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Kulturlabor Trial&Error

Kulturlabor Trial & Error is a Berlin based, non profit organization, working with crafts, D.I.Y. culture, sustainability, arts and media. For updates of our events, subscribe to our newsletter!
Oct 13 '14
Recycled Creativity Festival 2014!
The Recycled Creativity Festival is a celebration of alternative lifestysele, meeting point for DIY lovers and other happy visitors and workshop givers. This year the festival took place on the 20th of September, at the Lohmühle and it was the perfect place again: close to the canal, calm, cozy, beautiful. At this peaceful location there was place for every workshop, art installation, music performances, vo:kü, and cakes!
Here you find some photos and impressions from this years festival, see you again in 2015! You will find out about the next festival, in our newsletter, on the official Recycled Creativity Festival website and the Festival facebook.
At the entrance you could find the plant-swap station, people brought a money tree, oregano, and many people took some plants!


The workshops, lockpicking, book binding, Refashion, were  full of people. In the afternoon even the sun decided to pay us a welcome visit.



Cakes, cakes, cakes, before the main festival we were busy with baking cakes all night long, and had a small pre-event. The photographer had to be fast, because these cakes just started to disappear instantly:

Recycled Creativity Festival 2014!

The Recycled Creativity Festival is a celebration of alternative lifestysele, meeting point for DIY lovers and other happy visitors and workshop givers. This year the festival took place on the 20th of September, at the Lohmühle and it was the perfect place again: close to the canal, calm, cozy, beautiful. At this peaceful location there was place for every workshop, art installation, music performances, vo:kü, and cakes!

Here you find some photos and impressions from this years festival, see you again in 2015! You will find out about the next festival, in our newsletter, on the official Recycled Creativity Festival website and the Festival facebook.

At the entrance you could find the plant-swap station, people brought a money tree, oregano, and many people took some plants!

The workshops, lockpicking, book binding, Refashion, were  full of people. In the afternoon even the sun decided to pay us a welcome visit.

Cakes, cakes, cakes, before the main festival we were busy with baking cakes all night long, and had a small pre-event. The photographer had to be fast, because these cakes just started to disappear instantly:

Oct 6 '14

Design your own Bottle Top Bag!

We have recently held a Bottle Top Bag Workshop in our usual Saturday place, Pop Up Village.

As you might have already expected, we were upcycling again; this time bottle tops and old banners!

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We of course provided all the materials, including the patterns as well. Participants had only one thing to do: prepare their own bags!

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Bottle-tops can be used as bag-buttons either for decoration or a functional way. PLUS, after cutting the tops off, you can still bring the bottles to the shops and get your money back!

We had our nice samples with us, but participants could also design their own bags according to their needs; Bottle Top Bags are perfect for example for bringing back your topless bottles to the recycling stations. :)

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If you’d like to spend a creative hour with us, just check our Facebook page for updates, or sign up for our newsletter. Don’t forget, you can find us every Saturday from 12 AM in Boulevard Berlin, Schloßstraße 10.

Tags: upcycling popup village bottle top bags diy Trashion

Sep 17 '14
Here is the September again, so: here is the 6th Recycling Festival! This year the focus is on all kind of sharing: share the knowledge, experiences, the time with each other, share the work and our free time. Alternative living style means that take responsibility for the enviroment where we live, and we are engaged in shaping of our living area. In this spirit at the festival will be many FREE workshops which offer a participative and interactive experience, like make DIY fruit dryer, swap plants and clothes, there will be permacultural, lockipicking, and binding workshops, book recycling, and you can learn the daily strategies to save waste too! Take part in an art installation with organic materials, or get involved to make  Makeitpedia, to collect the knowledge about DIY practices, urban gardening, low-tech, self-sufficiency and upcycling methods, etc.! As in the previous years, we couldn’t organize the festival without an amazing group of Kulturlabor Trial & Error’s supporters, volunteers, many thanks for Wagenburg Löhmuehle’s people, creatives, musicians, artists, graphic designer, vo:kü guys and girls! So – come and join to the 6th Recycling Festival, you won’t regret!
You can find more infos here: http://recycledcreativity.info/en/

Here is the September again, so: here is the 6th Recycling Festival! This year the focus is on all kind of sharing: share the knowledge, experiences, the time with each other, share the work and our free time. Alternative living style means that take responsibility for the enviroment where we live, and we are engaged in shaping of our living area. In this spirit at the festival will be many FREE workshops which offer a participative and interactive experience, like make DIY fruit dryer, swap plants and clothes, there will be permacultural, lockipicking, and binding workshops, book recycling, and you can learn the daily strategies to save waste too! Take part in an art installation with organic materials, or get involved to make  Makeitpedia, to collect the knowledge about DIY practices, urban gardening, low-tech, self-sufficiency and upcycling methods, etc.! As in the previous years, we couldn’t organize the festival without an amazing group of Kulturlabor Trial & Error’s supporters, volunteers, many thanks for Wagenburg Löhmuehle’s people, creatives, musicians, artists, graphic designer, vo:kü guys and girls! So – come and join to the 6th Recycling Festival, you won’t regret!

You can find more infos here: http://recycledcreativity.info/en/

Sep 4 '14

Summer Upcycling Workshops!

