How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner for Bild am Sonntag
©Christian Spreitz

OMG!

Last week was just fabulous!

As you know, I was invited to take part in a radio programme. At the BBC!

It was so exciting.

More about that below!

It happened so fast, that I didn’t even have time to tell anyone that I was going to be in the paper!

But just before we go into it, remember when I told you that there was a call going around, for British people living locally. And that  I was featured in the national Sunday paper, and that the feature had to be axed in order to make room for the passing away of the well-respected and most honoured, former Chancellor of Germany – Herr Helmut Kohl.

Well, guess what?

It wasn’t actually axed!!!

Obviously, it was greatly reduced. GREATLY REDUCED!!

But who cares? Right!

BILD AM SONNTAG – GERMANY’S BIGGEST NATIONAL SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!

Bild am Sonntag is the largest-selling national Sunday newspaper in Germany!
©Axel Springer

The feature was for a national Sunday paper called Bild am Sonntag, which is the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper!

The LARGEST-SELLING German national Sunday newspaper!

It was a great opportunity, and, as I told you last week, I was a little nervous as it’s a tabloid paper, similar to Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World!

Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
The British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

They wanted to write a feature on Britain and British people living in Germany, because of Article 50 and the question of EU Citizens’ Rights in the UK.

The feature was called – Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! Or “Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!” It was a description about how many British people were living in Germany, our successes, and if, due to the horror of Brexit, we had thought about changing nationalities, and what it was like if we had!

After much contemplation, and a promise that I would get final approval of everything we discussed, I went ahead.

The journalist who contacted me was as good as her word.

And as you know. I thought the piece wouldn’t be published, so I sent the journalist a message to say how pleased I was nevertheless, only to hear that the feature had been published after all!!

YES!

Amazing news don’t you think!

Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
The British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

Ha! Ha! Ha!

The original interview was much, much longer and actually had to be cut to just a few lines! But when you’re featured in a newspaper such as Bild am Sonntag, you’re just grateful for the opportunity.

Which I am!

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know!
©AFP / Getty Images

I wasn’t able to buy the newspaper as I only knew about it a few days later, and the issues had been sold out, or returned!

NOTE: A copy of the newspaper has recently been sent to me!

I do however, have a little excerpt, as the full article can only be read by subscribers.

It’s only €0.99 for the first month of the digital version. If you can speak German, or are just interested, here’s the link!

They also booked a photographer who was very sweet and took quite a few photographs, which I liked very much. At the location of my choice.

I chose the gardens of the Humboldt University in Berlin!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner for Bild am Sonntag
©Christian Spreitz

Don’t I look pretty?

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HOW I WENT ON THE RADIO FOR THE BBC!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

So the BBC!

Yeah!!!

I was asked if I would like to be a part of BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour.

I accepted!

BBC Radio 4 is a huge deal in the UK.

A HUGE DEAL!

WHAT IS BBC RADIO 4?

Being on the BBC Radio is a huge deal!

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history.

It replaced the BBC Home Service back in 1967 and is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department.

The station is broadcast from the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House, London.

And let me tell you, when I got the call, I was leaping up and down in excitement.

And sweat!

Bathed in sweat. Eek!

BBC Radio 4 is the second most popular domestic radio station in the UK!

It broadcasts  throughout the UK, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands AND can be received in parts of Ireland, the north of France and Northern Europe!

It’s also available through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and on the Internet. Its’ sister station, BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7), complements the main channel by broadcasting repeats from the Radio 4 archives, extended versions of Radio 4 programmes, and supplements to series such as the The Archers and Desert Island Discs!

Wow!

Gulp!

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BBC RADIO 4 – WOMAN’S HOUR – LATE NIGHT WOMAN’S HOUR

BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour hosted by Lauren Laverne
©Phil Sharp

Woman’s Hour is a radio magazine programme broadcast consisting of reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics aimed at women.

I’m going to be on the spin-off series called Late Night Woman’s Hour, presented by Lauren Laverne.

