Sick note and a street festival

Apologies for the silence. I have been sick for a few days, missing the sunshine and other fun and games, and I did not even have the energy to update the site and add the new posts that I have in the pipeline, waiting. Normal service should be resumed in the next couple of days, but in the meantime I have a gallery of photographs from the Bergmannstraße street festival that took place down in Kreuzberg last weekend. One of the things about Berlin is that a lot of neighbourhoods take their identities from specific streets, and some of those streets celebrate their unique identities and communities through festivals such as this one.

There was live music, plenty of food from local eateries, and the typical craft-stores that you would expect. Incredibly, I was served a lamb curry in a plastic bowl that was not only tasty but brought some genuine heat… a rareity here in the German capital. But it is also a really nice corner of Berlin, with a great Market Hall, a nice antique bookshop (sometimes with English treasures) as well as some specialist bookstores, and plenty of bars and cafe for when the street festival has packed up for another year. Here are some more pictures:

 

Words & Pictures: Paul Scraton

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