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Christoph Fahle
October 1, 2013

Yeah we survived the festival!

On 27 April, we're throwing a big birthday to celebrate our 10 years in beta and shape a utopian future together with our community. Wondering what UtopiaX means, what you'll find in the Zen Zone and which artists are exhibiting in the The Basement? Here's what we've got lined up for you at our 10 Years in beta party!

Oh what a weekend!

Puh we are all still suffering from the hangover of the People in Beta Festival 2013! And we want to say: Thank you!! To the workshop holders, to the speakers, to the bands that played during the Battle of the Startup Band, to the startups that pitched at the hardware pitch, to Pedro and his team for setting up the most amazing "Something Strange Will happen Party" as well as to the DJs and the betaradio which provided us with great beats and drugs... ah no just kidding!

And we want to shout out loud to our friends from elance, amazon web service, orderbird, somewhere and despark - you guys rock! Thanks for getting involved as sponsors and make this happen!

You all made last Saturday an unforgettable day at betahaus. After the delicious Kick-Off breakfast, the workshops and talks in the arena filled up and made the sunny, bluesky-day into a colorful experience. For those of you who did not want to participate in a workshop, Stylemarks set up a stylish fashion market ready to explore. For more arty interested people, Genna Rose was ready to sell her "poems to order" on any topic you wanted.  Our Berlin Hardware Accelerator team set up an futuristic hardware pitch with 8 startups which made it almost impossible for the judges to decide on a winner, because all of the pitching teams just rocked! The Battle of the Startup Bands surprised all of us with an outstanding concert until 10pm - the betahaus | café was packed with dancing fans! But this was just the preparty - the real thing started around 11pm and it lasted till sunrise. It was not a normal party at all, no, it was much more like an experience with a huge versatility. Besides the popcorn filled chill-out room, there was a cozy fireplace and smoking area in the courtyard and for the ones who wanted a special drink there was a bar where you could design your own drinks. Through the betaradio team the partytime was armed with remarkable musicians.

Conclusion: it was possibly the best People in Beta Festival we ever survived! And as soon as Marcela Fae will send us the pictures from the weekend the ones of you who missed the Festival will mark the last weekend in September 2014 red! Because you should not miss this twice!! Stay tuned!

More upcoming events and announcements you can find in our beta calendar!


From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.

In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.

Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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