What's the hot topic of discussion in Berlin, what's the trend on the streets? DW's Berlin columnists bring you a weekly insider's perspective on culture, lifestyle and society in the German capital.
From the cafes and nightclubs to the concert halls and museums, from food and design to parks and sporting events - DW's Berlin columnists looks at what's hot and what's not on the streets in Berlin. Each week native English-speakers, who have lived in the German capital for many years, bring you an insider's perspectives on cultural life and society in one of the world's most vibrant cities.
With over 450 galleries and 20,000 practicing artists, Germany's capital is an important production site for comtemporary art. Affordable studios and project space are among its main selling points for artists from around the world. "Every generation re-invents Berlin for itself all over again", says successful gallerist Judy Lybke.
Berlin's jazz scene may have once had a reputation as being only for hardcore music freaks. But now, it's young, wild and international. Trumpet players, saxophonists and other instrumentalists have been moving beyond the genre, fusing jazz with electro and elements of classical - making Berlin a hotbed for experimental jazz.
It’s not just major-label acts who shape the German music scene - there’s also plenty of groups who are signed with independent labels. The German Association of Independent Music Companies (VUT) honors these bands and musicians with the Indie Awards at Berlin Music Week. PopXport was there as a media partner.