Solveig Steinhardt sips a cold beer at the waterfront bar of the Radialsystem V as the music starts to play.
The music is playing at Radialsystem V, an old industrial space converted into an art space and waterfront bar.
This city has a thing for converting old industrial spaces and giving them an entirely new face. One of my favorite examples is the Radialsystem V (www. radialsystem.de), an old water pumping station on the Spree between Friedrichshain, Mitte and Kreuzberg. The red bricks give the building its characterful, turn- of-the- century soul, a glass structure was fitted to add a modern touch, and the industrial interior was slightly modified – or should I say “emptied” – to host a stage and space for an audience. The patio is now a waterfront bar, adding to that unforgettable Berlin feel you get when sipping your cold beer while boats sail by on a summer evening. They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and we’re not: what happens inside this lovely space is even more exciting than its location. The Radialsystem was created to be a “space for ideas” and is now a magnet for artists from all over and spanning all disciplines, from Baroque quartets to video art to children’s events and dance festivals, and June is one of the best months to visit. On 5 June, the Friends of Amarillis group will perform Urban Strings, which starts as a Baroque harp concert but then turns into a bizarre game full of surprises. On the 13-14th, the UM: LAUT live platform will bring various artists on stage with their experimental and electronic sounds. On 28–29 June, three acclaimed artists will be performing Inside Partita, a combination of choreographic concert and interactive sound installation based on Bach’s Partitas, with violin, dance, and electronic sounds. Or join the Swing by the Riverside workshop on the 27th (4pm) for a swing dance class and concert held by Swingspiration Dance School on the terrace, with a free trial hour starting at 3pm.
"The Radialsystem attracts artists from all over."