Two weeks from now we’re finally there again: Karneval der Kulturen (KdK – “Carnival of the Cultures”) will turn Kreuzberg into an ocean of colors, wild rhythms, and yummy food. Berlin’s most beautiful street festival is waiting for you with an exciting program from May 22 – 25.
The preparations are in full swing, there’s a thrill of anticipations in the air already, and it will all come down to Whitsunday, when more than 5,000 performers will start the grand parade on more than 80 floats. We’re talking music, we are talking dancing, we are talking big time partying. Since 1995 the jamboree has been taking place every Whitsunday and it is by far Berlin’s most popular parade. The performers come from all over the world: Brazilian samba meets Chinese lion dances, drum beats from Senegal find German brass music. It is all about the multicultural exchange, about tolerance, about partying together, and that is true for the 500,000 visitors, too.
For a long time, it had not been clear if there was going to be a 20th KdK this year at all: The lack of funding was enormous, and while the city felt not at all responsible for the event, the initiators felt left alone. It took a public uproar, numerous petitions and loud signal from the Berliners before the Berlin senate realized, that Karneval der Kulturen is an essential part of the capital’s culture. Or in the words of senator Dilek Kolat: “Karneval der Kulturen represents everything that makes up Berlin: diversity, open-mindedness, and cheerfulness”.
And what is best about it: Not only the spectacular parade, starting on May 24, 12:30 pm, from Hermannplatz through Hasenheide to Möckernstraße, is going to take place as usual, but the accompanying street festival as well: The name Global Village Kreuzberg stands for four days of unique street market with more than 350 stalls offering yummy food and artisan craftwork from all over the globe. 100 musicians, bands, and djs will be featured on four different stages and there will be performances all over the festival by more than 200 street artists. It sure won’t get boring…
Since Karneval der Kulturen brings visitors from all countries to the German capital you should make sure to book accommodation in advance. Why not make a reservation for your bed here at Industriepalast Hostel straight away? We think it’s the first real highlight of the summer – and that even before summer begins.
At a glance:
Karneval der Kulturen and street festival Global Village Kreuzberg on Blücherplatz (subway station Hallesches Tor) between Friday, May 22, 4 pm, and Monday, May 25, 7 pm.
Highlight: Grand Carnival Parade on May 24, 12:30 pm.
More Infos: www.karneval-berlin.de
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.