Social work, volunteering and arts: The road to fulfilment

With a “Hola señorita guapa!” – and a big smile in his mouth. This is how “Arne” welcomes us into his office. He is the general manager at Viva con Agua ARTS, a daughter of the NGO Viva con Agua, whose aim is to improve drinking water supply in developing countries. You are probably familiar…

Black, queer and proud: the musings of a Jamaican poet in Hamburg

Poet and LGBT activist in literature, Yohan SR Lee (29) grew up with his mother and grandfather in Kingston, Jamaica. Like many in the LGBT community in Jamaica, Yohan faced serious harassment throughout his youth. Despite this, Yohan excelled academically and won a scholarship for a master’s degree in Aarhus (DK) and Hamburg. He poured…

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…

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…

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…

Pop art from the streets of São Paulo

The walls of LKB/G are covered with stencils, paintings, used templates and posters that would not look amiss on the streets of São Paulo. Pop art ladies in vibrant colours fill the room. It’s the opening night of Rouge: Daniel Melim’s first-ever solo exhibition in Europe. One of Brazil’s most renowned street artists, Daniel seems like…

Doodling for a living in Hamburg

Ines Schaffranek can’t spend a day without doodling. It all started when she used to get bored at school and started sending notes to her classmates — now she hosts workshops at companies and is hired as a visual communicator and expert at events. By Sabela García Cuesta Ines, why is visual communication so important?…

The life of a vogue dancer in Hamburg

I meet Dominik Lamovski (22) an hour before the start of The Britney Kiki Function—Hamburg’s first voguing event at the HipHop Academy Hamburg. Rocking a blonde wig, white tank top, white skirt, a set of enviable eyelashes and glitter all over, Dominik a.k.a. Dom Twinkle looks nothing short of fabulous.

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…