An Evening of Joy: The Joy Issue Launch

Written by Janice Faith
Photos by Danilo Sierra  & Cherie Birkner

DADDY Magazine Presents: Community building with Refuge Worldwide and ROOTS Berlin

Written by Delali Amegah
Photos by Sahand Ghorbanpoor


In October 2022 we celebrated 6 years of DADDY and the launch of our JOY issue, with the double occasion calling for not only one but two celebrations. 

Our first evening of joy took place at Hallesches Haus and started off with welcome drinks by Bombay Sapphire, accompanied by funky disco beats provided by Constantin Hartenstein. Moderator and systemic life and business coach ShaNon Bobinger led us through the night, lighting up the room with her bright energy and sparkly suit. Contributors Miriam Emefa, Day Eve Komet and Carina Park gave us intimate and heartfelt insights into the pieces they had written for the JOY issue, speaking about friendship, seeing yourself through someone else and surviving in a burning world. 

After the readings our surprise act Mesu Diye performed a few of her songs together with musician Bo, including her newest single “Wer willst du sein”from her newest album “1001ICH”. We then kept our guests dancing to an amazing set by local DJ Hanaby and finished the night with a little giveaway. 

Our second launch event took place in the beginning of November at Soho House Berlin. It was a cozy get-together in the Red Room that started with a beautiful reading by Deidre Olsen who had written a piece about the unbridled lesbian love and joy they share with their wife. During the mingling and catching up with our friends and loved ones we were accompanied with another wonderful set by Hanaby. 

Browse a selection of photos from our launch events below and make sure to stay tuned for the next DADDY event. 

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In mid-March, we hosted “Community building,” our second event of the year, at Soho House Berlin. We interviewed Naima Nazir, co-founder of ROOTS Berlin and Richard Akingbehin, co-founder of Refuge Worldwide about the creation of their platforms catered to underrepresented communities.

Our guest speakers shared with us how they were able to bring people together through radio shows, healing, and creative workshops despite the recent global health crisis and with limited resources when they first started. They discussed the difficulty of having to maintain a day job while managing their teams in the past. They’ve also explained to a captivated audience how, over time, the combination of financial aid and brand partnerships has given them the freedom to dedicate themselves to the growth of their respective communities and their own personal creative journeys.

Browse a selection of photos and extracts from the panel discussion. Make sure to stay tuned for the next DADDY event. 

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