Most people know Kiki Sol as a cultural oasis in Lindower Str. Squeezed between towing service, turkish fish shop and Nettelbeckplatz, the artist’s and student’s meeting point was mainly known for its concerts. Last spring, Kiki Sol moved to Reinickendorfer Str. 106, and now the old rooms will be used as Kiki Sol Café – Kiki Sol’s little sister…
Melanie Lischker works as movie editor, but in her spare time she’s part of the volunteer team at Kiki Sol Café (Lindower Str. 12). “ It was so empty, and the Kiki Sol family found that very sad,” says the 30-year-old, who is standing behind the counter in the dark, cozy club. The idea of a meeting point for creative students who want to contribute something had to be kept alive at Lindower Straße, too, many members thought. The common ground is the love for hand-made Singer-Seongwriter music.
The café is designed in happy Kiki Sol fashion, looking as if it had always existed at that spot. “We don’t offer Latte, but there’s good coffee, with milk if you want, a tea flat rate and space for music and creativity,” Melanie explains the concept. If you want, you can bring your own music to be played at the café. The cultural program and the Café are organized by ART SOLEIL&CULTURE. On Tuesdays, there’s an art course for kids, theater shows are happening in another room. Many events are waiting for Wedding, but it is not clear yet, what there will be – and all depends on the enthusiasm of the team, which consists of 7 to 10 people.
Kiki Sol café fits into the Kiez around Gerichstr., which is rapidly changing. “Particularly at night we notice how many people are wandering around here because of Stattbad and Panke,” finds Melanie. But no matter how much the Kiez is changing – Kiki Sol does not want to leave voluntarily. She adds: “Everyone wants something like us here, right?”
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Lindower Str. 12
closed on Wednesdays