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The Craziest Parties in Berlin for 2017

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Updated: 4 July 2017
If you’ve come to Berlin, there’s no doubt you’ve come to dip your toes into the city’s wild and rapturous party culture. With its origins in the anti-establishment, the scene continues to push the boundaries of social norms through the living, eating, breathing and dreaming of music and dance culture. Berlin has a banging party calendar all year round, from monthly club nights to annual street festivals – here are some of the best (and most daring) events to watch out for in 2017.

CreamCake

The badass CreamCake crew have branded themselves as a collective that goes beyond just clubbing and remain firmly committed to the disruptive potential of club culture. Eons ahead of the mainstream curve, the Berlin-based label and event organisation is led by a pair of power-women looking to forge their own path within the male-dominated scene in the city. They launched their first club night at the prestigious OHM in March this year, with a impressive headliner from Copenhagen-based producer duo Smerz. They have just launched their new summer event called EUROPOOL at Tropez, located in the Sommerbad Humboldthain. The party will consist of different performances, concerts and talks that aim to promote a united, democratic and peaceful Europe. Save the date for August 6 and September 3.

Discowomen X CreamCake CJ Workshop
Discowomen X CreamCake CJ Workshop | © Inkk Agop/ Facebook

Heideglühen

There’s not much publicity on this elusive club, other than those who have been there claiming it’s the best in Berlin. Created by former Planet and E-Werk resident Woody in 2012, this party takes place every second Saturday at an undisclosed location in Berlin-Moabit. There’s no Facebook event, no details on the website homepage about a location or a lineup, so in order to be there you need to sign up to the newsletter. The electronic party features both new artists and big industry names like Ricardo Villalobos, Âme and Radio Slave.

GEGEN

GEGEN is the German word for ‘against’. The party is focussed on Berlin’s queer scene, but everyone with an open mind and accepting heart is welcome to come and get down. This beloved night, taking place at Berlin’s KitKatClub (renowned for its sex and fetish parties), attracts one of the most diverse, fabulous, bizarre and crazy crowds to ever gather in one room. Taking place every second month on a Friday night, you are definitely in for a crazy, sexy ride at GEGEN.

Prepare for another universe
Prepare for another universe | © GEGEN/ Facebook

Room for Resistance

This party falls under the respected party umbrella of the //About Blank family. The focus is on women, weirdos, queers, misfits and people of colour, creating an open platform for historically marginalised groups to take centre stage and flaunt all their fabulous colours, freshness, beauty and diversity. Expect an easy-going, jubilant atmosphere at this bi-monthly, from 6pm onwards. The next event is set for July 15.

Rise at Watergate

Rise is a monthly club night taking place at one of Berlin’s finest clubs along the river Spree, Watergate. The African-inspired event takes over both dance floors and infuses them with African rhythms and culture. Headed by afro-house main man Hyena, Rise residents include South African-born, Berlin-based producer Floyd Lavine and Dede. The club night brings a new flavour to German dance floors and the house and techno genre. Save the date for their next party on July 22.

Producers Hyena and Floyd Lavine fro Rise
Producers Hyena and Floyd Lavine fro Rise | © Rise/ Facebook

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Germany just legalised same-sex marriage, ensuring that this year’s Christopher Day Street Parade will be one for the history books. The event entails weeks of festivities and celebrating, officially kicking off on July 21 at KitKatClub and ending with an epic after-show and closing party, featuring an army of DJs, performances and live acts at Suicide Circus. The actual street parade takes place on July 22, where the streets will become a rainbow of colour and jubilation. Join in!

Pride this July is one of the biggest celebrations in Berlin
Pride this July is one of the biggest celebrations in Berlin | © misign/ Pixabay

ButtOns

ButtOns is a monthly, Friday night event that has stepped up to evolve into the beloved Homopatik nights, also taking place at //About Blank. Another open, inclusive rave where all the freaks and misfits are invited to express themselves through a colourful curation of activities that includes an electric dance floor, mud fights, water bombs and arousing games, guaranteed to push all of your buttons. The next razzle-dazzle will be a crazy 48-hour edition kicking off on July 21.