As always, we want to keep you updated about what’s going on in Berlin at the moment. Summertime is really the nicest season in Berlin which is why there are a lot of awesome events going on in the city between July and September.
8th BERLIN BIENNALE (29.05. – 8.08.2014)
For thirty days, modern art is exhibited at different locations in Berlin. It’s all about the connection of individual bibliographies and bigger historical contexts. The “Haus am Waldsee”, the “KW Institute for Contemporary Art“ and the “Museum Dahlem” invite artists to deal with the topic of this year’s Biennale.
BERLIN YOGA FESTIVAL (03. – 06.07.2014)
This very special open air event takes place in July by the river Havel at the “Gutspark Kladow”. For four days, internationally known yogis give workshops and practical yoga lessons, you can listen to interesting talks and scientific contributions to Yoga and other spiritual topics, enjoy live music, watch movies and go swimming. So, if you are yoga fans and up for spending some summer days outside in the sunshine together with other open-minded people, you should definitely go to Europe’s biggest yoga festival. From the hostel, it’s about 45 minutes by S-train to the stop “Wannsee Bhf” where you can take the ferry to “Kladow”.
CLASSIC OPEN AIR (03. – 07.07.2014)
If you’re not into art or yoga but you want to listen to some good open air music, you’ll like the Classic Open Air at the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin’s city center. Surrounded by the impressive, classical architecture of the French and the German Dome as well as the Concert Hall, you can listen to classical music and admire the (hopefully clear) night sky.
OPEN AIR GALLERY (06.07.2014)
On July 7th, there will be a small but cool festival taking place just around the corner of our hostel. The Oberbaum Bridge will be closed for cars and become an open air gallery where different artists exhibit and sell their work. Furthermore, everybody is free to paint on the 120 meter canvas which will be laid out on the street. In the end, a huge vibrant and colorful painting will be created by Berliners and tourists of all ages and nationalities.
BERLIN BIER FESTIVAL (01.-03.08.2014)
Bavaria isn’t the only place in Germany where people love their good German beer. Also we Berliners fully appreciate a cool beer, especially on hot summer days. This is why we turn the “Karl-Marx-Allee” in Friedrichshain in between “Strausberger Platz” and “Frankfurter Tor” into the longest beer garden on earth in the beginning of August. More than 300 breweries sell international beers and it will get cozy when thousands of visitors at 2.2 kilometers raise their glasses. This year’s motto of the beer festival is “Craft Beer” – thus, we can look forward to lots of freshly brewed, handmade beer. Just take the tram M10 in front of our hostel and go straight to “Frankfurter Tor” in 10 minutes.
BERLIN LACHT! (24.07.-10.08.2014) (= Berlin laughs)
…and also wants to make you laugh :). For two weeks, it’ll be all about laughter and fun at Alexanderplatz in Berlin Mitte. Every day, acrobats, clowns, break dancers and fire artists will perform street theatre from 11 am to midnight. The entrance is for free but of course, the artists are happy about every small donation you can afford. To reach Alexanderplatz, it’s best to take the S-train for a few stops and get there within 10 minutes.
POTSDAMER SCHLÖSSERNACHT (16.08.2014)
If you are in Berlin, it’s also worth exploring the surroundings of Berlin in summer. For instance, the stunning Park Sanssouci in Potsdam is definitely worth a visit. The castle and park are especially nice to see during the “Potsdamer Schlössernacht” (= Potsdam castle night) when the pompous buildings of the park are spectacularly illuminated and there are actors and musicians walking around in baroque clothing. During this evening, the New Palace, the Chinese House, the Sicilian Garden, the Pheasantry and the Orangery become stages for theatre, pantomime, music, baroque horse riding, fairy tale telling and much more. Let’s get lost in a different time. By S-train and train it’ll take you about 1 hour to get to the park.
WASSERMUSIK: LUSOPHONIE (OPEN AIR) (24.07. – 17.08.2014)
The event’s name doesn‘t tell you straight away what it’s about. We’ll tell you: this cultural festival at the „Haus der Kulturen der Welt“(= House of the world’s cultures/HKW) deals with the relationship between Portugal and its former colonial states. Because of the 40th anniversary of the “Carnation Revolution”, which brought an end to Portugal’s colonial rule in Africa and ended the dictatorship in Portugal, artists from Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, China, India, Cabo Verde and Guinea-Bissau will be invited to make music and share their views on this subject. After the concerts, movies will be shown which also deal with the relationship of Portugal to the countries listed above. To reach the HKW, just take the S-train to “Hauptbahnhof” and take the U55 to the stop “Stadtmitte” or just walk 15 minutes along the beautiful Spree River until you reach the awesome building.
BERLIN MUSIC WEEK (03.-07.09.2014)
Everybody knows that Berlin is one of the most popular locations on the map of international music. That’s why the city has a huge event for you in the beginning of September: the Berlin Music Week! For one week, there’ll be loads of sound for your ears as well as talks and conferences which address current issues and trends of the music industry. For example, you’ll be able to learn something about new music technologies or experience world famous musicians from different genres live in Berlins clubs. The Berlin Music Week will take place at different locations throughout Berlin.
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL BERLIN (10.-22.09.2014)
The bookworms among you shall not be forgotten in Berlin. During the second half of September, there will be a big international literature festival in the city. There, you’ll come across Arabic poets, American short story authors, South Korean authors, South African novelists and Albanian newcomers and therefore discover an exciting mix of thoughts and perceptions. The festival will take place at many different locations throughout Berlin.
DOWN UNDER BERLIN: AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL (11.-14.09.2014)
For the aussies and aussie-fans amongst you (and we know that you are somewhere in Berlin!, there’ll be the fourth Australian film festival taking place at Moviemento cinema in Berlin Kreuzberg. The Moviemento isn’t only one of the coziest and most sympathetic cinemas of Berlin but also the oldest still in operation (it was opened in 1907). There, you can wonderfully watch movies in late summer and imagine you were in Australia. To get to the cinema, just take the U1 and the U8 and you’ll reach the stop „Schönleinstraße“ within 10 minutes.
BERLIN ART WEEK (16.-21.09.2014)
Our last tip for this time: the Berlin Art Week. Of course, all Berlin is about art, art and art. Galleries, museums and other artistic locations open their doors to give artists a space where they can freely develop their creative talents. With this nice festival, we round of Berlin’s September and look forward to more exciting events and fairs in October.
Until next time – let’s party!
(Receptionist and blogger at Industriepalast hostel)
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.