Gentrification for the German money is threatening its vibrant, decadent club scene
It’s 5am in Berlin’s KitKat club, therefore the crowd that is half-naked dancing furiously to a deep bass track as a lady works energetic dental intercourse on a rather delighted guy reclining to my right.
When I sip a gin that is warm tonic, I’m reminded of Prussian King Frederick II and their modern vow, 280 years back, that “everyone should always be pleased in their own personal way”. Into the hundreds of years since, and especially in the KitKat club, Berliners are making it a place of honour to reside as much as the king’s “each to their” that is own mantra.
It served as a touchstone a century ago into the “Golden 20s” in Berlin, as globe war beat collapsed the old purchase and discredited its governmental and authority that is moral.
‘Locals understand to have a disco nap, appear later and take notice of the strict gown rule: fetish, latex & leather, uniform, kinky, glitter and glamour, elegant night use, sackcloth, ashes’
The decade that is new 1920 ushered in a unique period where war financial obligation and economic crises caused the horrors of hyperinflation. Within hours, newly-printed cash had lost all its value, providing an opening for governmental extremists. Once the stress started to build, extremes of wide range and poverty into the interwar money made living for the moment – even the hour – your order for the in a city that was dynamic, desperate and drugged-up to the gills day.
Today, a cottage industry has exploded up in Berlin to memorialise – and monetise – the desire for the Weimar that is so-called age. (suite…)