Solveig Stein­hardt sips a cold beer at the wa­ter­front bar of the Ra­di­al­sys­tem V as the mu­sic starts to play.

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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."

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