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The Pictoplasma Festival, a festival dedicated to visual culture, begins this Wednesday in Berlin with main venues at the Babylon and HBC.

This year, the five day program includes a conference, screenings, art exhibitions, and a character walk. The festival is a meeting ground for illustrators, animators, designers, and artists from all over the world; over 600 attendees are expected.

At Berlin's Staatsoper, A New Act For 'Lulu'

Apr 3, 2012

The score to Alan Berg's Lulu remains as elusive as the femme fatale herself.

Berg left the third act unfinished upon his death in 1935 after Nazi politics thwarted staging the work. He had devised a concert suite that was conducted by Erich Kleiber in Berlin the previous year.

Zurich Opera premiered an incomplete version of the opera in 1937, but it was not until 1979 that a reconstruction by Friedrich Cerha allowed for a full staging of the work in Paris.

Blue and red silhouettes dance against the wall as La Monte Young, sitting cross-legged in a black cape-like garb and a tight-fitting cap, lifts an exposed arm to gesture the start of a new vocal raga.

He and his female companions chant in ancient Indian over an electronic drone and occasional tabla drumming. Listeners stretch out on the shaggy white carpet in front of them, some assuming meditative poses.

Documenting The Sound Of Berlin

Mar 27, 2012

The sound of Berlin's S-Bahn is unmistakable; many Berliners hear it every day.

So Londoner, Peter Cusack, who is currently taking part in the Berlin Artists in Residence Program DAAD, decided to record it. Cusack, who is a sound artist and musician, has been exploring his favorite sounds of major cities, such as Chicago, Beijing, Prague, and London, since 1998.

He says, Berlin is, for sure, quieter than London.

'MaerzMusik' Pays Tribute To John Cage

Mar 21, 2012

Whether one considers John Cage an inventor, a philosopher, or a composer of genius, his riotous theatrical concepts and graphic notations remain radical even today.

"I don't have any ideas. I don't have any tastes," the American composer famously said on German television after his last visit in 1990, just two years before his death.

"I'm just doing my work, so to speak, stupidly. And it turns out to be beautiful."

One Berliner Sees 'A New Renaissance' In Knitting

Mar 16, 2012

Ruta Sluskaite is sitting in her store in Friedrichshain surrounded by tall shelves filled with wool.

Hand-printed tote bags hang from the counter. A rack with knitted vests and sweaters and stitched art pieces adorn the walls.

Sluskaite wears a beautiful crochet cardigan, of course her own creation.

Berlin Wollen is the name of her small wool empire.

How To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In Berlin

Mar 16, 2012

Just three short years ago, if you wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Berlin, you were faced with a few measly options: head to the closest Irish pub, throw on some green clothes, or grab a couple of Guinness at the store and enjoy them at home.

It wasn't until last year that Berlin finally got a St. Patrick's Day parade, and like everything else in this city, it's original, quirky, and growing.

'Gerhard Richter, Panorama' At Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie

Mar 13, 2012

This past February, Gerhard Richter celebrated his 80th birthday.

In tribute to the artist, a retrospective of Richter's work is now on view at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Gerhard Richter is considered one of the most important artists of our time; In 2004, The Guardian described him as the "Picasso of the 21st century."

Still, when it comes to public appearances, the artist often seems reserved, almost shy. Dorothee Brill, who co-curated the Richter exhibition, worked with Richter while preparing the show.

Leoš Janácek's "Jenufa," a work of great psychological complexity despite its naturalist setting of Moravian peasant life, has struggled to meet with appreciation since it made its 1904 premiere in Brno.

It was Erich Kleiber who gave the opera its German breakthrough at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 1924, the same year in which "Jenufa" premiered at the Met to mostly unfavorable criticism.

The reception in the German capital ranged from praise for the work's fresh sincerity to bourgeois contempt.

In Berlin, Revolutionaries Of Sound Meet At MaerzMusik

Mar 6, 2012

The Haus der Berliner Festspiele is brimming with activity as staff prepare for one of the world's largest avant-garde music festivals, MaerzMusik, which begins this Saturday and continues for two weeks.

Matthias Osterwold, the Artistic Director, says MaerzMusik is unique in bringing cutting edge music to the general public.

"Many of the things we present are somehow new, so they can't be based on conventional patterns of perception."


A Note From NPR Berlin 104,1 FM

Today we’re sharing the news that NPR is shifting its role with NPR Berlin. At NPR Berlin, NPR is currently both the content provider and the station operator. This is the only station NPR operates anywhere in the world and going forward NPR would like to focus its efforts in Berlin solely as a content provider. We anticipate this change will go into effect on July 31.

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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 1

Dr. Bettina Gaber is pretty busy this Monday afternoon. Every chair in the waiting room of her practice for gynecology and obstetrics is taken. Still, Dr. Gaber takes her time with a young woman from Afghanistan. She wants to remain anonymous - we'll call her Malia. Malia is expecting her third child.

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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 2

Khatol Sediq from the NGO Malteser Hilfsdienst sees integration as a two-way street. She believes that people from different cultures can understand each other and also respect their differences. She says it's great to get to know other cultures and to share your own culture and values.

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Elisabeth Waller

Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 3

"So I haven't seen her since the hospital, because I was away. So now I am back and I am very excited to see the baby today." Elisabeth Waller volunteers with the Auntie Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women; an American initiative in cooperation with the Malteser Hilfsdienst. We are on our way to visit Maryam, her husband Javad and their newborn baby Elena.

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