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The International Heartbeat of Frankfurt

Dasitu Kajela-Röttger and her husband, Michael Röttger, are a real dream team, both privately and professionally. They met and fell in love in 1985, at an African festival in their chosen home of Frankfurt am Main. At the time, Dasitu was organising an evening of Ethiopian Oromo culture, and Michael had just returned from a long trip to Africa and was enthusiastic about the music. Later, he also managed to convince Dasitu to become his accomplice in professional matters as well. Dasitu was already working in the intercultural field anyway, and she thought combining that with musical culture would be the perfect match. ‘I was only able to really spark her interest in West African music culture as time went on, though,’ says Michael, laughing.

The Present is Female

The music scene is a domain in which women have traditionally been on the passive side of things: as muses, as fans in front of the stage, or as groupies. Does that sound a little antiquated? Indeed it is! There have long been amazing women involved in front of, behind, or next to the stage. It’s time for gender balance to be introduced to festival lineups, for the gender pay gap to close in creative industries, and for women to take executive positions at major labels and established music magazines. Does this sound like a somewhat utopian fantasy? Hardly! If we take a look around the scene, we see significant female players who are making noise, creating new spaces, and, in doing so, changing the game. That’s why this edition of COMPANION is focused on the music world in Berlin, profiling women who make the industry so captivating: DJs, singers, event organisers, writers, and activists

When in Doubt, Anarchy

Tim Renner is a legend in the music and culture business. As a manager at Universal, he discovered bands such as Rammstein, and from 2014 to 2016, he was Berlin’s state secretary for cultural affairs, initiating a digitalisation offensive. Aside from having worked as a music journalist and radio host, and founding his own media startup, Motor Entertainment, he also lectures at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and writes books on the industry. In short, it’s hard to think of anyone with a better grasp on the present and future of pop culture. A conversation about youthful anarchism, the vastness of the unregulated internet, and what’s next for the music industry.

Mona’s Cake Repertoire

Mona Asuka combines two passions: playing the piano and baking. The Munich-born professional musician tells COMPANION why the two disciplines are in fact quite similar — and she also shares her recipe for the perfect summer cake.

Find Your Own Woodstock

Be it for a musical weekend trip with the family, melodious evenings at a winery, or experiencing the jazz stars of tomorrow performing live — COMPANION presents the best festivals close to our cities.

The Taste of Tel Aviv

Haya Molcho and her sons, the family behind eatery empire NENI, have written a new cookery book about the people of Tel Aviv and their culinary histories. And it has recipes too. The most important ingredient? Friends with whom to share what you make.

THE GREAT ESCAPISM

Time to get out of the city? Want to leave all your cares behind and immerse yourself in nature and culture? Always a good idea! COMPANION has put together some tips for excursions in the surrounds of our 25hours Hotels’ cities to give you ideas for moments of mindfulness in the cold season.

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Blau Pause

For Companion Theresia Enzenberger has created a very different kind of map, which highlights unusual Bauhaus locations to be discovered in cities that are home to our 25hours Hotels

Spotlight On women

Talented women all over the world are joining forces in increasing numbers to combat the patriarchy through the synergy of their networks. One of these young communities is Clam Club.

Behind the Curtain

Hans-Joachim Flebbe has created a business out of his love for film. COMPANION sat down with the visionary entrepreneur to talk premium movie theaters, smelly nachos, and receiving praise from Hollywood.

Spaces of Transition

People in hotels are a peculiar species — and have inspired artists to soaring flights of creativity, as our columnist Rainer Moritz recounts

Frankfurt’s Book Heaven

An overnight stay at the Frankfurt Book Fair? An intriguing idea — though one that’s been impossible up until now.

A Man and the Sea

A love of the sea made Nikolaus Gelpke into a publisher. He found his calling in life working on Mare in Hamburg.

Vienna’s Got Talent

Nadiv Molcho is a theater and movie actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and producer — all that at the age of 27. A talk with companion.

Roaring Berlin

companion joins author and journalist Boris and illustrator Robert on a tour inspired by the Roaring Twenties

Future Ballet

Wayne McGregor is one of the most prominent contemporary choreographers of today. He will make his Munich debut in 2018 at Bayerisches Staatsballett’s annual Ballet Festival Week.

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Evoking Emotions

COMPANION invited Nadja Schildknecht, co-founder and co-director of the Zurich Film Festival, to compile a playlist of her favorite famous movie soundtracks.

The Mental Detox Castle

The recipe for success at one of the best luxury spa hotels in the world at Elmau Castle is based on a special concept called “mental detox”:

Freunde von Freunden

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STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME

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Message Salon Embassy

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Herzberg Design

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Fabrik

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Flashh Boulder Hall

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Volksparkstadion + Barclaycard Arena

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Coast by East

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Oberhafen-Kantine

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Vlet Restaurant

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Marc & Daniel

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Elbphilarmonie

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Hamburg Dungeon

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Ultimate Ears

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Sustainable App Cosmos

Living healthily, saving resources, taking care of the environment, and, naturally, also of our fellow humans.

The Good Bag by canvasco

canvasco shows how to upcycle.

Pop loves Classic

Is Classical Music Outdated?

The Boilerman

Joerg Meyer talks about hotel bars, highballs, and Hemingway

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Bye-Bye, Jet Lag!

Five best practices for relaxed travelling.

Hamburg – Where Erotica and Fish Rolls come together

A travel blogger explains the city.

The "Schlafaffe", who likes to travel - Part I

Dubile in South America

Designing Hospitality

Questions & answers by Erik Nissen Johansen from Stylt.

The Food Wizards

Bompass and Parr from London.

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Doris Pesendorfer

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Conni Kotte

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Pride Walk and CSD - the Best Places in Europe

Summer travel recommendations by Stephan Luecke.

Culture of Wine

Wine without Dress Code.

Balagan – Pleasant Chaos

A portrait of Haya Molcho.

åland is the best inspiration!

Design from Finland

Beyond Success

An interview with Bobby Decker

Coffee Cosmos by Mr. Hoban

Coffee to go in a paper cup is passé.

You Have to Catch the Holy Ghost

Sn interview with Sonny Daze.

Vessel for H2O

Art for a good cause - How does it work?

The Tastemaker - Rainer Wendt

Lessons about Attitude to Life.


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