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Berlin's Most Unforgettable Art and Culture Events in Summer 2014
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Berlin's Most Unforgettable Art and Culture Events in Summer 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
From art, juggling and jazz in the streets to major European cultural events such as the Berlin Biennale and Dance in August, summer in Berlin is a fabulous time to sample the cultural vitality of Germany’s capital. While fashionistas flock to Berlin Fashion Week, down-to-earth garden lovers soak up the magical atmosphere of Botanical Night at the Botanic Gardens. Over the summer months in Berlin, there’s something for everyone.
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Art | Berlin Biennale

29 May – 4 August

Held every other year, the Berlin Biennale turns various locations in the city into galleries for contemporary art. Since each year’s Berlin Biennale is put together by a different curator, this art event is influenced by his or her perception of society and the modern world. The Biennale explores artistic developments and presents the unfamiliar against the backdrop of the city, its people and their relationship to art. The Berlin Biennale is an open space that critically examines and experiments with the latest forces in the art world. This year, the innovative character of this ‘art lab’ will be expanded with the aim of giving young artists the opportunity to present their art to the public. The Berlin Biennale was founded in 1998 on the initiative of Eberhard Mayntz and Klaus Biesenbach in order to promote an international forum for contemporary art in Berlin.

Event takes place in various locations across Berlin

Berlin Art Biennale
Berlin Art Biennale | Kronberger4/WikiCommons

Music | Spandau Citadel Music Festival

4 June – 30 August

Every summer, the Citadel Music Festival stages a series of rock, pop and electronic music concerts at a spectacular location: the ancient citadel in Berlin-Spandau. The Citadel, located in the Spandau District in the western outskirts of Berlin, is an ancient stronghold from the Renaissance and one of the best preserved citadels in Europe. The open-air arena is surrounded by massive stone walls and buildings which generate a very specific atmosphere and acoustics, attracting international artists as well as music fans from all over the world. The Citadel Music Festival has never been restricted to a certain type of music. Artists range from punk to alternative, jazz and pop. Among them have been legends like Bob Dylan, as well as current bands such as Gossip, The Pogues or the US-American alternative band 30 Seconds to Mars.

Citadel Music Festival, Spandau, Berlin, Germany

Art | Open Air Gallery

6 July 2014

Twice each year, the Open Air Gallery turns the Oberbaumbrücke into an art mile. More than 100 artists display their paintings, photographs and sculptures on the distinctive bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. The aim of the Open Air Gallery is to stimulate dialogue between artists and those viewing their art. Even though the festival’s popularity has grown over the years, it sticks to its original concept: both professionals and young talent are given the chance to present their art in the categories paintings/graphics, sculptures and photography. Festival visitors havethe chance to get involved and create art as a 120-metre-long canvas invites all who attend to paint, draw or doodle. Since its premier in 2002, the Open Air Gallery has grown into an important event which is held twice every year.

Open Air Gallery, Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin, Germany

Design | Berlin Fashion Week

8 – 13 July

Twice a year, Berlin becomes an international location for fashion frenzy. During Berlin Fashion Week the whole fashion industry visits the capital, interacts at shows and attends off-site events. Among the many events that take place during Berlin Fashion Week, highlights are the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin shows at the Brandenburg Gate. Bread & Butter is the leading international trade fair for street and urban wear and is located at the former Tempelhof Airport. The trade fair ‘Bright’ presents street wear and the New York Trade Show ‘Capsule’ shows new and popular design labels. Berlin shows off its ‘green-fashion’ side, too, by introducing the newest trends and discussing current questions surrounding ecological design. Among the week’s eco-shows are Showfloor Berlin, GREENshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show. The Showroom Days take place in various locations, largely as public events, for everyone interested in fashion.

Event takes place at various locations across the city

Culture | Botanical Night at Botanical Gardens

19 July

Once a year, the Botanic Garden Berlin hosts the Botanical Night. During the Botanical Night a 16-kilometre long path along the flower beds and several themed gardens are illuminated and guide visitors to many attractions. Various mythical creatures appearing in between flowers turn the garden into a romantic and magical place. The programme of the Botanical Night lasts until 2 a.m. Visitors can participate in several guided tours through the garden focusing on specific botanical topics. Furthermore, cabaret, theatre, dance performances and food delicacies are all part of the festivities, completed by a huge fireworks display above the Italian garden which paints flowers in the sky.The Botanic Garden in Zehlendorf-District opened in 1910. Since then it has become one of the world’s most famous botanical creations. The 43 hectares contain about 22,000 different plants from all over the world.

Botanic Night, Botanical Garden, Koenigin-Luise Strasse 6-8, Berlin, Germany

Culture | Berlin Jugglers’ Festival

1 – 11 August

Summer is a magic time in Berlin, especially during the 10-day Berlin Jugglers’ Festival at the historical Schinkelplatz. Jester groups, magicians and acrobats turn the area into a fantastical place. Berliners and their guests celebrate summer traditionally with the jugglers’ festival. The 10-day summer festival attracts thousands of people with its cabaret shows and a great music programme. The highlight of the festival are the jester groups, in German Gauklergruppen, from whom the festival derived its name. Every year about 30 national and international jester groups come to Berlin and transform the historical Schinkelplatz into a place filled with fantasy and fun. Magicians, acrobats and clowns also walk among the crowds. A market with food stalls and artistic handicrafts completes the Gaukler party and makes it one of Berlin’s most delightful summer events.

Jugglers’ Festival, Schinkelplatz, Berlin, Germany

Dance | Dance in August

15 – 30 August

Dance in August in Berlin is one of the most important dance festivals in Europe. It focuses on contemporary dance, including experimental choreography performed by international stars and newcomers. Dance in August has taken place in Berlin since 1989. It is mentioned alongside the Montpellier Danse and Impulstanz in Vienna as one of the most important dance festivals in Europe. The dance festival concentrates on performances in contemporary dance and is open to experimental choreography and new formats. Workshops, presentations, talks and parties are part of Dance in August, too. An important aspect of the festival is its gay and lesbian content. In 2010 the opening ceremony included a piece about the transgender experience, in 2012 the motto of the festival was sexual ambiguities and AIDS. The events of Dance in August take place at various locations and attract about 17,000 visitors every year. Dance in August is a meeting point for artists, professionals and audiences.

Event takes place in various locations across the city