SO36 – 30 Years without a wall are enough

Now and then sometimes you have to start a call or transfer at least.

I've just found this call and I acknowledge that as an important part of SO36 in Kreuzberg culture, I want to pass it. Wigstöckel, Cafe Fatal, Honeyball and concerts. The SO36 is always different and always important, Therefore, it would be a shame, if it would not give this space.

The story somehow reminds me of a story, which existed in Hamburg. Someone pulled next to a sports field and then sued the noise… Somehow broken….


The collective of Culture- and music events SO36 in Kreuzberg Orange Street this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

But the SO36 is currently threatening massive. An ordinary neighborhood conflict disturbance has expanded to existence-threatening crisis. Ultimately seems a several meter high sound barrier, the only way, to secure the continued existence of the SO36 in Kreuzberg.

What happened? In recent months there have been complaints of a neighbor, feels disturbed by SO36 through his kitchen window.

We tried everything in our power, to arrive at an amicable solution, as a good neighborhood climate has always been important for us. The mutual respect is a basic building block of the diversity, the Kreuzberg distinguishes. It was not us this time, however, possible, to resolve the conflict bureaucratic. The latest development is a formal arrangement of Economic- and clerk's office of the district.

On 27. February, we received a letter pads for noise reduction. Of course this means a letter is not the end, but we can not meet these requirements as initially. For the, what is officially noise reduction in residential- and is called mixed-, means for us to concretely: Concerts in “Quietness of rooms”. To arrive at an amicable solution, ultimately there is no way to extensive building acoustic measures in SO36 over. Focus of these measures is the construction of a noise wall next to our building be. The SO36 is however not in a financial position, to bear the costs for the construction of the wall.

Without support, this means the end of SO36.

30 Years SO36 in Kreuzberg

Since 30 Years is reflected in the re-SO36, what Kreuzberg is loved and hated. Since 1979 We work in and with the neighborhood for affordable Culture. 30 Years SO36, that is 30 Annual collective, left and gay and lesbian underground culture in collaboration with countless social and political projects.

The SO36 is one of the few training companies in the neighborhood, which currently 6 Trainees! In total, there are well over 50 People, who work through the SO36 in their neighborhood, from the living and the SO36. We are old, young, gay, lesbian or vice versa, We are punks and students, Jobbers and permanent employees, About- and lower-skilled. Many of us have an immigrant background, have roots in Anatolia and the Maghreb, im Breisgau or Cottbus.
We do not just talk it – We are the cultural diversity in the neighborhood! We are not a new alternative to media Spree and restructuring, We have been here long, and by and with us Kreuzberg has become the first to, which today makes it so extraordinary and far beyond the confines of Berlin known.

As before, we use not only commercial and current trends – we do almost everything on subculture, from punk and hardcore to hip-hop by and with young people from the neighborhood to schwullesbischem ballroom dance with German pop music. A highlight is our monthly neighborhood bingo benefit of social and political projects, sponsor the profits to the shops and pubs of the area.

What we want

It was 30 Years not a problem to operate the SO36 so as. Just as the elevated train since 100 Years rattles through the neighborhood at night and despite reorganization still louder than we, must be maintained and the SO36. In recent years has also changed quite a bit with us. Through a variety of investments to improve sound we have become more efficient and quieter. But there is a limit, where it can go no further. We can not and will not organize concerts and parties on low volume.

District and city to find a solution! There are those often cited constraints, available to the survival of the ways in SO36, but it is a political decision. If it is possible, To adopt large-scale projects such as the O2 World million grant for infrastructure connections and noise-Special Regulations, then it may not be possible, to finance a noise barrier for SO36.

We are a cultural, social and economic enrichment.

Why we demand of district and city:

  • Give us money for a sound barrier, so that we can continue our work.
  • It is not the time to lay the stones in the way of SO36, but to create conditions, so it goes. We do not need lip service still runs, but concrete support! It's about the decision for or against our culture.

We are loud and we want to stay, not against, but with our neighbors.

We will not give up without a fight.

Was du tun kannst:

We call for a political solution, Thus, the policy must also learn, that this problem affects many.

Let them know it, by writing them an email! Finally, this year is a “Election year”!

