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11 Tips for the Cultural Summer Festival Berlin

Celebrate 90 days of summer

junge Leute auf dem RAW-Gelände
© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

This summer you can experience even more culture than usual in Berlin. From June to September, a wide variety of events will lure you to a cultural experience in the open air from all over the city for 90 days as part of the Cultural Summer Festival. Look forward to comedy in the lido, concerts, DJ sets, films, theatre and the state ballet on the Spree, cool drinks and hot nights. Here are our 11 tips.

Tip 1: Water ballet - From Berlin with Love on the River Spree

Staatsballet Berlin_Pressebild
Staatsballet Berlin_Pressebild © Staatsballet Berlin | Yan Revazov

The Staatsballett Berlin is venturing onto the water again this year. Under the title "From Berlin with Love" the dancers of the Staatsballett compete with the swans on the Spree and present various ballet highlights. Follow the ballet boat along the Spree and let yourself be carried away by classics and modern pieces!

When: 26 August, 6 pm
Where: Departure from the House of World Cultures


Tip 2: Friedrichstadt-Palast - Showband Unplugged

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Open air and unplugged: Out to the Malzfabrik for the Friedrichstadt-Palast show band, which will present the highlights of the current show "ARISE". Look forward to an entertaining evening with a specially compiled programme. Registration is not necessary.

When: 24 August, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Malzfabrik Areal, Bessemerstraße 2-14, Schöneberg


Tip 3: N.B.K. - On Equal Terms

Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding
Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding © Uferstudios

Open-air cinema with a difference: in a three-part screening series, the Neue Berliner Kunstverein (N.B.K.) is showing a selection from its video art collection. With over 1,700 works, it is one of the oldest and largest collections in Europe. The series will be shown under the title "On Equal Terms" on the outdoor grounds of the Uferhallen in Wedding. Registration is not required. The series continues at the Berlinische Galerie on 17 August.

When: 7 August, admission from 7.30 p.m.
Where: Uferhallen Wedding, Uferstraße 8, Wedding

Uferstudios Wedding

Tip 4: Long Night of Astronomy

Sunset Tempelhofer Feld
Sunset Tempelhofer Feld © visumate

On the night after the announced Perseids meteor shower, the Planetarium Foundation invites you to the Long Night of Astronomy at Tempelhofer Feld. Together with experts and amateur astronomers, you can look through the telescope into the starry sky and learn more about all the shining points and flickering objects that can be seen high up in the firmament. And there's a sunset to boot!

When: 13 August, 5 p.m. to 14 August, 1 a.m.
Where: Tempelhofer Feld, entrance Tor 9 (S- and U-Bahn Tempelhof), Tempelhof

Tempelhofer Field

Tip 5: Çaystube as part of the Pop Culture Festival

© (c) visumate

You can be in the spotlight yourself in the Çaystube, which is intended to serve as a space for experience and deceleration in the hustle and bustle of the Pop Culture Festival in the courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei. In addition to some live acts, you can enjoy beverage compositions that draw on essences and flavours from all corners of the world. And in the centrepiece, the Karaoke Xpress, you can become the next stars of pop culture.

When: 25 August, 5 - 10 pm
Where: KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg


Tip 6: Open-air concerts "KGB-Sounds" in Körnerpark

Erholung im Körnerpark
Körnerpark © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Against the backdrop of this green Neukölln idyll, four bands will play for you on the terrace in front of the Körnerpark gallery to bring the "KGB Art Week" to a close. Zukor, Marco Montiel-Soto and Andi.Andean will be there. On the turntables for you are All Frames Crack & Perera Elsewhere. 

When: 11 September, 4 - 10 pm
Where: Körnerpark, Neukölln

Tip 7: Edith's Summer Night Room at the open-air cinema Hasenheide

Volkspark Hasenheide
Volkspark Hasenheide © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Die Berliner Kabarett Anstalt (BKA) bringt mit Ediths Sommernachtstraum ab 18 Uhr ein paar wilde Shownummern auf die Freiluftbühne in der Hasenheide. Mit von der Partie sind neben Edith, eine Kneipenwirtin Jutta, ein Leggingsboutique-Besitzerin und ein Hinterhofcharmeur. Kinder dürfen sich im Nachmittagsprogramm auf den Märchenzauberer Jan und das Platypus Theater freuen.

Wann: 28. August, 12 - 22 Uhr
Wo: Freiluftkino Hasenheide, Kreuzberg

Freiluftkino Hasenheide

Tip 6: 24 hours Brotfabrik

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"24 hours Brotfabrik": During this time, the Kulturhaus Brotfabrik on Caligariplatz offers theatre, children's theatre, readings, guided tours, music, dance, food and drink and activities for families. And in the evening, the legendary silent film "The Life of Dr. Caligari" will be shown outdoors with live piano accompaniment.

When: 14 August, 8 am - 11 pm
Where: Brotfabrik Berlin, Caligariplatz 1, Weissensee

Tip 7: Ostrock Deluxe concert

Symphony Orchestra on stage
Classical Music © Getty Images, Foto: DeshaCAM

Together, the band Die Ossis and the Berlin String Ensemble perform the greatest hits of GDR rock history on the open-air stage at the Theater Ost. They don't just play well-known and popular pieces like "Am Fenster" or "Alt wie ein Baum", but reinterpret them in their very own mix of rock and classical music. Please book your free ticket in advance.

When: 20 August, 7 - 10 pm
Where: Theatre Ost, Moriz-Seeler-Straße 1, Köpenick

Tip 8: Music Theatre for Children: Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten

Tempelhofer Feld
© visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

The Berlin Culture Summer Festival is of course also aimed at the younger ones: The Berlin music theatre Atze is bringing the novel of the same name by Andreas Steinhöfel, which was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize, to the stage, or rather to the air castle on Tempelhofer Feld. Just go - you don't need to register. Afterwards, enjoy the endless expanse of the former airport grounds!

When: 30 August, 5 pm
Where: Luftschloss on the Tempelhofer Feld, Tempelhof

Atze Musiktheater

Tip 11: ChiChi Schlossrevue at Schloss Biesdorf

Schloss Biesdorf
© Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Foto Karin Scheel

Do you know the Biesdorf manor in Marzahn? It's well worth a visit, especially if you're in for a whimsical evening of music and pop songs between art and kitsch. Registration is not necessary.

When: 8 September, from 8 pm
Where: Biesdorf Palace, Alt-Biesdorf 55, Marzahn

Schloss Biesdorf

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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts