Exploring the Theater of an Art Squat in Berlin, Germany
When the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, East Germans fled their homes for fear the freedom was fleeting—and droves of artists flooded the area to squat in their wake. What formed was a network of innovative underground artists fueled by community and supported by cheap (or free) rent. One of the most interesting art squats still standing in the now-gentrified Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood is KuLe, with a theater and bar on the street level and more than four floors of funky residences on top. Check the KuLe website for events, and while you’re at the theater, see if you can score a tour of the living quarters, including a waist-high mosaic bathtub, a gorgeous ceiling mural, and a rooftop view of the city. You might even run into one of the KuLe legends, like founding squatter Ursula Maria Berzborn, director of the fantastic—and fantastically bizarre—physical theater troupe Grotest Maru.