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Zoo – Issue 70

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ZOO Magazine 70 – Renaissance

ZOO Magazine 70 – Renaissance | Encapsulated almost 400 pages, the Anniversary issue no. 70 is a homage to the cultural melting pot Berlin and, at the same time the incredible talents and extraordinary culture of freedom in Berlin.

It was in the moving tale of Christiane Falscherinow that ZOO found its name – a reference to the setting of the autobiographical novel and film Christiane F.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo. The 1978 published book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo was the most successful German nonfiction book of the post-war era.

That’s why we’re also delighted to have spoken to Jana McKinnon, who is embodying the main character Christiane F., in the new Amazon Prime Video series based on the book. Within that train of thought, we show our support of the Christiane F. Foundation, aiming to destigmatize addiction and help spread knowledge to prevent it.

Since the cultural sector has explicitly suffered this past year, from postponed gallery openings and closed musea to minimal governmental subsidy, the Anniversary issue highlights the work of 12 Berlin bases artists in over 50 pages.

We also show in a 16 page story the new Samurai Museum in Berlin. We were able to converse with Peter Jansen, whose private collection of Samurai artifacts – one of the most comprehensive and prestigious collections in the world – will be exhibited in a new and improved Samurai Museum in Berlin. Issue 70 showcases once again that art is the base of human connection.

Joining the range of German talent are actors like Aaron Altaras, from the successful Netflix series Unorthodox. His latest project – a German drama series called Wild Republic – just aired on Meganta TV. Additionally, we also interviewed Emmy award-winning actress Katarina Schüttler, most prominently known for the title role in Michael Hofmann’s unforgettable drama Sophiiiie!.

Bending gender roles is storyteller and performer Sven Ratzke, who is performing the show Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Renaissance Theater Berlin in May, while Hereditary Princess Cleopatra of Öttingen-Öttingen and Öttingen-Spielberg reimagines the definition of aristocracy and offers a rare insight into one of Germany’s most signigicant residences.

Transitioning from visuals to sound, it was an honor to talk to composer and pianist Max Richter about his second album in the pioneering audio-visual project Voices 2. Embracing environmental issues as part of the wider narrative is Dr. Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, who stresses the importance of educating children about social and environmental issues in order to spark longlasting change.

With this in mind, the Anniversary Issue 70 is a new start, a Renaissance if you will, setting an optimistic tone for the warm season and welcoming a new era of ZOO and the world.

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