After two years of a break the annual water / food fight between the two (former) Berlin districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain was taken out again this weekend.
Almost a thousand combatants gathered around the “Oberbaumbruecke” that connects the two neighborhoods. The “battle” goes back to the 1990s when the Senate of Berlin in an administrative reform combined the two neighborhoods into one township/voting district most likely to block the left wing PDS party from getting a broader representation in government.
Within this battle only “weapons” like water, flour and everything that is wet, soft, splashy or slippery are allowed. According to that motto popular weapons included addle eggs, rotten vegetables or fruits, rancid butter, but (used) diapers and bags filled with (strong smelling) human substances have also been sighted.
Officially a political demonstration (and as the cleaning afterward is guaranteed by a sponsor) since a few years police limits themselves to block the site off from normal passers-by. The two neighborhoods – Kreuzberg and Friedrichsrain – (together with Prenzlauer Berg) had traditionally a strong base of diverse (sub)cultures, freethinking and alternative left-wing scene and some say the roots of these battles go back to the militant street fights and riots in the 1990s that took place not far away from the bridge.
The winner of the fight is the group that re-unites the two neighborhoods by taking the bridge. Like in years before Friedrichshain (was officially declared the winner by police) but Kreuzberg claims that this declaration was partial for Friedrichshain. (click image above for a larger version).
There is a 10min video (in German) providing impressions and information on the history of the Berlin “water battle”. The videos below are from this year’s “fights”. We have selected those providing the best “touch and feel” for the action:
Some image collections from the 2008 event:
- Imagedeluxe on Flickr
- rafferstyle on Flickr
- saltyvin on Flickr
- Frau Schmidt on Flickr
- Karl Kanal on Flickr
- Virtual Worlds: 3D Berlin in Google Earth
- Humor: Bubble Battle NYC 2008
- Image: Where is Waldo with Obama
- Winter: Ice hotels around the world
Since this week Germany’s capital Berlin is available as a 3D model within Google Earth. In difference to other 3D worlds already available in Google Earth the buildings within the virtual Berlin have detailed architectural representations including their photorealistic facades. Some buildings can even be visited or entered virtually. So far the present model covers about 10% of the area of Berlin – only a small sample of the official three-dimensional city model of Berlin. The model consists of some 44,000 buildings in the centre of Berlin shown in…
A short video from the Bubble Battle this weekend on Times Square, NYC.
Seems like a lot of people had great fun in this event…
Yesterday Sen. Barack Obama held a speech in Berlin and 200,000 were listening in enthusiastically.
For those who want to get an impression how 200,000 people look like from the viewpoint of the speaker we found an excellent shot at Flickr.
Note that the image only shows the front rows of…
Since 17 years now a temporary hotel is build from ice every winter in Sweden. The ICEHOTEL is situated in the village Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. It started off with an Igloo and developed into a hotel with more than 60 rooms and suites each different from the other. With the exception of the beds, the entire hotel is made completely out of ice blocks – even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. The ice is made from water…