Recently we have been giving so many upcycling workshops! and it is so much fun :)
Every first saturday of the month we were at Prinzessinnengarten for their summer event Re-Use days. Sitting in this sunny and green location, we were binding notebooks, making stamps, creating postcards and envelopes, designing jewellery from pretty much anything, screen printing on T-shirts and more! So nice to take part in this cool project. Two more saturdays are left for this season, in the upcoming one we will be experimenting with bike tubes and making all kinds of accessories from it, join!
We were also giving children workshops in the FEZ center, upcycling trash into fashion, its never to early to start!  One more event like tins happens there on the 13th and 14th of september.
Other host for our workshop is the Popup Village lounge at Boulevard Berlin shopping center. The workshops are held in the shopping mall, allowing us to reach shoppers and turn them from passive consumers to active producers! Workshops happen mostly on saturday, till december, and are free of charge. So don’t miss out! More updated info when you sign in to our newsletter or like our page on Facebook.

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Tags: popup village fez prinzessinnengarten kinder workshops Trashion jewelry upcycling book binding

Sep 4 '14

ButtXBetter 2014

This year too we took part in the yearly demo-parade against fashion-terror, arranged by the Findus Geburtstag group. It all started with three days in a fancy estate deep in the countryside of Brandenburg. There were all kinds of talented people, that came together to plan and prepare for this huge event. You can see what we did there here. After a lecture about fashion industry from the very great ladies of Clean Clothes Campaign we moved strait into making: Music and a film were quickly created, costumes and flags, a 4 meter inflatable needle and stencills to promote the event. This year the slogan was Your Butt is Better, and there were also two Super heroes to lead the campaign - Captain Trash and Mirror Bitch.

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Our team was in charge of organizing two days camp, where everyone makes their own trash costumes for the parade. This event, planned for a week before the actual parade, happened at the UrbanSpree. Out in the sun with our sewing machines and dumpstered materials we created really cool Trashion.

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At sunset we had one last beautiful photo taken by talented Gerben, of us modelling our artworks.

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The parade, through Friedrichstraße, one of Berlin’s big shopping streets, was really fun! time DOES pass by quickly when you enjoy! But more importantly it raised awareness and got lots of attention, as the public discussion about garment industry workers rights was heating up anyway, due to the opening of a Primark brunch in Alexanderplatz a week before.

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Photos: Gerben Grotenhuis

Tags: Butt'n'better buttxbetter yourbuttisbetter Trashion upcycling clean clothes campaign findus geburtstag fashion terror captain trash mirror bitch creative activism demo parade

Sep 4 '14

Four years Trial&Error

Its been long but its never to late to talk about our 4th BIRTHADAY!
It was super nice! We had two events: one open to public, during the swap-shop opening hours and on. We ate a cake, did some chin-chin with our glasses, wrote birthday wishes on flags and enjoyed being surrounded with the people we love and the dear people that help us along the way.

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Second birthday event was for us members and volunteers. We went on a carefully planed adventure around the neighbourhood- looking for clues to get to a secrete destination. There we had a picnic, shared memories and had a funny fight about where to plant a young but heroic apple tree. Our photographer and EVS volunteer Gerben took this great picture when it got dark.

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Gerben is leaving us this week, and we are going to miss him so!
To next year, at the tree :)

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Tags: birthday apple tree trial&error party tauschladen swapshop Swap shop team

May 12 '14

On saturday the 03.05, we where at the 1st Re-use day of the season in
Prinzessinnengarten! Great day, creative, green and sunny!

We made stamps out of recycled linoleum and books from founded
paper binded in different way.. and of course nicely custumized by each one.

Trial&Error wll be present for amazing workshops once a month at the
Re-use day, 1st saturday every month.
Everyone is super welcome!  :)

Tags: re-use day upcycling workshops prinzessinnengarten material mafia stamps and book binding

May 7 '14

Masta Handbook - spring updates!

A big plan to create a Practical Guide on Creative Activism - the Masta Handbook - is on its new wave!

There is no end in making it better. Therefore our international Masta team gathered in the beginning of April in mountainous area of Asturias, Spain, to spend a whole week working on a pile of important issues for making it even more meaningful and integrative for you.

This time we took in our focus a new chapter - methods and technics for learning more about Creative Activism. It’s going to be that very practical part of the Handbook using which you can make your specific workshops, tested by us! As well we spend quite some time planning navigation convenience of the handbook on-line and future of the networking with interested all around the Globe. Follow the updates sooner and later at http://www.mastazine.net/handbook!

Whether you are already a creative activist, educator, social worker, politically concerned artist or a curious citizen (with a lot of potential), we want to make the platform being useful for you! Do not hesitate to communicate us your feedback or submit contributions!

process, asturias, spain, masta

asturias, spain, notes, process, mastaThis project is supported by the Youth in Action Programme, Erasmus +.

Tags: masta masta handbook handbook creative activism mastazine.net book international project youth creativity

Apr 21 '14

Food Sharing - Lebensmittelretten

In the past month we started cooperating with “food-sharing - Lebensmittelretten”. That means we are now an active “Fair-teiler” picking up excess food from stores and bakeries and distributing it to friends, neighbours and random passers.

The project has enormous scale. It is spread all over Germany and is organized as well as maintained by motivated volunteers. After enrolling we were introduced to an impressive website that maps all businesses that cooperate with the project. We are proud and excited to be a part of this inspiring project that strives to reduce trash and save food. You can read about the project here and of course become active yourself.


Distribution happens at Mareschstraße 10, for the moment on tuesdays 20:30-22:00 and wednesdays between 12:00-14:00. So far, it was mostly bread and baked goods we were sharing, but in the nearby future we hope to have more variety to offer. We were not making much public relation so far, and wonder what is the best way to inform our surrounding about it. If you have any creative ideas of how to do that, we invite you to share!

Mar 25 '14

Happy new spring! But before that…

… look back in cozy and joyful winter times. Check the photos from Kulturlabor’s D.I.Y. Markt and Brunches we had three Sundays in December. You liked the veagn brunches and would like it to be continued? Let us know and write us!

Tags: diy markt vegan brunch relax in december