Panke is a creative multi-purpose space in Wedding. It is run by a collective of creative people and is registered as a non-profit members organisation, a Verein. Its main aim is to promote experimental/fringe creativity in Berlin, as well as to offer an alternative meeting point for the up-and-coming creative scene of Wedding.
The Café, Panke’s meeting Hub serves vegan/vegetarian food and coffee during the day and hosts different events in the evening in a friendly, warm environment. Additionally there are more than 150m2 space for exhibitions, cinema, workshops, talks, theatre, art or music events and a garden to relax in summer alongside the river Panke.
The project was started in 2009 by Erika Siekstelyte and Justas Rudziaskas, who after being involved in various creative programmes in Vilnius, decided to move to Berlin to try something for a more challenging audience. Soon they were joined by a large number of people who work around Panke mostly as volunteers and the Panke collective was eventually created. Around this collective, Panke developed conceptually and as a space.