Der Grüne Kiez (The Green Neighbourhood) is our lively section at Lollapalooza Berlin dedicated to sustainable, earth-friendly commerce and initiatives. It is a place for introducing and experiencing projects and solutions for designing a better society worth living in. Sustainability is an important guiding principle in our society, and it means more than ‘just’ protecting the environment – true sustainability also means taking the economy and social affairs into account.
As an area dedicated to fun and the joy of living, Der Grüne Kiez is the perfect place to get this message across. Visitors to Der Grüne Kiez can learn about sustainable projects, innovations and ideas. This is a place for you to join in, try things out, and have a hand in shaping the future.
Our 2017 slogan – ‘Love & Peace 2.0’
With this year’s motto, we want to take an open and tolerant festival community spirit to the next level: Love & Peace 2.0. Sticking together is more important these days than ever. New challenges shape our society, and equally, it is vital to promote respect and tolerance in everyday life.
Let us spread vibes of love and freedom, and remember at the same time, that they are not a given.
Give away some hugs, kiss a stranger or make time someone you don’t know at all … yet. Stand up for a green and caring society, love and peace at Lollapalooza Berlin! We want to celebrate ‘Love & Peace 2.0’ together with you! We’re looking forward to a great festival experience!
Speak Up! Be Active! Be Open Minded! Tolerate & Respect! Show Solidarity!
It‘s time to take a stand for Europe, and indeed for the whole world. To create a movement encouraging social cohesion in our society, promoting awareness and tolerance for all cultures, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, colours and origins. To motivate people to participate in politics and social activities, speaking up for peaceful dialogue, humanism, tolerance and mutual understanding, to make the world a better place for every single individual and for all of us.
We are the creators and distributors of European music and culture, providing music, creativity, art and design to millions of young people every year. Our activities are aimed at bringing people together, and our intentions are to relate fully to our audiences, peacefully and joyfully creating and developing a community through sharing our passion for music and culture.
Take A Stand is a joint initiative by Yourope, the association of European music festivals and its partners. Take A Stand events take place at various music festivals and live music events, addressing music fans on and offline. Take A Stand is a campaign with a mission to keep our society intelligent, open and human. We invite everybody to take action and to join our initiative at this years Der Grüne Kiez!
Grüner Kiez Stage – Workshop Lounge
A varied and sustainable programme awaits you at the Workshop Stage! Here at the interactive stage, you’ll find not only interesting projects, but a chance to roll up your sleeves and join in as well. Help shape the activities and make them your own! Activities are led by Neighbourhood Heroes and Green Neighbourhood exhibitors. Be there, join in and let yourself be surprised!
09 September | 10:30–11:30 am This year we’re bringing some selected herbs from our tea plantation in dreamy Lassaner Winkel in Pomerania just for the Lollapalooza Festival. We’ll learn about them together and you can create your own personal blend if you want. We look forward to seeing you!
with Kräutergarten Pommerland
09 September | 02:00–03:00 pm You like it dirty? Then why not use festival dirt to print unique graphics on your textiles and become ambassadors of #17Goals for a better world! The designs come courtesy of students at ecosign/Academy for Design in Cologne and can even withstand any wash cycle. Join us and wear the festival home!
with #17Ziele (#17Goals)
09. September | 04:15–05:15 pm In 1900, French artists illustrated how they imagined the year 2000 on postcards. This year, it’s Lollapalooza festivalgoers’ turn to draw their vision of the year 2117 on postcards.
with Teach Surfing
09 September | 06:15–07:00 pm We at HIP HOP SAVES LIVES strive to re-convey the original purpose of Hip Hop: PEACE LOVE UNITY and fun in the community. We’ll be explaining the Gang Peace Treaty that gave birth to this culture and how non-profit work was the first true element of Hip Hop. We’ll be showing a short film, answering questions, telling an in-depth story of events and performing songs that reflect young people taking action.
