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Griot Abdourahmane Diop set the stage on fire. - by S.L. Wong

Ramadan in the Pleasure Garden

Ramadan im Lustgarten

The venue was so heavily 19th century European it seemed the most unlikely place to hold a celebration of the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Museuminsel was…


Arundhati Roy on Democracy

Arundhati Roys Demokratiekritik

I could hardly contain my excitement when I learned that Arundhati Roy was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin (Berlin International Literature Festival).

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Oktoberfest - Festzelt Hippodrom - by SL Wong

Surviving Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Überleben

Oktoberfest isn't German. It's Bavarian. That that distinction is an important one was obvious when we first arrived in Berlin and I casually asked our new friends about the beer festival.


Berlin Beer Fest

Berliner Bierfest

Giant beer bottles such as this one by Russian brand Bajithka indicated from afar the 15th edition of the festival, held along a 2km corridor on the former East Berlin…