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The magazine for everyday culture


Extended Turkish families and Berlin veterans, art students and guys in gold chains – betting offices, classy Italian restaurants, bars with 80s charm. Places like Berlin-Wedding probably exist in most German cities. It’s the kind of neighborhood that isn’t listed in any travel guide, that’s laid-back, self-reliant, and heartfelt and authentic as a result.

It’s these places and the people in them that “Der Wedding” writes about. The focus is on topics that you won’t find in glossy magazines but you will find right around the corner. Furthermore the journalistic approach is patient, it digs deeply into the subject matter, and packages it all in an innovative and unique design, which reinvents itself with every issue.


“Der Wedding” is the only magazine in all of Germany that focuses specifically on everyday culture. Each edition explores a different phenomenon of everyday life where urban living, society, and culture intersect. Featuring gripping reportage, portraits, and interviews, as well as large photo-spreads and elaborately produced illustrations, “Der Wedding” deals with the little stories of daily life in the big city. It accompanies people on the street and reports – candidly and at length – of their experiences, problems, hopes, and ideas.  The magazine is independent and appears once per year.

“DER WEDDING” – Edition 04

Theme: The West


The concept of “The West” is a question of perspective. For the student Fang Fang, the West begins in a Peking mall,whereas the Indian rickshaw driver Manoj associates it with wealth and job security. In Berlin-Wedding, where this magazine is produced, you’re most likely to find it at the bar, answering to the name of Gerd or Wolfgang, and reminiscing about the good old days when residency in the city came with a monthly government subsidy.
The time is ripe! While the whole world looks eastward, the current edition of “Der Wedding” turns to the West.

In this issue, not do we challenge orientation within Germany, but also the cultural self-understanding and validity of western values and ideas.

This edition features fascinating reportage, interviews, and portraits, including stories of people from West Berlin who recount how the fall of the Wall ruptured their lives, or of young Poles in Berlin who tell how their yearning for the West is gradually waning. An East German linguist explains the difference between the East German plast and the West German plastik, and the manager of the Marzahn Eastgate Center lays out the perfectly constructed success formulas used by western consumer society. West Berlin city cowboys show off their Harleys, and Wedding residents give us a tour of their homes.









Der Wedding Nr. 04
Theme: The West
Content: 108 pages
Special: 36-page insert “The Yellow Pages of Wedding”
Price: 6.99€ plus postage

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“DER WEDDING” – Edition 03

Theme: Work


Back when there was no one on the streets in Wedding and you could work as a barkeeper or a gas station attendant, back when rents were more certain and a résumé fitted on a side of paper – Wedding was known a red working-class district.

Today, this part of town is known for its rate of high unemployment, the classical blue and white-collar milieus are disappearing, the number of freelancers and temporary positions are rising steeply.

Together with writers, journalists, and photographers from across Berlin, Axel Völcker, Julia Boek, and Britta Geithe have put together a collection of fascinating stories on the theme of “Work” that have presented with meticulousness graphic design.

In this edition of “Der Wedding,” you’ll read what happens if you try to buy a beggar’s cardboard sign, and you’ll meet Jens, who turned his back on his old life to find freedom as a street artist. You’ll see fishermen and collectors practicing their favorite past-times, and you’ll listen in how people talk to one another in the office these days. With an eye for the details in the big picture, “Der Wedding” is our homage to everyday life.

This edition is sold out.








“DER WEDDING” – Edition 02

Theme: Relatives


Our second edition is all about “Relatives.” Some 30 writers, journalists, and photographers contributed fascinating stories and photos, all laid out in meticulous design. In “Der Wedding,” you’ll find out about the (in)famous Sinti and Roma family loyalty and investigate whether the traditional German abendbrot is still where the family comes together.  Take a look around the Charlottenburg apartment of the 97-year-old Hildebrandt, so carefully documented by her grandchildren, or read accounts by Berlin playwrights of packing up or receiving care packages from the West in their youth.





Der Wedding Nr. 02
Theme: Relatives
Content: 116 pages
Price: 5,00€ plus postage

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„DER WEDDING“ – Edition 01

Come on in!


As the title suggests, this first issue gives an insider view of the district of Berlin-Wedding. You will find photos and sound-bites from old regulars bars in local bars, a glossary of Turkish slang, a first-ever peek into international social clubs, and some car test reports from people on the streets.

This issue is sold out.






