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CANCELLED: The Lesbian and Gay City Festival

The LGBT* scene celebrates at the Motz Street Festival

The LGBT* event, which is also known to
many as the Motz Street Festival, is divided into six main themes, called the
city festival “worlds”: the film world, radio world, sports world, politics
world, positive world as well as the wellness and health world. Lesbian, gay,
bisexual and trans-identified projects, associations and organisations provide
visitors with information about the different topics at their stands.


The Motz Street Festival also organises a colourful stage programme: national and international bands perform on a total of six main stages and there are also other performances and talks. A particularly popular programme item for years has been Gerhard Hoffmann’s talk show called Das wilde Sofa (The Wild Sofa). The host chats with celebrities and politicians on stage such as Kevin Kühnert, Renate Künast and Gregor Gysi. Another highlight of the event: the presentation of the Rainbow Awards.

The Motz Street Festival this year
The festival of the LGBT* community will be taking place once again this year. Traditionally located on the weekend before Berlin’s Christopher Street Day (gay pride), many international guests travel to this two-day event to officially ring in the party season of the LGBT* scene in Berlin. The celebrations not only include music, performances, info stands, food and drinks, exclusion of any kind is also expressly protested against: Like every year, discrimination and racism also have no place at this year’s Lesbian and Gay City Festival. The event starts on both days at 11 am and continues into the late evening hours. Admission is free, as it always has been.

The Lesbian and Gay City Festival: A Berlin Institution since 1993
Since 1993, the Regenbogenfonds e. V. association has been organising the Motz Street Festival, which is now the largest LGBT* street festival in Europe. In addition to the party atmosphere, the festival has also always made political statements. For example, every year politicians are invited to talks, and the mayor of Berlin writes a welcoming address. In addition, the rainbow flag is hoisted every Thursday before the festival in front of the Schöneberg town hall. The festival thus takes a stand in advocating for equal rights.

Parties, talks and a festive mood
The LGBT* scene comes together at the Motz Street Festival. However this multifaceted event around Nollendorfplatz is a beautiful and peaceful experience for anyone else also looking for a colourful street festival. With live music from international and local bands, performances, talks, delicious drinks and food you will spend an exciting weekend in an atmosphere full of tolerance.

  • Europe’s largest lesbian and gay city festival
  • In Berlin’s Schöneberg district around Nollendorfplatz
  • 330,000 visitors from all over the world
  • Music, shows, information and food stands
  • Gerhard Hoffmann’s legendary talk show Das wilde Sofa (The Wild Sofa) live
  Our tips for the Motz Street Festival
  • A non-denominational service will take place in the Twelve Apostles Church on the Thursday before the event. The Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO) also participates every year, having its own stand at the festival.
  • You should definitely travel to the festival by public transport as there are hardly any parking spaces near the festival site.
  • Admission to the Lesbian and Gay City Festival is free.

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