1. Write a mail to all recipients listed below.
(You can copy the text below with + Embed paste)

Joerg.Flaehmig @,Sigrid.klebba @,jutta.kalepky @,%20knut.mildner-spindler @,Monika.Herrmann @,

Potential recipients are e.g.. the district office Kreuzberg Friedrichshain:

Department of Urban Development, Personnel and Equality
District Mayor (or. be Speaker) Dr. Franz Schulz
Head of Finance, Culture, Education and Sports
stellv. Mayoress Sigrid Klebba
Building Department, Housing and Real Estate
District Councillor Jutta Kalepky
Department of Health, Social Affairs and Employment
Bezirksstadtrat Knut Mildner-Spindler
Department of Youth, Family and School
District Councillor Monika Herrmann
Department of Economics, Citizen services and Health and Safety
Dr. Bezirksstadtrat. Peter Beckers

But maybe you fall still others a, should know about it?

Ever, we are for each proposal, any suggestion and any offer of help gratefully!!

Here is a design, such as an email e.g.. might look like:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I've heard the SO36 based on an official requirement to reduce noise through the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg acute threatened closure. Due to this arrangement, only structural measures seem (Sound barrier) to ensure the preservation of SO36.
In my opinion it is the duty of the district framework for the coexistence of Kita and Culture, To create and live in Kreuzberg Nightlife!
I urge you as lish political leaders to, to provide financial resources for a sound barrier available, so that the SO36 remains as a socio-cultural place the neighborhood!

Sincerely yours,

2. Link this letter on your website
….the following link:

3. We have also set up a donation account.
Anyone who wants to and is able, may like to donate to the following account:

Berliner Volksbank
KtoNr.: 209 057 30 23
BLZ: 100 900 00

Honeyball 2008 meets Girl in a Hot Rod

Honeyball 2008 – Swing meets Rockabilly und Hillbilly und…

At the weekend was the Honeyball 2008 in SO36 and on the whole was under the motto “Swing meets Rockabilly. My first thought, was when I heard the: Klingt toll… but in SO36??? that'll be nothing.

I must confess, that my SO36 has not been established as a venue with flair in memory. For me, the SO36 has remained a rather lifeless space. Rock concerts, Punk concerts? And! But Swing? Well I do not know.

The evening was already fated as we left, because it was raining cats and dogs…. In addition, horses, Cows and probably also some budgies. In short: it was an absolute crap weather. Nevertheless, before we had to have another opportunity to give to the bank to pay any admission. But Sheila and I were as stupid in front of the ATM. She could not remember their number and I also had some problems… Once entered incorrectly, I was, however, still some money and was able to rescue this evening as Sheila financially. Otherwise we had to save him himself.


But first we drove first chewing gum towards SO36. That was a mistake – also das kaugummikauen… Have I not for two weeks, a temporary crown in my mouth and told me the dentist still something of “Do not chew gum”… Consequently, I now have NO more temporary crown in the mouth but this now in the handbag. That suupa!

Arrived at SO36 we had to wait a little, at least until the rain subsided so, that Sheila was able to pick me up with the screen side of her car at my car page. Otherwise we would have been so drenched, that we would have to cancel the evening before the first party…


Since we had already feared it as nihct made it to the guest list, The man looked at us at the inlet only meaningless but refusing to – but fortunately overruled him another nice guy, of us …durchwank, durchwunk waved through?… Well let through just.

So we moved to a Honeyball and it was confirmed, what I expected. The SO36 is just a store, where it is really hard, produce an appealing flair. Since you can still hang as many pictures and try, to make the store homey. It's just difficult.

But a party is and yes it normally with the audience – and the agreed. We arrived about half past eleven. However, the Honeyball had gone on for 19 Clock and since it was well stocked and there was dancing, they were worth.

In such situations, I always get annoyed, I've never made it to a dance class… However, I would have probably otherwise hardly dared, because almost invariably knew the dancing there, what they were doing there.. And they did now been 4 1/2 Hours. What condition.

poorer quality but faster here:

But the second I knew not at all well, What dance class should I visit, Waltz for sure was not announced here. So there was the situation, wo zu irgendeinem mir unbekannten Rock’n’Roll Titel in einer Ecke 5 Girls afforded a formation dance, währen in einer Ecke feinster Rock’N’Roll getanzt wurde und daneben ein Pärchen ziemlich klasse dazu Swing tanzte. Not to mention the other couple, that danced a dance I completely unknown, the co-host Else Edelstahl than “Maybe Hillbilly” classified. Wenn man tanzen cane, you sure about that much fun, but also to watch, it is very amusing.