“Der Wedding” in stores

The magazine is distributed throughout Berlin and Germany for 6.99€ in a variety of book and magazine stores as well as in local bars and cafes in Wedding. A selection of stores that stock our magazine are listed below:

– Antiquariat Mackensen, Malplaquetstr. 13
»Auf der Suche nach … Glück«, Nazareth-Kirchstr. 43
– ExRotaprint Kantine, Gottschedstr. 4
– Kamine & Wein, Prinzenallee 58
– Kiosk »Bonbonwasser«, Malplaquetstr. 27
– Restaurant Pierogarnia, Turiner Str. 21
– Mastul e.V., Liebenwalder Str. 33
– Punjabi Presse Bistro, Groninger Str. 28
– Zeitungskiosk/Karstadt, Müllerstr. 141
– Fat Louis‘ Cakes, Gottschedstr. 43
– Belle-Et-Triste, Amsterdamer Str. 27
– Café-Restaurant-Bar auszeit, Kiautschoustr. 12a
– Zeitungskiosk, U-Bahnhof Leopoldplatz
– Kugelbahn, Grüntaler Str. 51
– C & C Tabak und Getränke, Müllerstr. 153
– Kiosk und Bistro »Back-Ufer«, Am Nordufer 5
– Restaurant, Café »Auszeit«, Kiautschoustr. 12a
– Café Freysinn, Jasmunder Str. 18
– Echo, Buchladen und Café, Grüntaler Str. 9
– Gilmore´s Café, Müllerstr. 70b (coming soon)

artificium, Hackesche Höfe, Rosenthaler Str. 40
ausberlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 17
doyoureadme?!, Auguststr. 28
Dussmann – Das Kulturkaufhaus, Friedrichstr. 90
– Neurotitan, Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthaler Str. 39
Pro qm, Almstadtstr. 58-59, www.pro-qm.de
Buchhandlung König, an der Museumsinsel, Burgstr. 27
– Fruko, Presse und Tabak, Georgenstr. 191

Prenzlauer Berg
– Thalia Buchhandlung, Schönhauser Allee 78-80

Kisch & Co, Oranienstr. 25
Motto, Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
Modulor, Prinzenstraße 85

Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz, Stadtbahnbogen 593

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
doyoureadme?! Reading Room, Potsdamer Str. 98

A selection of nation-wide sellers are below:

Buchhandlung in den Deichtorhallen, Deichtorstr. 1

, Paul-Gruner-Straße 64, Leipzig Zentrum Süd



Amsterdam/ NL
www.athenaeum.nl, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14-16




You can purchase Edition 05 and 04 of “Der Wedding” for 6.99€ plus postage.
Edition 02 on “Relatives” is also available for 5.00€ plus postage. Edition 01 and 03 are sold out.

Payment can be made via PayPal. If you wish pay by bank transfer, please use the form below.

der Wedding #5

Der Wedding 05
Theme: Money
Content: 108 pages
Format: 21cm x 27cm

Price: 6.99€ plus postage


Der Wedding 04
Theme: The West
Content: 108 pages
Format: 21cm x 27cm
Special: 36-page insert “The Yellow Pages of Wedding”

Price: 6.99€ plus postage


Der Wedding 02
Theme: Relatives
Content: 116 pages
Format: 21cm x 27cm

Price: 5.00€ plus postage

Shipping and Handling:
Germany: 1 magazine 2.00€ and each additional magazine +0.50€.
International: 1 magazine 4.00€ and each additional magazine +2.50€.

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Press Reviews

A selection:

Der Spiegel Nr. 43/2012
„Editor-in-Chief Julia Boek and graphic designer Axel Völcker are two insightful enthusiasts fearlessly but tenderly exploring the heart of the precariat.“

ZEITMAGAZIN Nr.26, 21/06/2012
Der Wedding magazine devotes its latest edition to a forgotten land: West Germany.“

Süddeutsche Zeitung 25/05/2012
„On pleasant-feeling paper Der Wedding presents the flip side of the glamour world, where other magazines so love to linger.“

Zitty 24/2011, 17/11/2011
„Jogging pants: Der Wedding devotes an entire portrait series to leisure wear and its wearers, presenting the antithesis of the fashion world of models, gloss and glamour.“

Berliner Zeitung 28/07/2010
„Their ambitious magazine is named after the problem neighborhood of Wedding. The name was a conscious choice intended to reflect their alternative journalistic approach. The focus is neither socialites nor crime, but the daily lives of the local population. And for the third time in a row, they’re showing us that this is anything but dull.“

TAZ 10/07/2010
The new edition of Der Wedding deals with work in all its facets. What could be closer to – and yet farther from – the heart of Wedding?

Tip Berlin 07/2010
„Not to be underestimated: find out just what happens when you try to buy a beggar’s cardboard sign.“

PAGE 06/2009
„Contemporary but miles away from the over-styled, high-gloss aesthetic, it vividly documents the everyday life of the precariat in Wedding… Parts of town like this, in which life plays out between Gelsenkirchen baroque, Turkish grocery stores, and betting agencies, exist all across Germany…“

FREITAG 16/05/2009
„While the first edition ‘Come on in!’ dealt mainly with the microcosm of Wedding, the creators have now begun to look beyond the borders of this district.“

Deutschlandradio 29/03/2009
„The creators of Der Wedding go where it hurts, but they abstain in their reportage from the ironic twists which urbanites expect. A conscious departure from the superficial glossy magazine.“

TAZ 04/03/2009
„The pictures in the photo spread covering the local ‘leftover modernism’ of postwar architecture can feel like a punch in the face.”

