Category Archives: 1920s Berlin Project

Our exhibit at Second Life’s 14th birthday community celebration

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This year’s theme for the SL14b Community Celebration is “Carnivalesque!”,

Looking at Berlin during the 1920s, it was not easy to find a connection between this city and the exotic theme.
Although the 1920s were a golden era for Berlin, for most people it was a harsh time, with extreme poverty, political instability, crime and in stead of living in brand new modern comfortable Bauhaus buildings most people lived in small dark apartments, such as the infamous ‘Mietskazernes’, rent barracks, the tenements.

But when doing my research I found several pictures and drawings (especially by the amazing Heinrich Zille) showing these same common working class people having dances, parties and even a circus in those typical Berlin ‘Hofs’, the courtyards that existed inbetween their tenements.

This inspired me for our SL14B exhibit.

I have created a typical Berlin “Hinterhof” as it could have looked in the 1920s.
A courtyard overlooked by lots of small apartments where big families lived.
The tenants are having their ‘Carnival’, the yard has been decorated, a biergarten has been set up in a corner, there is a little stage and the place is ready for a party, allowing our Berliner to forget their worries for a short moment.

Every day during the first week of SL14B, at 2pm SLT Berlin locals will gather here in the Hof and have a drink, dance and chat.
You’re welcome to join us.

The 1920s Berlin Project has been an vibrant community in Second Life for over 8 years and has allowed many thousands of people the opportunity to do not only try but share one of the most exiting adventures imaginable; Time Travel.

As a historical immersive roleplaying sim, people are given the chance to step back into the past to try and find out what life was like in this wonderful city before the Nazis took over.

If you want to come and visit us, click here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/129/164/30

Keep in mind though, the sims won’t open to the public till the official opening at noon SLT on June the 18th.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jo Yardley

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Relaxed Rules Day in Berlin

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On the 6th of June we are organising a so called ‘Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you of course know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But once a year, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we decide to relax these rules to give new people a chance to explore our sim even if they don’t feel like dressing up or changing their avatar.

On Relaxed Rules Day we will NOT be asking people to dress in the 1920s style and we will be welcoming unrealistic looking avatars such as furries, tinies, etc.
The only rules we will be enforcing are that we will not accept public nudity or Nazi related behaviour and dress.
Of course anyone bothering or harassing people will also be send home.

This may be a good day to show Berlin to your friends who have not been here before and may feel a bit intimidated by our rules or roleplay.

For our tenants this is also a special day.
It can be a lot of fun to ‘let your hair down’ in this city and go a bit crazy.
We will allow flying on this day so you can see the city from a whole new angle, but you are will also not be locked up for doing things that are unrealistic or unauthentic.

Some of our tenants will also be opening up their houses to the public.
Look for the Open House sings.
Wherever you see one, you’re welcome to go inside and see how the people in our city live.

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Happy 8th anniversary as a tenant in 1920s Berlin, Sonatta Morales!

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Wait, what, I hear you think.
You’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of 1920s Berlin next week and yet famous model, designer and night club owner Sonatta Morales is celebrating her 8th anniversary as a tenant already?

And you’re right, something fishy is going on here!
I am horrific at math but even I know that this isn’t quite right.

The truth behind this strange situation is that Sonatta is a cheeky sneaky naughty squatter!
When I started Building my very first version of 1920s Berlin, a tiny skybox with one club, one cinema and a few shops, I asked Sonatta if she wanted to open a shop there.
I wasn’t sure if she would because I was a total noob with no experience and just a crazy idea, while she appeared to be so much more experienced, had her own shop and even knew how to rotate a prim, still something I had to master.

We had met in a club named Flashmans and chatted about my Berlin idea and she was very enthousiastic and much to my relief, she said yes and started decorating a little shop.
But without my knowing, she secretly created a little room above her shop and had put some furniture in it!
She had moved in and had become the first tenant in Berlin long before I had even thought about building something residential, long before I even realised some people might actually want to live in this pile of prims I was gluing together.

And that dear children, is the story of how Sonatta became a tenant before Berlin was even opened to the public.

