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Berlinstartup culture at@Berghain.

The club that has been the place to be of of techno music in Berlin for a decade is open for art and startups!!!

Its main dance floor is a ark place illuminated, sustaining the metronomic mayhem of untrammeled Berlin techno: giant, booming drumbeats and bass lines bearing down and building up again and again, with relentless impact.

Berghain’s main room was once the turbine hall of an East Berlin power plant; it has starkly functional steel stairs, concrete walls and a towering 60-foot ceiling. The crowd is dressed for dancing, not for startup tec business but it works.

Off the dance floor, scattered through the multistory building, are shadowy alcoves where more private encounters occur. There are no mirrors anywhere, no lingering evidence; anything goes except photography, which is so strictly prohibited that doormen paste stickers over cellphone cameras. The atmosphere is charged with rhythm and body heat, a communal momentum, an ominous euphoria.

This month Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall. The anarchic energies set free by its fall have defined the city for a generation, despite recent tendencies toward the international clichés of gentrification. The scars of division are still visible in places like the East Side Gallery, an undemolished mile-long section of the wall along the Spree River now decorated with cartoonish, but often still touching, agitprop mural paintings.

One aspect of reunification that no one would have predicted — the emergence of techno and a tenacious, do-it-yourself club scene — has turned out to be not a passing night-life fad, but a cornerstone of the city’s identity. Even as mainstream electronic dance music moves toward the glamour and celebrity of pop, Berlin’s tradition is still to party in the ruins: dark, unglamorous, driven.

But the Berghain was open for a Berlinstartup Event:

Be yourself an part of the culture of the city.

Berlin’s clubs, and the spirit they have long represented, draw to the city not only tourists but an influx of expatriate artists, musicians and D.J.s — for whom Berlin’s rents, even though they are now rising, are still comparatively low — and plenty of Berliners themselves who are willing to spend Mondays recovering from long nights or afternoons on the dance floor. As the anniversary approached, I took a four-day club crawl through Berlin last month and found that while the anarchy days are over, they left behind a gritty charm.


“Berlin has the vibe of, `We do it by ourselves, it’s passionate like our Soundcloud startup culture.