SkinTwo Issue 47 (Spring 2004): Europe - BERLIN HAS A BALL

Berlin hosts a big gathering of the European fetish clans in May when the German Fetish Ball Weekend comes to town.

Promoted by Xklusiv Events, organisers of legendary pervy castle parties, the weekend kicks off on Saturday May 28 with the German Fetish Fair at Spannwerk, a huge 1920s transformer station which is now a giant hall with over 4000 sq m of exhibition space, with lounges, bars and a stage. This venue had only just been secured at press time, but the first ten international exhibitors were signed up within hours of the announcement. Apart from providing sales space, Xklusiv are considering putting on some daytime shows to give the various fashion labels an opportunity to present themselves live on stage.

Saturday evening sees a Fetish Dinner at HH Müller, a stylish restaurant in an old industrial building with a cool atmosphere - and dining cages on three levels! There'll be fetish waitresses, some of the restaurant's many celebrity diners will be attending, and the entertainment will be a mix of burlesque style and 1920s Berlin decadence. A separate 'fetish and cocktails' event is also planned for the same evening.

Sunday 30 sees the huge Matrix club in the old railway arches near Warschauer Platz S-Bahn station playing host to the German Fetish Ball. The Matrix combines 'awesome' architecture with modern hi-tech club facilities - four dancefloors, lounges, a huge stage, dancing cages and more. Theme will be The Roaring '20s - Berlin's Decade of Decadence, and the evening's hosts will be Luci and Luci - Lucifire and German singer/actress Luci van Org. There'll be fashion shows by Torture Garden, HW-Design, Bodycult and TOmTO, performances by Emily Marilyn, and DJ-ing by Allen and David TG among others.

Monday May 31s has no official program but as it is a national holiday in Germany it will allow Germans to attend the whole weekend without having to miss a day's work!

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