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11 Tips for Christopher Street Day in Berlin

The top events around Pride Week

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Christopher Street Day can take place again: with a little less music, parties and parades, but all the more self-confident and with great diversity throughout the city. Around this year's Pride Week, there will be numerous other parades and events that will campaign for more visibility for the LGBTI* scene under the motto "Save your Community - save your pride": Demos, readings, art, concerts and even an operetta are on the programme. Here are our 11 tips.

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Don't be shy, but show your love for Berlin with d i s t a n c e - in support of everyones safety.

Tip 1: 43. Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day
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"SAVE OUR COMMUNITY - SAVE YOUR PRIDE" is the motto of this year's Christopher Street Day (CSD). The meeting point is at 12 noon, the demo will start at 1 pm and head towards Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate, across the Straße des 17. Juni to the Siegessäule, past the Lützowplatz and the Urania and ends at the Nollendorfplatz. Please wear your masks and keep your distance. The organisers also recommend taking a Corona test beforehand.

When: 24 July from 12 noon, the parade starts at 1 pm 
Start zone: Leipziger Straße: Between Charlottenstraße & Axel-Springer-Straße, end of Urania - Schöneberg.

 

Tip 2: Dyke* March Berlin

Lesbian gay town festival rainbow flag
Lesbian gay town festival rainbow flag © visitBerlin, Foto: Frank Nürnberger

Traditionally, the scene meets the night before Christopher Street Day for the Dyke* March. The goal is more lesbian visibility. In the summer of 2020, 4000 people took to the streets despite the difficult times. The march starts at 7 pm at the Brandenburg Gate. The destination is Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg.

When: 23 July at 7 pm
Where: Brandenburg Gate, Mitte

More tips for Berlin's lesbian scene

Tip 3: Trans-Pride Berlin

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"No matter if non-binary or binary, gender-non-conforming or gender-conforming, queer, bi, lesbian, gay or straight, disabled or able bodied", the organisers write and invite everyone to participate in this Pride demonstration. Because: "Being trans is beautiful! Being trans is diverse". This is the motto of the march, which will lead from Gleisdreieck station through the Bergmannkiez to the rally at 6pm at Südstern.

When: 10 July, rally at 6pm at Südstern
Where: Gleisdreieck station, Kreuzberg

Practical information for LGBTI*

Tip 4: Marzahn-Pride

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On 17 July, Quarteera will start the Pride Parade for the second time in Berlin's Marzahn district. Quarteera is a non-profit organisation that supports the Russian-speaking LGBT* community. More Russian-speaking people live in Marzahn than anywhere else in Berlin. The aim is to reduce advantages towards the queer community, but also to put the district in a positive light.

When: 17 July, exact time to be announced.
Where: Marzahn, route to be announced

More about Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Tip 5: NASSER #7Leben 

Podewil
Podewil © Georg von Wilken

This play by the GRIPS Theatre tells the story of Nasser, who grows up as the eldest son in a strict Muslim family. When he discovers Berlin's gay party scene at the age of 15 and comes out on Facebook, his family life changes dramatically. The play is based on the true story of Nasser El-Ahmad, who was awarded the "Respect Prize" of the "Alliance against Homophobia" in 2015.

When: 27/28 August at 7.30 pm
Where: GRIPS Podewill, Klosterstraße 68, Mitte

 

Tip 6: Kevin Junk: Fromme Wölfe (Pious wolves)

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Saturday night in Berlin: five young people roam the city in search of music, intoxication and community. Hearts are broken, gender boundaries dissolve. This is the summary of Kevin Junk's episodic novel, which will be presented at HandVerLESEN - Open Air Queer. Junk lives and works in Berlin and writes mainly about queer contemporary culture.

As places are limited, please register in advance at: bibliothek-am-wasserturm@ba-pankow.berlin .

When: 22 July from 8 pm
Where: Courtyard in front of the Bibliothek am Wasserturm, Prenzlauer Allee 227-228, Pankow. 

 

Tip 7: HandVerLESEN Opening concert: The world stands on its head

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Guitar player © GettyImages, Bild: Erik Witsoe/EyeEm

And while we're on the subject of the water tower: The HandVerLESEN Festival will be opened this year by Berlin songwriter and theatre musician Tobias Thiele. This also marks the start of the open air season in the library courtyard. Among other things, Thiele will present unreleased songs from his third album, which was released in June.

When: 15 July from 8 pm
Where: Courtyard in front of the library at the water tower, Prenzlauer Allee 227-228, Pankow 

Tip 8: Lesbian-gay city festival

Lesbian-Gay City Festival in Berlin
Lesbian-Gay City Festival © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

Under the motto "Equal rights for unequal people - worldwide!", the Rebenbogenfonds invites you to the lesbian-gay city festival in the traditional Szene Kiez at Nollendorfplatz. Experience the broad spectrum of LGBTI* in six city festival worlds. You can choose from the film world, the politics world, the positive world, the radio world, the sports world, and the wellness and health world. Have fun!

When: 2/3 October (subject to change), from 11 a.m. each day
Where: around Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg

More about the Lesbian-Gay City Festival

Tip 9: Operetta for two gay tenors

BKA-Theater
BKA-Theater © Sven Ihlenfeld

The story of this operetta by Johannes Kram (lyrics) and Florian Ludewig (music) moves between the "cliché world of the country idyll and the gay big city scene". Some of the songs, such as the "Schmachtwalzer" or "Champagner von Aldi", have already celebrated their first successes at various community events. Now the world's first operetta with a queer main plot will be performed in full at the BKA.

When: 6 - 17 October
Where: BKA Theatre

More about the Operetta for two Gay Tenors

Tip 10: Rainbow Bicycle Demo in Potsdam

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The scene in Potsdam is also organising and demanding more support for LGBTIQ* in Poland and Hungary with their "Chistopher Street Day on Wheels", as well as from Brandenburg organisations. They are also calling for the abolition of the "transsexual law" and the ban on blood donations. Of course you can also take part in the parade on foot.

When: 10 July from 4 pm
Where: Luisenplatz/Potsdam

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Tip 11: Gay Museum

Schwules Museum*
Schwules Museum* © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

If you want to know more about the gay and lesbian scene in Berlin, then take a look at the Gay Museum. There is currently an exciting exhibition on the scene in East Berlin called "Rosarot in Ost-Berlin. Erkämpfte Räume im Umbruch" (Rosarot in Ost-Berlin. Fought Spaces in Upheaval), an exciting exhibition about the scene in East Berlin at the time. You can also admire queer art until 30 August as part of "Intimacy: New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond", as well as the "lonely hearts" collection by artist Irène Mélix until 23 August, which includes over 300 personal ads from lesbians and queers.

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: noon-6 pm Thursday: noon-8 pm, Saturday: 2-7 pm Sunday:2-6 pm
Where: Lützowstraße 73, Schöneberg

More about the Gay Museum
 

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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