1UP is a Kreuzberg-based graffiti crew which was founded by three friends right in front of Kaiser’s at Kottbusser Tor in 2003. A decade later, 1UP is an artist collective comprised of a myriad of talented boys and girls. At 1UP, no single artist stands out. It’s all about crew love and family business. ONE UNITED POWER!
44flavours is an art collective based in Kreuzberg - Berlin, consisting of Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle.Their work showcases a high level of knowledge of the diverse fields of art, by incorporating and rearranging them to bring their own visions to life.
Dörte Manzke was born in Stralsund and studied acting in Berlin. Since then, she’s been performing with various theatre ensembles from Tribüne Berlin to Theater Halle 7 in Munich, and she’s been cast in various films.
Quietly the sparks descend on you… while Henrike takes your photo. With the magical make-up artist team (Dr. Bling & the Glitzersistas), we’ll bring you to 7th heaven and beyond. This is a photo wonderland box to stay… or to go. A new metamorphosis begins.
Conservator and designer Juliane Kownatzki is the artistic force behind BOM BOM Berlin. With her wood works, murals and signposts, she combines craft and design. Once again, she will design all Berlin Festival area signs together with graffiti artist Khar.
Von verschiedenen Startpunkten aus fährt die BUNDjugend Berlin (mit Euch) als mitRADgelegenheit zum Festival – als sog. Critical Mass ganz offiziell im Fahrradverband auf der Straße. Im Art Village wird Euch von der BUNDjugend Berlin dann ganz praktisch gezeigt, wie Ihr Eure Stadt grüner machen könnt. Zweimal täglich um 14 und um 17 Uhr könnt Ihr gemeinsam mit der BUNDjugend Berlin im Workshop »Green your city - Urban Gardening mit der BUNDjugend« eine Kräuterspirale und Hochbeete bauen. Wer es etwas radikaler mag, kann am Aktionsstand Guerilla Gardening Techniken kennenlernen und ausprobieren.
Growing up in East New York in the 70s and 80s Ortiz was swept up in the graffiti zeitgeist but eventually decided to turn to fine art and painting. Ortiz’s work can be classified between figurative and abstract art, with a vibrant and spontaneous energy influenced by his everyday experience that pervades both surface and conscious meaning.
This glitter make-up artist group was fromed by fashion and lifestyle designer Charisma Bruckmann (Dr. Bling) in 2007. Since then, the seven-piece group has been spreading glitter across the world.
In his current series, Emess borrows striking graphics from the 60s and puts them in a contemporary context. While the irrevocable belief in technical development and progress is immanent in the original socialist designs, a bitter aftertaste of militant ingenuity resonates in his artwork. Emess is the winner of the 2014 Berlin Festival art prize, a current student at the UDK as well as a prominent figure in the capital city’s galleries and public spaces.
Il-Jin Atem Choi’s work and drawings research the possibilities of creating spatial dimensions with single elements. Il-Jin Atem Choi’s artworks reach from subtle interventions with nature (white spray paint on a ivy leaf) to large-sized wall murals in vibrant colours.
im gegenteil is an online magazine from the heart. Since November 2013, the blog has been introducing singles on a weekly basis who are keen on meeting someone – not just for a one night stand but for at least a little longer. At last year’s Berlin Festival, im gegenteil already tried to hook up a few festivalgoers. To be continued…
Jens Kraßnig is an actor, dancer, performer and the host of our »Wishing Tree«. At 16, he choreographed the Jungle Book for the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, he studied in Hamburg and worked at Thalia Theater, and at Berlin’s Staatsoper, Sophiensaele and HAU. Since 2014, he’s been the singer of glam pop punk band, »Band Deutscher Mädels«.
Just arrived in Berlin in 2003 after a having studied photography in Edinburgh. Since then he’s been working as a freelance press photographer and blogger. Continuingly documenting the street art scene as well as reports from war torn places like Syria, the Gaza strip and Irak gained him a well-earned reputation. His New Year’s Eve video in which he drives through Berlin at midnight has reached 6-digit views.
Karsten Konrad is an abstract sculptor who studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in the 80s and at the Royal College of Art in London with Marina Abramovic. At this year’s Art Village, Karsten Konrad will create a vast mural of »bicycle corpses« found in the streets of Berlin.
At this year’s Art Village, the Kirmes der Verpeilten invites you to a forgotten world, to a land of fantasy and illusion. Our invitations was answered by a fortune-telling fakir, a fast-as-hell magician, the master of illusion as well as the long-legged cavaliers with cylinders from Poland. Everything and its opposite are possible here.
Generally speaking, cities are jam-packed places with masses of people, who go on living their everyday lives in search of balance between their own peace and quiet, grocery shopping, running their errands, arriving for their appointments on time and experiencing some pleasant moments in the meantime. The crammed urban living arrangement also has a good side to it, since it always leaves some room for surprises in the city. Come by the spots we have chosen for you and let yourself experience something utterly unexpected and amazing.
