The past year was not easy, but despite the difficult times, many things could take place again: Festivals, concerts and shows have inspired us. In these first days of the new year, however, we don't want to look back, but share with you what we are looking forward to in 2023. There are a whole lot of highlights next year in Berlin. We have put together our personal favourites for the New Year for you here.
Watching films at the Berlinale
Kristin: I'm especially looking forward to the Berlinale in the grey month of February, when the film world is back in Berlin and the city lights up. Last time it took place under difficult conditions, but now the cinemas can be fully occupied again. And it will be a guest in cinemas all over the city. Two big stars have already been announced. Kristen Stewart will be president of the international jury - the youngest ever. And Steven Spielberg will receive the Golden Bear of Honour - the homage will be dedicated to him. As every year, I will report daily on the Berlinale in our blog, about the stars, the films and a look behind the scenes of the festival.
When: 16 - 26 February
Where: everywhere in the city's cinemas
Experiencing concerts in Berlin
Josefine: Already at the end of January, Berlin starts the concert season with Transmediale and CTM. You'll hear a lot of adventurous and experimental music here. Music as a bridge between history and cultures, as a link for shared experiences and sensations, as a gateway to unknown spheres.
Besides all the sound adventures, contemporary classical music and many small, creative gigs, I am of course also looking forward to many of the big and well-known stars who have announced themselves for 2023. You will be thrilled in 2023 by Phillip Boa, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Depeche Mode, Wanda, Sido, Cro, P!nk, Birdy, Herberg Grönemeyer, Helene Fischer, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Céline Dion and many, many more! Even for the Lollapalooza Festival the first acts are already confirmed. We will keep you up to date!
Listen to the visitBerlin Podcast Berlin Unboxed
Josefine: I'm looking forward to many episodes of our podcast Berlin Unboxed. In 2023, we'll take a look into the future with the head of the exhibitions at the Futurium. Listen in right now! Go on a journey through time by bike, take a look behind the scenes of the Theater des Westens and think about how and where new spatial concepts can create new spaces for new ideas in Berlin with Dimitri Hegemann, spatial researcher and founder of the legendary club Tresor.
Where: on Spotify, Deezer, Apple, Googe Podcast, YouTube and in our ABOUT BERLIN App
Going to photography exhibitions
Dagmar: Photos, photos, photos! Berlin 2023, that's photography. Not only that we already have great museums and exhibition houses for world-famous photographers with the C/O Berlin and the Museum für Fotografie am Zoo Berlin or with the Camera Work gallery and also in the Berlinische Galerie. For a whole month in March, international photography is celebrated at many cool locations in Berlin: at the European Month of Photography EMOP. And also in spring, the great new Swedish photo museum Fotografiska opens in the heart of the capital.
When: 2 March to 31 March 2023
Where: Museums, galleries, institutions, project spaces and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam.
Skating and competing in the Berlin Half Marathon
Catrin: What is the skate season without starting the Berlin Half Marathon? Only half the fun. That's why I'm particularly happy to be able to start the season again with many other skate enthusiasts on the first weekend in April. On 2 April, the inline skaters will start with the 21 kilometres through Berlin's city centre, followed directly by the runners, who will also be cheered on by thousands of Berliners on their sightseeing tour. To help you train, we have put together a list of the 11 most beautiful routes.
When: 2 April
Where: across Berlin
Enjoying exciting views at Tempelhof Airport
Dagmar: Everyone knows Tempelhofer Feld! But can you see it from the top and watch the skaters? I'm looking forward to being able to climb the former airport tower from May 2023. Then you can sunbathe on the new roof terrace with the best view. And admire the new exhibition rooms in the tower! You only get that in Berlin.
When: May 2023
Where: Tower THF, Tempelhof Airport
Driving out into the countryside and jumping into the lake
Josefine: Are you also looking forward to being able to put your coat, scarf and hat in the back of your wardrobe again? When the days start to get longer in June, all of Berlin is drawn outside. First to the parks and gardens, the beer gardens and the many beautiful places along the Panke, Spree and Landwehrkanal. And in summer it's time to cycle out into the countryside to the lake. Many of the bathing lakes in Berlin and the surrounding area can be easily reached by bike or public transport.
Cheering on at the Special Olympics in Berlin
Catrin: Finally, the Special Olympics World Games are coming to Germany. The World Summer and Winter Games alternate every four years and after more than 50 years they are finally taking place in Berlin. In 1968, Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, a sister of US President John F. Kennedy, founded the Special Olympics and today they are represented by the incredible number of 5.2 million athletes in 174 countries.
From 17 to 25 June 2023, 26 sports and two demonstration sports under the motto #ZusammenUnschlagbar will now inspire in Berlin. At the world's largest inclusive sports event, we will celebrate thousands of athletes and I am looking forward to great days full of emotions and exciting sports.
When: 7 - 25 June 2023
Where: several sports venues
Celebrating at Kultursommer in Berlin
Josefine: Discovering new places in Berlin and experiencing culture at the same time - that's something I'm particularly looking forward to in 2023. Especially because after the successful start last year, the Berlin Summer of Culture will take place again this summer. And that means 90 days of programme, music, theatre, dance, spectacle and everything, of course, for free and outside, all summer long!
Discovering Prussian history from a new perspective
Dagmar: In Berlin, the topic of "coming to terms with the German colonial era" is a very big one, at the latest with the opening of the Humboldt Forum. Now the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg will be showing a critical exhibition next year in Charlottenburg Palace entitled Palaces. Prussia. Colonial. Biographies and Collections in Focus which will present exciting works of art from the colonial era. From portraits of enslaved people and their touching biographies to candelabra figures and colourful glass beads: things you've never seen in this light. Exciting!
When: 4 July to 31 October 2023
Where: Charlottenburg Palace, New Wing
Getting goose bumps at the Musikfest Berlin
Kristin: When, after long months of digital concerts and theatre productions, the Philharmonic Orchestra was finally able to give a live concert again, it was an unimaginable moment of happiness. And so I also particularly enjoyed the Musikfest Berlin last late summer, when the really big international orchestras played. Special highlights have already been announced for 2023. Sir Simon Rattle will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and play Mahler's 9th Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Iván Fischer will open the festival, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons will make the Philharmonie swing with Gershwin.
When: 26 August - 19 September
Reading (and buying) books at the international literature festival berlin
Kristin: Most of the time we bookworms are alone, lost in books, immersed in our fantasy worlds, but once a year we get together for the international literature festival berlin (ilb). Then we listen to the readings together and look forward to seeing well-known and popular authors and poets live and discovering new ones. And of course we'll storm the book tables to stock up on new reading material.
When: 6 - 16 September 2023
Discovering new works at Berlin Art Week
Josefine: Last year, the Uferhallen in Wedding were the starting point for exciting explorations around the Berlin Art Week. There were workshops for children, discussions, music, neighbourhood tours and much more. I'm already excited to see what the organisers come up with for 2023, when contemporary art is presented all over Berlin for five days in September. There are always new things to discover on the tours for art novices and experts alike. Open project spaces, off-spaces and an open supporting programme for all ages show: Art in Berlin is for everyone!
When: 13 to 17 September 2023
Where: everywhere in the city
For even more event tips, you can click through our tips for every day throughout the year in Berlin's biggest events calendar.