NPR Berlin Blog

This is the companion blog to NPR FM Berlin. Come here for the latest local features, music reviews, upcoming events in Berlin, special interviews, and photos. Have something to say? Read the discussion rules and join in.

Discover the NPR Berlin Blog Archive from 2009-2011.

Paul Grandsard/NPR Berlin

Alongside the independent films, documentaries, and future blockbusters shown at the Berlinale, is the Talents Program. The mentoring platform brings together industry newcomers and established directors to foster creative dialog.

Marco Borggreve

Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven are ernste Musik—serious, "E-music." "U-music" - entertainment music - covers everything that’s not classical art music, stretching from top 40 hits to jazz. OK, so where in this German system do you place the Asphalt Orchestra?

Life In Berlin: Berlinale A-List Press Conferences

Feb 13, 2017
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Almost as much a fixture as the movies at the Berlinale, are the subsequent press conferences. The film festival is in full swing, and while those without tickets will have to wait for the roster of films to be widely released, the press conferences are viewable online. They offer some insight into a film journalist’s day, but they also reveal a high level of personal politicking and appeals aimed at the stars and directors on the panels.

Life In Berlin: Brussels Beer Project

Feb 10, 2017
Hugh and Hana Eckermann

Hugh Eckermann: The brewhouse BRLO in Berlin-Kreuzberg is hosting a tap takeover by the Brussels Beer Project, and is offering 9 freshly tapped beers from this young Belgium brewery.

Hana Eckermann: We are talking with Sébastien Morvan, who used crowdfunding to start up the Brussels Beer Project.

Culinary Cinema/Chefs of the Culinary Cinema 2017

The smell of chili cheese nachos and Allgäuer Kässpätzle linger in the cold air at Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse, close to the Berlinale Palast. The alley is lined with food trucks that offer quality international street food. The collaboration between the Culinary Cinema, Berlin’s Markthalle Neun, and Slow Food has become a fixture in recent years at the International Film Festival.