That the city of Berlin is a world reference of electronic music and a hatchery of musical talent, we all already know. This episode is another proof that good culture does not just show itself inside a nightclub or festival. It’s much more than that.
The Astra Kulturhaus and Bi Nuu clubs in the district of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain are opening their doors once a week between January and February in order to provide some comfort to the homeless of the German capital in this period when the cold squeezes. The emergency is particularly great this year as the city’s main railway stations have denied their space for the homeless to stay overnight.
The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reports that Bi Nuu has room for about 15 women, while the Astra Kulturhaus will comfortably house about 25 men. The spaces are equipped with makeshift beds, dinner, hot drinks and breakfast.
The district spokeswoman of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain was very pleased with the attitude of the two clubs: “It’s great when clubs make such offers and take on social responsibility. We are happy about every additional offer to further expand the number of cold weather places.”
It is to praise the attitude of these spaces, demonstrating that having culture is not just about artistic knowledge: it all starts with civility and responsibility. However, it should be noted that these actions only have a real impact in a concerted manner. There are about 37,000 displaced in the city of Berlin alone, almost one million in all of Germany, so these examples should be more publicized and imitated.