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January in Berlin

New Year – new Events

Brandenburg Gate Berlin in Winter
Brandenburg Gate in Winter © Getty Images, Foto: golero

The new year begins in Berlin with many exciting events. We start off sporty with the New Year's run, then get dressed up for Fashion Week and experience experimental musical highlights at Transmediale and CTM. Many more exciting events and happenings await us: Welcome 2023! Here are our top 11 events in January.

Tip 1: Berlin Fashion Week

Immorality - Graduate Collection by Malina Sebastian
Immorality - Graduate Collection by Malina Sebastian © Malina Sebastian

What will fashion bring us in 2023? Berlin Fashion Week is when the international fashion scene gathers in Berlin to present the latest trends from designers and labels at fashion fairs, shows and exhibitions. In addition to the big events, which are exclusively open to invited guests, there are also numerous public parties and events surrounding the Fashion Week. A special highlight this year is the "Berlin Contemporary" category, in which Berlin and also Ukrainian designers show their fashion.

Tip: If you are interested in fashion from Berlin, then you should definitely visit PLATTE. As part of Berlin Fashionweek, five Berlin designers will be presenting their work on. 19 January from 7:30 pm under the title DIVERSE IT - A Trialogue in Fashion. Please register in advance.

When: 16 - 21 January
Where: various venues

Tip 2: transmediale & CTM

Besucher auf der transmediale: Videoprojektion
Transmediale © transmediale 2022, Foto: Adam Berry

As an international festival for media art and digital culture, transmediale aims to take a critical look at current culture and politics shaped by media technologies. Artists, academics and media professionals come together for creative exchange at exhibitions, conferences and performances, generating new ideas. This year, the evening programme will be organised together with the CTM Festival for Adventurous Music, with Berghain also opening its doors. The overarching theme "a model, a map, a fiction" explores how the scale we set affects the fabric of relationships, politics and our lives. Alongside the festival, you can expand your horizons at the citywide exhibition Out of Scale.

When: 1 January - 5 February
Where: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten; Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain; Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding and other venues

Tip 3: International Green Week

Grüne Woche Berlin
Grüne Woche Berlin © Thomas Machowina

The International Green Week has been taking place in Berlin in January for over 80 years. The most important international fair for food, agriculture and horticulture presents various international specialities and gives you exciting insights into topics such as sustainable raw materials, bio-energy and urban gardening. Look forward to the flower hall and animal lovers will also get their money's worth at the stables for around 5,000 four-legged friends and at Hippologica, the large horse fair with shows, tournaments and shopping offers.

When: 20 - 29 January
Where: Exhibition grounds, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

Tip 4: 6 Day Berlin

SixDay Berlin
SixDay Berlin © Camera4

In January Berlin becomes the meeting place of the cycling scene. At the SIX DAY BERLIN, the world's best cyclists compete for six days, putting their endurance and speed to the test in various disciplines, including stand-up, derby and sprint races. The event is accompanied by a show programme, music and an exuberant atmosphere. By the way: The first Berlin six-day race was held in 1909.

When: 27 - 29 January
Where: Velodrom, Paul-Heyse-Strasse 26, Friedrichshain

Tip 5: Tanztage Berlin (Dance Days Berlin)

Aussenansicht Sophiensäle
© visitBerlin, Foto: Nele Niederstadt

The start of the year also marks the beginning of the Berlin dance season. Traditionally, the Tanztage focuses on up-and-coming dancers. The festival's main theme is reflection on today and looking to the future, with the dancers questioning traditional perspectives. This year, the focus is on stimulus overload and chronic fatigue - on the old stories of progress and growth, areas that have always depended on the exploitation of the earth and bodies. 

When: 5 - 21 January
Where: Sophiensaele, Sophienstraße 18, Mitte

Tip 6: British Shorts

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: David Saium/EyeEm

Comedy, drama, animation, documentaries, thrillers, horror, experimental and music videos: At the 15th British Shorts Festival you can expect 150 films of the most diverse genres and perspectives. They have only one thing in common: they come from Great Britain or Ireland - and transport the typical attitude to life of the British Isles. And of course there will be award ceremonies, exhibitions and live music.

When: 19 - 25 January
Where: City Kino Wedding, Müllerstraße 74, Wedding and three other cinemas

Tip 7: Ultraschall Festival

Radialsystem V
Radialsystem © Foto: Phil Dera

Contemporary music as an art form in its own right: at the Ultraschall Festival you can hear established ensembles, newcomers and experimental works. The festival, which has been presenting contemporary music in all its facets for over 20 years, always has some exciting first performances and new interpretations on the programme. So it's definitely worth a listen! 

When: 18 - 22 January
Where: Haus des Rundfunks, Masurenalle 8 - 14, Charlottenburg; Radialsystem, Holzmarktstraße 23, Friedrichshain; Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, Neukölln

Tip 8: 48th Berlin New Year's Run

01.01.2018 Berliner Neujahrslauf
© Camera4

Get fit for the new year. Start January with a refreshing run and successfully put your good intentions for the new year into practice on the four-kilometre course. The run starts at Pariser Platz, right next to the Brandenburg Gate, and goes all the way to the Berlin Cathedral and back. You can join in spontaneously, registration is not necessary for this sporty start to the new year.

When: 1 January, 12 noon
Where: Brandenburg Gate | Pariser Platz, Mitte

Tip 9: Hertha BSC vs. 1. FC Union

© Camera4

Things will heat up in Berlin's Olympiastadion right away in January. On the 18th matchday of the Bundesliga, the two traditional Berlin clubs will face each other. Whether you're a Hertha fan or an Eisern fan, the whole of Berlin will be rooting for this match!

When: 28 January
Where: Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg

Tip 10: Ins Offene..! - Musikfestival 2.0

Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin in the evening: View over the water
Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin in the evening © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

And another music festival! Here, however, "Into the Open..!" is played. and music is interwoven with other artistic genres to create a completely new dream world. There is experimentation and trial and error. Only young musicians will be performing, developing new formats together with established artists from the fields of dance, video and visual arts. Discussion formats and workshops, for example with the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov or a social media seminar, round off the programme. All visitors receive free admission to the big afterparty. 

When: 25 - 28 January
Where: Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, Kreuzberg

Tip 11: Roads not Taken. 

Deutsches Historisches Museum
Exterior view Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin © (c)DHM_Thomas Bruns

With "Roads not taken", the German Historical Museum takes you back in time to key moments in German history in the 19th and 20th centuries. What if decisions had been made differently, if constellations had been somewhat different? The exhibition contrasts the actual course of events with probable other turns of events. Things could have turned out differently.

When: until 24 November 2024
Where: German Historical Museum, Pei-Bau, Hinter dem Gießhaus 3, Mitte



Even more tips for January can be found in the calendar of events

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Bevor sie in Berlin ihr Zuhause fand, berichtete sie als Korrespondentin und Trendscout aus den USA. Heute ist sie kreuz und quer in Berlins Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich mit Kultur, Musik und Zukunftsideen für ein innovatives Berlin. All posts