend to visit the opening of "Tiergarten" at Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, and share Flavio de Marco's bright-colored view. This solo show presents works by the Berlin-based artist from Italy, whose artistic research is mostly focused on the experience of landscape.
Galerie Christian Ehrentraut / Friedrichstrasse 123, 10117 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / open through 14.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Barbara Hammer - Have a Crush @ KOW
WHY: Barbara Hammer has an international career as a pioneer of queer cinema, with an oeuvre of over 80 films. For the first time KOW will now show her previously unreleased works on paper: a selection of fifty collages, color drawings and painted photos, mostly made in the early and mid 1980s. It is an unexpected discovery to study Hammer's studio works, realized in parallel to her film projects, expanding her practice and experimenting with the intimacy of her image material.
KOW / Brunnenstr. 9, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / free entry / more info
19.00 Familie | Erinnerung @ Galerie Axel Obiger
WHY: Another way to take a look into the future is to observe the past. "Familie | Erinnerung" is an all-female group show with works by the artists Alke Brinkmann, Harriet Groß, Katrin Hoffert, Gabriele Künne, Josina von der Linden, Maja Rohwetter, and Susanne Ring, who all exhibited in Galerie Axel Obiger. Go see it, because compilations are a wonderful way to get a bit of everything, to remember the good times, and quickly catch up with what you have missed.
Galerie Axel Obiger / Brunnenstr. 29, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 31.01 / free entry / more info
19.00 Neil Taylor & Harriet Murray - Hoops Heaps & Hangovers @ Scotty Enterprises
WHY: For its inaugural show of 2015, Scotty Enterprises present "Hoops Heaps & Hangovers" - an ambitious new installation by Neil Taylor and Harriet Murray. The artists have transformed the gallery into an interdisciplinary laboratory, and "it’s like staring down a microscope and watching millennia multiply"... In the complex course of artistic investigation and creation, they look back and wonder why individual choice was ever even thought necessary.
Scotty Enterprises / Oranienstr. 46, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 31.01 / free entry / more info
19.00 Schneider TM / Tomoko Nakasato / Jochen Arbeit / Claas Großzeit @ Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
WHY: ATK (Aufladetechnische Konferenz) is a free music and performance concept of Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten, Machine) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM, Angel), which provides a framework for the congenial sound artists and performers from other disciplines to present the results of their research. At this concert, which takes place within the exhibition "Objects in a Room", the dancer Tomoko Nakasato is accompanied by the percussionst Claas Großzeit.
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien / Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / free entry / more info