The MyFest in Berlin Kreuzberg
On Friday I went to the by now almost traditional MyFest in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
It was created 12 years ago as a counter event to the riots and street fights that used to break out between leftist groups and the police on May, 1st over the past 15 years. The people of Kreuzberg and the police wanted to take back that day and thus a big street party was born. Now, 12 years later, the MyFest has become a big event for the city and the revolutionary May 1st demonstration has almost stepped into the background.
The streets of Kreuzberg 36 (the traditional post code of the area) were overcrowded by people dancing, eating and enjoying the day by about 2pm. I wanted to go and soak up some of the atmosphere and so I walked towards the area from the south and tried to capture some of the elements that make this day so special.
A couple enjoying a more relaxed version of May, 1st.
With my back to the Landwehrkanal, I couldn’t resist this shot of a quiet street with the noise and crowds at the end.
The woman in black with the blond hair captured my eye here. She was dancing with a drink in her hand, completely oblivious to the crowds walking past. But I did wonder whether it was the drink, the atmosphere or some other substances that made her dance like she was in her own little world.
The German Green party are trying to retain some of the political elements of Labour Day.
The thing that makes a landmark really iconic, is that it makes you feel at home and gives you a sense of direction wherever you are in a city. The TV Tower does its job very well in that respect.
The barbecue smoke gives the air a blueish tint.