The series airs on a late night slot and each episode is on a single topic for discussion every month!

The topic for June 2017, was on Travel and Adventure!

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WHO WAS THERE?

We were a panel of 5 professional women and experts in our field, including the host:

  • Lauren Laverne – radio DJ, model, television presenter, author, singer, comedian, and host of BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour
  • Rana Rahimpourjournalist and news presenter with BBC Persian TV
  • Lois Pryce – a writer, journalist, co-founder and curator of the Adventure Travel Film Festival, and adventurer who’s ridden her motorbike across much of the world!
  • Carolyn Pearsoncreator of Maiden Voyage, a travel network for women
  • Victoria Ade-Genschow (me) – The Editor in Chief of The British Berliner and a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with her German husband and her half British – half German son, writing about Berlin, Britain and Europe, her love of culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language and travels around the world, living a life of both style and travel. Described by the BBC as “a passionate advocate of travelling with a family and on a budget, she blogs at http://www.thebritishberliner.com and her motto is “just go!”

If she can do it. So can you!

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING AT THE BBC?

And then I went to Covent Garden!

It was greeeeeeat!

I flew in from Berlin on the day, and after checking into my business hotel – The Wesley – promptly left to go to the museum!

Yes.

I’m that girl!

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I flew in & after checking into my business hotel – promptly left to go to the Charles Dickens Museum!

I went to my favourite museum – the Museum of London – and to a new find – the Charles Dickens Museum.

And then I went to Covent Garden!

I’ll tell you all about it next week!

On getting to BBC Broadcasting House, I switched shoes (don’t ask), and walked briskly into the confines of the BBC building, but not without taking some photographs first!

If you squint, you can see the BBC building behind the temple-like structure at the front!

Then I went to the BBC Reception Desk, made myself known, was given a visitors pass, and then waited.

I was soon picked up by the BBC Radio 4 producer for the show, and taken up to meet the other ladies.

Was I nervous?

A bit!

Well, I needn’t have worried. They were a jolly lot!

Phew!

And after introducing ourselves over a few cups of sparkling wine, some cake and biscuits, and a cup of tea, it was time to start.

We went into a smaller studio room that was filled with sofas, armchairs, and cushions so that we had a more relaxing atmosphere. The sound engineer came over and fixed our microphones, and off we went.

We weren’t given the questions previously or prepped, but of course, we were all travel experts, so it was never going to be an issue on what to talk about!

Here we are – professional women who travel – Carolyn Pearson, Lois Pryce, Lauren Laverne, Victoria Ade-Genschow & Rana Rahimpour
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

Lauren Laverne – the host – directed the questions to us individually, and then it soon ended into friendly banter, as we began chatting away, laughing, and giggling. In fact, at one point, the Sound Engineer couldn’t hear what I was saying as the microphone kept sliding off my ear!

Something to do with my specs… so I had to take off my glasses and answer some of the questions again!

Here’s the BBC Radio 4 download of our travel and adventure June 2017 programme!

My voice sounded clear and bright. Even if I say so myself!

We were in the studio room for about two (2) hours or so, then we took a couple of fun photographs, and chit-chatted a bit more.

However, we were soon the only people left on the radio station floor, and we really had to go as our cars were waiting for us.

The BBC laid out very nice cars. But not this nice. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Yep!

The BBC laid out very nice cars to take us all back to our individual hotels.

I had an absolutely fabulous time!

Thanks so much BBC Radio 4, Lauren Laverne, the Late Night Woman’s Hour team, my fellow travel experts, and Bild am Sonntag.

That’s it for now.

See you next week!

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HOW I WENT ON THE RADIO FOR THE BBC & WAS FEATURED IN GERMANY’S BIGGEST SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the thrilling time, I had at the BBC & Bild am Sonntag, are my very own!

In July, I’ll be writing about the awesome time I had in Slovenia, and spending the summer in France and Germany!

From July 4th – July 7th, I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week.

