In Berlin, you can visit trade fairs, congresses or conferences on the widest variety of issues almost every week of the year. From fashion, to music, all the way to delicacies: the German capital has developed into a hotspot for professional visitors from around the globe. Here you will discover the newest trends and make contacts at the shows, galleries, booths and performances.
January: Green Week
Once a year Berlin will lure you with a unique experience: the Green Week Berlin is second to none. The trade fair for agricultural and food industries invites you to come and get a real taste of it all. You can expect to find delicacies from all over the world as well as the finest and freshest foods, plus much more. But the agriculture and horticulture will also live up to your expectations: immerse yourself, for example, in a sea of flowers – here you will find an entire hall in full bloom.
The floral hall bewitches its visitors with countless colours and enchanting arrangements.
World of experience in the exhibition centre at the radio tower
Go on a culinary voyage of discovery at Green Week and taste your way through the samples offered by 70 international exhibitors, which take to the stage with their typical regional products. Around 1,500 exhibition stands await you. Each year there is also a partner country that promotes their various specialities at the International Green Week.
There are many things to experience in addition to the food. The Farm Experience is particularly popular with families, where you can take a peek behind the scenes of modern farming. The BioMarkt (bio, or organic, market) provides information about its products from organic sources. And in Livestock Hall 25, you can visit the animals via an enormous accessible barn.
The next International Green Week Berlin will take place from 18.1. - 27.1.2019.
January & July: Berlin Fashion Week
Twice a year you can marvel at the international fashion world in Berlin. The capital transforms into a catwalk during Fashion Week. Designers, models, celebrities and the press: they are all on the lookout for the latest trends at numerous shows, exhibitions and events.
The highlights of Fashion Week are the fashion shows, which present the labels´ newest collections. Whilst the majority of these runway shows are only for invited guests, you can also take part in some events. Immerse yourself in the world of fashion, go to one of the countless parties, discover the innovative Berlin Look and talk about the designers´ new creations.
Highlight: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
After New York, Paris, London and Milan, Berlin has developed into the fifth top location for the fashion industry worldwide. Berlin labels are innovative – see for yourself at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week or at the many galleries and receptions of the small boutiques.
The next Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 15 - 18 January 2019.
April: Games Week
Which fan of video games does not dream of playing games that have not yet been released, testing the newest consoles and gadgets, as well as getting to know the developers of their favourite games? Games Week gives you the chance to do just this. Europe´s largest video game trade fair connects experts in the field with gaming enthusiasts from Germany, Europe and around the world.
At the Gamesfest, you have the chance to meet video game fans in the Computerspielemuseum (computer games museum) and the Alte Feuerwache, in order to play the newest games on the latest devices. At the Quo Vadis, you can get to know developers, publishers and investors. The A Maze brings together the indie scene of illustrators, developers, musicians and enthusiasts and the interactive exhibition will also enable you to test previously unpublished games.
At the Game Cinema, you will learn about the close links between the gaming and cinema industries. And the Womenize! day of action is all about women in the media and technology sector.
The next Gamesfest will take place from 12 - 14.4.2019.
July: Pride Berlin
Pride Week gives you the chance to participate in a three-week-long colourful party in the name of open-mindedness and tolerance. The LGBT scene wraps the whole city in rainbow flags and whoops the town up as part of a movement against homo- and transphobia. Come and celebrate, speak out against discrimination and in favour of respect and enjoy this unique spectacle. Europe´s queer capital, Berlin, invites you to the craziest party in town.
CSD parade as the crowning glory
It is traditionally kicked off with the street festival at Nollendorfplatz where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersexual attendees, among others, hoist up the rainbow flag. Additional highlights are
- The Respect Gaymes (15/6/2019), which includes a VIP football tournament with personalities from politics, culture and the gay/lesbian community.
- The gay/lesbian street festival around Nollendorfplatz is the largest of its kind in Europe.
- The CSD on the river Spree, a large demonstration which combines sightseeing and partying in typically queer style.
- The Dyke*March on the day before the CSD. This is where mainly women advocate their right to love and equal rights.
- The Christopher Street Day, the crowning glory of Pride Week. The parade starts at Kurfürstendamm, moves across Nollendorfplatz and the Siegessäule (Victory Column) all the way to the Brandenburg Gate. At the end, there is usually an after-show party.
The next Pride Week starts with the Lesbian-Gay City Festival on 20.7.2019; the CSD on 27/7/2019 is the highlight.
July: Berlin Beer Week
Hops, malt and water: at first glance beer is a rather simple affair – and yet each beer develops its own distinct flavour. You can celebrate this variety at the Berlin Beer Week. For ten days of the year, beer is the main talk of the town in Berlin: brewers, distributors and beer enthusiasts gather here to talk about brewing methods and fermentation times.
