Dancing to the top in Hamburg

Dancers Silvia Azzoni and Alexandre Riabko left their countries as teenagers to study at the prestigious John Neumeier School of Hamburg Ballet. Little did they know that in Hamburg they would reach the top of the dance world, fall in love and find their home. In an exclusive interview for Gute Leute Magazine, the principal…

Spicing up Hamburg life with a few drops of habanero

When Alejandra Torres invited me to her place for dinner she brought several bottles with oils to the table. “Ale”, originally from Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico, moved to Hamburg 5 years ago. She told me to put only a few drops of the habanero oil on my food – if I dared. “It’s very spicy,” she warned me. “I like spicy,” I replied. I spent the whole dinner using tissue after tissue to dry my tears and my runny nose. Ale was right. “I told you … you gotta be Mexican to handle that spiciness”.

Creating homes for internationals, one city at a time

Niels van Deuren from Rotterdam started HousingAnywhere: a platform through which you can safely arrange housing for your next international adventure. The platform is thriving in over 60 countries, but getting it to launch in Hamburg was no easy feat. In fact, it took about 5 years! I managed to track down my fellow Dutchie…

When TECH meets ART, the result is TheArtXperiment

There’s a new collective in town and it’s called “The ArtX”. It brings together artists, creators, techies, innovators and curious minds who are hungry to spend hours inventing & thinking about the impossible. Of course, there is a twist: their ideas and artistic projects must have a technological component. Photography: Teresa Enhiak Nanni They define themselves…

Singing in falsetto: the life of a Dutch opera singer in Hamburg

Singing like the sweet-voiced castrates of the olden days: for Joël Vuik, a budding Dutch opera singer in Hamburg, it’s his calling. A classically trained countertenor with a tall physique and eye-catching red hair, it’s not hard to imagine why Joël’s star is rising fast. Meeting over a coffee at the Hochschule für Musik und…

Breaking taboos one organic tampon at a time

Sometimes people change jobs radically. That happened to Heide Peuckert, who at the beginning of 2018 decided to run her own business and switch from her job at a digital agency to try out her luck in another field: feminine hygiene. With MYLILY, Heide produces organic, biodegradable tampons and delivers them right to your doorstep…

A passionate photographer with a double life

When I first meet Raimar von Wienskowski in his elegant Eppendorf apartment, I’m instinctively drawn to a large, colourful photo on the wall. Playful faces stare directly into the camera, it’s as if I’m involved in a game of tag. I hear it was taken on a voluntary trip to Namibia for Steps for Children. It…

The peacock on stage – Rampenfau. No more stage fright. 

You have been asked to present something in front of an audience. Your palms start to sweat, your voice trembles and you walk from one side to the other like a scared chicken. Thomas Coucoulis knows very well what stage fright means and he can help you to overcome it so you can deliver the…