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Today is a special day for us: on August 23rd, 2005, we launched our very first issue featuring Carsten Nicolai at our friends at Pro QM bookstore in Berlin, with an afterparty into the wee hours at KMA bar. Today, mono.kultur is turning five.

Without wanting to become sentimental, who would have thought we would still be around five years later? If you had told us at the time that by 2010, we would have released issues with and about Tilda Swinton, Miranda July, David LaChapelle, GZA or Dries van Noten, to name but a few, I guess you would have seen a few incredulous looks and embarrassed smiles.

In the beginning, we started into the entire adventure with a lot of enthusiasm and ideas coupled with a healthy dose of naiveté, but alas also with no money or experience in publishing whatsoever or even any kind of real plan – we’d received a grant from a printing house that covered the production of our first three issues, and didn’t really know where we were heading beyond that. All we knew was that we had something special going, something we believed in and thoroughly enjoyed doing.

Since then, mono.kultur has come a long way indeed, growing at a healthy and sustainable pace. Still without any financial means, but certainly a lot more experience and the same belief in a magazine that is truly dedicated to its content. And most importantly, a lot of joy in the process.

Any anniversary deserves to be celebrated, so we have planned a series of events for you to mark the occasion – more on these very soon indeed. Also at, we will be presenting during the next few months some of our collaborators of the past five years, without whom mono.kultur would not be what it is today. In the meantime, let’s bring out the champagne, and here’s to the next five years.

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  1. here & now › MONO.KLUB #28: CYPRIEN GAILLARD on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 21:57

    [...] well yes, it’s anniversary season now and we have one event chasing the next, so with this one, we just really couldn’t hold [...]

  2. here & now › MONO.KLUB #29: TILDA SWINTON on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 14:36

    [...] already on to our third mono.klub in the space of ten days – and this is a special one, kind of a birthday present to ourselves: we’re extremely pleased to invite you to the German premiere of I Am Love, with [...]

  3. here & now › POSTSCRIPT: MONO.KLUB #29 WITH TILDA SWINTON on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 13:32

    [...] Guadagnino for joining us, it’s been a truly special evening for us and the most beautiful birthday gift we could have wished [...]

  4. here & now › STORE OF THE MONTH: PRO QM on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 16:41

    [...] since we’re feeling a little sentimental these days, where better to start than with Pro QM, where it kind of all started. Anyone in Berlin [...]

  5. here & now › CONFETTISYSTEM on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 00:18

    [...] to a whole new level with their handmade piñatas and garlands – a perfect way to celebrate a birthday! This was written by sr. Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at 00:18. Filed under design, [...]

  6. here & now › MONO.KLUB #30: DAVE EGGERS on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 12:53

    [...] plays funny tricks and since we really like numbers, how about this event celebrating not only our fifth anniversary (well yes, we like celebrating our anniversary, true), but also the second anniversary of the [...]