An extraordinary brain and a frightening story: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; at a Berlin cinema near you!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

What a summer.

There’s just so much to do in the wonderful city of Berlin. It’s still June and this month has been fantastically exciting. At the beginning of the month, I introduced you to the hip-hop, break-dancing fun of Mozart, I watched the hilarious stand-up performance of Bill Bailey and also did my first interview with a tall, lanky, German, English-speaking, comedian! I then went all glamorous and did my first press stint at the it’s so-hip-it-hurts Berlin Music Video Awards. After that, it was only a matter of time before your fabulousness and mine could be hidden no further, at the summer festivals that the city of Berlin organises for free!

Wow!

In May, I began to introduce you to all the lovely things that you could do in Berlin without the worry of understanding the very intellectual, but grammatically difficult, language of German. One of those activities was the rather wonderful Shakespeare production of death and destruction in the body of King Lear.

As I recall, I told you that Berlin is lucky to be one of the designated cities to have original productions broadcasted by the English Royal National Theatre. Live. What this means is that you don’t have to go to London to watch these productions and pay through your nose, but you can relax and watch them from the comfy seat of a world-class cinema, instead.

The Royal English National Theatre.
The Royal English National Theatre.

Last month, I received a ticket from one of Berlin’s very few cinemas in which you can watch original English Language films. The cinema is called: CineStar Berlin – Original. im Sony Center.

You can watch Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar nominated films, the English Royal Opera Live and live productions from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Isn’t that brilliant? It’s the cinema that I go to the most and a few weeks ago I chose to watch the National Theatre Live production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Curious Incident Original West End cast. Photos: Brinkoff and Mogenburg.
The Curious Incident Original West End cast.
Photos: Brinkoff and Mogenburg.

 WHAT’S THE NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE?

The National Theatre Live is an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British theatre to cinemas in Britain and around the world. Launched in 2009, the National Theatre Live is shown in over 700 cinemas, in 22 countries all around the world. So far, I’ve personally seen three (3) productions. One (1) production starring John Lithgow in The Magistrate which was awesome, the second (2nd) production starring Helen Mirren in The Audience which was fabulous, and the third (3rd) production in King Lear which was amazing.

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

WHAT IS THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ABOUT?

Well, the play is based on the award-winning novel of Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, and directed by Marianne Elliott. The book was originally published in 2003, and was the winner of more than seventeen (17) literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in Britain, in 2004.

I remember the book being the darling of the literary world at the time, so if you haven’t read it, perhaps you should.

The stage production won seven (7) 2013 Olivier Awards including Best New Play, and has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle.’

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

WHAT ELSE?

The story is about a young 15-year-old boy called Christopher who discovers that his neighbours dog (Wellington), is dead. It has been speared with a garden fork, and Christopher himself, is under suspicion, as to killing the dog.

Christopher records each fact in the book he is writing, to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.

He has an extraordinary brain, is exceptional at maths but is terribly ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND REALLY GOOD ENGLISH TO WATCH IT?

Yes and No!

Yes, because it’s the theatre sweetie.

No, because you don’t need to get the words in order to understand the play. It’s pretty plain and what is a theatre production, if the actors don’t jump around, sway, and cry in a flood of tears? Without giving too much away: young Christopher goes alone on a very long journey, and meets interesting characters in the big and dangerous city.

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

DO I “KNOW” ANYONE?

You might not know Luke Treadaway who plays Christopher the 15-year-old boy who has a unique perspective on the world, Niamh Cusack who plays Siobhan, Christopher’s favourite teacher, or Paul Ritter who plays Ed, Christopher’s father, but I bet you are familiar with the actor Una Stubbs.

The Curious Incident Rehearsal of Una Stubbs playing Mrs Alexander. Photo: Manuel Harlan.
The Curious Incident Rehearsal of Una Stubbs playing Mrs Alexander.
Photo: Manuel Harlan.

UNA STUBBS: Una plays Mrs Alexander an older woman living in Christopher and Ed’s street, who seems to know all the neighbourhood gossip. Una can be seen in such productions as Worzel Gummidge (1979-81) and (1987-89), The Catherine Tate Show (2005), Eastenders (2006), and of course famously known as Mrs. Hudson: the landlady of 221B Baker Street in the BBC 1 production of Sherlock (2010- ).

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

MY VERDICT?

Sad and thought-provoking! I might be biased here but a British theatre production will never let you down!

Watching the theatre in a cinema setting is as good as being at the theatre itself. Whoever coughed up that idea is a clever fellow. Because you can:

  • Watch a theatre production in the comfort of (depending on your ticket), a luxury seat.
  • Wear whatever you want without the worry of being over or under-dressed although I personally dressed up. It’s ingrained in our soul!
  • Sit together as a group of 3 or a group of 20.
  • If you’re really squeezed, you can stretch and walk around in the stairway of the cinema. Somehow, I don’t see that happening in a “real” theatre.
  • You can bring your popcorn and beer into your seat but for more authenticity, buy champagne or wine, and brand bottles and glasses about like I did. It’s the theatre sweetie!!
  • Most importantly, quality theatre of the best actors on the British stage for only €18.00, in your own home-town or nearby!
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

WHAT IF THIS PERFORMANCE REALLY ISN’T MY CUP OF TEA?

Not to worry. There are more productions coming up that can be seen at the Cinestar Berlin – Original such as:

A Small Family Business by Alan Ayckbourn coming up in Berlin on 03.07.14.

Tickets for the National Theatre Live in Berlin are €18.00 for adults and €13.00 for children and can be bought online here. A wonderful bargain

Approximate running time: 2 hours 40 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

For more information about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, please contact: The National Theatre Live.

For more information about Original English films or productions in Berlin, please contact: CineStar Berlin – Original.

The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions and the bottles of chilled wine I quaffed, are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

In the next few weeks, I will be writing about the exciting world of fashion, river cruising, and just having a jolly good time.

In case, you didn’t know, and surely you did! Berlin Fashion Week is taking place 08.07.14 – 13.07.14. I’m going. Hurrah!

Be there or be square! Or on the other hand, read my blog. July is going to be amazing.

Are you coming?

Watch this space!

In pain. The Curious Incident Original West End Cast. Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg
In pain.
The Curious Incident Original West End Cast.
Photo: Brinkoff and Mogenburg

Have you watched a National Theatre Live production? Have you ever read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? Do you know Sherlock?

Are you coming for the summer?

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I’m fabulous and so are you! 10 tips on going to a festival in Berlin.

It's Me! Don't I look fabulous?
It’s Me! Don’t I look fabulous?

Summer is amazing. It’s even better in  a city like Berlin.

OMG!

The fantastic things that you can do and the places that you can go. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, it’s time to get out there and do stuff!

Some time ago, I wrote a post about doing things right NOW instead of leaving it to another day. Yes, there’s a financial crisis going on, yes, things might be a little tight in the budget department, and that is why a city like Berlin, is a city to visit. It’s safe, it’s cheap, and there’s always a lot of stuff going on. So what the heck, do it and come!

We're waiting for you. You can dance with me!
We’re waiting for you. You can dance with me!

Some of those fantastic things are open air events and festivals. A large number of them will either be at a ridiculously low price, or a wonderful price of €00.00!

In fact, in the last fortnight, we’ve had four (4) world international festivals that have taken place in our city.

The Carnival of Cultures or Karneval der Kulturen a brilliant event which ran from 06.06.14 – 09.06.14.

Ribbons and streams at the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin.
Ribbons and streams at the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin. Photo credit: Jurino Reetz, Daniela Incoronato und Frank Löhmer

The 22nd Lesbian and Gay City Festival which took place between 14.06.14 – 15.06.14.

Be Yourself. Be Pink!
Be Yourself. Be Pink!

Fête de la Musique an open-air street music performance day, which took place all over Berlin, on 21.06.14.

Fête de la Musique.
Fête de la Musique.

Berlin’s Mardi Gras the 36th CSD – Christopher Street Day Gay Pride festivity, which also took place on 21.06.14.

Miss Brazil, Miss Germany, and Miss USA!
Miss Brazil, Miss Germany, and Miss USA!

Now even I can’t be at all places at once so I went to the Carnival of Cultures or Karneval der Kulturen and the Christopher Street Day (CSD) Gay Pride parade, and didn’t someone have a wonderful time? Of course, I did. I’m fabulous and so are you! If you want to go to any of the many interesting and intriguing festivals in Berlin you need to:

1.  Make sure you’ve got the right date: You don’t want to be surprised to find that 06.12.14 is  the 6th of December when you thought that it was the 12th of June!

If you don't take your map, we'll put you in the nick and have you arrested!
If you don’t take your map, we’ll put you in the nick and have you arrested!

2.  Take a map of your festival destination: Take the map with you or get the App and put it on your phone! How many times have you and your mates argued because nobody really knows where anything or the meeting point is. Don’t say “outside the station” as many of our train stations have 4 or more exits!

3.  Take note of the weather: Berlin isn’t London and our weather is fairly predictable but at the CSD festival yesterday, we had dark clouds in the morning, it got windy in the afternoon, the sun began to shine by the late afternoon and we all took off our jackets and tops, and 3 hours later, we regretted that, as it began to rain heavily! Luckily, I had my umbrella in my bag and shared it with my friends and a random stranger!

Random strangers can be interesting!
Random strangers can be interesting!

4.  Make sure that you know how to move around the city and what transport is available or not: Even though I’m The British Berliner and have lived here for yonks, I still fell into that trap of not checking the route. I wanted to go to the CSD festival and meet my friends who I was leading, and automatically went my normal route. Halfway through my journey, I realized that it wouldn’t be the best route at all, as all the transport had been diverted and all the roads were blocked by festival floats, tourists, and seemingly, most of Berlin! Too late. I wasn’t there to meet them and kept my friends waiting, wondering, and slightly worried!

5.  Take some snacks: Most places will have food but how many times have you been hungry. I mean really hungry, and there hasn’t been a kiosk or shop nearby, the queue is really long, or you don’t want to move from your “spot” as it’s a nice one, and was difficult to find. Wouldn’t it be nice to take out your sandwich, bag of crisps or biscuits and chew away in the comforting thought that you won’t starve!

I'm hungry. I need a hug!
I’m hungry. I need a hug!

6.  Take. A. Drink: Don’t mess around with this one. Going to a festival is thirsty work. You need bottles of water so that you don’t get dehydrated from all the shouting, screaming, dancing, and jumping around. You need beer because you are in Germany and German beer is the best. And you need bottles of champagne because you’re fabulous, you’re with your friends, and you want to have a really good time. At the CSD, we had cocktails and champagne galore. Yeah baby!

7.  Don’t forget a camera: Take as big as you dar,e or your smart phone, and be the roving reporter. Berliners are enormously cool. They will pose and pout for you. As long as you ask politely. You’ll get some brilliant shots of beautiful people and interesting places.

Samba Brazil! Photo credit: Jurino Reetz, Daniela Incoronato und Frank Löhmer
Samba Brazil! Photo credit: Jurino Reetz, Daniela Incoronato und Frank Löhmer

8.  Take a break: It’s all very well going to festivals but sometimes, you need to take a break from all the fun and merriment, so take a break. Halfway through the festival, my friends and I decided to go to a local Asian restaurant as they were quick and cheap. We had a bowl of noodles and a drink. We chatted, freshened up in the bathroom, and made quick phone calls to loved ones or other friends, and then 1 hour later, we joined the festival once again. Refreshed and ready for action!

I don't need a break, I take everything I need with me!
I don’t need a break, I take everything I need with me!

9.  Meet people: Berlin is an informal, tolerant place and the locals are happy to welcome and chat to tourists. Talk to them, open up, compliment the city, compliment them, high-five people. We danced behind the floats. A few years ago, I was actually on the parade float, but that’s another story LOL! We took photos of them and ourselves. We shared drinks, we clinked glasses, and we smiled, and smiled, and laughed!

10.  Go out and have fun: Need I say more!

Go on. Have some fun!
Go on. Have some fun!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the tasty cocktails, cold beers, and sunshine champagne, are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

Next week, I will be writing about the British National Theatre LIVE production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon.

The next production is A Small Family Business by Alan Ayckbourn coming up at Cinestar Berlin – Original on 03.07.14.

Are you coming?

Watch this space!

He's fabulous, and he knows it!
He’s fabulous, and he knows it!

Have you been to a summer festival? Are you fabulous?

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A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

The Berlin Music Video Awards.
The Berlin Music Video Awards.

What a summer! May has been amazing and June is coming along nicely. Early summer is also the beginning of “the season” and what a merry time I have been having.

At the beginning of June, I went to a musical cabaret show that had Mozart break dancing and hip-hopping, and last week, I got really close to fun and laughter with Bill Bailey at the stand-up comedy show in Berlin and boy, have I got lots of stuff for you in June. Oh yes, so stay tuned!

Me. Myself & I. Summer In Berlin.
Me. Myself & I.
Summer In Berlin.

But what did I do in May? How can I forget? How can you forget? May was great for my young blog and thank so much for being supportive everyone, and either reading it, sharing it, or letting me explore the wonders of this fine city – Berlin.

Oh yeah, I digress. May!

Well, in that lovely spring-summer month, I was overwhelmed by death and destruction through Shakespeare, I went to a fabulous, glamour, slightly erotic show at the Friedrichstadt Palast, I went along to the all night museum event that takes place once a year. I went on a fantastic alternative walking tour that you really shouldn’t miss, and what I haven’t yet written about was that I was so lucky, so enormously lucky, to have randomly met a public relations person, who then invited me to come and check out the Berlin Music Video Awards.

Myself with Naren Wilks at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Myself with Naren Wilks at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

Yeah, you heard me. Me. To get on that most coveted guest list. A Music Award Event. In Berlin. Amazing or what!

The organisers were so lovely that after meeting me, they allowed me to hang out with them, meet, have drinks with, and interview some of the jury panel, guests of honours, performers,
prize winners, nominees, V.I.P’s, the photographers, the movers and shakers of the independent music world, and also the founder of the Berlin Music Video Awards and the man and brains behind it all; the young and enormously attractive: Mr. Aviel Silook.

Myself with the photographers. Courtesy of Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself with the photographers.
Photo credit: Pascale Scerbo Sarro

WHAT IS THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

Well, the Berlin Music Video Awards or BMVA is an annual festival that puts filmmakers and their art behind music videos. In the spotlight. Supporting both unknown and famous artists, it is a primary networking event for the video and music industries in Europe.

With a vast selection of music video marathons, professional judges, live performances, filmmaking workshops and networking events, the festival is not only a meeting ground for filmmakers, but also for musicians as well as all music enthusiasts, and boy, was it just.

It was crazy.

Berlin Music Video Awards - Gloria Viagra. Putting it out there!
Berlin Music Video Awards – Gloria Viagra. Putting it out there Eurovision style! Courtesy of BMVA.

The 2nd Berlin Music Video Awards was held between the 28th and the 31st of May 2014, at a hip industrial metalbox called the Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin Mitte. In fact, I had been to this venue before! Not only was it about 10 minutes from my house, but it was also the venue of the Bloggers pre-ITB party, the place where I met travel and social media bloggers for the first time. Ever. In. My. Life!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Well, the BMVA brings together independent and established filmmakers, musicians and all music video fans, through the live event of screening 120 nominated music videos and announcements of winners for each category such as Best Director, Best Animation, Most Bizarre, and Best Live Act.

Myself and the twins from Golden Wolf! Hilarious guys!
Myself and the twins from Golden Wolf!
Hilarious guys!

Live performances, camera workshops, 3D animation/VFX and editing, filmmakers and directors forums, and networking with fans, other musicians or film makers, and the industry. A platform for everyone including people who direct, produce, edit or perform, to people who are simply truly interested in the art.

Anyone can participate.

Budget, label and names are not a determining factor.

I was made very welcome by La Vern Marquez (Aviel’s Production Assistant / Social Media Person), Andrea (a very active member of the volunteering team), Carmen Talavera Armero (one of the main PR people), and Deborah Di Nauta (the Press Relations Manager). Carmen in particular was lovely and allowed me to hang out with her and interview as many people as I wanted, so I did.

I asked people to describe the festival event in one word. This is what they said:

“Independent.” “Trashy.” “Ambitious.” “Cynical.” “Bollocks.” “Enthusiastic.” “Lovely.” “Eclectic.” “Glitzy, but light-hearted.” “Teamwork.”  “Jagermeister.”

Golden Wolf with their prizes!
Golden Wolf with their prizes!

Here are some interview extracts from Golden Wolf: winners of the Best Animation category. Dog Blood – Chella Ride. They were a really fun bunch of people based in London but consisting of British, French and Spanish nationalities. I laughed so much while interviewing them. All I can say is that they wanted to eat their award, shared the huge bottle of schnapps with one and all, and danced both nights away. A great bunch of happy, young people! “We’ve been accused of being part of the Illuminati because people think we worship and sacrifice goats!” “Berlin is fantastic.” “This award will take us to the moon.” “It’s our first award and we’re going to boast about it!”

Naren Wilks was the overall winner for Best Production and also took home Best VFX Award for The Correspondents’ “Fear and Delight”.
Naren Wilks was the overall winner for Best Production and also took home Best VFX Award for The Correspondents’ “Fear and Delight”. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

Here are some interview extracts from another British artist  – Naren Wilks – for being the overall winner for Best Production and also Best VFX category: The Correspondents – Fear & Delight. “I make short films and this is the first music video that I’ve ever made.” “The BMVA is terrific.” “Festivals are better organised and better funded in Germany.” “I’m considering learning to speak German as Germany seems to be the place to be!” “I like to make films that appeal to people with a short attention span, and I want the film to be fun as well.”

I also interviewed one of the hosts of the evening, an American comedian based in Berlin called Daniel Stern, who had me in stitches over his very natty (fashionable) bow tie with expressions like “I thought it was amazing.” “That this award exists says a lot about Berlin.” “You can have an award that presents most bizarre, most trashy, and everyone explicitly understands that it’s a celebration of the nominees.” “I’m getting paid in Jaegermeister.” “The event is a little bit like playing pretend but it’s also definitely very real and authentic.”

Deborah, Carmen, Daniel, and Leila, at the Berlin Music Video Awards! Courtesy of BMVA.
Deborah, Carmen, Daniel, and Leila, at the Berlin Music Video Awards! Photo credit: Steve Jones.

I interviewed Andrea who is one of the active members of the organising team and the person to go to, as practically everyone directed me to her for anything that I needed or wanted! She described the BMVA staff team as “dedication and time.” “I’m simply amazed that it’s all happening.” “People who are trustworthy but willing to work for little or no pay.” “I love music.” “Make contact with people.” “The team are very dedicated: technical, filming and editing, working so hard.” “The BMVA is a chance for everyday people to connect. A mixture of mainstream and underground.”

Of course, I couldn’t imagine the night over, if I didn’t get the chance to interview the founder and Artistic Director, of the Berlin Music Video Awards. A guy originally from Israel, so humble and unassuming that I probably would have walked passed him a thousand times if he hadn’t been pointed out to me! A young man with huge ideas and a warm heart, seemingly loved and respected by all who came in contact with him. Mr. Aviel Silook.

Aviel and La Vern at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Aviel Silook (the Founder) and La Vern at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

It must have been at least 03.30 when I interviewed him, as the after-party was rocking, people were drinking cocktails galore, and the noise level had increased 1,000 fold. Thankfully, there was the electronics room that was a fraction quieter, and so Aviel graciously and shyly, agreed to be interviewed by a girl whom he was meeting for the very first time. Me.

Why did you organise this event?

It’s not about winning. It’s about presenting cool stuff to people and to let everybody know what is going on right now.

What gave you the inspiration as the creator of the Berlin Music Video Awards?

I love music videos. I think it’s important to keep this form of art alive.

Sala and the Strange Sounds at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Sala and the Strange Sounds at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

I heard only this morning, that music video is out of date but obviously, it isn’t!

As you can see, everybody is celebrating this form of art here. Everyone around us is an artist, producer, actor and film-maker, and they’re all here because they believe in this project and they don’t want to bury music videos. They’re all on a mission. Together.

It’s not about me as one person. I’m surrounded by 45 team members and each person is passionate and crazy, and they trust me. It’s about trust and passion.

