Berlin Through A Different Lens: A Haven For Artists

Music concerts, art exhibitions and multi-cultural festivals portray Berlin in a new light

The East Side Gallery, a famous stretch of the former Berlin Wall Photo: Philip Koschel

Consider this paradox the capital of Europe's economic centre is a haven for artists. Surrounded by 1,000-year-old cities, it boasts a history that's just 25 years old. Where soldiers once marched, students now lounge. And where a 43-km wall once cut the city into two incomplete halves, a web of public transportation connects each neighbourhood to the next, the former East and West labels difficult to detect. The city of Berlin is such a contradiction, and, with each year since the wall came down in October 1989, a happy, hippie, affordable one.