Berlin's PoC culture scene is this queer

Berlin's huge cultural scene is also home to some avant-garde projects, some of which have been realised by queer People of Colour (PoC). Artist, Sanni Est, introduces you to places you shouldn't miss during your visit to Berlin. She also has a few recommendations for the breaks between performances, readings, and workshops!

Home of Innovative Art: The House of World Cultures

HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures): Avant-garde and Innovative

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) boasts diverse programmes during the year. It hosts readings and performances, academic conferences, and exciting media festivals like the Transmediale festival. In summer, the House of World Cultures also hosts a special summer programme on its fantastic terrace. As an avant-garde musician, I particularly like the 'Festival for Experimental Music'. The line-up alone makes it abundantly clear that artists combine elaborate shows with innovative media. Up-and-coming artists from Germany and all over the world, who are often queer and PoC, present new, avant-garde music.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Bundestag
Haus der Kulturen der Welt online

Great food in great architecture: The Restaurant Weltwirtschaft

Weltwirtschaft - treat yourself to a tasty meal after the cultural events

At Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Weltwirtschaft restaurant restores energy levels after the cultural programme. On the menu is superb cuisine from all over the world, all of which is beautifully presented. If you take a break here, you will notice how centrally located Haus der Kulturen der Welt is in Berlin. Ferries depart directly in front of the entrance, connecting the building with the main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, and the government quarter at the Brandenburg Gate. Alternatively, you can simply stay until evening and enjoy the sunset with an Aperol Spritz.

Weltwirtschaft
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Bundestag
Weltwirtschaft's website

From a place of resistance to the leading museum of its kind: The Schwules Museum

Schwules Museum: 40 years of resistance

The Schwules Museum began as a place of resistance for gay men, but nowadays its focus is much broader. As a result, other queer narratives are presented in the exhibitions and events, as well as in screenings, readings, and performances. The Schwules Museum has been around for over 40 years, making it the oldest queer museum in Europe. If you don't visit it, you'll be missing out!

Schwules Museum
Lützowstraße 73, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U Nollendorfplatz
Schwules Museum's website

Casa Kuà: A place for (queer) PoC

Casa Kuà is a place especially created for queer PoC. I have many personal stories associated with Casa Kuà. For example, I did yoga there, led by a black non-binary person. That was the first time I had done yoga with a non-white person in Berlin - and despite it being my first experience, I was made to feel at ease. The offer is also for white people but is especially aimed at people of colour. The yoga on offer is only one of many possibilities. Casa Kuà often offers workshops, discussions, readings, and performances.

Casa Kuà
Naunynstraße 72, 1st floor, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Kottbusser Tour
Casa Kuà's website https://casa-kua.com

Länderdreieck: Inflatable Boat Trips on the Water

Where the Landwehrkanal and the Neuköllner Schifffahrtskanal meet, the water divides the Berlin districts of Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Treptow, forming the Länderdreieck. In summer, this is a popular meeting place, especially among queer people. Because if you pump up an inflatable boat here and row off, you’ll definitely have your own space - and we all need that now and then! During the pandemic, paddling on the water has become even more popular - I also like it a lot. If you don't have an inflatable boat and don't know where to rent one, you can find great deals in the big sports department stores!

Länderdreieck
Lohmühlenbrücke, 12045 Berlin-Treptow
U Hermannplatz

Artist Sanni Est during one of her performances

Further information

Sanni Est also guides you through the cultural life of Berlin in a video. Watch the clip here!

There is plenty of art and culture in Berlin. Sascha Suden has compiled some recommendations for a cultural gay weekend in Berlin.

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