On August 23rd, I’ll be at Gamescom!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin right now, you’re missing out!

Save the Date!

July & August are going to be awesome!

How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

Watch this space!

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How I went on the radio for the BBC & was featured in Germany’s biggest Sunday newspaper!

What do you think of adventure and travel? Should women be out there? Do you like my radio voice? Let me know in the comments below!

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My 100th blog post celebration. Hip! Hip! Hurraaaah!

A British cream tea!

Wow!

I’m popping the champagne!

Today is the publication of my hundredth (100th) blog post. That’s 100 blog posts since this little baby went into publication on the 21st October, 2013.

At the end of 2013!

And what an amazing collection of stories, visits, and adventures that I have been on.

I know that people, bloggers in particular, don’t like the notion of luck and quite frankly, I’m not one to talk of fate, but when I happen to be in the right place at the right time, I don’t know what else to call it.

So I’ll help you.

We love my blog!

I call it jolly good luck with masses of enthusiasm, buckets of really hard work and shaken and stirred with all the people I have met along the way, who have helped and supported me on my quest to being a successful British blogger.

Living in this wonderful city called Berlin.

In Germany.

And most importantly, of all.

YOU!

The readers.

Where would I be without you?

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

From the very beginning, my blog has always been read.

At no point did I feel that I was writing to myself. No siree!

I write for myself yes, and that’s extremely important ‘cos that way you get to hear my quirky voice and weird sense of humour.

You get to hear about my distaste of anything with chocolate. Except for Cadbury’s milk chocolate bars and chocolate buttons!

Of how I hate bananas.

And how coffee makes me vomit.

Disgusting stuff!

Chocolate Pudding.
Chocolate Pudding. Everything I dislike!

You get to read about my adventures of falling down ski-lifts, being dragged up live volcanoes, blagging my way through Fashion Week and travelling through a region that needs great courage and strength of determination.

Yes!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I bring you Cersei Lannister of King’s Landing and Daenerys Targaryen and her terrible dragons.

I bring you…

Game of Thrones.

Ooops. Wrong story!

My blog The British Berliner is read and continues to be read by people from all over the world and from all works of life.

But the biggest surprise of all is that even though I write in English, the amount of Germans who read my blog has been staggering. It turns out that thousands do.

Every week.

It turns out that the number one nationality of readers who love my blog are Americans, second (2nd) are Germans and my fellow British readers are third (3rd)!

You've all been brilliant. Thank you so much!
You’ve all been brilliant.
Thank you so much!

Thank you all so much!

Let’s not forget that The British Berliner is a lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, and being British in Berlin. It focuses on me, a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son, my promotion of British-German life, international culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language, travels around the world, what I do in normal every day life and where I go.

Oh yes!

This year has been gloriously splendid.

Berlin - very British - rbb

My blog has advanced with ever-increasing success and invitations for visits and coverage have come fast and steady.

Oh yes, and trolls! Some of them nasty. Some of them not. Most of them on other media platforms.

I’ve had a couple of people who wanted to start a “discussion” on Twitter but after thinking hard and long, I decided to ignored them. Some “interesting” comments you can find here, here or here. The really nasty comments, I didn’t publish and blocked them entirely!

Ah well!

With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.
With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.

In 2015 so far, I have travelled to nine (9) countries:

  1. The Czech Republic. Twice (2)!
  2. Estonia.
  3. Finland.
  4. Germany – Osnabrück – I’ll write about that later in the year…!
  5. Hungary.
  6. Latvia.
  7. Lithuania.
  8. Holland.
  9. Spain.
@Elina Sirparanta.
@Elina Sirparanta.

Four (4) of them were completely new countries namely: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Finland.

One (1) of them, I went to twice this year namely: The Czech Republic and I’ll be going to three (3) more countries before the year is over.  If you dash to the bottom of the page, I’ll reveal where Victoria – The British Berliner is going to travel to next.

