The streets are still covered in used fireworks, we've opened all our holiday presents, and our tummies haven't yet digested the festive meals. To me, this means we are ready to kick off the year with new resolutions and plans. To help us better focus on our personal promises, our writer Hilda Hoy came up with a list of places and activities to get our self-improvement process started. Check out pages 10 and 11 for tips on where to find healthy food, workout sessions, and cultural treasures to feed our brains.
2017 promises to be an exciting year, with important events such as the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, which will be celebrated through exhibitions at Deutsches Historisches Museum and Martin-Gropius-Bau, the 150th birthday of Berlin artist Käthe Kollwitz, and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which will be covered extensively at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in October. And since Berlin is in constant growth and evolution, this year will also see the first concerts of a new musical institution, the Barenboim-Said Academy, which works to promote peace in the Middle East through its Arab-Israeli orchestra, and the opening of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, featuring art from the GDR period. And after years of renovations, the Staatsoper will finally reopen at its historic location on Unter den Linden, so stay tuned!