No reopening due to Corona pandemic

Dear friends and followers,

on the home stretch of reopening our club rooms we now unfortunately face force majeure:
In view of the current health situation we have to postpone our reopening indefinitely.

We were just about to publish our event dates and resume operations. Thanks to the numerous donations and many tireless helpers we managed to finalize most of the construction work. Also, all permits have been issued. There was nothing to stop us from reopening for Easter Berlin.
The expected – and badly needed – revenues from the Easter events will now fail to materialize, which once again threatens our existence…

That’s why we need your help once again to bridge the “Corona Lockdown”! We have to raise a considerable amount of money each and every month to cover our running costs (rent, heating, electricity, etc.). Our membership fees most likely will not suffice.

Please continue to support us to make sure we can survive the closure time.

We will naturally inquire whether we can make use of any announced government assistance.

Many thanks to all our present and future supporters.
Keep healthy and take care!

Many greetings
Your Quälgeist Team

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“Happy” Easter

In these days, the annual fetish meeting Easter Berlin should have taken place. Unfortunately the event and all related parties had to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic.

In the meantime, the construction works have progressed so far that we would have been able to reopen on the Easter weekend. Only minor tasks like small improvements are still pending.

As soon as we can take responsibility for a reopening and the official restrictions allow it, we will come back to our event schedule. We will keep an eye on the further development of the situation. 

Take care, stay well and see you soon!

The fine tuning begins

In the meantime, we have completed all wood, drywall and metal construction work . While our electricians are installing the last wires, the first play areas are already being prepared.
In addition, the entire location is being cleaned and tidied up step by step.

Galerieebene mit Lüftungseinbauten
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Work in progress

We are still working with highest priority on everything we need for the reopening. Here are a few impressions from the construction site:

Teile der erweiterten Brandmeldeanlage
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Update on donations and status of works and tasks

How much money has already been donated? And how are things going on the construction site?
Two questions that we would like to answer with the following two grapics.
We are making good progress with the construction work, but when it comes to donations we still need your support!
Many thanks to all donors and helpers!

Current donation status

Status of work and tasks

Back on the construction site

Construction works have started in our rooms. We are refitting the gallery, installing additional sanitary facilities and improving the lighting to make “your playroom” an even more safe and comfortable place! A reopening date has not yet been scheduled but please stay tuned.

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.

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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.
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