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January in Berlin

New Year – new Events

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

This is off to a good start. The new year starts in Berlin with many exciting events. We celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus in January, dress up for Fashion Week, discover the world of Westeros and join in the six-day race - and say "Welcome 2019". Here comes our Top 11 of events in January.

Tip 1: 100 Years Bauhaus – Opening festival

Akademie der Künste in Berlin
Akademie der Künste © visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

100 years of Bauhaus - that is a reason to celebrate. With concerts, theatre performances, installations, dance productions and many other events, the Bauhaus Year starts with a furious opening festival. 25 productions with over 100 artists from all over the world show the influence of the Bauhaus from its exciting history to contemporary art.

When: 16 – 27 January
Where: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten

More information about the Bauhaus opening festival
Tip 2: Berlin Fashion Week

Fashion Week Berlin
Fashion Week Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

What does fashion in 2019 bring us? Berlin Fashion Week brings together the international fashion scene in Berlin to present the latest trends of designers and labels at fashion fairs, shows and exhibitions. In addition to the big events, which are exclusively open to invited guests, there will also be numerous public parties and events around the Berlin Fashion Week.

When: 15 - 18 January
Where: different venues

More information about Berlin Fashion Week

Tip 3: International Green Week

Grüne Woche Berlin
Grüne Woche Berlin © Thomas Machowina

For over 80 years now, the International Green Week has been taking place in Berlin in January. 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. Finland will also be represented as partner country of this year's Green Week with many events and special offers.

When: 18 - 27 January
Where: Exhibition grounds, Messedamm 22, Charlottenburg

More information about the Green Week

Tip 4: 2019 IHF Handball World cup

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Maybe it will work out this year with the world championship. Together with Denmark, Germany is hosting the Men's Handball World Championships. The opening game and other games will take place in Berlin. So you can be there when the best handball teams in the world fight for the cup and have exciting duels. You can see the German team live in the match against Brazil on Saturday 11 January at 18:15. Right next to the Mercedes-Benz Arena you can also show your skills on a mini handball field in the fan zone of the new Verdi Music Hall. Here you can also join the big handball party without tickets.

When: 10 - 17 January
Where: Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Mercedes-Platz 1, Friedrichshain

More information about the Handball World Cup

Tip 5: Unseen Westeros

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You can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Westeros in the "Unseen Westeros" exhibition. 40 artists from the television series have realized the ideas of "Games of Thrones" creator George R. R. Martin, bringing the world of ice and fire to life with new places. And the best thing about it is that admission to the exhibition is free.

23 - 27 January
Where: Umspannwerk Reinickendorf, Breitenbachstraße 32, Reinickendorf

More information about „Unseen Westeros“  

Tip 6: 6 Day Berlin

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In January Berlin becomes the meeting point of the cycling scene. At the SIX DAY BERLIN, the world's best cyclists compete against each other for six days and prove their endurance and speed in various disciplines, including standing, derny and sprint races. The event will be accompanied by a show program, music and an exuberant atmosphere.

When: 24 - 29 January
Where: Velodrom, Paul-Heyse-Straße 26, Friedrichshain

Tickets and more information for Six Day Berlin

Tip 7: transmediale

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

Once a video festival, now an important international festival for media art and digital culture: The transmediale wants to critically examine the current culture and politics shaped by media technologies. Artists, scientists and media professionals come together at exhibitions, conferences and performances for a creative exchange and thus create new ideas.

When: 31 January - 3 February
Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John Foster Dulles Avenue, Tiergarten

More information about transmediale

Tip 8: Tanztage Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Nele Niederstadt

The Berlin dance season begins with the start of the year. At the Tanztage, eight premieres and three guest performances show fascinating choreographies. The festival focuses on the perception of one's own body and that of others, which is transformed into the form of dance.  

When: 9 - 11 January
Where: Sophiensaele, Sophienstraße 18, Mitte

More information about Tanztage Berlin

Tip 9: Hellas Filmbox Berlin

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Bild: David Saium; EyeEm

The current Greek film is the focus of Hellas Filmbox Berlin film festival in January. With exciting directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos and Rachel Tsangari, Greek cinema has attracted international attention in recent years, so that a look inside the film box is certainly worthwhile.

When: 17 - 20 January 2019
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

More information about Hellas Filmbox

Tip 10: Stories in Yurts

IMAX Cinestar in the Sonycenter at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin
IMAX Cinestar in the Sonycenter at Potsdamer Platz © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

In January, the inner courtyard of the Sony Center is transformed into a Mongolian village when the cosy yurts are set up. In the tents, 30 authors read from their works under the motto "Communities - Roots and Change". In the Jurten-Spezial-Macht on Saturday, they will exclusively present debut novels. The entrance is free.

When: 17 - 20 January
Where: Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 5, Tiergarten

More information about stories in yurts

Tip 11: Chinese New Year Festival at Potsdamer Platz

© Getty Images, Foto: Ray Bradshaw

At Potsdamer Platz the Chinese New Year celebration will take place at the end of January. The festival welcomes the New Year with traditional music, dance and show fights, including the popular dragon and lion fights. A Chinese crafts market and an exhibition about the festival complete the programme. On Thursday, colourful fireworks will light up the sky above Potsdamer Platz.

When: 24 - 27 January
Where: Potsdamer Platz Arcaden, Tiergarten 

More information about the Chinese New Year Celebration

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - 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.


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