Taste your way through the many different types of beer. What appeals to you the most: more traditional or more modern? Hoppy, tangy or smooth? Full-bodied or effervescent? Find your favourite and chat with brewers about the flavour specifics of the individual beers.
The events themselves are as unusual as the brewing methods. You can savour your beer in a pop-up beer garden, when visiting a beerlesque show, attending a brewing seminar or relishing it while sailing down the Spree if you book a beer tasting on a boat for example.
On top of this, each year you can test the official festival beer that is served by the participating locations. The Beer Week therefore provides sufficient incentives for a flavoursome trip to Berlin.
The next Berlin Beer Week will take place from 19.-28.7.2019.
It used to be called Berlin Music Week, now it is Pop-Kultur. You can get right up close to international artists at this festival. Pop-Kultur enables you to meet the most diverse players in the music scene. You can have a chat with producers, representatives of music labels or talk with young musicians. Because, besides the live events, promoting young talent is top priority at the festival.
Live music as far as you can hear
Let the premières of newcomers and established musicians alike, work their magic on you. Get a place in the front row when selected artists perform their Commissioned Works especially for this occasion. Or prepare to be amazed by the new collaborations of both regional and international artists.
What´s more, you can also attend several readings, exhibitions or films on the theme of music. Presentations and round tables during the festival, at which researchers explain current trends and movements, are also too good to miss.
The next Pop Culture will take place from 21 - 23.8.2019.
September: Berlin Food Week
Do you have an appetite for the most tasty dishes from around the world? Then you are at exactly the right place at the Berlin Food Week. Chefs, restaurateurs and food manufacturers exhibit their food at what is the most diverse food festival in Germany. Feast your way through the delicacies and savour both regional as well as international cuisine.
Berlin becomes a Mecca for gourmets during Food Week. Culinary delights throughout the entire city. Sautéd, braised, poached – Food Week not only lets you see how chefs prepare food using the most varied techniques. You can also sample the new creations or reach for the apron yourselves. Diverse workshops will give you the opportunity to prepare a menu with the dishes of your choice under professional guidance and with the very best equipment.
The Food Porn Awards give prizes for the best photos
At the Food Porn Awards, which is a special highlight of Food Week, you can admire the most beautiful photos of dishes from all over the world. Of course, you can also take part in this competition and hope to be one of the lucky prize winners.
The next Berlin Food Week will take place in September 2019.
September: Berlin Art Week
It is highlighted in bold in the diaries of art dealers and gallery owners: the Berlin Art Week is one of the most important events for contemporary art. During autumn of each year you can participate in more than 100 exhibitions, trade fairs, award ceremonies or other events all on the theme of art, which take place in the capital.
Capital for contemporary art
Above all, Positions Berlin and the abc art berlin Contemporary are well known for their innovative character. You can therefore look forward to new artistic positions and let yourself be amazed by how vibrant the art scene is. Here you will find traditional international newcomers alongside established gallery owners. Artists, collectors and museum directors meet on numerous panel discussions. Here you can let the performances, shows and installations work their wonders on you.
Berlin´s art and culture producers will also impress you with their creativity and dedication. Whether it´s exhibitions organised by institutes, private collections or several galleries that are thematically coordinated with one another: the German capital has built up a reputation as an attractive and innovative art metropolis.
The next Berlin Art Week will take place from 11 - 15.9.2019.
October: Berlin Design Week
For one week, the whole of Berlin shows what it can do in terms of design. During the Berlin Design Week you can experience the diverse Berlin and international design scene. At over 40 locations and with around 100 national and international participants, Berlin Design Week shows the creative potential of the capital's design scene. In addition, designers and companies present their latest collections and prototypes here.
The next Berlin Design Week will take place from 10 - 17 October 2019.
October: Light Weeks
Have you ever seen the Brandenburg Gate entwined with colourful trees and liana? Or the Berlin Cathedral painted with red hearts? Have you ever seen a portrait of Marilyn Monroe at Potsdamer Platz occupying five storeys of a building façade? Every year in October, you can discover similar spectacular light installations throughout the entire city.
Every year, the two events Festival of Lights and Berlin leuchtet (Berlin lights up), ensure that a different, exciting light is shed on various landmarks, squares, interesting places or entire neighbourhoods. National and international artists transform the capital into a great stage. The attractions shine from 7 p.m. until midnight and you can see the installations on a various tours.
• City tour “Lichterfestival” (Festival of Lights)
• City tour “Ausflug ins Lichtermeer” (Trip into the sea of lights)
• City tour by bus and boat “Festival of Lights”
• Boat tour “Lichterfeste” (Festival of Lights) in October
• Boat tour
Over the past few years, a very special highlight has been the Festival of Lights Award. Here artists from all corners of the world compete against each other and work their magic on a special building in Berlin. Visitors and spectator´s can then vote for their favourite.
The next Light Weeks will take place from the end of September to mid-October 2019.
You can find more events in Berlin's largest calendar of events.
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