Today Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin without her.
Not only are her clothes the pride of the KaDeWe department store, is her modern Bauhaus villa the talk of Behrenstrasse, are the scandals with young dashing men and some famous German actresses the gossip of the day, but she also runs the Eldorado Cabaret.
The most amazing club in SL where people can be themselves and enjoy a brand new show every single Saturday, a show Sonatta creates, every weekend again.

But before all that she is my best friend, confidant and partner in crime in this crazy virtual world.

Happy 8th anniversary Sonatta!

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The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 8th anniversary!

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I can’t believe that it has been 8 years since that evening in 2009 when I opened my club and had our first little 1920s Berlin themed party in a tiny skybox.
I didn’t expect much of it, I had only been in SL for a week when I started building and I had no idea what I was doing.
But the theme somehow managed to attract the right crowd and within no time a vibrant community of creative, fun, interesting and exciting people started to grow and populate my simplistic pile of prims.
This in turn motivated me and soon I wanted more than a little square with a cinema, shops and club floating high up in the sky.
So I started to improve my building skills, organised more events, did more research and slowly but surely a themed skybox became a neighbourhood and eventually a real city that would withstand the test of time.

It is impossible to explain how much the 1920s Berlin project means to me and I am always touched and excited to hear that it also means a lot to so many others.

On the 30th of May 2017 we’re celebrating the 8th (!) anniversary of our sim and we’re going to celebrate with a week of events!

We hope you’ll visit and be part of the celebrations, if you don’t want to change your avatar or outfit, don’t worry.
We end our celebrations with a Relaxed Rules day where we have no dress code and everyone (but naked people, Nazis and naked nazis) is welcome.

Below you’ll find the schedule of events.
Please note that certain events, times and dates may still be subject to change and others may still be added.
Feel free to join us in the Berlin group chat or join our Facebook group to stay up to date.

All times are Second Life time.

Tuesday 30th May

  • 2pm annual dance under the Brandenburg Gate with a show by Sonatta Moralesta Morales and with DJ Myron Byron!
  • 3pm Fireworks

Wednesday 31st May

  • 1pm Soapbox airplane race for children
  • 2pm Opening of the Biergarten at the back of Der Keller
  • 4pm Ice cream social at the KaDeWe, free ice cream for all, children welcome!

Thursday 1st June

  • 2pm Open Stage at the Biergarten
  • 4pm Party at the Supporters Penthouse room in the Hotel Adlon, only for supporters.

Friday 2nd June

  • 1pm Opening ‘Zur Lindenwirtin’ club for “after hours entertainment”
  • 2pm Special celebration dinner at Hotel Adlon
  • 3pm Joaquin Gustav performs live music in the Adlon mirror ballroom.
  • 6pm Party at the ‘Zur Lindenwirtin’ club for “after hours entertainment”

Saturday 3rd June

  • 11am Miss Berlin pageant
  • 1pm Flapperettes Anniversary
  • 2pm Eldorado

Sunday 4th June

  • 12pm (noon) Official opening of the new Library
  • 2pm The long-awaited Grand Opening of a new art venue!
  • 3pm Special surprise just for Long Term Tenants and Supporters at the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz

Monday 5th June

  • 2pm Party in the Volksbad swimming pool.
    Join us at the public baths for a wild party in the pool.
    Swimming suits will be provided.
  • 4pm Social at the KaDeWe Oyster bar with free bottles of special anniversary champagne!

Tuesday 6th June

  • All day: Relaxed rules day
    On this day everyone is welcome to visit our sim and take a good look around and see more of the sim than you’re usually allowed to see.
    Several of our tenants will also open the doors to their private apartments and an ‘Open House’ sign will show you where you can enter and explore how the people in the city live.
    We also relax our dress code so you can come in modern clothes or as a non-realistic avatar.

 

You can visit Berlin by clicking this slurl; http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin%20Project/243/224/1929

 

We also have a photo contest!

The theme is; “My favourite spot in Berlin”.

Let us know your favourite spot in the city, it can just be your apartment or that street corner where you first met that special person, maybe just the bench where you sit and enjoy life pass you by.