with HIP HOP SAVES LIVES
10 September | 10:45–11:30 am The young people of the Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy are offering kids at Lollapalooza a chance to have their first drumming and dance experiences. A group of children (with parents as well if you like) will engage in a playful round of drumming, trying out beginner rhythms on small drums with sticks. Those who prefer just to dance are more than welcome try that out as well. We’ll be rehearsing quickly-learned steps and having a lot of fun as always.
with Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy
10 September | 11:45–12:30 pm You always wanted to know what a “list dog” is and why your cats riot at night? Just ask our Animal Shelter Pros! Dog behavioural therapist Xenia Katzurke and animal protection ambassador Victoria van Violence introduce you to the largest animal shelter in Europe, tell exciting stories from day-to-day animal shelter life and give practical tips. Whatever is concerning you and four-legged friends – come by!
with Tierschutzverein Berlin / Tierheim Berlin (Berlin animal shelter)
10 September | 01:30–02:30 pm Show love and respect for our oceans! Get creative with Sea Shepherd! Visit our workshops for a chance to make your new favourite bag using Polynesian originals for inspiration and iron-on patches made from fabric scraps. Learn more about the innovative ways we protect our oceans, both on land and on the high seas. Visit us at the Green Neighbourhood! There are so many new things to make and “sea”.
with Sea Shepherd
10 September | 03:30–04:15 pm Khaled, who is from Damascus, will start participants on a journey to Syria, sharing special insight into the country’s culture and language.
with Teach Surfing
10 September | 05:15–06:00 pm The motto for this year’s B-Team Tour is “AGAINST HATE SPEECH & FAKE NEWS!”. The Tour consists of 8 young people travelling across the state of Brandenburg to sensitise people to the topic, encourage discussion and exchange. Come to the Green Neighbourhood Stage for an interactive dialogue. We’ll also have experts on hand to talk and answer questions. We want to work together to address the challenges of dealing with FAKE NEWS and HATE SPEECH, and to find solutions.
with B-Team Tour
09 September | 12:00–12:45 pm Promoting values like love, peace, tolerance and openness across borders, does the music and festival industry need to take a stand in a world full of nationalism and populism? Join this panel to learn more.
with Take A Stand
Action “Print Your LollaShirt” Reduce, Reuse & Recycle in the Green Neighbourhood
One of our programme highlights from the past two years is back! Whether you have an old shirt you want to use or even just whatever you already have on, our screen printing stations let you immortalise your favourite T-shirt with exclusive Lollapalooza Festival designs. We’ve got various designs to choose from, and our screen print team will be on hand to help you give your shirt a vibrant, new lease on life!
Getting Closer to Nature
There is a lot to discover here: get to know the local flora and fauna, identify tree species and learn which animals can be found in the surrounding area.Our herb garden is all about tasting, smelling and touching. Find out if you’re the chilli, curry or basil type and get new ideas for your own herbal cooking. The inspiration comes straight from the garden to you, along with great wild herb recipes.
You’ll also find the hammock lounge where you can relax and unwind with herbal aromas hanging in the breeze.
Art as a new beginning! RESTART supports refugee artists and allows them to continue to be creative outside their home country. The programme creates a platform that not only recognises the artists’ talent, it gives them a chance to generate income as well.
RESTART artists at the Green Neighbourhood include:
DANI HASROUNI (SYRIA)
Dani Hasrouni was born in Damascus, Syria in 1991 and has been passionate about creativity and design since childhood. He was particularly fascinated by the way a simple sketch on a white sheet of paper can reflect the artist’s identity. This fascination motivated him to study art at the University of Damascus. While studying, he developed a great enthusiasm for photography. After completing his studies in 2013, he decided to pursue his studies in Germany because of the difficult situation in Syria and has since been studying at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art. He loves the multicultural aspects of Berlin and its incompleteness, which reminds him of Damascus.
