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February in Berlin

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Berlinale: Berlinale Palast
Auf dem roten Teppich vor dem Berlinale Palast © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

After an eventful January, things continue to get colourful in Berlin. With many highlights for everyone! Whether sporty with the ISTAF Indoor, the Valentine's Day Run and various dance events or more cultural with the Berlinale and the cross-artform festival "Biennale". Here are the top 11 events in February.

Tip 1: International Film festival

Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin
Berlinale Film Festival

The highlight of February is the Berlinale. From 16 to 26 February, the annual film festival makes the hearts of all film industry fanatics beat faster. World premieres, stars on the red carpet and lots of information about the coming film year are all on offer here. More recommendations and exciting tips can be found on the Berlinale Blog.

Teddy Award

© Berlin Daily/Foto: Karsten Thielker

Among the numerous awards presented at the Berlinale are, as every year, the Teddy Awards, which will be presented on 24 February at the Volksbühne Berlin. This award is especially dedicated to the queer film industry. Here you can learn more about the development, growing acceptance and success in the world of film and which films deserve to be awarded.

When: 16 to 26 February
Where: various cinemas in Berlin

Tip 2: Valentine's Day and Valentine's run

Couple on Valentine's Day
Couple on Valentine's Day © Getty Images, Foto: Martin dm

Like every year in February, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you don't just want to snuggle up with your partner in the warm this year, but want to compete with others in a couples' run, you can do so at the annual Valentine's Day run on 19 February in the Gärten der Welt. But Berlin also has plenty in store for romantic moments without sports on Valentine's Day!

When: 19 February
Where: Gärten der Welt, Marzahn


Tip 3: ISTAF Indoor

ISTAF INDOOR at Mercedes Benz-Arena Berlin
ISTAF INDOOR at Mercedes Benz-Arena Berlin © Camera4

For all track and field enthusiasts, the ISTAF Indoor (International Stadium Festival) starts on 10 February in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Here you can see the professionals compete against each other in a wide variety of disciplines. Sprint, hurdles, long jump and pole vault, everything is represented.

When: 10 February
Where: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Mercedes-Platz 1, Friedrichshain

Tip 4: International Youth Dance Festival

Dancer © Getty Images, Foto: O_Lypa

The Dance Olympus provides a stage for young dancers between the ages of 10 and 21 to showcase their talent in several dance styles. Here, the best of the best dance against each other for prizes, scholarships and recognition. Be amazed by the dances and enjoy the varied show.

When: 16 to 20 February
Where: Fontane Haus, Königshorster Straße 6, Märkisches Viertel

Tip 5: Biennale

9. Berlin Biennale
© visitBerlin, Foto: Peggy Gallert

If you haven't made up your mind yet, you should go to the Philharmonic Biennale, a cross-art-form festival that this year takes up the theme of the period after the Second World War. There is something for all visitors: architecture, literature, music. 

When: 16 to 18 February
Where: Philharmonie Berlin, Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Tiergarten


Tip 6: Berlin Independent Film Festival

Exterior view of the cinema Babylon in Mitte
Cinema Babylon in Berlin © Christine Kisorsy

If you want to see the big film news and award ceremonies, you go to the Berlinale. But there is much more to the film industry than productions with budgets in the millions. If you like hobby filmmaking and would like to see some of the best low-budget films, the Berlin Independent Film Festival is the place to be. At the Babylon cinema you can not only watch these films, but also talk to the producers and exchange ideas with them.

When: 16 to 19 February
Where: Babylon Cinema, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30, Mitte


Tip 7: Nan Goldin - Käthe Kollwitz Prize

Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin, permanent exhibition
Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin, permanent exhibition © Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin

This year, the Käthe Kollwitz Prize went to Nan Goldin. The photographer earned this prize through her very unusual themes. Her photos deal with sex, drugs and violence, and in connection with this, death. In connection with the award, this also means that from now on she will have her own exhibition at the Academy of Arts. Anyone interested in art and pure creativity should definitely not miss this.

When: 20 January to 19 March
Where: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Hansaviertel


Tip 8: Dance yourself warm

Dacing in summer in Berlin
Dancing in summer © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

If you don't just want to watch dancing, but also want to get active, the Berlin Opera awaits you. Between 4 and 25 February on Saturday afternoons you have the chance to learn various dances and then perform them. The best thing about it is that admission is completely free and you can come alone or with a partner.

When: 4 to 25 February on Saturday afternoons
Where: Berliner Oper, Bismarckstraße 35, Charlottenburg


Tip 9: Tom Sawyer - at the Komische Oper

Komische Oper
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For many children the word "opera" is probably rather daunting, but an experience for the whole family is definitely guaranteed by Tom Sawyer at the Komische Oper. The children's opera is about
about the adventure of life, friendship, growing up and first love. And can be experienced from the age of seven.

When: various times, see info
Where: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55-57, Mitte


Tip 10: Antikrist - German Opera

Deutsche Oper
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For more upscale entertainment, there is of course an opera that is more recommended for ages 16 and up. "Antikrist" celebrated its premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 30 January and can be seen by all drama enthusiasts throughout February. Tickets and times can be found on the website below.

When: 30 January - then again and again throughout February
Where: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bismarckstraße 35, Charlottenburg 

Tip 11: Rhythm is the Place

The One at Friedrichstadt-Palast
The One at Friedrichstadt-Palast © Foto: Sven Darmer

The final piece in our Top 11 list is the dance performance "Rhythm is the Place". The piece experiments with our senses during the performance, bringing an extraordinary touch to the art of dance. You can see the piece at Radialsystem V from 16 to 19 February. Payment is on the "pay what you can" system, everyone is allowed to pay as much as they can. But at least 10 € to cover the costs.

When: 16 to 19 February
Where: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, Friedrichshain

More tips for February and the rest of the year can be found in the event calendar.