The visitors were quite different, and accordingly dressed differently from the 20s to the 50s. Exciting mix. Sheila fiel auf Typ one, He wore a cowboy hat. These more courage than is necessary for our outfit? Courage? For my outfit? Soooo bad I can see out at all.. Well not quite as they said it then but. It turned out, the guy was a member of the single band, we would not have missed. The blisters are a Grey

Blisters ‘N Grey

The cowboy hats they put in my eyes visually in the Country corner, but do not ask me, what they actually played. after a conversation with Sheila I have much more information and much less idea than before

Rock’n’Roll, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Hillbilly, Rockin’ Hillbilly, Country, Walking in the punk rockabilly, perhaps with the whole ska inserts towards Madness and what I still remember everything…. Phew I wave the white flag and surrender !! I like the music, but does not necessarily know, EXACTLY what I hear there.


Anyway, The band was nice but not great and they had the usual problem every cover band. If they intersperse their own songs… come to just less, as the cracker they enact otherwise. Damage.

Overall it was nice, but I think for such parties is the SO36 many light not THE party place. Also, I found the music later on the popsicle party at times a little snappy..

Kreuzberg is homophobic?

Number games in Kreuzberg

I had recently under the heading Homophobic attack in Kreuzberg read?

On the night of 07. to 08. Drag the festival took place at SO36. As the last guests left and the SO36 was on close, was a group of women / lesbians on Heinrichsplatz by several men, consisting 3 passing cars jumped, beaten. One of the cars had a sticker of the fascist “Gray wolves” Glue the rear. The women / lesbians were more depressed and kicked on the ground. Then the attack are back in the car and drove away. Sufferers of injuries contributed, One was about. 5 Minutes unconscious. In recent days, verbal and / or physical attacks on gay / queer / left people accumulate.
..So go ahead only party?

Apart from the fact that this article comes from Indymedia, which I impute such an opinion about free coverage as any NPD Gazette – only the other way around I must go beat a little bridge for Kreuzberg.

I was not there, Therefore, I can say nothing of the action itself, but I live no 300 Meter was removed from SO36 and dressed himself not unduly. It is not generally dangerous to pull through Kreuzberg. Secure! Some places you should not visit daily and maybe a healthy dose of caution you should always – not only in Kreuzberg – have. But generally Kreuzberg is not quite dangerous. The SO36 is apparently a veteran of the gay culture in Berlin, Furniture Olfe or the Roses belong to the culture and directly under my company is a gay cafe. This includes the area, in which the Schwuz or the Gay Museum are to Kreuzberg.

In this respect. Warning and Caution! Always and everywhere in Berlin – No fear! Not in Kreuzberg.

Exciting but then also, that especially in Kreuzberg will also do something then. So yesterday there was a spontaneous demonstration against this incident and although the figures diverge there arg (Berliner Morgenpost says 150 Protesters, :Gloria Viagra: says in her MySpace Bullettin of 3000 People. But it is nice to see, that just then Kreuzberg is a neighborhood,d he does not tolerate something like this.

My 2 Cents on the subject

Eurovision Grand Prix of Wigstöckel

Different languages ​​at Wigstöckel Council

Weekend – strictly speaking Saturday! Time, strike out and visit the parties of this city. My party planner Sheila picked out for three parties that night and was the first time Wigstöckel Council in SO36, that took place under the name of glamor without Borders.


Actually, wondering something, that we wanted to get there, because frankly had me Wigstöckel last year not really excited. For this I could hardly imagine, that an event on a first Saturday of the month, Thus, simultaneously with the Clubs International general audience would find… But Wigstöckel is because different, has different clientele and other performers.

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But before we could get there first had to be solved various problems…

Issue No.. 1
My wallet was gone – can not be found – gone – somewhere, should be where it would not… Only where? Even after more than a quarter of an hour Search (Sheila while waiting in the car outside the house and bored) did not let it locate… Here I had just brought money, put the money in the wallet, and I am far away of any people driven home… There I was, – my wallet but somehow not… There was dnn under the seat in the car and we were finally able to go..

A few minutes later we came about 50 Meters from SO36 and we had to

Issue No.. 2
to fight. Sheila tore the straps of her shoes cheap… To do nothing, and for the Mules Pumps were then not designed. So running was rather impossible. Badly at the start of an evening. Safety pins could be a solution… Which can be found in my bathroom… So enter and ride for me. The Wigstöckel Council may wait for us. Two times a few minutes later there was


Issue No.. 3
…the parking lot. our great parking was off course and far and wide parking lot was not even seen for a mini… Eventually went away luckily someone… directly across from SO36. It does not get better. But now was still

Issue No.. 4
solve. The Checkout… Joining? We? We are not on the guest list. Certainly. After all, we have to report, filming and shooting photos. Sheila made it again and I'm always amazed, how she does it again and again, to provide free access. And Yes! that had to be really mentioned times.


Money war usefull da, the shoes viable and we were in.. However, this did not mean, that you could see something, because the SO36 was packed and it was again a party headquarters. !!Benches!! Well I do not know. Now through chat is Sheila parade discipline, is my Durchdrängeln and so we ended up at some point in the front row at the show from up close can attend… And this show – also has to be said – was better than expected.


We arrived just in time to forward to the show by Chou Chou de Briquette track… Cabbage Briquette ist ein Name, of Berlin has an almost reverent tone. Okay, I exaggerate perhaps, but the name is well acquainted with almost any in Berlin, Chou Chou although hardly goes into the spotlight. (I saw at least not yet). It dates from a time, hardly with the “the good old days” is to title, was called as a transvestite fagot and still had this really necessarily a political statement. The ladies ie, who ensured on the whole it, that today just to party and have to make around it a little thought to the policy. Apolitical trannies – whether this is better, is debatable safe – but I say to myself yes! I have the name Chou Chou de Briquette first great in Julia Ostertag Film Gender X heard.

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On stage she brought a number of Milva, which was not particularly remarkable, and sprayed wit by most, that the cucumber mask of cucumber, which she applied herself when she sang the sun face, not really stuck. Nevertheless, it must be a person, the lot would have to tell. Exciting.


Their contribution was followed by a spoken word Number of Dr. Not… It was about this Flowers and he was dressed in the best Hawaiian shirts Fashion Culture… I could not do anything, But who am I, to form an opinion about me. Very skurill it was definitely and – different.. But that is probably Wigstöckel..


But then I'm more likely to have the classic drag and since number just fits Kaspar kamale better in the grid. Something glamrockiges sung live…. Now sing live not always the best choice in drag circles, however Kaey Tearing can definitely.

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With her three colleagues she stepped encoded in the sequence under the name “drei Engel für Kaey” onto… It sounded better, as my camera is able to reproduce… I should have just not put directly on the subwoofer…

Next up was a small girl, While that looked very sweet, their Gesangeskünste took me a long time to clear. Sorry, but that was nothing.

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Exciting it was then. The appearance of a Drag Kings, which in turn played a man, who played a woman… In fact, it went to I Want to break free by Queen and Freddie Mercury as he presented shows and sucked like it was the stage for the video… …Respect, I must say. Because if I'm honest, it was the first time, I saw a drag king performance, played with the irony and wit had. Mostly drag king performances are unfortunately created to show it, just what it says on the stage for a great guy. That was a nice change.

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There was a Whitney Houston number. “Whitney Houston?” is the Knower of the Berlin scene Trans ask? Melli Magic on Wigstöckel? No. Although this is their turf, Wigstöckel but is far enough away from the Berlin Glatransenszene to, to be able to enter other areas. The whole thing was less glamorous than Melli but with more accessories on stage. Well worth seeing.


Very worth it then remained with a Slovenian transsexuals, which accordingly also sang in Croatian and fairly and professionally performte. There was something of Grand Prix mood: Slovenia 10 Points. Very well, class to look. The clearly most worth seeing performance at the event. Once learned,. Not for nothing was :Mataina Ah Wie Süß: inform us, she has performed with her on Mykonos.


There was still a French Drag King, but then again who has complied with the ideal of the typical guy and a pretty crazy performance of spicy tigers on speed….

Overall I can say, I Wigstöckel that the Council was much better than expected, but Kaey was right in its conclusion moderation, that somehow lacked the glamor of the event name somehow.