Dear guests and friends of Quälgeist Berlin e.V.,
in September many of you are coming from all over Germany – and indeed from all over the world – to Berlin where we celebrate Folsom Europe together with the fetish and BDSM community. For many of you a visit at our place is a fixture of the Folsom agenda.
Unfortunately this year we’re not yet able to open our doors for you.
As some of you probably know, we have been closed for ten months now due to missing permissions, and this will remain to be the case for the coming weeks as well. Even though we have – with the help of local politicians and numerous supporters – finally managed to get a permit for our current location, we still can’t reopen, because we have to deal with a lot more building and administrative steps. It is therefore very difficult for us to announce a concrete opening date, not least because the past few months have shown us that each of these steps is considerably more time-consuming than any of us had expected.
But at the Folsom Street Festival we are still there for you. We will again be present with our big club stand, where you can meet us for talks, advice, just to say hello and even for some BDSM performances. This year you will find our booth (no. 34) at Fuggerstraße 27. We are looking forward to seeing you!
At our stand at the street festival we will also advertise on our own behalf. The further construction measures in our rooms as well as obtaining the necessary official and/or expert appraisals cause considerable costs. The membership fees of our club members will not suffice to financially support us all the way through to the reopening. Therefore we ask for your solidarity, not least in the form of donations. For this purpose we have set up an information page on our homepage, which you can find here: >Donations and Support
Together with your support we will continue to do our utmost in order to reopen “Your Playroom”.
Your Team at Quälgeist Berlin e.V.
On April 14, Quälgeist members Felix and Alex had the opportunity to chat with radioeins presenter Anja Caspary about BDSM, fetish and the Quälgeist Berlin e.V. Anja asked many exciting questions about different aspects of SM and fetish, which we were happy to answer.
You can listen to the interview under the following link. (Playing time approx. 14 minutes)
Radioday Schmerz – Interview mit Felix und Alex vom Quälgeist Berlin e.V.
Since 16th of October 2018, there haven’t been any events at Quälgeist. Despite all efforts to find a solution, there is still no breakthrough: We focused on discussions and meetings with members of the city politics and municipal authorities during the past weeks. There are further meetings planned for the next days.
Our main problem is still the development plan for the area where we are located, at Lankwitzer Straße 42/43. The Quälgeist is classified as a so called “place of entertainment” by the district authority of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. According to the development plan, such establishments can not be operated in this area.
In order to avert us falling in the prohibited category, we also consider and check whether we can restructure our location into a clubhouse. Any events would be for members only but this approach seems not to be promising at the moment.
According to press reports, the district authorities focus on other locations that are part of the queer scene as well. For example: There has been raid at the sex club “Ajpnia” that is also located at the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Like they argued at Quälgeist and Böse Buben, that fire protection has to be handled strictly since the devastating fire in a gay sauna in 2017.
Please rest assured, that all persons responsible at Quälgeist pay particular attention on the safety of our guests. By the time we opened our new rooms in spring, we took the necessary precautions, which were explicit acclaimed during an official on-site inspection in April 2018. If there is a chance to open again, we will, of course, do what is necessary to comply with official requirements concerning fire safety to ensure your safety at Quälgeist.
We are looking for a way for the survival of Quälgeist Berlin e.V. with all our strength since October now. Many thanks to all persons involved, who give up their free time to prepare and conduct meetings, reorganise our planning or create construction drawings.
We are aware that we will not be able to endure this situation for an unlimited time. We still have to pay rent and incidental costs. This amount can not be borne by the membership fees. With every month without the event income, our account balance is decreasing. Therefore we are trying to take a definitive decision regarding our future at Lankwitzer Straße as soon as practicable.
Please keep in touch for updates on the further development of the current situation.
Press reports on this topic:
The views expressed in the linked articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of Quälgeist Berlin e.V.
Our photographer has put together a little photo series where you can see how it looked like at Lankwitzer Str. 42 before we began constructing the new Quälgeist. And what we made of it until now:
The entrance, Still original: the handrails.
Entrance – before
Entrance – after
The bar. Still original: The radiators.
The bar – before
The bar – after
The non-smoking lounge (besides the bar).
The non-smoking lounge – before
The non-smoking lounge – after
The smoker’s lounge (built completely new as a second storey above the non-smoking lounge).
The smoker’s lounge
The entrance to the play area (not exactly the same view perspective).
The entrance to the play area – before
The entrance to the play area – after
Our committed members and friends have done incredible during the last weeks and they made it: we were really able to open the new rooms for the Easter Fetish Week and offer events for you. A huge „Thank you“ to all helpers!
But we want to thank also all our guests for finding the slightly longer way to us. It did make us very happy to see so many of you during the first weeks of our reopening and to receive such nice feedback from you.
If you have been there, you saw, that the bar is ready, but also that there is still much work to do. Especially in the play area work will continue during the next weeks. As you may know, nearly all work is done by volunteers, as we are a noncommercial association. Therefore we ask for your understanding that we are currently not able to offer the complete range of our usual events like fisting and the camps. Always take a look at our calendar here before you make your way to us, because there will be some weeks where we cannot host events due to continuing construction works.
The new bar area is nearly finished, today we did last works on the seating elements.
One thing that was annoying for some visitors at the old venue was the fact, that there was no strict separation of smoking and non-smoking areas. Therefore we decided, that smoking will be probibited at the bar during public events in the new Quälgeist and built a separate „smoker‘s lounge“ above the bar for you! With glass wall, of course, so you will not miss out anything that happens beneath.
We’re moving forward at the new QG. The bar has been built up and is nearly ready to use. So at least there will be drinks available at our opening party on 24th of March 2018.
Almost all of our stuff at Mehringdamm has been dismantled and put into moving boxes. We’re prepared to move come February!
We currently dismantle our old venue and tuck away all our goods and chattels.
In the last few weeks our busy members have prepared and cleared out the new rooms. Therefore we already were able to lay out a new floor.
We’re more than in schedule, which means that our final relocation can take place in February.
We will keep you up to date – here as well as in the social networks.