Twice a year, Fashion Week Berlin attracts designers, influencers and other trend-setters to the German capital to attend trade shows, catwalks and other events at various large and small venues around the city. An inner-city location such as the Central Berlin development at Strausberger Platz offers easy access to all the most interesting events. Read on for tips on how to get to this year’s hottest events and locations, and to find out more about the evolution of fashion trends in socialist East Germany.
Original photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash, Collage by Central Berlin
Big cities need to be able to provide adequate medical care for large numbers of residents – this was no different back in the day when East Berlin was the capital of the German Democratic Republic. The foundations for the medical care of the city’s population were laid 150 years ago in Friedrichshain where Berlin’s first municipal hospital was built. Read on to find out more about the hospital’s turbulent history and its role at the forefront of public healthcare provision in East Germany.
Are you planning to usher in the new year with a GDR-themed party but not quite sure what drinks to serve for an authentic flavour of the socialist East? This blog post has got you covered. Below are recipes for five of the GDR’s most popular drinks to send you and your guests on a boozy journey back in time.
Christmas is almost upon us. More than almost any other holiday, Christmas is steeped in tradition and with much-loved exports such as advent calendars, Christmas trees, Christmas markets and Nuremberg gingerbread, Germany has contributed its fair share. While the holiday’s original meaning as the birthday of Jesus Christ is still present for many people, the Marxist-Leninist ideology that was the bedrock of the socialist regime in the GDR did not accept faith-based world views. However, rather than abolishing Christian traditions altogether, they were frequently re-interpreted in line with the tenets of historical materialism. We collected ten facts that made Christmas special in socialist East Germany.
The leading East German compact system cameras Praktica and Pentacon were manufactured by a state-owned enterprise in Dresden’s Niedersedlitz district, cementing the Saxonian city’s reputation as a cradle of innovation in East German photography and camera technology.
Many photographers have used these cameras to record life in the former GDR before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some of these images are now on display as part of an exhibition at the Schloss Biesdorf Arts Centre in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Read on to find out more about four of the most prominent among the 22 photographers featured in the exhibition, which is titled ‘Blick Verschiebung’ (‘Shift in Perspective’) and runs until 8 April 2018.