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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 German Food Festival of beer, sausage, cheese and more beer, at the Nussbaum with your host Herr Grau
  • 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 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!
  • 5pm Projection of the movie ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ (1931) in the Babylon Cinema

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 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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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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Primsmas for Supporters

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When Father Primsmas handed out the extra prims I decided to be careful and see how many people in Berlin wanted to raise their limits.
After all Berlin has over 100 tenants and if I want to be generous for everyone, we’d soon run out of these new prims.
I just wanted to see how things would go.

After a few days it has become clear that most people are fine with the prims they have and even if more tenants want to take me up on the offer, we’d still have lots and lots of prims left, even though Berlin is not yet finished and I want to build lots of other stuff, we’re not reaching the bottom of the barrel just yet.

So I am now very happy to finally be able to send a Primsmas gift to those Berliners who are Supporters.

Supporters are Berliners who pay an extra L$5000 a month to support the project, in exchange for this they get a portrait at the Amtshall, access to an exclusive penthouse room at the Hotel Adlon, to a little cottage in Tiergarten and they also get 30 extra prims on top of their limit.

These supporters mean a lot to the city, they have provided me and the community with a financial buffer and some security.

But I’ve always felt I wanted to do more to show my gratitude to the Supporters of Berlin, 30 extra prims is of course nice, but thanks to Primsmas I can now raise this number.

From today onwards every Supporter in Berlin will receive 50 prims on top of their rental limit.
That is 20 prims extra to decorate and play with.

If you want to become a supporter, check out the Supporters Gallery in the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz 1 and click the sign.

Already spent your free prims or the prim raise you added to your rent?
Hold on, there will be more prims related news in a few weeks.

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Merry Primsmas! Prims for everybody!

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Recently Linden Lab announced that they were going to raise the prim limits everywhere in Second Life.
Rumours quickly spread that this change would happen after Thanksgiving and this indeed turned out to be the case.

Today is Primsmas!

Every sim in SL will have more prims available and this means of course, that we in 1920s Berlin and Tiergarten park will suddenly have more to play with as well.

This will mean that I can make Berlin even prettier/dirtier by adding more details but also by being a little more relaxed about the land impact of the buildings I make.

To celebrate this wonderful holiday I am giving every address in Berlin 5 extra prims on top of what you’re renting, for free.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a long term supporter who lives in a fancy house or someone who only just moved into the city and who is living in a stinky attic room.
You now have 5 extra prims to decorate your home with!

Supporters are given 20 extra prims on top of the 30 prim bonus they already get.
Read more about the supporters bonus by clicking here.

On top of this I am also offering you the option to rent more prims.

Every tenant can now rent 25 prims extra for 100 L$ per week (which will be added to your rent) per address!

Every tenant who is also a supporter has the opportunity to rent 50 prims extra for 200 L$ per week!

Tiergarten tenants all get 20 extra prims for free and if they want they are able to rent another 100 prims extra for 300 L$ per week!

So enjoy your 5 extra prims and if you want to take advantage of the extra prims for renting offer, contact me inworld and I’ll take care of the paperwork.

I’m being a little careful with handing out prims and renting them out because  Berlin has a LOT of tenants and if everyone wants to raise their limit we’ll run out very soon.
And I also plan to spend a few on making the sim better and keep a few in reserve for special events.
But mostly I just want to see how things go first.
If everything goes well and we still have lots of prims left, I may repeat Primsmas.

P.S; Shopkeepers can always contact me about renting more prims, so nothing changes there, besides the 5 extra prims for free 😉

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Rain has come to Berlin

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Just before winter strikes, rain reached Berlin.
It goes on for days, making life miserable for many but also cleaning the dirty old city, preparing her for the white blanket of winter.

It will rain in our sim till Christmas eve and then it will start to snow.
Enjoy the autumn look of our city and the neighbouring Tiergarten park.
Setting it up has taken a LOT of time and work but I think it was worth the annual effort.

Come and enjoy this weather while you can, before the city turns white with snow.
Although it doesn’t make Berlin any less laggy, it does make it look amazing and brings with it some fantastic photo opportunities and gallons of atmosphere.