This summer, I became the daaaarling of the German media and was all over the TV and press. Yes, yours truly made a documentary about being a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger, went on prime-time TV and talked intelligently about expert topics, did a radio interview, and also a video interview for one of the largest international travel forums – Travel Massive AND got a personal article piece written about me on Europe’s largest on-line newspaper. I even helped a friend to make an independent silent film!

I'm sorry but I look amazing! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m sorry but I look amazing!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

All because the Queen came to Germany.

Oh, in most of the stuff I spoke German too.

Gulp!

Thank you Ma’am!

So let’s get this party started. First of all, I’m going to list the top 10 countries where people who read my blog come from, and then the top 10 read posts so far in 2015, so get yourself a glass of something and settle back.

I know I will!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

THE TOP 10 COUNTRIES OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG in 2015:

  1. The United States.
  2. Germany.
  3. The United Kingdom.
  4. Canada.
  5. France.
  6. Australia.
  7. Holland.
  8. Spain.
  9. Sweden.
  10. Norway.

I’m going to make mention of one other country and that is Latvia.

Photo@ J-O Eriksson

The people of Latvia were astonishing and really came out and supported my blog on the following post: Riga is gorgeous. Go there right now! This post amazingly went viral and I received more than 19,000 hits in my social media feed!

Nineteen thousand (19,000) hits.

Absolutely Outstanding!

Thank you Latvia!!

At Queen Nefertiti's Party!
At Queen Nefertiti’s Party!

THE TOP 10 READ POSTS SO FAR!

  1. Gosh! Riga in Latvia is gorgeous: 10 reasons to go there right there now!
  2. It’s bizarre. It’s quirky. It’s THE WYLD!
  3. The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms!
  4. Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!
  5. My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France!
  6. Germany is Boring!
  7. I went to a sex-show in the city of red lights and thin canals. That’s right. 48 hours in Amsterdam!!
  8. If you’re looking to make a change: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin!
  9. A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
  10. I didn’t kiss a girl but I ate fried cheese in the Czech Republic. And I liked it!
and then We Were Three.
and then We Were Three.

Feel free to read and share LOL!

And now for what you’ve been waiting for. A drum-roll please.

FOR WINTER/AUTUMN THE BRITISH BERLINER IS GOING TO…..

POLAND

In Warsaw, Poland.
In Warsaw, Poland.

In October, I’m going to Warsaw and I’m very excited!

As you know, Poland is one of my favourite countries and even though I’ve been to the old country many times, I’ve never been to the capital.

Warsaw is old and historic with culture and a lively heart of art, food and drink. In fact, once I decided that I was going to Warsaw, I’ve had a bevy of people just dying to show me around, so I’m going to be hanging out in an old communist van with Adventure Warsaw, getting my groove and my fancy gear on, to check out the nightlife with the oldest Warsaw Pub Crawl! I’m going to be staying at a unique designer boutique hotel called Autor Rooms AND I’m going to be learning how to cook.

Again!

Yes, I’ll be learning how to make real Pierogi the way grandma used to make it with Polish your Cooking. Yummmmmy!

ENGLAND

The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.
The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.

In November, I’m going to good ‘ole England.’Ra! ‘Ra!

I’ll be guided by Destination Bristol so I’m going to visit Bristol & Bath.

it’s going to be a pleasure to Rule Britannia and wander on the ships and harbour of Bristol, and to follow the dainty footsteps and heaving bosoms of Jane Austen and the Roman spas of Bath. It’s going to be quite pleasing to stay in a British quirky hotel, visit the old market hall and be fittingly entertained at an English theatre of great repute.

Bristol is going to be so much fun!

I’ve  been to the city of Bath a few times before but never really to Bristol. The only time I went to Bristol, was on the way to the tiny country of Wales!

It will be delightful to have slices of roast beef and yorkshire pudding, cream teas and sticky toffee and a proper plate of Full English!

I simply can’t wait!

SOMEWHERE IN CENTRAL / NORTHERN EUROPE

Denmarks flag in 1219.
Denmarks’ flag in 1219.

