Californian cruising in Hamburg

With arms full of ink, friendly blue eyes and an enviable full beard, André Langer (33) greets his customers at Electra Bikes like old friends. The shop oozes the laid-back vibe that brought about the Electra brand in Southern California in 1993. 25 years later, we meet bike-expert André — hard at work at the only Electra…

A movement teacher’s life in Hamburg

Nikolai Pawlas – The Art To Move. Good coffee is almost a religion to Nikolai, so we meet at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery — his second living room. Nikolai has a tall and strong physique, and doesn’t stop moving during the interview: from his seat on the couch he moves into a squat position on the…

Running away from home: a chat with Nico Homolla

Nico Homolla (26) quit his job to travel around Indonesia and discover what it’s like to be alone. Now, he works as a host at Sturmfreie Bude, and sometimes helps his friends organize techno raves.

Creative Playground: A Social Experiment

What happens when you put 50 strangers in a room with snacks, drinks, art supplies and games for an entire day? We decided to find out with our Creative Playground event: a social experiment that we could, amazingly, host at Sturmfreie Bude in Karoviertel. The top floor of Flora-Neumannstraße 6 is the type of apartment…

The life of two French part-time beekeepers in Hamburg.

The life of French part-time beekeepers in Hamburg. Thomas Canton and Benjamin Puech. There is a bee on the roof These two friendly French guys work as engineers, but that’s only Monday to Friday: on the weekends they put on heavy protection suits and jump onto rooftops. Why is that? In March 2017 they started…

Madrid and Hamburg, two cities with a powerful street art scene

Sara Velazquez From Madrid, Spain 3 years in Hamburg Senior 2D Artist Savelga   Do you believe there is something you can say with your illustrations that you are unable to convey otherwise? I graduated in Fine Arts and have been working for over 10 years at illustration studios and video games companies. However, surprisingly…

Gängeviertel is a place for free art, free music and free people

Maxim Pfund, a.k.a. DJ LaVruss From Pavlodar, Kazakhstan 6 years in Hamburg DJ & Web developer You’re a DJ! What can we hear when you’re behind the turntables? I’ve been DJing for about three years now. I usually play a mix of tech house, deep melodic house and techno. But I’m very flexible – I’ll…

“It all started with paint and brushes”

André Gießelmann From Bad Oeynhausen 8 years in Hamburg Started the label Mojo Snowboarding   Your label Mojo Snowboarding celebrates its 10th anniversary this year – congratulations! How did it all start? Right, 10 years already … That still sounds very unrealistic somehow! I started the label when I was studying in Braunschweig – initially…

Experience everything!

Victoria Chardon From London, UK 1 year in Hamburg Tech consultant for Google That looks like a pretty extreme experience! What made you decide to jump out of a plane? I’ve never liked flying and once had to be forcibly strapped into my seat on a tiny plane in Africa when I was trying to…

Social discovery – rethought

Julia Weber & Christian Kranemann From Uhldingen and Werne, Germany 3 years in Hamburg jetztra founders Hey guys! What’s jetztra, and how can we use it? jetztra is a social discovery app that connects people based on shared interests. The goal is to bring people together for activities in the offline world. Just like a…