The PopUp Opens Its Doors in Portland, Oregon

October 10, 2019

image © Anthony Pidgeon

With stops in Chicago, St. Louis, and Atlanta in the rear view mirror, the Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour headed to the West Coast for its final stop in Portland, Oregon. The tour will be in the Beaver State all week long with fun events related to German-American art, business, sport, and culture!

Day One of the Portland PopUp began with “Creative Mornings,” a conference organized by Wunderbar Together partner Work Awesome. Over 100 thought leaders, entrepreneurs and creators interested in the future of work gathered in Downtown Portland to discuss everything from artificial intelligence to data-driven human resources and the workplace of the future.






In workshops and panels, participants discussed how Portland is becoming a future-of-work-centric city, how international and local entrepreneurs build diverse, equal and inclusive workplaces, and how engineers and builders are creating the future of urbanity and mobility, not just in the Pacific Northwest, but all over the world.

The participants also took a walking tour with Walk Awesome, much like this one from the PopUp Tour stop in Atlanta.

Once the conference was over, visitors to the PopUp Tour got together to unwind with a lunchtime soccer screening. Previous PopUp Tour stops have hosted screenings for Bundesliga games featuring top clubs like FC Bayern Munich, BVB Dortmund, and Schalke 04. In Portland, fans took a break from the Bundesliga and instead cheered on the four-time world champion German Men’s National Team as they took on Argentina in an international friendly. After a strong first half, Die Mannschaft ended the game tied with a talented Argentina team 2-2.

In the evening, the photography exhibit “Hommage À Feininger,” curated by publisher Gerhard Steidl featuring photos by German designer Karl Lagerfeld, made its debut in Portland with a vernissage in the PopUp Tour tent. The exhibit pays homage to Bauhaus legend Lyonel Feininger, who Lagerfeld considered to be an inspiration. Rather unlike the typical staid one-dimensional retrospectives, this exhibition seeks to interpret Feininger’s works through different and modern techniques and forms of expression.

After the vernissage, the PopUp Tour switched from appreciating the art of photography to discussing the art of brewing beer at “Beyond 1516,” a partnership between Portland’s Breakside Brewery and Berlin’s famous BRLO brewery. Natalie and Michael, representatives from the two breweries, came together to create a new, never-before-seen beer just for the PopUp Tour! The beer represents an outstanding combination of passion, creativity, accuracy, tradition and determination will lead to a new taste, a stronger friendship and most important: much more fun!






Happening at the same time at the Clinton Street Theater in Downtown Portland, the PopUp Tour was also on hand for a screening of All About Me (German: Der Junge muss mal an die frische Luft) at the Portland German Film Festival.

Set in 1972 in Germany’s Ruhr Valley, All About Me follows Hape, a pudgy nine-year-old with a troubled family life. Ever since his mother’s botched surgery, he has watched her sink into a deep depression, one that eventually leads her to take her own life. With tragedy hanging over the family, his despondent father leaves Hans-Peter in the care of his kind-hearted grandmothers, whose love and care make it possible for the young lad to survive the emotional turmoil and use his natural comedic talents to heal his own wounds – all while making people laugh along with him.

Based on Kerkeling’s best-selling autobiography and directed by the Oscar-winning Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa), All About Me is an entertaining, sincere coming-of-age story about the therapeutic potential of laughter.

The Portland PopUp continues Thursday with special events exploring new careers and technologies with BMW and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. Visit the PopUp Tour website for more information.

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