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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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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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Open door & Relaxed rules day!

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As part of our 7th anniversary celebrations we are organising a so called ‘Open door & Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you may know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But today, Sunday June 6th, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we are relaxing our rules for one day.
So on this day you are welcome to come and explore our sim without having to appear in a realistic form or wear 1920s clothes.
Any kind of avatar will be welcome, but we do have a few rules;

-Don’t be naked, no naughty bits on display.
-No Nazi stuff, FYI; it is against LL’s Terms Of Service.
-Don’t harass and bother others, be nice.

And to make your visit extra special, some of our local tenants have opened up their doors to the public!
Normally we treat every home like we would in real life; no trespassing or you get locked up!
But today you can enter any home that has an ‘Open house’ sign next to the front door.
Go see how the people of Berlin live, but kindly refrain from going through underwear drawers.

For locals 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.
So the people who normally live here as 1920s Berliner, may choose today to wear something different and do things normally not allowed here.
So don’t be surprised if you see a giant robot roam the streets, a space ship crash into the canal or find yourself in a city wide flood!

Have fun and remember, this is a great excuse to bring some of your SL friends to Berlin who have not been before!

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The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 7th anniversary!

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In January 2007 I first joined Second Life, I looked around for a bit, didn’t see anything I liked, didn’t like what I saw and left after a few days.
In February 2009 I decided to run Second Life again, simply to test the ability of my then new computer.
And minutes before I decided that Second Life was not for me and would leave for ever (again) I found the ‘search’ option, tried a few search terms that appealed to me and found the first sim I actually liked; a surreal vintage bar called ‘Flashmans’.
There I suddenly realised that I everything I saw was made by users just like me and that maybe I could create something myself.
And I was doomed lost hooked.
The rest is, as they call it, history.

Within weeks I started working on The 1920s Berlin Project and on May the 30th 2009 I opened the door to a little very basic, noob build bar and let the public in for the first time.
The 1920s Berlin Project was born!

Still a noob who barely knew what she was doing, with no experience whatsoever, I started what would soon grow into a vibrant active community of wonderful people.
In our fantastic neighbourhood people have been extremely creative, active and something great and rare is the result.
I cannot put into words how much the sim and its people means to me and to my delight it means a lot to many of those who live there as well.

On the 30th of May 2016 we’re celebrating the 7th (!) anniversary of our sim and we’re going to celebrate with 7 days of events!

We hope you come 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.

We also plan to add extra freebies to our teleport area so if you like free stuff… at least check those out!

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

All times are Second Life time.

Monday, May 30th
13:00 Special dinner at the Nussbaum restaurant.
14:00 SLT – 7th Anniversary Dance at the Pariser Platz (At the foot of the Brandenburger Tor) with a show by Sonatta Moralesta Morales and with DJ Myron Byron.

Tuesday, May 31st
14:00 happy hour at the Volksbad!
Join us at the public baths for a wild party in the pool.
Swimming suits will be provided.
16:00 Little gathering at the exclusive penthouse in the Hotel Adlon for supporters.

Wednesday, June 1st
14:00 Happy Hour at the Biergarten
15:00 Open stage at the Odeon theatre!
Want to sing, read a poem, dance, or do some magic?
This is your chance, step up and earn some tips!
16:00 Special Church service
18:00 Late night extra festive dance at the Hotel Adlon’s ball room.

Thursday, June 2nd
2:00 “Tiki” themed party at the Spree, with a bar in a small park near the Spree behind the department store and with “Floating Ring Race” in the Spree with prize and 1920s submarine toy for everyone.
13:00 Car rally around Berlin!
Prizes for the winner!
14:00 “Tiki” themed Happy Hour with a bar in a small park near the Spree behind the department store.

Friday, June 3rd
14:00 Festive dinner followed by Tango themed dance at the Hotel Adlon’s ball room.
Submissions for photo contest close!
15:00 LIVE performance by musician Joaquin Gustav!
16:00 Several groups representing the Berlin community march through Berlin in a wonderful parade.
17:00 Join us in the wonderful bar in the Hotel Adlon basement for the enjoyment of the best cigarettes, pipes and cigars during Smoking Hour.
18:00 Special festive version of the weekly “Herrenclub” party… 18+ only!

Saturday, June 4th
11:00 Tea dance at the Hotel Adlon with announcement of Photo contest winner.
12:00 Miss Berlin Contest! Who will be Miss Berlin 1929? Amazing prizes by famous designer Sonatta Morales and Herr von Rosenheim of ‘Gustav’s’!
More information can be found by clicking here.
13:15 Soapbox Airplane race for kids!
14:00 Very Special Cabaret show at the Eldorado!
17:00 Extra festive class at the school for all kids.

Sunday, June 5th
All day: Open Door 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.
13:00 SLT Sport and Health Class at Hindenburg Schule
14:00 SLT – Special freebie hour at the Biergarten with a free gift for every visitor!
15:00 PM SLTish; We let our hair down! Without dress code we look the other way while the locals go a bit crazy and rez whatever they want.
Don’t be shocked if you see King Kong climb the Brandenburger Gate, space ships flying over Alexanderplatz or people shooting cake at each other.

You can find our sim here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin%20Project/242/224/1929

We also have a photo contest!

The theme is; “People of Berlin”.

You can choose any subject you like as long as the person or people, and our city here are in the frame. Use your imagination, show everyone the kind of adventures, fun or just daily chores visitors can experience in our sim.

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 3rd, pictures received after this date will not be judged.
-Winner will be anounced on June 4th at the Adlon Tea Dance.

The first prize is L$1000, second prize is L$500!

 

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