Let’s be honest: we won’t have too hard a time putting 2016 behind us. Luckily, a few things are for certain. Like: the next year will come! It’s called 2017 and actually not far down the road. And what’s certain, too: The new year will bring awesome events and unforgettable days in Berlin, just as usual. So out with the old and in with the new! Find out what’s not to miss during the first three months of the new year in our compilation of top events from January through March 2017:
Fashion, Travels, and Food
Trade shows traditionally mark the beginning of the new year in the German capital and they introduce us to 2017 in a très chic manner: Berlin Fashion Week now comes in a summer and a winter version, and January 17 – 20, 2017 it is time for the latter. Brand parties and grand catwalks are not the only thing to discover here; smaller events promoting sustainably produced fashion or urban styles make for a diverse program. More information concerning the most fashionable days of winter: here. The world’s largest trade show for food, gardening, agriculture, and nutrition is the International Green Week Berlin (January 20 – 29, 2017), popular with both professionals and amateur gardeners and gourmets. No matter if it is locally produced organic food, exotic specialities, or new gustatory experiences that you are looking for – Green Week has got you covered. Tickets and more information can be obtained online . Also, have you planned your summer vacation yet? No? Still looking for some inspiration? Go and visit ITB Berlin (March 8 – 12, 2017), the world’s leading travel trade show. Professional visitors wait all year long for the fair with more than 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries, but all others can find interesting travel destination and a good mouthful of wanderlust here, too. Check their website for more.
On the Silver Screen
Take one, 2017 – and action! Those who are familiar with damp and cold winter days in Berlin will agree that there is a reason why the city’s most famous film festivals all take place around this time of the year. On a february afternoon, wouldn’t you like to be one of the first people ever to watch a brand new picture on the screen? Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 – 19, 2017) is not only the most important film festival in the entire country, it is also the world’s largest festival that is open to the public. Year after year it brings international celebrities onto the red carpet in Berlin. If you prefer smaller, independent, alternative festivals check out tiny hipsteresque Boddinale at the same time on Neukölln’s street by the same name. British Shorts (January 12 – 18, 2017) is still relatively unknown but absolutely phenomenal. 200 short films from the kingdom of weird humor make for seven entertaining days. And because there is a market for everything, Berlin has a unique festival by the name of 11mm: an international football film festival. No further explanation needed, right?
Winter in Berlin, time to do stuff indoors. How about something a little more creative? It’s not a secret anymore that Berlin is one of the big hotspots of the international art world. What is interesting, is that although the international scene is constantly trying to reinvent itself, Berlin has managed to keep up something similar to an “alternative” art scene. That is partly due to off-mainstream events like Transmediale (February 2 – 5, 2017), a festival and permanent project that aims to fathom the intersections of art, technology, and contemporary culture and that will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. Slightly younger are Berlin Graphic Days (February 3 – 5, 2017) at street art temple Urban Spree in Friedrichshain. Illustrators, graphic designers, as well as street and graffiti artists present and sell their works and offer interesting workshops. One of the many current highlights from Berlin’s art museums is The Tehran Collection (December 2016 – March 2017) at Gemäldegalerie. 60 relatively unknown key works of 20 century modernism from Europe, the US, and Iran bridge the bureaucratically complicated gap between Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the German (art) capital.
Rhythm and Sound
What’s the best remedy for that winter blues? Get your feet moving and dance to the beat! Berlin is a music city, and there sure are some highlights on the way. STOMP , the world-famous rhythm show will return to Berlin’s Admiralspalast from January 24 through 29, 2017. Wild beats, strange rhythms and a lot of fun are the secret ingredients of this always sold-out spectacle. CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art (January 27 – Februar 5, 2017) takes a more experimental path: The aim is to explore new worlds of sound within contemporary electronic music played at hotspots of Berlin’s nightlife culture. Probably the most progressive musical movement in the world capital of techno! Are you ready for the New Music scene? Check out MaerzMusik Festival for Time Issues (March 17 – 26), a festival for progressive classical music full of concerts, sound installations, and performances that include numerous world premiers.
I guess we’re at the same page here, there are countless reasons to go and visit the German capital even in winter. Especially since Industriepalast Hostel Berlin offers a comfortable base for your exciting explorations. Book a dorm bed or your private room today and plan your unforgettable trip to Berlin!
Looking forward to seeing you here,
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.