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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. In addition to the big events like the Classic Open Air on Bebelplatz or Christopher Street Day, you can also discover many exciting new formats and venues at the Kultursommerfestival. Here are our 11 tips.

Tip 1: Grand Opening Open Air

Flughafen Tempelhof
Flughafen Tempelhof: Rollfeld © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

For the grand opening of the Cultural Summer Festival, the tarmac of the historic Tempelhof Airport becomes Berlin's longest terrace bar. Enjoy the brilliant scenery with a cool drink. Lean back in a deckchair or dance into the sunset. The highlight is the light and music performance by the French Compagnie Off. Incidentally, their first performance in Germany! The event is free, but you must reserve a ticket!

When: 18 June 6 - 11 pm 
Where: Former Tempelhof Airport, tarmac (entrance only via Platz der Luftbrücke), Tempelhof

Tempelhofer Feld

Tip 2: Dive into the Mississippi Delta along the Spree River

Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt at night © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Swampy blues culture in the middle of Berlin. For the opening of Wassermusik, the band Kusami combines the typical New Orleans sound with jazz and Afro-diasporic sounds. And Sunny War spice up the country blues of their roots guitar music with a pinch of punk, which they dedicate to the great Nina Simone. For those who want to delve even further into the Mississippi Delta, the open-air film "You See Me Laughin" offers an atmospheric portrait.

When: 16 July 7 -23.30 pm
Where: House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Mitte

HOUSE OF WORLD CULTURES

Tip 3: Young People's Music Festival on Mariannenplatz

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Künstlerhaus Bethanien © Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Foto: Georg Schroeder

"Mariannenplatz was blue, so many cops were there ..." This is how Rio Reiser and his band Ton, Steine, Scherben immortalised Mariannenplatz in their protest songs, just as the squatted Bethanien did in their Rauchhaus song. Berlin's young music scene now meets legally at the Kultursommerfestival. At the open-air concert on Mariannenplatz you can hear scholarship holders from the Berlin Music Board.

When: 30 June 4 - 8.30 p.m.
Where: Rondell on Mariannenplatz 2 in front of Kunstquartier Bethanien

ART SPACE KREUZBERG/BETHANIEN

Tip 4: Vitsche brings a piece of Ukraine to the ufaFabrik

UFA-Fabrik
ufaFabrik © visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

Vitsche are a group of young people from Ukraine who do a lot of things in Germany, from humanitarian aid to cultural events. They have put together a colourful programme for you at the ufaFabrik, with DJs, live music and much more. 

When: 29 June 6 - 10 pm
Where: ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 10 - 18, Tempelhof

UFAFABRIK

Tip 5: Holiday mood - Island in the Sun

Abteibrücke and Insel der Jugend in Berlin
Abteibrücke © Tourismusverein Berlin Treptow-Köpenick e.V. (www.tkt-berlin.de)

Get into the holiday mood for an evening at the singer-songwriter festival on the Island of Youth (Insel der Jugend). Enjoy the summer sun, lean back in a deck chair and relax with good music until the day fades into night.
From pop to piano, it's all here. 

When: 4 July 6pm - 10pm
Where: Insel der Jugend, Alt-Treptow 6, Treptow

ISLAND OF YOUTH

Tip 6: Comedy at the Orankesee lido

Orankesee
Orankesee © Bezirksamt Lichtenberg

The Quatsch Comedy Club presents the funniest newcomers of the past months on this evening. Max Osswald, Richard Schäfer, Luan, Tobias Born, Sara Karas and Abdel are among the hot shots who will make you laugh and think at the "Most Wanted Edition" at Strandbad Orankesee. The evening will be hosted by Ingo Appelt.

When: 24 June 7 pm (admission)
Where: Strandbad Orankesee, Gertrudstraße 7, Weißensee

LIDO ORANKESEE

Tip 7: Kolonnaden Bar - Grand Opening on Museum Island

Kolonnadenhof auf der Museumsinsel
Kolonnadenhof auf der Museumsinsel © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

On the opening evening of the Kolonnadenbar, presenter Julia Vismann talks to fashion designer Esther Perbandt and art historian Cora Knoblauch. Perera Elsewhere and Deadbeat & Tikiman will also be playing at the start of the Kultursommer on Museum Island. The Teichmann brothers are waiting for you at the turntables. Of course, you can also look forward to cool drinks on this balmy summer evening.

When: 23 June 5.30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Kolonnadenhof of the Museum Island Berlin, Bodestraße 1 - 3, Mitte

MUSEUM ISLAND

Tip 8: Young Art - Open Air Video Screening & Artist Talk

Forecourt of the Berlinische Galerie
Berlin Art Collection: Berlinische Galerie © Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Noshe

Open Air Cinema meets Video Art: In front of the Berlinische Galerie and on the grounds of Bauhütte Kreuzberg, the young friends of the Berlinische Galerie - together with the Mobile Cinema - present Video Art. The artists will of course be there, as will curator Anne Bitterwolf and Thomas Köhler, director of the Berlinische Galerie. So bring your curiosity and questions with you - and look forward to an exciting exchange. There will be music and drinks, of course.

When: 9 July 7.30 - 10.30 pm (further dates 17 August and 10 September)
Where: Bauhütte Kreuzberg, Friedrichstraße 18/19, Kreuzberg

Berlinische Galerie

Tip 9: 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

STATE BALLET BERLIN

Tip 10: Flight paths - escape routes - Berlin history up close and personal

GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial
GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial © Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

"Republikflucht" was considered a serious crime in the GDR. Most people who tried to escape were imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen. In most cases, the escape attempts were discovered and prevented by the Stasi in advance. An open day at the Hohenschönhausen memorial will focus on the topic of escape. In addition to a special guided tour, you can expect a panel discussion and a concert with blues singer Harro Hübner, who grew up in Mecklenburg.

When: 25 June 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Genslerstraße 66, Hohenschönhausen

BERLIN HOHENSCHÖNHAUSEN MEMORIAL SITE

Tip 11: Experience the urban nature on Frog Day

Floating University Berlin (FUB)
Floating Berlin © © Dept

Discover a piece of unusual urban nature when you visit Floating Berlin on the grounds of the rainwater retention basin of the former Tempelhof Airport. Here, man, nature and wildlife have reclaimed a piece of habitat together. This very special day is dedicated to the frogs, where you can take part in all kinds of activities, workshops, readings and performances accompanied by the Floating Allstars.

When: 26 June 14 - 23 h
Where: Floating Berlin, Lilienthalstraße 32, Tempelhof

PARKS & GARDENS

Another tip for your summer in Berlin

Summer is here, so it’s the perfect time to experience Berlin again! Here are our best offers for everyone who already has a public transport ticket. Have some unforgettable experiences with the Berlin WelcomeCard - Summer Edition – your perfect companion in Berlin. For just 9 euros, the Summer Edition of the Berlin WelcomeCard gives you from 25% to 50% off on tickets and attractions at over 180 partners throughout Berlin and Potsdam for 72 hours. If you want a little more culture, you can get the Discount Card including Museum Island.

Get your copy online now!

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.