Appeal for donations

Dear friends of Quälgeist Berlin e.V.,

For more than one year, our new rooms at Lankwitzer Straße remain closed now. In the past twelve months, we fought to save the club and the location.
After numerous discussions, negotiations, applications and expert opinions, we are now on the verge of preparing our rooms for the upcoming reopening.
Therefore we need your support in form of donations!

Why do we ask for donations?

Due to the closure of our venue, there has been no income from our regular events for more than a year. Nevertheless, monthly costs have incurred, for example the rent for our rooms. The monthly membership fees are not sufficient to cover these costs. In addition, we had to pay various surveyors and administrative fees in the course of the approval process. As a result, our reserves are now depleted completely.
Before a reopening can be scheduled, some parts of our location have to be upgraded in order to meet the official requirements. arious small and medium-sized modifications have to be carried out, which will be a major financial challenge to us.

How much money is needed and what is it used for?

The collected money will be used exclusively for the upcoming construction measures. An exact sum cannot be stated yet. However, according to present knowledge we assume a total amount between 25.000€ and 30.000€.
The following excerpt from our construction planning can serve as examples:

  • various drywall construction and painting work, application of fire-retardant paint
  • Extension of the electrical system, emergency lighting and escape route markings
  • Extension of the sanitary area, completion of the toilet for the disabled
  • Exchanging the entrance door
  • Completion of the gallery construction and the smoker’s loung

How can you support us?

First and foremost we need monetary donations. You can pay directly into our account at Berliner Volksbank or you can send us a donation conveniently via PayPal.
Our account details are as follows:

Berliner Volksbank
BIC: BEVODEBB
IBAN: DE18 1009 0000 1008 9800 35
Reference: Donation

The following link will take you to the PayPal donation page:
http://paypal.quaelgeist.org .

Please indicate the intended purpose “donation”.

ou may also support us with donations in kind:
Do you have BDSM equipment or fetish gear that you don’t need anymore? Leave it to us for our regular BDSM and fetish flea markets. Your donation in kind will be sold and converted into money for the construction work. Please contact us by e-mail to coordinate the details, write to verwaltung@quaelgeist.sm .

We ask you to continue to support us in this way so that we can meet the upcoming challenges and tasks until the reopening.

Thank you for standing with us in this difficult situation. Thank you for your donation. Thank you for your solidarity along this path!

Best regards
Board and members of the Quälgeist Berlin e.V.

 

About us

Quälgeist Berlin e.V. is a non-commercial association of BDSM and fetish enthusiasts. During the last
30 years, it has become an important part in the Berlin gay and fetish scene.
We regularly organize events, which are mainly addressed to gay men. Besides that, we have
various events for mixed and queer audiences as well as for women and FLIT* in our program. We
also organise workshops on various BDSM topics and offer meetups with the opportunity to get
together in sheltered rooms.
Security and mutual respect have highest priority at all Quälgeist Berlin e.V. events.
We advise on all questions related to BDSM and fetishes, safety as well as health and violence
prevention.

>>> Donation and Support

Any news yet? – Information for Folsom

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.

Quälgeist remains closed

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.

 

 > Queere Sexclubs bedroht: Wie geht es weiter? (siegessaeule.de, 01.01.2019)
> Der Angriff auf Berlins queere Sexorte (siegessaeule.de, 03.12.2018)
> Razzia in schwulem Sexclub (siegessaeule.de, 16.11.2018)
> Vendetta gegen Sexclubs? (blu.fm, 11.11.2018)
> „Quälgeist Berlin“ kämpft um seine Existenz (siegessaeule.de, 30.10.2018)

 

Before / After

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

Thanks to all – and the work goes on

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

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.

Foto vom neuen Barbereich mit Raucherlounge

#LanQwitzer – Re-opening on March 24th

Work is going well in our new rooms at Lankwitzer Strasse 42 and we already fixed a date for the re-opening:
On Saturday 24th of March we will celebrate a big opening party with you!
Of course, the rooms will not be ready to every detail, therefore we will be open on weekends only for the first weeks. Weekdays, the work in the rooms will continue. And on the BLF Easter Berlin we are ready and there for you (almost) as always.
Please find all dates in the calendar.
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