In early December, I’d like to go to Switzerland, Denmark or Belgium for a few days, but I haven’t quite decided where yet. Where do YOU think I should go?

I’ll be writing all about my up-coming adventures in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

 

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and the glasses of champagne that I delightedly guzzled, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be in Warsaw, Bristol & Bath and I’ll also be at the following events:

On 16.09.15, the Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin.

Until 26.09.15 only, the Wintergarten Varieté will be presenting The SOAP Opera show or Show SEIFEN OPER.

From 28.09.15 – 07.10.15 the Bar Jeder Vernunft will be presenting, for one (1) week only, a festival of top British entertainment – Britain’s Best! Music and Comedy.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re going to Warsaw or Bristol or Bath, let me know!

September is going to be jam-packed!

Watch this space!

My 100th blog post celebration!

What has been YOUR favourite post so far? Where should I go for a long weekend break in December?

See you in Berlin.

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If you want to make a statement, make it trashy, make it bizarre, make it the Berlin Music Video Awards!

The Berlin Music Video Awards

What a great month June was.

The Queen was in town, I did a documentary and ended up on German TV.

Wow!

You couldn’t make it up.

But having said that, I’m not in the least surprised as this fascinating city of Berlin is just so brilliant.

Berln Music Video Awards
Berlin Music Video Awards – One must do everything and all!

It’s brilliant because there is so much to do and sometimes one simply cannot choose. One must do everything and all!

May is the beginning of such a season.

The merry season.

The oh-my-god-the-sun-is-shining-what shall we do next season!

One of such amazing events is that of the Berlin Music Video Awards.

BMVA2015 SliderBanner

If you recall, last year I wrote a brilliant post about the first time I attended the Berlin Music Video Awards and

It.

Was.

Epic.

In fact, it was such a great event and a well-written post that it in my opinion, it was THE post that actually turned my blog into a completely different direction!

Berlin - very British - rbb

Yes, it was the post that changed The British Berliner from being just another blog, to a post that opened the door to amazing things and fabulous opportunities coupled with hard work, a huge pile of enthusiasm and plenty of good old-fashioned gumption!

This year, I was able to attend quite a bit of the three (3) day and four (night) long event. Not only that but my husband – The Music Producer – was also in attendance AND our friends – Sticky Biscuits – were nominated for “best trash” category. Sadly, they didn’t win, but it was a great experience anyway and all part of the fun!

So let’s start with the nitty-gritty.

Myself at the Berlin Music Video Awards

WHAT IS THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

The Berlin Music Video Awards or BMVA is a four-day music video festival for local and international film-makers, producers, musicians and directors passionate about the art of music videos.

The festival includes full-length screenings, award ceremonies, live shows, workshops and after parties gathering a hip crowd from all over the world and is a great opportunity for independent artists and film-makers to get national and international exposure and to showcase their creativity while networking with emerging and established industry professionals.

Berlin Music Video Awards - Myself with the baby Berliner Bear!Created by Aviel Silook in 2013, the logo of the Berlin Music Video Awards has turned into three (3) bears standing tall and operating a video camera instead of two (2). One (1) bear for each and every year that the Berlin Music Video Awards has been in existence!

WHAT’S THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS REALLY ALL ABOUT?

BMVA2015 The programme.

Well, the Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA) is an annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art behind music videos in the spotlight. It provides a platform for talented film-makers who are both unknown or who are famous and is a primary networking event for the video and music industry in Europe.

Filled with a vast selection of music video marathons, professional judges, 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. The BMVA is a platform for everyone, including people who direct, produce, edit or perform, to people who are simply truly interested in the art.

Absolutely anyone can participate.

Budget, label and names are not a determining factor.

Regardless of the language, genre or popularity of the work, the BMVA rewards and supports the inventiveness of video creators on items such as quality, originality and diversity.