Tagesspiegel 11/01/2009
„Instead of spreads of elegant Parisian fashion shows, they opt for photo series that take us places like Turkish social clubs.“

030 01/06/2008
„‘Come on in!’ it says in huge letters on the cover, and anyone who has held the first edition of the cultural magazine Der Wedding in their hands knows that this invitation is more than heartfelt.“

Lodown Magazine 03/2008 „This mag is a pretty nice surprise.“

Die Welt 16/02/2008
„These are pieces that you won’t find in any other magazine.“

Berliner Morgenpost 14/02/2008
„The magazine contains stories that aren’t just typical for Wedding.“

Uncle Sallys Magazin 08/02/2008
Der Wedding is the next big thing – it blithely ignores the hype. And actually properly at things instead.“


ADC Award 2013
“Der Wedding” 04 was distinguished with an ADC Nail in Bronze for the category “Editorial”.











Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2012
“Der Wedding” #04 received the silver medal of the Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2012 in the category Communication Design



Gute Seiten Award 2010
“Der Wedding” #02 won the “Gute Seiten Award” for the Best Independent Magazine of Germany 2010.



The jury consisted of Florian Waldvogel (director, Kunstverein Hamburg), Heike Grebin (professor of typography, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), Karsten Henning (art director, Art – Das Kunstmagazin) und Ale Dumbsky (director, Radar Independent Film Festival). 40 independent German magazines competed in the contest. The prize was awarded at the Kunstverein Hamburg.


Redaktion & Gestaltung

The Redaktion & Gestaltung office was founded in 2007 by journalist Julia Boek and graphic designer Axel Völcker. In addition to the yearly release of the magazine Der Wedding as well as their respective projects in freelance journalism and design, Boek and Völcker concentrate their time on the design and production of various print products, including customer magazines, yearbooks, and catalogues. Their clients include universities, various foundations and agencies, and the Berlin Senate for Urban Development. The editing office oversees a wide network of authors, writers, photographers, and illustrators, all of whom contribute work to themes such as the big city, urban development, culture, society, and everyday living. The offices are located in Berlin-Wedding in „ExRotaprint“, an industrial space once used to manufacture printing machinery.

Axel Völcker, Art Director

Axel Völker studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Business in Berlin. In addition to his position as Publisher and Art Director for the magazine Der Wedding, Völcker works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer with various newspapers, magazines, and corporate publications throughout Berlin. He also teaches at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee.

Julia Boek, Chief Editor

Julia Boek studied Literature, Political Science, and European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Today, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Der Wedding in addition to working as a freelance journalist for various newspapers, magazines, and corporate publications in Berlin. Her journalistic work focuses on everyday situations found in society, art, and culture. From time to time, she teaches at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee and other institutions.

Redaktion & Gestaltung sitzt in der ehemaligen Druckmaschinenfabrik »ExRotaprint« in Berlin-Wedding.
The office is located in Berlin-Wedding in “ExRotaprint”, an industrial space once used to produce printing machinery.

Media Kits

Media kits as well as advertising options and prices are available on request.
Contact: Axel Völcker





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Additional publications

“Die Müllerstraße” – A Street – A Magazine


“Die Müllerstraße”
Format: 22.6 cm x 28.8 cm
Content: 132 pages, color
Price: 5.00 Euro

Berlin-Wedding. Each and every day on Müllerstraße – once called the Ku’damm of north Berlin – people from every walk of life come into contact with each other. Together, they give the street its unique flavor and transform it into a veritable cultural and ethnic melting pot. A hive of social activity that creates both conflict and opportunity, this part of town is characterized by its high concentration of social problems and unemployment, dwindling purchasing power, and an increasing need for investment in schools, daycare and leisure centers.

At the beginning of April 2011, the area of Mitte-Wedding/Müllerstraße – stretching over 260 acres, the largest among six others in the Mitte-Wedding district – was declared a Berlin redevelopment area. This was a great opportunity for the 3.5-kilometer long thoroughfare that is home, neighborhood, work place, and shopping strip rolled into one, and a key starting point for documenting the current situation so that the “now” and “later” becomes tangible. In well-researched reportage, enthralling portraits, and fascinating interviews with gorgeous photo-spreads and elaborate illustrations, the magazine “Die Müllerstraße” is dedicated to the characteristic features and traits of this noisy urban thoroughfare. It engages with people on the street, in shops, in the café and living room, and tells – directly and candidly – of their daily experiences, problems, hopes, and thoughts. With a focus on the details in the big picture, the magazine records and preserves the Zeitgeist of a street. Rummage through the clothes-racks and window displays of the remaining traditional businesses, knock on the doors of Müllerstraße’s Müllers, and try your luck in a casino slot machine. Follow the discussion between two experts on the effects of the gentrification in Berlin-Wedding, and discover the district’s “Jrüne Lunge” – just a stone’s throw away from Müllerstraße. Don’t expect superficial entertainment; experience the street as it really is.

This project was supported with federal and local funding as part of the urban development programme for „Aktive Zentren“.

The magazine “Die Müllerstraße” is sold out.


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