ANNELISA LEINBACH (USA) – LIVE PAINTING ACTIVITY DURING THE FESTIVAL
Annelisa Leinbach, was born in Kiel in 1994, grew up in the American Southwest and spent a great deal of time outdoors, camping and hiking in nature. The radiant, visual beauty of that region had a profound impact on Annelisa. Nature and vivid colours continue to inspire her to this day. She studied art as well as journalism and politics, and is also very interested in environmental sciences. She came to Berlin to get to know life in another country and because she was very drawn to Berlin’s history, international surroundings and culture. In Berlin, she learned freedom of thought and acquired diverse experiences that enriched her personality.
MANAF ATTAR (SYRIA)
Manaf Attar, born in 1991 in Damascus, Syria, has been interested in illustration since he was very young. He started studying graphic design in Damascus, but could not graduate because of the difficult conditions in Syria since the Revolution in 2011. He decided to come to Berlin to develop himself as an artist in the “best place on earth for artists and musicians.” He’s been doing well focusing on art as a profession since moving to Berlin.
ANNI DUFKEAnni Dufke was born in Berlin in 1994 and grew up in rural Colombia, and it was there that she discovered her desire to bring Colombia’s imagination to light. She began doing acrylic painting and photography in her school days; after high school, her family moved to Berlin. Anni is now developing her work as an artist in Berlin, through collaborations including work with Manaf Attar.
Vegan / Vegetarian Neighbourhood Garden
Need a little breather? We cordially invite you to our Neighbourhood Garden, our Oasis, where you can relax in the greenery. Creature comforts include a variety of vegan / vegetarian foods that are sure to tempt the taste buds.
Neighbourhood Heroes & Eco-Neighbourhood Market
The real stars of the Green Neighbourhood are the participating NGOs, non-profit associations and initiatives that will once again be on site to introduce themselves with stands and activities. The Neighbourhood Heroes do more than just inform festivalgoers – they interactively engage with them as well.
Lovers of the green lifestyle should be sure to visit this year’s Eco-Neighbourhood Market, a place that brings sustainability-minded merchants, start-ups, institutions and product developers together and puts festivalgoers in touch with green ideas, products and creators. With all the sustainable cosmetics, upcycling accessories and various fairtraide products, there is certainly plenty to rummage.
Our partners at Der Grüne Kiez 2017
Did you know that Berlin has the largest animal shelter in Europe? The district of Falkenberg has over 1,400 animals waiting for a new home! The Tierschutzverein für Berlin und Umgebung Corporation e.V. (The Animal Protection Association for Berlin and the Surrounding Area) takes care of more than just cats, dogs and rabbits there; we also lovingly look after parrots, reptiles, and even monkeys. All of it is financed through private donations. Get to know us, get to know our fosterlings and pepper our dog psychologist with questions – we are there for you and your animals.Visit Website
ONE is a development-oriented lobbying and campaigning organisation that combats extreme poverty and preventable diseases, especially in Africa. In dialogue with the public and political decision-makers, ONE is committed to smart and effective policies and programmes that tackle AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investment in agriculture and nutrition, and create more transparency in poverty reduction measures. Around 8 million people support ONE’s non-partisan work.Visit Website
Sponsored by about 40 young Europeans from more than 20 countries, the “A Soul for Europe” initiative has been focusing on co-operation between civil society and politics Europe-wide since 2004 – actively developing “Europe from below”.
