LUXUS NEUKÖLLN | part of the 48 Hours Neukölln Festival |
What does Neukölln have do to with luxury? The 13th edition of 48 Stunden Neukölln, a festival of the arts, poses precisely this question with this year’s motto “LUXUS NEUKÖLLN“ (Luxus = luxury). Event guides refer to the area as a trendy neighbourhood, arts sections of newspapers enthuse about it as a new hub of cultural activity and tour guides help masses of visitors navigate their way to new cafés and bars. At the same time though, the press also regularly reports about the decline of Western civilisation with Neukölln as its prime example. Should we be happy about Neukölln’s regular appearances in the media as property prices rise? Is everything that sparkles gold and everything that is being silently disposed of rubbish?