TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Where Berlin is turning one this month, and to celebrate our first birthday we would like to introduce you to our extended team: because it's not just us writers and editors who create the magazine every month. There’s a whole crowd of people who help produce and distribute Where and its products, as well as give us tips on anything from clubbing and music to sports and environmental issues. They are the people that keep us informed on what’s going on in the city.
The Where editorial office is housed inside the big Dinamix warehouse in Schöneberg, where more than 30 people sort the hundreds of promotional postcards and flyers for cultural events that end up in the display units you find in almost every restaurant and hotel in Berlin. Every day, while writing our articles and discussing editorial plans, we get to observe all the action outside, staying connected to the big, lively city we write about.
The experts we have on hand include our trainee Catharina, who composes songs and knows where to go for the best jazz. Rumor has it that Aimée, one of our distributors, is a real singer, some say even better than Beyonce: her favorite place is the Alte Kantine (www.alte-kantine.de) “for the good vibes and the good choice of music.” Our instrument and concert expert, Mike, who works as a courier, believes everyone should spend an evening at Magnet Club at least once for the great bands who play there. Christian, our publisher, is an avid collector of conductors' autographs and a real expert in post-Beethoven classical music. Christoph goes dancing at Tresor for authentic Berlin techno, while stock person Sebastian prefers the hip hop and reggae scenes and recommends places like Eisclub (www.eisclub.de) and Bohannon (www.bohannon.de). Delivery coordinator Anja doesn't really like clubs but she is a precious source of information when it comes to cinemas. What I love about the team is that it reflects the character of Berlin itself: international, young, and lively. Vietnamese food is a common favorite, but lots of people, like distributor Kerstin, love Russian places like Datscha (www.cafe-datscha.de) in Friedrichshain.
Then there are bicycle enthusiasts like Annabelle, who wrote The Hill of Change (p. 14), masterful gardeners like our staff writer Hilda and like Dodo, our operations manager; sports lovers like volleyball player Emilie, who works in distribution together with French food expert Alex; skilled bakers like Bernd ( Where Berlin's sales manager), and nature fans like courier Jan, who enjoys sailing around Berlin's lakes and rivers. Serene, our intern, a great city explorer and the latest addition to our editorial team, always comes back with valuable information about abandoned GDR spots, Soviet memorials, and ethnic markets, and as for me... well, I am into the secrets of West Berlin, Cold War spy stories, and piano music, but what I love most is listening to what everybody else in the team has to say about this wonderful city.
Have a great stay!
SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BERLIN