In the Schanzenviertel, or “Schanze” for short, you can always feel a certain rumbling sensation. Protest culture meets the next hype. And party people from out of town populate the streets along with all the creative artists who live in this neighbourhood. The rough charm of the former industrial and workers' district can still be experienced in many corners. But the Schanze has changed a lot over the past decades; the neighbourhood is political and hedonistic, polyglot and controversial, brittle and chic. The contrasting atmosphere of the Schanzenviertel is best felt on the Schulterblatt. On one side of this street, the Rote Flora rises up as an alternative fortress. And on the other, urban flâneurs gather in and in front of cafes and bars to see and be seen. The Rote Flora – once a variety theatre and cinema, today a left-wing autonomous centre – also houses a very special building in the park behind the house, the Kilimanschanzo. This high-rise bunker has been a meeting place for artists in the graffiti scene since the 1980s, and their work has shaped the district to this day. Crews and artists such as Oz, getting-up, Davis One and Push provide impressive evidence of how subculture appropriates urban space over and over again. With the variety of street art, ranging from edgy to subtle, but also with the all the diverse street styles of its passers-by, the Schanze is an outdoor gallery of its own that irritates, amuses and inspires.