As an Israeli, why did you choose Berlin as the home of your project?

It’s easier to attract people to such a city like Berlin. Berlin is highly rated and brings people together and as you can see. At 03.37 in the morning, they are still here, drinking, and having fun!

Berlin style! Photo credit. Steve Jones.
Berlin style! We’re gonna have fun our way! Photo credit. Steve Jones.

How do you think local Berliners see this event?

Local Berliners see me as an intruder because I came to the city with horrible German, and took the name from them. They asked themselves why they (the local Berliners didn’t do that). I tell them that they were sleeping, doing drugs, etc, but I was focused on my life and I wanted to make things happen. You can’t put the blame on someone who is making action. Things happen with hard work and passion.

Berlin has a lot to offer. Do you think that the Berlin Music Video Awards will really put Berlin on the map, as a city to be reckoned with?

I will not say that ever. It’s a big thing to say. We’ve done a great thing bringing 5,000 people together in 4 days, but that won’t put Berlin on the map. We’re not a film or music festival. We’re a music video festival. It’s a unique feature with unique people. I want us to grow but not just as a number of people or the size of a place, but as a platform for Berlin music video awards. It’s important to keep things fresh in a new forum so that things are more interesting than last year.

Live music and bands at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Live music and bands at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Photo credit: Steve Jones.

The Berlin Music Video Awards was created last year (2013). What have you learnt ?

We’ve signed up a lot of teams. I’m learning a lot and we’re trying to learn from past mistakes. It’s human to make mistakes. We’re trying to make things better and more accessible. it’s happening. No matter what. We’re making things happen.

Describe the Berlin Music Video Awards in 1 word.

Unique.

There you have it.

WHAT ABOUT THE FUN PART OF THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

It’s music and art. Of course, there was fun!

Being that I am a corporate trainer and I had other engagements that week, I was only able to join the BMVA folk on the Friday and on the Saturday. There was an after-show party and live music and D.Jing featuring “Son of Kick” and hosted by an American friend of mine – Paul Salamone. I had a merry time drinking free shots and free cocktails. Time home: 02:30.

At the bar! Shots and cocktails galore!
At the bar! Shots and cocktails galore!

On Saturday, there was the red carpet event, but I was so knackered from the night before that “The Music Producer” and I decided to have a sensible romantic dinner before hitting the festival and joining in the BMVA fun and mayhem, at about midnight. In Berlin, midnight is for wimps!

In fact, so much fun and engagement went on, that one of the prize winners had broken his arm running down the street, and his arm was in a cast! My lips are sealed, as to the intimate details.

That’s rock and roll people! Rock and roll!

Myself with Andrea and the lead singer of The Black Cheetahs. Courtesy of the BMVA.
Andrea, myself, and the lead singer of The Black Cheetahs, at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Courtesy of the BMVA.

The Final Awards ceremony took place and was hosted by an acquaintance of mine who I always seem to bump into these days Drew Portnoy & BAM (aka Nathaniel Hall – former member of the Jungle Brothers) with a special musical performance by SMASH HIFI now consisting of Leroy Thornhill from The Prodigy and Marten Hørger from The Punks. The time that I got home was 04:30!

The after-party was still going fantastically strong, I missed my train ‘cos I fell asleep on the platform, and people were either skipping around, or vomitting in the early morning sunlight!

Thanks so much for letting me interview you jury panel, guests of honours, performers, prize winners, nominees, V.I.P’s, La Vern, Carmen, Deborah, Sasha, Pascale, Elizabeth, staff members, everyone and of course, Aviel.

See you next year!

Myself and another London guy!
Myself and a London guy. We Brits are everywhere LOL!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the wonderful green shots of Jagermeister, are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

Next week, I will be writing about the the various outdoor summer festivals taking place very soon in, or near Berlin.

Don’t forget:

Berlin’s Mardi Gras the 36th CSD – Christopher Street Day Gay Pride festivity, will be on 21.06.14.

Are you coming?

Watch this space!

Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards, 2014.
Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards, 2014.

Have you been to a video music award? Are you an artist? Have you ever had Jaegermeister?

See you in Berlin.

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