Tips for a Queer Autumn in Berlin
Berlin offers countless opportunities for wonderful experiences in autumn, even though the temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter and it rains more often. From culture to sports to relaxation, we have put together a few ideas for a great autumn that is as colourful as our queer community.
Rambling in Tiergarten
An autumn walk is simply a must in Berlin. The city is known far and wide for its many parks, whose greenery transforms into the most amazing show of colour in autumn. The trees boast the most fabulous reds, oranges, and yellows. This spectacle is particularly impressive in the English Garden, which is part of Berlin's largest park, Tiergarten. The garden was clearly planned and laid out as a labour of love and combines plants, bushes, and trees so skillfully that they offer a beautiful interplay of colours in autumn. It's hard to think of a more fitting place for a romantic walk for two. The Tiergarten also offers other great corners, for example the Neuer See, where you can relish the last warm rays of sunshine in a beer garden, or warm up with a paddle boat tour on the water.
In the Tiergarten
Website of Teehaus im Englischen Garten
In autumn there are some great opportunities to experience queer narratives on the big screen. At the end of September, the 'Soura Film Festival' takes place at the 'Wolf Kino' in Neukölln, which specialises in short and feature films from Southwest Asia and North Africa. At the end of October, the popular 'Pornfilmfestival' takes place, one of the most progressive film festivals for erotic films that boast a strong queer and feminist focus. The films are screened in the cinemas 'Moviemento' and 'Babylon Kreuzberg'. A classic venue for queer films is the 'Kino International' in Mitte, which shows queer films from all over the world every Monday, under the title 'Mongay'. Often these are, in fact, German premieres. (You can find more information about film festivals in Berlin here).
At Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Website of Mongay im Kino International
Soura Film Fest
At Wolf Kino, Weserstraße 59, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln
U Rathaus Neukölln
Website of Soura Film Festival
At Kino Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Website of Pornfilmfestival
After the summer's whirlwind of parades, street parties and festivals, autumn is the ideal time to look inwards and focus on well-being. What could be better for this than a yoga session? For example, Yogi Micha offers queer yoga sessions every Monday in the rooms of the yoga studio "Yoga & Stimme" on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, in which all members of the LGBTIQ community can participate.
Queer Yoga Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Görlitzer Bahnhof
Website of Queer Yoga Berlin
Yoga for Queers
Oderstraße 24, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S+U Frankfurter Allee
Instagram account of Yoga for Queers/Lesbionic Shakti
Craving a little stagecraft and culture? Then we recommend a bit of theatre programming for autumn. The 'BKA Theatre' on Mehringdamm is the number one place to go for queer stage productions and features comedy, drag shows, late-night talks, and music. If you want to experience ballet in a completely novel way, the Staatsballett's production 'Lab Works - Half Life' is highly recommended. The programme can be staged several times in October and November at the Komische Oper and fuses techno sounds with contemporary ballet. A special highlight in autumn is the queer cabaret programme by 'The Velvet Creepers'. It can be seen on 4 and 5 November in the Ballhaus Chauseestraße. Here the worlds of burlesque, cabaret, and performance art merge. (You can find a few more suggestions for queer performances here).
Mehringdamm 34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Website of BKA-Theater
If there is one activity that is both fun and hot, it is karaoke. Fortunately, Berlin has a lot of queer spaces where the community comes together to sing. In Prenzlauer Berg, for example, the iconic 'Tipsy Bear Bar' organises a karaoke show every Thursday, providing participants the opportunity to sing on stage. The Neukölln counterpart is the monthly karaoke night at the 'Tennis Bar'. 'Monster Ronson's Karaoke Bar' in Friedrichshain is open every day and offers both private karaoke booths and shows with stage performances, where things often get particularly wacky.
Tipsy Bear Berlin
Eberswalder Str. 21, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
U Eberswalder Straße
Instagram account of Tipsy Bear Berlin
Tennis Bar Berlin
Reuterstraße 95, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln
U Rathaus Neukölln
Instagram account of Tennis Bar Berlin
Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke
Warschauer Str. 34, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S + U Warschauer Straße
Instagram account of Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke
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Words: Frank Schröder