Showing posts from August, 2015

Hanfparade 2015 - Video Review

This week, I've been doing a lot of editing work and didn't feel like writing a post, but I have made this very short video about the Hanfparade, the annual weed legalization demo in Berlin.  It happened last Saturday, and all of this footage was shot in Tiergarten.

The theme of the parade was medical marijuana and there were some great costumes, stalls and signs to illustrate the value of using marijuana as a medicine, to make fabrics, and to highlight some of the other practical uses that 'the demon weed' has.  But since this blog's focus is on nightlife, the video shows scenes from the street party at the end of the parade, in Brandenburger Tor.

Hope you enjoy it :-)

Review: Free Openairs Day in Berlin

When: August 1, 2015.

Where: All around Berlin: in the woods, in an abandoned building and a few other sites.

Why: Free Open Airs Day was both a celebration of free open air techno parties in Berlin, and a protest against police repression of open air parties.  For more details about the concept, please see this post. 

Who: There were a number of sound systems involved in Free Open Air Day, but this particular party was done by Zuruck Zu Den Wurzeln (Back to the Roots).  They're a popular party crew which draws hundreds of idealistic Berliners (both indigenous and imported) to dance to techno, psytrance, and tech house in the fields.  Their events are very popular because they're well-organized and can easily beat some of the clubs in the city for the quality of their lights, sound and atmosphere. 

What: Atmosphere-wise, the party was safe, child-friendly, liberal and had a mix of nationalities, races, genders and ages.  The dancefloor was a tight-knit group of friendly …