Reflections on Berlin Scenes
Edited By Geoff Stahl
The Unbearable Hipness of Being Light: Welcome to Europe’s New Nightlife Capital: Enis Oktay
The Unbearable Hipness of Being Light: Welcome to Europe’s New Nightlife Capital
In a fashion analogous to the phoenix, the city of Berlin has been reborn from its ashes. This is so not only because it has been a constant construction site since its destruction during WWII, but also because, for the second time after the fall of the Wall, it has become the party city in Europe. Having lost its distinctive charm as the popularity of techno withered away towards the end of the 1990s, many argue that it became commercial and mainstream, with the recent rise of Electro (house) and Minimal (techno) as well as the liberalisation of the European flight market (Rapp 2009), Berlin has now regained its status as the number one nightlife destination in Europe. At the same time, having overhauled such rivals as Paris and Barcelona, Berlin is on the fast track to become the new European centre of culture/creative industry. The main idea here is that these two phenomena are interrelated.
Berlin, already famous in the 1920s for its decadence, has a long-standing tradition of avant-garde/artistic/subcultural activity. One reason for this is the special status it had during the Cold War. As West Berlin was a small island in the middle of the socialist East, for many West Germans it was not a very desirable place to live. Hence, it was a refuge for the more marginal, artistic types who, for example, wanted to be...
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