However a shadow hangs over this evening’s party: the growing anxiety about club closures collecting rate in Berlin. Popular places like Bar25, Bassy, Knaack, Kiki Blofeld and White Trash are forget about.
January saw two more closures Clarchens that is including ballroom where generations of Berlins had danced since 1913. Its brand new owner has guaranteed to reopen after renovations, but regulars are sceptical. Now the KitKat club’s Munich landlord has terminated the rent to June 2020 while the Griessmuehle is in risk of imminent closing.
Berlin’s state cultural minister Klaus Lederer is furious but mainly helpless, saying groups are prime victims in a city that is rapidly changing.