Berlin is a haven for culture in Germany boasting over 400 art galleries and is also home to an abundance of festivals, events and parades all year round. Hereâ€™s our top picks!
The Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlin film festival although might not be as famous as Cannes is still a major international film festival. The festival screens 400 films of which 20 finalists compete for the famous Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards. The Festival sees more than 500,000 admissions each year. With that many people attending youâ€™ll have to get in quick to book accommodation otherwise all the good Berlin apartments will be snapped up.
St Christopher Street Day Parade
Berlin’s Christopher Street Day is the biggest gay pride event on the European festival calendar. Taking place at the end of June, it’s the gay, lesbian and transgender community’s marquis Berlin event, and it’s incredibly remarkable!
Karneval der Kulturen
Inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival and intended as a celebration of Berlin’s tribal and cultural mixture, the long and popular weekend centres on a ‘multi-kulti’ parade involving dozens of floats, hundreds of musicians and thousands of viewers.
Fete de la Musique
The Fete de la Musique is a festival that is celebrated all over the world. The festival is a celebration of music as an art form. During the festival, there are various free music concerts held in different venues in Berlin and amateur artists are encouraged and even invited to play in the streets. The Fete de la Musique is, in effect, one large party that aims to promote music of all types. The festival is held on June 21st every year and was first held in 1981 in France.
The OberbaumbrÃ¼cke Festival is named after the double deck bridge under which it is held. The OberbaumbrÃ¼cke Bridge, by itself, is a marvellous piece of architecture. The OberbaumbrÃ¼cke Festival is a celebration of all types of art forms. The festival is characterized by tango dancers with public performances, low profile and high profile artists selling their creations and one extremely large canvas where you can collaboratively create a masterpiece.
Museuninsel Berlin-Mitte, otherwise known as Museum Island, is a Unesco world heritage site. This quarter has been committed to culture since the 19th century, when the oldest museum in the city, the Altes Museum opened its doors in 1830. On this island we can also find the Neues Museum, known for its Egyptian collection. It was seriously damaged after World War II, and was only re-opened for the public in March 2009. The Bode Museum, previously known as the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum opened in 1904 and is located on the northern tip of the island. The museum exhibits the sculpture collections and Byzantine art. The most visited museum however is the Pergamonmuseum which consists of 3 buildings placed in a U-shape.
Berlin is a city that has many other festivals pertaining to art and culture so plan your visit to coincide with them. Have you been to any of these festivals or museums? What did you think?