9. Berlin: AR Guided Tour Exploring Berlin's Clubbing History
The recent history of clubbing in Berlin – from 1970s Chez Romy Haag to 2020s Berghain
Berghain is probably the world’s most famous club today. Its long rave and techno parties, combined with sexual liberty and their number one rule (“What happens in Berghain stays in Berghain”), have made it legendary. But did you ever wonder where it all started? In 1974, Germany’s most famous trans* woman Romy Haag opened her iconic nightclub in Berlin’s street prostitution district. Among the visitors were celebrities like Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. Discover how this began the half-a-century history of our current Berlin club culture that culminated in world-renowned clubs like Berghain and Kit Kat!
Berlin clubbing culture in light of the Berlin Wall and how marginalized communities shaped it
David Bowie’s visit to Chez Romy Haag was the beginning of a romance between the two. In 1977, he released Heroes, a song that would later be considered a catalyst to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Similarly, Berlin club culture is deeply connected to the history of the divided city and the hopes and dreams after the reunification. Are you tired of always the same historical tours? The Story of Berlin’s Clubs gives you a glimpse into the history of Berlin as you’ve never seen it before – while still being closely linked to the specific historical facts you know! Explore why Berlin’s clubs are more than just dance venues – they are also political spaces that helped shape the reunification. Also, from the beginning, queer and trans* communities have shaped clubbing culture in Berlin, as the area around Chez Romy Haag became one of the world’s most prominent gay districts.
Berlin clubs today
How many clubs are there today? What do they offer? What kind of music do they play? Why are they often regarded as places of sexual liberty, and exactly how sexually liberal are they? Why are they safer spaces for many marginalized communities? How did they survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Why did Germany recognize them as “cultural institutions”, and what advantages did this have? And how are Berlin clubs still political today? Get answers to all these and many more questions in this fascinating and exciting Berlin guided tour!
Discover it all in Augmented Reality
Powered by ZAUBAR: Travel through time and see it all in Augmented Reality: Join Queen’s Freddie Mercury while visiting Chez Romy Haag, dance to the predecessor to Berlin’s techno at Metropol, witness the emergence of Berlin’s modern LGBTIQ movement and its struggles with the AIDS crisis at SchwuZ, explore the movement against fascism and racism at SO36, and discover the sexual liberties and fetishes at Berghain, Kit Kat and Lab-Oratory!