This year, the third (3rd) annual Berlin Music Video Awards exciting event took place between May 27th – 30th, 2015 and attracted:

  • 150,000 views within a fortnight or two (2) weeks.
  • 60,350 fan votes.
  • 3,600 visitors.
  • 350 delegates.
  • 120 nominees.
  • 109 production companies from 25 countries.
  • 60 film production companies.
  • 21 international jury members.
  • 16 music performances.
  • 7 fantastic votes.
  • 2 after-party parties.

What a performance!

Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2014.
Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2014.

Being a press person, I made it my business to poke my nose here and there and to talk to random people about why and what they were doing at the BMVA, and I met a hell of a lot of interesting people such as:

Torsten – one of the V.I.P. co-ordinators who was awfully nice and told me that I should have been given a bracelet so that I could go backstage as “press.” I only actually got that bracelet pretty much on the last night but it was all good. Yours truly always tries to make it happen no matter the circumstance. And seriously, when has the little matter of not having a “members” or “backstage” bracelet, not having an invitation, or not even having a ticket, ever been an issue?!

It never has LOL!

David Hawkins at the Berlin Music Video Awards © Marie Capesius Photography.
David Hawkins at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
© Marie Capesius Photography.

I met David Hawkins one of the hosts and an American. Of course, being that it’s Berlin, the man is a hotshot of talent such as being a published author, a photographer, an actor and a co-owner of a radio station known as Liquid Radio.

I met Sarah O’Neill from Not Your Girlfriend DJ Set who was the resident DJ for one of the nights and is an Irish-Canadian lady who was born in Cork and grew up in Canada. She has been living in Berlin for five (5) years and was previously a designer.

The Berlin Music Video Awards - Roc Roc It doing his stuff at K17- The Club. ©Fausto Mattia Marino
The Berlin Music Video Awards – Roc Roc It doing his stuff at K17- The Club.
©Fausto Mattia Marino

I met the very mad but extremely funny Roc Roc It. He’s not only a comedian and one of the stage act performers for the BMVA but also one of the judges too! Roc Roc It is one of the performing acts from a collection of freaks weirdos and circus performers called The Squidling Brothers Circus Side Show and is a travelling German human curiosity and freak show performer. A really weird but lovable funny guy who is literally covered all over with tattoos and can swallow balloons and pull and lift things with his ear lobes! In fact, Roc Roc It made a brilliant performance by hanging an iron anchor by his ears LOL!

Paul Salamone getting cosy with the Berliner Bear at the Berlin Music Video Awards!
Paul Salamone getting cosy with the Berliner Bear at the Berlin Music Video Awards.!

Paul Salamone: One of the hosts and also one of our personal friends. He’s one of Berlin’s best comedians and is one of the leading founders of Berlin’s underground comedy scene. The man is a genius and I’ve known him for about eight (8) years when our various circle of friends were still trying to source-out what they reeeeeeally wanted to do in life and all the shows at that time were free, the price of you making a fool of yourself and doing a free-style-I-don’t-know-what-the-hell-I’m-doing-but-my-friends-made-me-do-it-stand-up-open-mic comedy thing or a few shots of cheap whisky to motivate the crowd!

You can find yourself and experiement. While in Berlin!
You can find yourself and experiment. While in Berlin!

Berlin is good for that as you can take your time and experiment on the various possibilities that this city has to offer.

I met Martina who was a member of the production team, a Stage Manager and was from Italy. Her job was to take care of the script, the running order of affairs, what’s happening, what is supposed to happen, and to work and build a team. She is an actor by profession and an opera singer!

Brunettes Shoot Blondes - Bittersweet
Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Bittersweet

I also met Evgeniya representing the Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes. They have become extremely successful and even managed to make a commercial for Opel the car company which brought them seven (7) million views on YouTube which is an amazing feat! Going viral was so unexpected that they had to have help in dealing with the media and the attention of the video. And isn’t that what many people who work with some form of social media want?

But to be honest, do you really want to go viral and if you do go viral, how would you handle it? Would you break the internet? Would you freak out? Or would you ask for help?