»NICHDOCH« is Max Matreal and Ferdinand von Noledsch’s project. They’re known for contraptions of dubious use, MixedMaterialArts in constant use, analogue banalities. At the Art Village, Max will create the wish machine, granting wishes to all festivalgoers and sending them into the stratosphere. Make a wish, throw it in, let it go.
We teamed up with Nordic by Nature to help you spread even more color and joy during Berlin Festival: At their Midsommar-booth you get the chance to make a traditional Swedish flower headband. As the summer time in Scandinavia is very short and precious, everyone gets together at the longest day of the year: Midsommar. Midsommar means celebrating the arrival of summer by gathering your friends & family together, eating, dancing and having a good time. Grab Midsommar by it’s roots and visit “Midsommar Flowers by Nordic by Nature”.
Lights off, feelings on! Project Notorious V.I.P.s frees ballads of all genres from the dim rooms of lovesickness and turns them into a communal healing process. It’s no secret that nothing mends a broken heart quite like a good love song – and someone to share it with! Yearn together, love together, roar the refrain together like wolves howling at the moon.
Our/Berlin – is the name of the internationally renowned Our/Vodka brand in Berlin. Initiated by Pernod Ricard, Our/Vodka establishes a fine liquor brand all over the world, bringing out the local nuances in each city. At Berlin Festival, you can experience the art of making vodka by joining a guided tour and tasting.
Teambeat ist an exciting choreography with three to four cloths. Through combination, countless artistic possibilities can develop: dancing cloths as well as synchronous and asynchronous moments. Breathtaking line up dives and playful ease – surprising, swirling, escaping gravity!
Nomad is one of the most well-known street artists in Europe. In terms of street art, he usually attributes himself with being the most collected artist in Europe. Equipped with markers and spray cans, he gives refuse a much needed paint job, which people take back home gladly. At the moment, he’s totally into music with his group Africaine 808. Don’t worry, he still carries his markers and spray cans with him.
The artist duo Various & Gould stands for the simple but effective formula 1 + 1 = 3. Always out to discover new frontiers, they share a common love for paper, the accidental beauty of everyday life and particularly working in public spaces – the base of their collaboration.At this year’s Berlin Festival, the two will exhibit collage works form their »Face Time« series.
Uwe Lewitzky, a Hamburg-based cultural producer, is in constant competition with the litter service, trying to find the better slogan. In his opinion, his »dumbsters« are way ahead as he’s reinterpreting their existence as mere object of use to something of more value and attention.
Gabriel John (a.k.a Tuesday Born) is a pianist and producer residing in Sheffield, UK. Writing from an early age, he has come to develop a unique style of playing, resonating with audiences around the UK that he plays for. Self taught, he leans towards jazz, though does not restrict his expression with any label. A lover of Dance as an expression of Music, he has written a 15 minute score for a Ballet on the Water.
New Zealander Graham Candy crossed eleven timezones to follow his Plan A and write music in Berlin. After going Gold in Germany with Alle Farben’s ‘She Moves (Far Away)’, the boy-wonder with the one-in-a-million voice is back with his new EP, Holding Up Balloons.
Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Bakers achingly raw lyrics intertwined with mesmerizing melodies and an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, it leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealand singer-songwriter as one to watch.
The best of the German-speaking poetry scene will take over our Art Village stage. Without having to fight for the crown, all poets will present their craft, giving you a dose of artfully verbal data compression – a wilde mix of performance and poetry, pure jokes and immaculate truths.
Line-up: Julian Heun, Noah Klaus, Pauline Cebulla, Katharina Hubois, Olga Schmitz, Max Gebhard, Robin Isenberg, Volker Surmann und Broca Areal (Lino Ziegel, Wolf Hogekamp).
Ancient believes see the alter ego as a soul which is embodied by a human, an animal or a plant, spatially seperate yet inseperably connected. Should something happen to this ‘external soul’, the connected person is in danger too. Alter ego also describes everyone’s own shadow and the contradictory sides of a split personality. Lukas Steltner und Marisa Akeny make an attempt to approach the other I.
The Curtis Tembeck Outlaw Party playing house rockin’ country blues & gospel. Hailing from New York City, Curtis Tembeck blew into town with an original take on Country Blues, more the undiscovered old-timey gospel and folk type elements which aren’t heard so much on these streets. Curtis plays banjo, guitar and harmonica along with Miss Marta Karta on violin and voice and Tony Keko on snare drums and suitcase with a kick pedal all stomping in an eery trance of yesterdays past, fresh for ears of today. From sweet country music, to shake your ass and rattle your bones house rockin’, foot stompin’ blues.
Electro Swing Revolution events have been taking over Berlin since 2012, gathering over 1,000 swing music lovers on a monthly basis. This year, the Electro Swing Revolution will be part of Berlin Festival with both founders, DJ Louie Prima and Justin Fidèle, cranking away at their gramophones.