Club culture around the Ostkreuz campus during the lockdown
Berlin famously invites the whole world to experience conviviality and parties on its dance floors. Around the Ostkreuz Campus can be found legendary and diverse clubs like the Techno-Club (LINK) and the Salon zur Wilde Renate, established in 2007 in a former tenement block. Here night owls party the night away to techno and house music. Due to the pandemic and the coronavirus restrictions, the nightclubs are closed. But despite these exceptional circumstances and the consequent difficulties, the community has sustained itself with creative solutions. At the end of November 2020, under strict hygiene regulations, the immersive theater “OVERMORROW” by Bad Bruises and TrashEra took place over 3 storeys in the Wilde Renate. It provided some stability for the artists, who will hopefully celebrate a comeback after the lockdown.
The world-famous Berghain club in Friedrichshain, based in a former bunker, has also relied on a temporary solution and has become an art gallery. Currently some club owners, like those of Salon zur Wilde Renate, are using the time during the lockdown to renovate their locations and stream their sets over United We Stream, the global cultural platform and community-organised streaming initiative in the digital space, to ensure high spirits through home clubbing. Other clubs have even become SARS-CoV-2 test centres.