Lollapalooza festivalgoers at the Green Neighbourhood have the opportunity to get in touch with members of the initiative, to design buttons, show off their knowledge of Europe in the A Soul for Europe Quiz and share their “dream of Europe” in the photo box.Visit Website
BikeSurfBerlin is a free bicycle lending project in Berlin. It gives everyone the opportunity to cycle in a relatively safe city environment without leaving a deposit or paying, and relies on the generosity of people who give us bikes, online donations, and time to maintain and improve the services we provide. We don’t just advocate cycling; we facilitate it.Visit Website
Meet BrainBrush, an emerging art-textile label making waves in free-spirited Fairtrade fashion: whether it’s gardens, summer rain or anti-plastic – you’ll find plenty of interesting and beautiful themes here! The artist collective works by hand to transform every piece of fabric into a little work of art with specially-created illustrations. Every part of the garment is organic, chemical-free, Fairtrade and artistically inspired, from sleeve to tag to hem. It’s ART & CLOTHES in one!Visit Website
The German Toilet Organization e.V. (GTO) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to improving sanitation around the world for the protection of the environment, health and human dignity. Lack of toilets and hygienic sanitation is a daily reality for 2.4 billion people and a situation that is unacceptable to those affected. We would like to discuss this, to think about the problem together and to create more awareness for this much-neglected basic need.Visit Website
Founded as early as 1978, i + m NATURKOSMETIK BERLIN is now one of the most tradition-steeped natural cosmetics manufacturers in Germany. Our guiding motto “In love with your nature” is essential to our work. It refers not only to the unique nature-proximity of our products, but also to a natural, individual understanding of beauty. We think true beauty comes from within. It stems from joy and a loving look at yourself. Very much in line with this year’s Green Neighbourhood theme “Love & Peace 2.0”!Visit Website
Our cottage industry in far northern Germany produces high-quality herbal teas with lots of love. Our cooperative is mainly supported by women, advocates fair, equitable and social work and fights for ecologically aware commerce and society. The people who visit are those who value high-quality, calming and lovingly produced products. We also had loads of fun with festivalgoers last year. Our teas make the Neighbourhood a brighter, more colourful place.Visit Website
We at Oxfam are committed to an economic system in which people are more important than profit. To do this, governments must finally hold multinational corporations accountable and insist that they pay their their fair share of taxes all over the world, for the good of society. Our volunteers will get in touch with the Green Neighbourhood visitors at Lollapalooza and – true to the motto ‘get involved, don’t switch off’ – encourage festivalgoers to participate in our political activity.Visit Website
Ringana is different and Ringana is much more than THAT even. 100% freshness, 100% active ingredient, 100% consistency, 100% ethics. Fair, vegan, unisex personal care products and supplements without preservatives.Visit Website
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent social development organisation founded in 1949. Today the SOS Children’s Villages are active in more than 2558 projects in 135 countries. These include SOS children’s villages, kindergartens, schools, youth housing associations and training centres for more than 1.5 million children, young people and adults. With the SOS Mailbox, you can create your own postcard and send your loved ones a hello from Berlin. Proceeds from the sale of postcards go directly to support the work of the SOS Children’s Villages!Visit Website
TeachSurfing is an integrative educational network specialising in lifelong learning and refugee aid. This year is the second time the project has been part of the Green Neighbourhood community. TeachSurfing organises seminars led by volunteer lecturers (refugees, migrants and locals) in the areas of language, culture and expertise. This year’s festival offers visitors to the TeachSurfing stand a variety of exciting seminars and activities to participate in, learn from and design yourself.Visit Website
Viva con Agua de Santa Pauli is a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring that all people around the world have access to clean DRINKING WATER. In order to achieve this goal, we promote water projects and activity both in Germany and abroad, spreading plenty of vitality and zest for life in the process. We are firmly convinced that serious issues in this world can also be tackled with joy. So come to our info-stand, chat us up and enjoy this wonderful festival with us!Visit Website
Young people often expose their hearing to such extreme noise that it gives them irreversible hearing disorders frequently associated with tinnitus. Unfortunately, many young people are not aware of the impact of listening to loud music. That is why the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung Charité (German Tinnitus Foundation Charité) has been working on the prevention campaign “I hear something you can’t hear” at music festivals and other large-scale events since 2012 – to educate them about these dangers. Our 2017 stand will once again offer information on the subject of tinnitus, our popular photo campaigns and, of course, free hearing protection.Visit Website
Amnesty International is a globally active human rights organisation that pursues the goal of a world without human rights violations. We defend the right to asylum and demand that refugees have access to a fair, impartial and comprehensive asylum procedure. Our campaign against racism in Germany also aims to draw attention to open and hidden racism in our society – racism that also and particularly affects refugees in Germany every day.Visit Website
The B-Team Tour is a project of the Tolerant Brandenburg Association, which is also sponsored by the State of Brandenburg. Up to ten young people have been travelling the country since last year to provide information on a specific topic as part of the B-Team Tour. Last year’s B-Team Tour topic was “Escape and Asylum”; this year’s focus is “Hate Speech and Fake News”.Visit Website
Love & Peace 2.0! Love – a language the whole world understands! Nothing else connects us. Which is why love and peace are two inseparable concepts. Unfortunately, even today people experience far too much exclusion and stigma as a result of prejudice and ignorance. This is where the Berlin AIDS Assistance’s Youth Team sets to work. We help educate, promote the acceptance of different ways of life, and raise awareness among young people about discrimination.
