Just home from the grand opening of Lawrence right across the street from the Jewish Synagogue and still impressed how fast the 490 squaremeter space turned into a Syrian restaurant with a stage for live music, a gallery plus coworking spaces. The former Monbijou phamacy was still a big contruction site last week when we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a cup of fresh mint tea and delicous Baklava, while inside many helping hands were building up the furniture. This weekend the organization Freeartus – artist and refugees united for freedom, who runs the place – surpassed itself: On Friday more than 250 people showed up, started with the current exhibition, featuring works from Osamah Abousor, Dani Hasrouni, Anas Homsi and Bahila Hijaziis curated by Petra Rietz. Then the most amazing buffet filled the tables, and liters of cocktails and Lebanese wine were served, while a happy crowd was dancing to the live music until 2pm. Today was a little slower and more time for relaxed talks – we tried to eat and drink the menu from top to bottom and were listening to another great live act by program director Anas Maghrebi and his friends. Thanks to the whole team – Lawrence will certainly become our favorite playground for many activities and a milestone for manifesting more international friedships and a better unterstanding for Arabic culture.
Lawrence, Oranienburger Strasse 69, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hous daily from 8–midnight, check out the FB page for events: