Werkstatt der Kulturen celebrates the artistic aspects of the city's cultural diversity by organising major festivals and weekly events in its own inimitable style.
You meet people from all over the world in Berlin. And all contribute a bit of their culture, their traditions, and their life stories to the story of the city. Cultural differences shape, enrich, and challenge the life of the city. They also offer plenty of inspiration for art and cultural activities. The Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin shines a spotlight on this diversity and Berlin's multiple cultural influences to celebrate it.
It organises events, both in its own event space in Berlin-Neukölln, or on the streets, such as the Carnival of Cultures in Kreuzberg. The latter is one of the most famous summer street festivals in Berlin, drawing thousands of Berliners and visitors to the streets of Kreuzberg each year to celebrate.
Werkstatt der Kulturen also regularly hosts jazz concerts, readings, dance performances, and even sometimes discussions on migration policy, just some of the 50 events they offer each month. Whenever possible, they invite participants to help shape the event or at least immerse themselves into the issues surrounding today's urban and multicultural lifestyles. An exciting experience not just for people with similar cultural backgrounds, but also for all lovers of world music and diverse forms of artistic expression.
Celebrating diversity and the start of summer
The Carnival of Cultures has been a fixture each Pentecost (Whitsunday) on Berlin's calendar of events since 1996 and is one of the most successful and most colourful street festivals in the city. The streets of Kreuzberg become a giant dance floor and stage for a loud and lively presentation of various world cultures, their musical identities, and the pure joy of life itself. Music and dance groups perform along the streets from Hermannplatz to Mehringdamm for as many as 1.5 million spectators.
The Werkstatt launched the three-day Sacred Music & Dance Festival in 2013. This festival also celebrates Berlin and music and dance from around the world. The Global Drums Festival and Black History Month each February have also become established on the Berlin events calendar.
A lift is available upon request at Werkstatt der Kulturen; in the summer months, a garden ramp allows access into the building. A disabled toilet is available.
Ticket prices are fair and often free.