The rules;
-You can adapt, improve or play with the snapshots in photoshop or with other software.
-No nudity, adult subjects or anything that is against SL rules.
-No modern (post 1920s) subjects, clothes, objects, etc.
-Snapshot must be taken in the 1920s Berlin Project sim.
-Photo may be used by us for PR.

-Contest closes on June 10th, pictures received after this date will not be judged.
-Winner will be announced on this blog on the 13th of June.

The first prize is L$2500, second prize is L$1000!

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Winterday in Berlin

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1929 was the coldest winter since records began in Germany, and here in virtual 1920s Berlin we’ve been suffering trough lots of snow, ice and coal shortages.
But we’ve made it (well most of us anyway) and it won’t be long before everything starts to melt.
Soon our city will be dusty, smelly and hot again so before that happens, lets enjoy winter one more day.
Sunday 23rd of February will be our annual Winterday!
During this day we will celebrate the weather, snow will fall for the last time, we’ll skate and have fun on the ice but the next day, slowly, snow and ice will start melting and Berlin will prepare for spring.
At 2pm we’ll have Happy Hour on Ice.
Join us on the Spree for some hot drinks, music and of course our annual ice skating race!
500 L$ for the man, woman or child who goes around the spree the fastest!
At 3pm we all move to the Wannsee Winterfest!
With wonderful things to do and see and some fundraising to help pay for the beach.
We’re going to have a lots of fun and it will also be your last chance to make atmospheric winter themed pictures in Berlin for a long time.
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Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Dear Berliners, I wish you all a merry Christmas and thanks to Linden Lab’s generousity I can give you a lovely gift.

During Primsmas I gave all tenants 5 extra prims to decorate their homes with.
Today I double and repeat that offer!

So on top of those 5 prims, EVERY tenant in Berlin gets another 10 prims  for free.
Just in time for Christmas decorations or to rez those much needed extra blankets on your bed.

You don’t have to do a thing, they will be manually added to each rental today.
If you think you haven’t received them yet by new year’s eve, let me know.

I am also renewing and increasing the option for tenants to rent more prims.
So if you’ve already rented all the prims you could and will use these extra 10 new prims up in a flash, you can still get EVEN more prims.

Pay attention, I mean achtung;

If you’re a regular tenant you can rent another 50 (!) prims for 4 L$ per prim per week.

If you’re a supporter you can rent another 100 (!) prims OR 200 (!) prims for 3 L$ per prim per week!

So, just to make everything clear to people who get brain hurt when numbers are involved;

  • Every tenant gets 10 prims on top of their limit
  • Every tenant can rent another 50 prims for 200 L$ a week.
  • Every supporter can rent another 100 prims for 300 L$ a week.
  • OR Every supporter can decide to rent another 200 prims for 600 L$ a week.

It does not matter if you’ve already used last months Primsmas offer!
This is a clean slate offer for everyone.

Want to make use of this offer and raise your land impact in Berlin?
Just send me a message inworld.

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Visit 1920s Berlin at Second Life’s 13th birthday celebrations

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Only recently the world has re-discovered Virtual Reality, but those of us who are residents of a certain virtual online world have been living it for years!
Second Life is celebrating its 13th (!) anniversary and  that calls for a celebration!

As every year there will be a huge celebration.
17 regions full of displays, exhibits, parties and fun, giving you an idea of what kind of adventures you can find in Second Life.
And as much as there is, it is still only the top of the iceberg of what Second Life has to offer.

The 1920s Berlin is proud to have been invited back and we once again did our best to give everybody a little taste of our little community.
We build a little square and even brought our local bar where we hang out.
During the celebrations we will also spend our daily Happy Hour there.
Every day at 2pm SLT everybody is welcome at our ‘Tanzlokal’, so drop in for your daily dose of drink, dance and chat!
Come raise a glass to Second Life, I serve the best schnaps in Berlin!

The SL13B regions  open to the public on Sunday, June 19th, noon SLT.
And you can find us by clicking the following link;
http://secondlife.com/destination/1920s-berlin-project-sl13b

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