The rain consists of mesh blocks with weather textures on them, they may get in the way of things you want to click, such as doors.
Try getting as close to the door as possible, zoom in or if all that fails, right click in stead of left click.

If your computer finds it all a bit too much and SL slows down beyond what you find acceptable, turn down your draw distance.
And don’t worry, next month the weather system will be removed again.

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Rezzable cars for everybody!

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From now on any visitor who wants to explore 1920s Berlin in style can simply rez one of our 1920s cars for free and drive around!

You can find the rezz sign right outside Station Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Be careful, these cars are temporary rezzed, they will vanish again after about 30 seconds or when you get out.
So they are perfect for a tour around the sim or to get you to a location fast but you’ll have to walk the way back.

For tenants this changes a few things as well.
Due to work pressure and lack of resources, the Police has been forced to stop checking and providing people with driving licenses.
So for now you will no longer need one to be able to drive a car in Berlin.

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1920s Berlin project sponsors a 4th WW2 monument

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In 1920s Berlin we don’t just party and pretend we’re only interested in the fun and glamorous side of history.
We also discuss the poverty, political tensions and the dark clouds of Nazism that are gathering over our beloved city.
We want to experience Berlin before the Nazis took over but at the same time never forget what came next.

As part of our strong connection with RL 1920s Berlin, we have chosen to support an impressive project that commemorates individual victims of Nazism by sponsoring a Stolperstein.

stolperstein sign“Stolperstein” is the German word for “stumbling block”, “obstacle”, or “something in the way.”
Throughout RL Berlin (and many other cities) you can find, or stumble over, thousands of these little brass stones in the pavement.

These memorials commemorate individuals who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia facilities, sterilization clinics, concentration camps, and extermination camps, as well as those who responded to persecution by emigrating or committing suicide.

While the vast majority of stolpersteine commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust, others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people (also called gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christians (both Protestants and Catholics) opposed to the Nazis, members of the Communist Party and the Resistance, military deserters the physically and mentally disabled and all kinds of victims of the Nazi regime.

The stones are dug into the pavement outside the houses where these people used to live.
A very moving and emotional monument to a single person can sometimes leave a bigger impact then a monument to thousands.
When I fist stumbled upon such a stone during my visit to RL Berlin, I must confess I had not heard about them and found it hard not to burst into tears on the spot.

It seems suitable that our 1920s Berlin Project, created to remember what the city was like before 1933, should be involved with the Stolpersteine.

We have been in contact with the artist Gunter Demnig and other people involved with this great way to remember who and what was lost, and they are very excited about what we do here in Second Life.
We, in turn, are of course in awe of their great undertaking.

So we decided to sponsor this initiative by placing a donation meter at our Teleportplatz.
And in 2012 we were able to pay for the first Stolperstein to be installed.

This is the stone we supported back then, you can see it on the Rykestrasse 54 in RL Berlin;

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We decided to sponsor two more and we also reached that goal very quickly!

And recently we filled up our donation sign once more so now we can support another Stolperstein.

That makes 4 monuments to individuals sponsored by our community!

Thank you very much everyone who made the donations, especially Maureen B (Hucuba Stratten) who made one very generous donation that filled the meter instantly.

Unfortunately it takes a lot of work and time for these stones to be made, they are made by one man who then personally travels around Europe to install them.
It can take years for the stone to actually be placed, especially if you insist on them being placed in a certain location.
I’m still waiting for the 2 we sponsored earlier to be installed and now a third one is added to the waiting list.
I don’t mind, it is a wonderful thing and I can be very patient.
However, after sponsoring 4 of these stones we may switch to another history and Berlin related cause to collect for while we wait for the stones to be installed.
Because sometimes it is just very nice to see what your donations can achieve right away.

So, for the time being, we’re looking into other places and causes we want to collect money for.
Maybe a little Berlin museum, restoration of a landmark, an anti-Nazi cause, etc.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, let us know!

After a while I hope to return to the Stolperstein project though, because the idea helping an individual victim being remembered is really poignant and then going to RL Berlin and actually seeing the stone is indescribable.

Anyway, I will contact the artist again and have another name added to our list!