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.
For some time, "poor but sexy" Berlin has been among the top European cities on the tech startup scene. But that may be changing, as Lisbon - Portugal's capital - takes off as a startup hub. The European Union recently crowned the Iberian port city as "the most entrepreneurial region in Europe for 2015." But can Lisbon dethrone Berlin as the next IT boomtown?
The stream of migrants heading from Africa to "Fortress Europe" is unbroken. Arts.21 tells the story of two young men who leave Mali for an uncertain future. We also visit the painter Tim Eitel in his studio in Paris, explore the diverse photography scene in South Africa and listen to pianist-rebel Hauschka.
During the mid-1980s a group of designers from West Germany started to shake up the scene with bizarre objects and furniture. They wanted to contrast the functional design and stuffy interiors of previous decades. The fall of the Wall marked the end of this design era that is now called New German Design. Berlin-based Bröhan Museum now puts these exhibits on display.
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.