Keeping with the Love & Peace 2.0 theme, this year we’ve set ourselves the task of bringing you together! You have an exciting activity to look forward to besides designing your own jute bags, as our stand visitors do every year. And to make sure that your statements do not go unheard, feel free to post your messages for our photo wall to social media.Visit Website
Crown-Caps-King® Is a young company with a fresh idea. We produce stylish refrigerator magnets out of new bottle caps from around the world. Our fridge magnets are a chance to hang onto those very special moments, start a collection or give them away as a gift. You can choose from a variety of different bottle caps from many breweries and beverage manufacturers who support our idea with their bottle caps.Visit Website
“yadan biad – Hand in Hand” is a project of the German Red Cross District Association of Schöneberg-Wilmersdorf in cooperation with the secondary school Evangelisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster. Its aim is to encourage and facilitate sponsorships between refugees and Berliners, thereby helping them on the road to integration.Visit Website
Stop by by the Green Neighbourhood, join in and participate in exciting activities around Engagement Global’s #17Goals site trailer. Special feature: Students of the ecosign/Academy for Design in Cologne show you their ideas for sustainable development. Learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also known as SDG, Agenda 2030) and what each of us can do in our everyday lives to make them a reality. Because climate change, consumption and energy are issues that affect all of us. We look forward to your visit!Visit Website
There are still far too few women in management positions – especially in the music industry. We want to change that, so we started the sparkx leadership program in June 2017. The aim of sparkx is to improve promotion and career opportunities for women in media companies over the long term while helping companies tap their potential. Our goal here is to present the project within the framework of Lollapalooza’s Green Neighbourhood in an interactive way and to encourage participation in the programme.Visit Website
Hip Hop Saves Lives (HHSL) was founded in 2007. We are a non-profit organisation that teaches humanity through hip hop. Why, because hip hop came from humanity! It was born out of a gang peace treaty on 8 December 1971. Hip hop’s original purpose was to save lives! We at HHSL first educate youth on this treaty and how it came about. Second, we have a curriculum that educates youth about local, national and global issues through the work of humanitarians or what we like to call everyday heroes. We then guide youth to write lyrics expressing what they have learned and to celebrate the work of the hero.
We record the song and shoot a full length music video that incorporates rhyming, singing, dancing, poetry, acting and visual arts to allow the young people to express themselves fully through the beauty of the arts. Once the video is complete, we send the song/music video to the hero as a gift. Doing this creates relationships with amazing individuals and organisations in their city and around the world!Visit Website
Recognise bird calls, identify plants, discover nature in the city: The Naturblick app makes it possible. Simple keys to plants and animals help you recognise different species. Record bird songs and have them automatically identified. Our map function shows you nature spots in Berlin just waiting to be explored. Learn more about your environment in the city context.
Naturblick is developed by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Museum of Natural History Berlin) in a project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction & Reactor Safety (BMUB).Visit Website
PETA ZWEI is PETA Germany’s youth campaign. With provocative campaigns, committed artists and a nationwide network of street teams, we are at the centre of the youth movement for animal rights. Visitors to our info-stand can get information about animal rights and vegan lifestyle, take free information materials with them and win fun goodies in a true-or-false game.Visit Website
We think that sexuality is an essential pillar of most people’s lives. That is why we should be able to make all sexualities as free and colourful as we ourselves desire. At Lollapalooza, we will show what the buzzwords “sexual and reproductive rights” mean, why it makes sense to fight for them and what all of it has to do with feminism.
