Playful Magazine Issue 5

Playful is a daring magazine telling personal stories of legendary people who help create Berlin’s reputation. Nothing is too crazy, too naked or too strange.

Playful Magazine GBR
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I was recently asked if I believed Berlin would re-emerge as what it once was before all the lockdowns. The former Berlin, to me, was not only crowded and smoky bars with liberal opening hours. It was the people you met in the bars. It was the relaxed outlook on life, the non-existing focus on ‘career’, the way of building communities, living your best life here and now – if so, only for the night. We create and build new worlds here every time we share a moment together, in a way that is unique for the city. To answer the question: When I moved to Berlin, I met two women in a bar who invited me for drinks, since I wore a suit that matched with one of theirs. Out…

i am hailed as a beautiful object and kissed only once on the mouth

It was, I later learned, my golden birthday. Turning 23 on the 23rd of the month, an omen of symmetrical importance. But it doesn’t feel very gold. Today is violet. Today is purple princess. Today is the park picnic of the purple princess and everyone will attend. I have lived in Berlin for only eight months and I am friends with everyone, everyone knows me, and everyone will attend. I glide through Neukölln like a sparkly wraith. My hair is unicorn hair and I am invincible. Dyed purple and fading blue, I am the lanky fairy child of Cotton Candy Land, floating above the souls of Berlin and sprinkling them with kindness and giggles. It is my day today, and the world will know joy. Almost everyone is there. I am photographed…

betty fvck

BETTY FVCK CAME FROM A DARK PLACE AND BROUGHT FORTH LIGHT – SOMETHING SHE ALSO DOES THIS WINTER, THROUGH US. THE PERSONA IS JUST THE PERFECT MIX OF CLASS AND KINK THAT INSPIRES PLAYFUL, AND OH DOES SHE INSPIRE US… Betty Fvck feels like a perfect name to you in so many ways, what’s the story behind it? Betty is very classy, and Fvck is very edgy. She’s an intriguing artist that spreads her wings all over the place. I started with drag when I was in a bad shape, I was without a job for many month after the graduation and in a very toxic relationship. While being a foreigner in a country I had a feeling that I didn’t belong, that I was second class. So, in all this mess of…

from queer activist in china to porn film creator in berlin popo fan

POPO FAN UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT FILMS CAN HAVE, AND TO SAY THE LEAST HE HAS ALSO EXPERIENCED IT HIMSELF - FROM BEING CENSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF THE THEME OF HIS MOVIES TO SUING THEM AND WINNING. Popo is a queer film director, actor and writer who does everything from directing porn movies for Erika Lust, to documentaries about being queer in China and coming out in Chinese families. He is also writing sci-fi porn scripts, and none of this started with a particularly big film interest. Neither with a feeling that “movies will change the world”. Actually, he didn’t even have any particular interest in films. It pretty much started out with poor grades in math. “I grew up in a small city on the countryside in China, with only six…


JULIAN FRICKER, THE PERSON BEHIND THE PERFORMANCE AND VIDEO ART PERSONA LEGZ GREW UP IN AN ARTIST FAMILY IN SWITZERLAND. TODAY THEY ARE TRANSPORTING PEOPLE INTO NEW WORLDS OF GENDER FLUIDITY THROUGH THEIR ART THAT IS CREATED AS AN OPPOSITE POLE TO CAPITALISM. “Both my parents are ballet dancers, and it was totally normal to do shows in the living room as there always was a camera on. But I felt like an alien in that country since you’re only a good citizen if you earn a lot of money. I tried that out for a while, but it wasn’t for me so I moved to Berlin.” Frequent travels to Berlin from Zurich and a feeling of not belonging in Schweiz finally resulted in splitting their time between Berlin and Zurich. “I told…


FOR 10 YEARS, THE DJ AND NOW ENTREPRENEUR REKA HAS LIVED IN BERLIN AND MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF ON THE EUROPEAN TECHNO SCENE. SHE TELLS PLAYFUL ABOUT HER NEW PROJECT THAT’S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY ARTISTS TOUR, WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT BERLIN, AND HER FIRST TIME PLAYING A SUNDAY AT BERGHAIN AS A FORMER RESIDENT DJ AT CLUB RIVAL TRESOR. For Reka, just like for many other artists and DJs, 2020 was a strange year where everything was put on hold. But just because the clubs and stages are closed does not mean that she has been idle. Even before the pandemic, she had sown the first seed of what is today being developed into her own company start-up with a vision of changing the way artists tour. “It has…