…and there we go, 2016 is here! We’ve hardly slept through our New Year’s hangover when the first big events of 2016 are already around the corner. Berlin is trending like never before, and there are countless reasons for you to visit the capital this year. Fashion show or film festival, tourism fair and huge concerts – our team from Industriepalast Hostel Berlin has put together the most important dates and biggest events for the next three months:
Tanztage Berlin – Berlin Dancing Days (January 7 – 17, 2016)
Can you feel the rhythm of 2016? In early January the festival Tanztage Berlin (“Dancing Days”) connects young choreographers, aspiring dancers, and daring producers for the 24th time already. Since it is all about contemporary dance you might not see many white tutu skirts. Rather, the producers will get to the bottom of the boundaries between dance, performance, theater and pop-culture and their stunning results will be staged at SOPHIENSÆLE in Berlin Mitte. All you need to know: here.
International Green Week Berlin (January 15 – 24, 2016)
“Food is the new fashion!” was one of the mottos of 2015, and indeed, diet, food and nutrition have never been a bigger issue before. It’s not enough to fill your stomach anymore, what you eat defines who you are these days. Healthy? Sustainable? Vegan? Organic? Long before these topics became a trend, the International Green Week Berlin laid the groundwork for our contemporary discussions. Since 1926 experts, producers, farmers, chefs, and gourmets have been meeting once a year to present current matters. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the Green Week still is the most important trade show for nutrition, agriculture, and gardening. Almost half a million visitors can’t be wrong, right?
Berlin Fashion Week – Winter (January 18 – 22, 2016)
When there’s a supermodel hanging out in your favorite café and the entire town has seemingly turned into a catwalk, ‘tis the season to suit up again: Berlin Fashion Week. Twice a year the newest trends are being set in the German capital when experts from around the globe gather here to see and to be seen. But it is not only for the internationally known top designers anymore – subjects like sustainability and fair trade, alternative fashion concepts, and, more than anything, a specific focus on aspiring young artists from Berlin make the Fashion Week the many-faceted fashion show it is.
Berlinale (February 11 – 21, 2016)
Not much time to catch a breath after the Fashion Week before celebrities and the world press flood the city again: Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival is happening for the 66th time. The competition is for both blockbusters and independent flicks and you will have plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of your favorite VIP on the red carpet. As the world’s largest publicly attended film festival it is your chance to be part of hollywoodesque world cinema. You can watch movies long before the official release and there will be fascinating talks and discussions with filmmakers. By the way: Berlinale is not the only interesting film festival in Berlin this time of the year. Other, much smaller festivals have a very interesting program, too, as the nature film festival “Green Me” and the independent “Unknown Pleasures”, both in January. February has the “Independent Filmfestival” and March brings us “CineBrasil”, the city’s Brazilian film festival.
ITB Berlin (March 9 – 13, 2016)
Berlin is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting travel destinations. In a way, it is even the “headquarter of travelling”. Why that is? Well, we have ITB, the International Tourism Trade Fair. ITB is the world’s largest and most influential trade show for tourism and travels. As one of the 150,000 visitors you can check out the richness of the tourism industry, find some new travel destinations or travelling concepts, or broaden your horizon in many other ways. Come to the public days on March 12 and 13 when ITB is open to everyone.
Festive Days at the Berlin State Opera (March 18 – 28, 2016)
Grand opera in Berlin! The German capital is home to three of the world’s greatest opera houses and ensembles, so maybe it is time to suit up again and enjoy some Mozart or Verdi in an exciting, contemporary production. Around the World Theatre Day on March 27 the Berlin State Opera at Schillertheater celebrates the 20th FESTTAGE (“Festive Days”) under the direction of star conductor Daniel Barenboim. Thrilling premiers and international top stars like cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, and the Vienna Philharmonics are waiting for you. The entire line up: here.
Soccer: Germany vs. England (March 26, 2016)
In case you didn’t know: Germany is the current champion of the world. Well, when it comes to soccer at least. Soccer is our national sport, and the team of trainer Jogi Löw will put all their energy into the next big championship, the European Soccer Championship in France. Skill comes with practice, so the German national team has agreed to play two tryouts in spring. Highlight: the classic duel Germany vs. England on March 26 in the Berlin Olympic Stadion. Tickets are on sale already, so you better reserve your seat as soon as possible.
No matter what event you choose, Industriepalast Hostel will make your stay here as comfortable as possible. Make your reservation online on our website and soon you can explore Berlin.
A happy new year from
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.