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Many people think of precision, dedication, and order when they think of Japan. And while this is not untrue there is far more magic to this place. Without going there yourself, it is virtually impossible to describe how Japan makes you feel - the tranquillity, the way the light changes when stepping from the street through curtains into the dimm lit wooden interior of an unagi restaurant, the way the trees in the woods swing and you do not know if it is because of the wind or the spirits, the little potted plant gardens along the houses of Tokyo and the old ladies that take care of them, the huge streets full of traffic that never seems loud, the myriads of alleyways the hold hidden soba restaurants...

While the halls of the HKW were illuminated by stroboscopic neon-lights, a large number of people hit the road to come, join and enjoy all the performances, discussions and intercultural encounters which arose from the fruitful collaborations between Flaneur and their invited Taiwanese artists. It comes at no surprise: the very first Flaneur Festival turned out to be a total blast! After more than one year stitching on Flaneur's Taipei issue - and, aligning a whole Festival on top of it - one can say right of the bat, that the hard work paid off well. Time to draw a first conclusion with Flaneur's editor in chief, Fabian Saul.

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After winning the Lead Awards for Best Indie Publisher, a D&AD Award for Best Magazine Design, a couple of Stack Awards which all end with the phrase ‘of the year’ – just to name a few – the trio behind Flaneur is getting regularly invited to join various workshops and panel discussions all around the world. So one might ask: ‘What's next? What else do you want to achieve, dear Flaneur-Team?!’ Which is, frankly, not the most unreasonable question to have in mind but also becomes self-evident considering the up-coming Flaneur Festival at the HKW in Berlin. We met Grashina Gabelmann, one of Flaneur's editors in chief and got carried away by her sparkling imagination when it comes to stretch the idea of publishing a magazine to its very limits.

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The latest issue of Holiday Magazine is about the mystical state of Bhutan. Laying between the giants China and India, the small state is fast overlooked. But with its pristine heights, enchanting villages, untouched nature, and, unique culture it is one of the places where true travel is still possible. Holiday Magazine shows Bhutan through alluring photographs and stories about the solitary summits of the Himalayas and Bhutans love for archery, as the means of expression for the Bhutanese soul. The editor's letter sums it up in one sentence: "This is a real journey, the kind that proves there is such a thing as an elsewhere." Buy...

The 1980s, a decade of decadence, innovation and social movements, the repercussions of which are still felt today. In the UK and the USA, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan respectively buckled down on redrafting neo-liberal economic policies, while the Soviet Union was brewing its own demise toward the fall of the Berlin wall. New prospects of political activism opened with the rise of feminism, environmentalism, queer and postcolonial politics. This book focuses on case studies portraying various stories, facsimiles, and images from various spheres of the 80s cultural mark. Some of the texts are translated to English for the first time. They talk about squatting, Black filmmaking, the rights movements, the radical democrats in Turkey, petitions, feminism in Spain, the birth of the gay scene in Slovenia, and, thoughts on how being called a lunatic should be seen as a compliment. Buy...

From the detailed reality of one street to crafting a story that resonates universally, is what Flaneur is all about. One street, one issue, story after story. This time, it’s the street of Treze de Maio in São Paulo named after the day slavery was abolished in Brazil back in 1888. Double-sized and decidedly the most satisfying to date, issue number 7 passes a series of accounts excavated from the daytoday lives of the street’s residents, passers-by and shop owners in poetical texts, photographs, collages and drawings. Layer upon layer, Flaneur patiently tells us about the street’s concerns, fears, joys, and the activities of its artists along those of its butchers and aged grandmothers. Buy...

Holiday’s Issue 381 is out. This legendary title has already had big shots like Truman Capote, Graham Green and Jack Kerouac supplying its pages with prime content. The current issue explores Jerusalem, the city, the symbol and the fantasy. Featuring an interview with French Historian Vincent Lemire in which he answers the question “what is Jerusalem?”. Holiday also shares perspectives on the city’s holy botanicals, speaks about the first Israeli institution devoted to figurative painting: the Jerusalem Studio School, walks into what is arguably the most beautiful place to stay in, and shows how Palestinians and Israelis were brought together around simple backgammon tables. Buy...