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Berlinale International Film Festival

Attracting in excess of 400,000 visitors every year, the Berlinale is one of the film industry’s most popular events. Over the course of 10 days, hundreds of genre-crossing films from Germany and abroad are screened to a diverse, international audience. The event also features a host of parties, workshops and panel discussions for the truly dedicated.

Date: 15 February 2018 - 25 February 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.berlinale.de
Cost:

Various. Tickets on sale from three days prior to screening.


Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures)

The vibrant district of Kreuzberg is perhaps the most ethnically diverse in all of Berlin and the annual Carnival of Cultures provides an opportunity to celebrate this melting pot of cultures. Residents and visitors come together to enjoy live music, food and a parade. Often compared to the Notting Hill Carnival, this is a must if you happen to be in Berlin during May or June.

Date: 18 May 2018 - 21 May 2018
Venue: The street festival takes place on and around Bluecherplatz in the district of Kreuzberg.
Website: http://www.karneval-berlin.de
Cost:

Free.


Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The Berlin Biennial differs from a conventional art festival in that it is composed of a series of events rather than a single exhibition, and each time it changes locations and venues according to the exigencies of the exhibition: "...a strange carnival or street fair, following a jagged descent into the spirals of time". Each year the organisers select an array of unusual venues and exhibition sites. Over 60 artists attend the event working in a variety of media and techniques from etching to woodcut, animation to still photography, role-playing to team building.

Date: 09 June 2018 - 09 September 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.berlinbiennale.de
Cost:

Varied


Classic Open Air

The picturesque Gerdarmenmarkt Square provides a dramatic backdrop for this legendary music festival, which is now entering its third decade. Held over five days in July, the festival is comprised of a series of concerts, which attract over 600,000 visitors every year. Music fans can expect an eclectic mixture of live music including jazz, soul, swing and even pop.

Date: 05 July 2018 - 09 July 2018
Venue: Gendarmenmarkt
Website: http://www.classicopenair.de
Cost:

€39.50 to €102.


Berlin Pride Festival

If you can take any positives from the repressive regimes that once prevailed in Berlin, it would be the way in which the city has now found comfort in liberalism. And the Berlin Pride Festival, which attracts over 700,000 revellers every year, is testament to that. Taking place every June, this month-long event has become more than just an opportunity to march for the rights of gay and lesbian people; it has become a symbol for diversity. Expect a heady mixture of live music, flamboyant fancy dress and debauchery with undertones of political activism.

Date: 28 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.csd-berlin.de
Cost:

Free.


Berlin Beer Festival

Proud German drinkers will tell you their beer is best in the world. Of course, they’re wrong; that accolade belongs to neighbouring Belgium, but you can’t deny their ability to brew a top-notch lager. And if you fancy immersing yourself in Germany’s fine range of beers (over 300 lagers and pilsners) and experiencing some lesser-known brands, then head along to the Berlin Beer Festival. It’s smaller than Munich’s legendary version but you won’t have to book weeks in advance or pay through the nose for a bevvy.

Date: 03 August 2018 - 05 August 2018
Venue: Various venues
Website: http://www.bierfestival-berlin.de
Cost:

Varied


Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of the Museum)

A Night at the Museum isn’t just an average Ben Stiller film, it’s also a sporadic event in Berlin’s cultural calendar when the city’s museums stay open until the small hours of the morning. Officially called Long Night of the Museum, there are several opportunities to wander around 100 of Berlin’s top attractions by night, but the dates vary so you’ll have to check the website.

Date: 25 August 2018 - 25 August 2018
Venue: Museums throughout the city
Website: http://www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de
Cost:

 €15.


Musikfest Berlin

Musikfest is Berlin's foremost symphonic and chamber music festival, in which the city invites outstanding orchestras, ensembles and soloists to perform at the Berlin Philharmonia. Hosted by the Berlin Festspiele, the festival aims to open up a new perspective on developments and artistic innovations in the international world of classical music. Prestigious and filled with magnificent sounds, the festival maintains an unswerving focus on the orchestra and the full ensemble. Musikfest Berlin embraces the usual repertoire and tour programmes but also focuses on unusual works and historical performance practices, as well as looking at the relationship between contemporary and ancient music, and the crossing of musical borders.

Date: 31 August 2018 - 18 September 2018
Venue: Berliner Philharmonie.
Website: http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Cost:

Various.


JazzFest Berlin

Berlin’s premier jazz festival attracts a heady mixture of artists from home and abroad, who perform over four glorious days in November. From traditional jazz bands to progressive ensembles, the packed programme of concerts takes place at the city’s eclectic live music venues.

Date: 01 November 2018 - 04 November 2018
Venue: Various venues
Website: http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Cost:

Free.


Silvester in Berlin

Berlin throws one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world, a lively shindig that takes place at the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate. As the countdown to midnight begins there are live bands, DJs and some fantastic laser shows to entertain the million plus revellers until the epic fireworks display to mark the start of a new year. If there was something to rival Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, it would be Berlin’s Silvester.

Date: 31 December 2018 - 01 January 2019
Venue: Brandenburg Gate
Website: http://brandenburger-tor-berlin.de/
Cost:

Free.