Photo@ Avisionn Photo

In fact, one of my posts went viral too: Gosh! Riga in Latvia is gorgeous. 10 reasons to go there right now! It was a shock as it was so unexpected but the people of Latvia didn’t think so. They loved it and they showed it by clicking and sharing. I ended up with 22,000 shares and likes!

On one post!

For that, I’m eternally grateful. Thank you so much people from Riga in Latvia!

Fisal Campbell - Somebody Else
Fisal Campbell – Somebody Else

I met Fisal Campbell a New Yorker, a King Fu Master, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and creative thinker. I found him of interest as he was wearing an English man’s top hat in the throng of the Berlin madness and was guarded by Pablo a video and web design expert of Uruguayan and German heritage, who lived in Bavaria and once upon a time use to be a real estate agent! His mission in life was to make Fisal and his band Somebody Else a popular house-hold name!

It’s so funny how this world is such a small place. Did I tell you that during my GAP YEAR days, I met a rather interesting couple in Hong Kong and then met the very same couple in Singapore!

I mean.

Really?!

Gosh!

In this case, in talking to Fisal who I have never in my life met before, I discovered that I actually knew his sister – Tamika Campbell – who I know as one of the funniest female comedians in Berlin and who is a bellyfull of laughs!

The Berlin Music Video Awards at K17 - The Club. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro.
The Berlin Music Video Awards at K17 – The Club.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro.

The venue of the BMVA this year was in the K17 club. Based in the student-land suburb of Friedrichshain, the K17 club had an intimate space where artists and performers could either hang out at the bar or learn some new talent and skills of how the brilliant videos were made or evolved. The outside yard was turned into an open-air party with a live D.J. and food hall outlets such as La Cuina, Gourmet Food, Crepes Mama and KlubGrill.

Berlin Music Video Awards

It had a very nice vibe. Natalia Kirby and Moises Richart the owners of La Cuina Gourmet Food in particular, were nice enough to give me various samples of their gooey seafood dishes that kept me warm and drove away the pangs of hunger. They are master rice-makers and make the most amazing paella with black rice, squid and a type of risotto along with a gazpacho manchego made with game and “pebrella” a herb grown only within the Valencia community!

Neue Heimat - street food, music and art in Berlin.

On the last day, the venue moved to Neue Heimat in the suburb of Friedrichshain and where a complete bevy of clubs, bars, village markets, food and art happens to be located.

The various categories and nominated artists and videos were of very high quality and films with great artistic value. Great cinematography short videos on the silver screen with 20% of the nominations coming from the online voting of the public and 80% of the nominations coming from experts in the field of established producers, film-makers, musicians and the music video industry from all around the world.

You know how much I like independent films. I like Hollywood blockbusters too and I’m certainly not averse to the likes of the apocalypse film – 2012, nutty films like Seven Psychopaths or silly films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which I thought was hilarious LOL!

Emotional Fuse Box.

Yep! I’m weird like that.

For its 3rd edition, the BMVA festival was bigger, stronger and louder than ever before!

Over 4000 visitors from all around the world rushed to K17 and Neue Heimat to attend the event and enjoyed 130 music videos, live shows, workshops and mad after-parties. The glittering carpet and grand finale took place in the presence of Paul Cless, August Schram, Beissoul & Einius, Steril and Chris Craft.

The 13 category-winners this year are:

Paul Cless: Best Editor - Berlin Music Video Awards.
Paul Cless: Best Editor – Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Best Editor: Wolfgang Schröder | We Make Movies for “F**k That Sh*t” by The Synchronizers ft. The Evil Twin of Paul Cless.
• Best Narrative: Christian Alsan & Carlo Oppermann | Ambitious Films for “Wie Ich” by Kraftklub.

