Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Tamsin0
Festivals of Berlin
With its laid back atmosphere, worldwide reputation for throwing a great party and cheap beer, Berlin is the perfect place to head to whether you want to dance the night away in a former power station or enjoy a relaxed party in a city park.
As well as a huge range of bars, clubs and niche establishments, the German capital is home to a great variety of festivals throughout the year, each one of which is guaranteed to get you in the party mood and ensure you enjoy a fantastic weekend of fun in one of the world’s best party cities.
Karneval der Kulturen
Held over four days at the beginning of June, the Karneval der Kulturen has been kicking off the summer party season since it was first launched in 1996.
A celebration of diversity, the Karneval der Kulturen was designed to help make minorities more visible and counter the growing nationalism of the 1990s.
With parades, events, music and street parties, the Karneval is a great excuse to get out and have some fun with locals and tourists alike. Held mainly in the district of Kreuzberg, the colourful program of events is easy to spot and everyone if welcome to come along and join the fun.
Fête de la Musique
Part of World Music Day, Fête de la Musique is held every year on the 21st June, the summer solstice.
With simultaneous events now held in 460 cities around the world, Fête de la Musique is a truly global festival and the program of concerts held across Berlin reflects this.
From Balkan beats to Reggae rhythms and classical to jazz, every style of music you can think of can be heard echoing through the streets of Berlin.
Ranging from large, organised concerts to rogue gigs on traffic islands and street corners, every park, square and spare scrap of land is taken over during this loud and proud festival.
In most cases, concerts are completely free and visitors can even bring their own food and drink along to enjoy with the show
Though not technically in Berlin, Fusion Festival definitely embraces the city’s ethos when it comes to chilling out and having fun. Combine that with round the clock music and a crowd that are only too pleased to dance the night away, and you’ve got a recipe for a top notch festival
Located 160km north of Berlin, on the site of a disused military base – many of the stages are in grass covered aircraft hangers – the easiest way to reach the festival is to jump on a train to Neustrelitz and catch a shuttle bus from there to the festival site.
Unlike many UK festivals, camping at fusion is relatively spacious and the entire event feels completely uncorporate and unregulated. Delicious and affordable food is easy to come by throughout the site and there are plenty of stages to explore during the weekend.
As well as music, art and cultural events, there’s also a fantastic man made lake where festivalgoers can cool off and refresh. And as this is Germany, no lake would be complete without a bit of nudity so be prepared for to see plenty of your fellow campers in the buff
Ok, so New Year’s Eve may not technically be a festival, but it is a great excuse for a party and you’d be hard pressed to find a city that takes their New Year celebrations more seriously than Berlin.
If you thought that Germans were calm, collected and law abiding, New Year’s Eve, or Sylvester, will make you think again as thousands of Berlin residents take to the streets to welcome the New Year in style.
In Berlin’s southern, and mainly Turkish, districts of Neukolln and Kreuzberg, the first think you’ll notice is the fire works. Let off by every man, woman and child, fired from balconies and thrown and passing cars, the area looks more like a war zone than a party zone in the run up to midnight.