No love without self-love, no peace without consensus!Visit Website
The “PEACE x PEACE” (abbreviation: PxP, spoken: peace by peace) concept is back this year as well: Experience live music, give the weakest a voice and take a stance for solidarity. It will once again prove how much music can connect people. Initiators of the festival are Fetsum Sebhat and Tedros Tewelde from PxP Embassy e.V. As children of Eritrean war refugees, they want to create a visible, tangible and palpable moment of humanity.Visit Website
RESTART aims to support asylum seekers* in establishing themselves in the art business. While many initiatives work on integrating refugees in the typical job market, we want to address the creative minds among them. As a benefit corporation, RESTART not only creates a platform that appreciates the talents of artists, but also offers them an opportunity to earn their own income. Besides facilitating access to the art market, RESTART wants to connect artists among each other and help out with art studios and material. Collaborations with galleries, institutions, and museums enable regular exhibitions that bring locals and newcomers together.Visit Website
Creatively active – do more in everyday life! Creativity meets sustainability! Sea Shepherd is organising an upcycling workshop. New products can be created out of old, recycled materials such as fabric scraps and bottle caps. The workshop draws attention to the huge problem of marine pollution and offers festivalgoers a chance to make sustainable, favourite pieces such as gym bags, key rings or magnets themselves. We’ll work together to create bags, design patches with marine animals and products.Visit Website
The Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy from Kampala, Uganda teaches children and young people ages 5-18 music, dance and theatre. The centre’s aim is to enable disadvantaged children from the slums to have a sustainable future. They are given a sense of belonging and love no matter what religion they belong to or where they come from. Everyone has the same need for peace and love. The Sosolyas will convey this lively spirit, this feeling of life, live at the festival.Visit Website
Stay With Me will use creative workshops and information games to communicate its young, dynamic fight against plastic to sustainability-minded spirits at Lollapalooza Berlin. We invite you to feel the burden of plastic up close, to put your knowledge of plastic on the test, and to design your own Stay With Me bag. Stop by, plastic hunter – we look forward to seeing you!Visit Website
The U18 project offers young people interesting opportunities to learn about elections, democracy and politics, to understand party platforms, question electoral promises and to form their own opinions. On 15 September 2017, nine days before the Bundestag election, all children and young people under age 18 can vote in the U18 Youth Election. The election is almost the same as the one for adults – with ballot papers, electoral booths, and ballot boxes. Each polling place designs its own ballot box, and the loveliest of these wins an award. In the weeks and months before, children and young people take part in exciting projects to learn about how democracy works and what political commitment means. The goal of U18 is to inspire as many children and young people as possible to be fascinated by politics for many years to come.
We invite young Lollapalooza Berlin festivalgoers to drop by our stand to learn about the U18 election and the topic of voting. It’s a place to articulate your political desires, and those who might not yet be eligible to vote on 15 September are warmly invited to cast a vote at our U18 polling station.Visit Website
The volunteer platform vostel.de wants to allow everyone to participate effectively in charitable projects, independent of time, qualifications and language skills. Since it was started in 2015, more than 4000 volunteers have already gotten involved in more than 300 projects in Berlin and Munich. Vostel stand visitors at this year’s festival can learn about the many opportunities offered by volunteering and can directly become involved in mini-activities themselves.Visit Website
As an honorary youth initiative in Germany, Austria and Switzerland we conduct sexual education suitable for schools. Besides our workshops we reach the youngsters through good publicity campaigns that best meets their needs. With our approach for prevention we stand for an elucidated and diverse society, where sexuality is never a reason for exclusion, fear or stigma. The principle of our work is: “Do what you want. Do it with love, respect and condoms.“Visit Website