Best Concept: Brunettes Shoot Blondes - Knock Knock
Best Concept: Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Knock Knock

• Best Concept: Andrew Kovaliov | SYT-X for “Knock Knock” by Brunettes Shoot Blondes.
• Best Director: French directors MEGAFORCE for “Can’t Help Myself” by Brodinski ft. SD.
• Best Song: Chefhain Weltrekords | Fungayi Lange for “Millimaxi” by Pilskills.
• Best Cinematography: Stian Andersen | Creo K4 for “Skulls” by Röyksopp.
• Best Art Director: Loïc Andrieu | Emael Films for “Rouge” by Keffer.

Best Animation: The Prodigy - Berlin Music Video Awards
Best Animation: The Prodigy – Berlin Music Video Awards

• Best Animation: Mascha Halberstad | Superfelix for “Wild Frontier” by The Prodigy.
• Best Visual Effects (VFX): Factory Fifteen | Nexus for “Function / Void” by The Bug.
• Best Experimental: SHINY for “Volta” by Andrew Reynolds.
• Best Lo-Fi: Marek Partyš for “Nipomo” by DVA.
• Most Trashy: Rio Grande | Aufderlichtung for “Iron Man” by Babyman.
• Most Bizarre: Torsten Lang & Larissa Blau for “Time In-Depth” by Excessive Visage.
• The Final Awards Ceremony:

The Final Winners - MEGAFORCE at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
The Final Winners – MEGAFORCE at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Best Music Video 2015: The French directors MEGAFORCE. They were awarded a €2000 cash prize and 20 hours at Dailymotion’s studio in Paris.

The live performers were:

Live Performers at the BMVA

• Dong Kong
• Weaponised
• Pilskills
• Austrian Apparel
• Mr. Bruce
• Marc-Allen Gray
• Kat Vinter

Our friends - Sticky Biscuits. © Melissa Jundt
Our friends – Sticky Biscuits.
© Melissa Jundt

• Sticky Biscuits
• V
• Lunakid
• Yuki Matsumara
• Not Your Girlfriend
• Mopsey Meyers

Berlin Music Video Awards with Musk Ming at K17- The Club.
Berlin Music Video Awards with Musk Ming at K17- The Club.

• Musk Ming
• RocRocIt
• Chris Craft
• Steril
• Audio Ballerinas
• August Schram
• Paul Cless
• Babyman

Beissoul & Einius at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Beissoul & Einius at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Beissoul & Einius
• Ed Ed
• The Blaze

Hosted by:

The BMVA with Night Show Berlin • Daniel Stern and Stephen Paul Taylor at K17- The Club.
The Berlin Music Video Awards with Night Show Berlin • Daniel Stern and Stephen Paul Taylor at K17- The Club.

Daniel Stern
• David Hawkins

Mr. Bruce at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Mr. Bruce at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Mr. Bruce
• Paul Salamone
• Roc Roc It
• Julietta la Doll
• Evilyn Frantic

The quality of the nominated films were just astounding coming from such a young organisation. It makes me proud that we too have such an event that can rival cities such as LA and New York. I mean, if performers can come as far away as Australia and New Zealand, I think Berlin is onto a good thing!

See you next week!

Julietta la Doll, Evilyn Frantic and Aviel Silook at the Berlin Music Video Awards' Glittering Carpet and the Final Awards Ceremony.
Julietta la Doll, Evilyn Frantic and Aviel Silook at the Berlin Music Video Awards’ Glittering Carpet and the Final Awards Ceremony.

Berlin Fashion Week will be taking place right now from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15 so I’ll be out and about and trying to look fabulous. I’m also going to be participating in loads of fashion shows and networking events at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) too! It’s going to be so exciting.

There will also be lots of free and open-to-the-public events such as Etwas Magazine Fashion Event: Catwalk Under the Stars II on 10.07.15. Take a look at the Berlin Fashion Week website and join in!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re not in Berlin, you’re missing the point!

July is going to be quite exciting!

Watch this space!

At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Have you ever made a music video? Can you imagine making a contribution or nomination? Would you swing an iron bar by your ears?

See you in Berlin.

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