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What's On in Berlin in April 2017

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Updated: 23 March 2017
Spring is finally on the horizon, injecting hope into the hearts of the Berliners who have stuck out the harsh, dark winter. April is bursting with amazing concerts, festivals, sports events and exhibitions; here’s what you can look forward to this month.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st – SATURDAY, APRIL 8th

ART | THE HAUS Berlin Art Bang

📅 Saturday, April 1st – Tuesday, May 30th

This art experiment reveals what happens when you let more than 100 artists into an old bank building in Kurfürstendamm to freely make art. It’s been the job of these artists, who come from a variety of disciplines, to turn the whole building into a conceptual and unique experience, fully immersing the senses. Adding to the excitement is the fact that the building is set to be demolished in June, together with the exhibition.

📍 The Haus, Nürnberger Str. 68, Berlin, Germany

SPORT | Berlin Half Marathon

📅 Sunday, April 2nd

Time to dust off the inactivity of the winter months because Berlin’s 37th Half Marathon is here. The year 2016 saw 30,000 runners participate, with about 24,000 of those completing the course, making it one of central Europe’s most popular and prestigious events of its kind. The route is flat and scenic, winding past landmarks in both the former west and east parts of the city. The start and finish line will be on Karl-Marx-Allee, between Grunerstraße and Schillingstraße. If you’re not participating, go outside anyway to cheer on the runners.

📍 Start and finish area, Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin, Germany

OPERA | Festival Days Berlin

📅 Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 16th

Festival Days is Berlin’s very own opera festival. Five operas and four concerts will be performed during the week-long event, with performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Wiener Philharmoniker, as well as soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Radu Lupu and Martha Argerich. Daniel Barenboim will also be conducting Wagner’s Parsifal along with three other symphony concerts. Due to renovations at the Berlin State Opera, the festival will take place at the Schiller Theatre.

Tickets from €18

📍 Schiller Theater, Bismarckstraße 110, Berlin, Germany

SUNDAY, APRIL 9th – SUNDAY, APRIL 16th

MUSIC CONCERT | Timber Timbre

📅 Tuesday, April 11th

Timber Timbre hails from Canada. The band, known for mastering the psychedelic rock and freak folk genre, will be touring with the release of their new album entitled Sincerely, Future Pollution. Taylor Kirk is the genius behind this three-piece ensemble, who writes songs that are tragic, funny, ironic and at times dark and twisted; the superb musicality of the band is always underpinned by mystery and gloom. It’s an experience not to be missed.

Tickets: € 27.10

📍 Huxley’s Neue Welt Hasenheide 107, Berlin, Germany

MUSIC | Record Store Day official celebrations begin

📅 Thursday, April 13th

All over the world, every third Saturday in April marks Record Store Day, which means that all participating independent record stores, including Berlin’s vinyl and indie music specialists, will open their doors to celebrate the beauty and significance of vinyl through in-store gigs, parties and club events. More than 3,000 record stores worldwide participate, with about 20 of them in Berlin. The official celebrations begin in the city on April 13th, while Record Store Day in Germany falls on April 22nd.

📍 Various venues in Berlin, check the website to see if your favourite record store is participating

OUTDOOR | Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 Sunday, April 16th – Monday, April 17th

The blooming of pink cherry blossoms are a clear sign that spring is here. This charming festival is celebrating its 11th year, and there’s no better way to celebrate Easter than going to relish in nature’s delights. If previous years are anything to go by, the festival expects about 25,000 visitors. The event takes place on the occasion of the ‘Hanami’, which means ‘looking at blossoms’ in Japanese. The cherry blossom is a symbol of transience and beauty because it only appears for a few days each year.

Admission: TBA

📍 Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm, Berlin, Germany

MONDAY, APRIL 17th – MONDAY, APRIL 24th

The film festival that celebrates films made in Berlin | © Achtung Berlin/Achtung Berlin; A comic lovers dream | Artwork by Bea Davies/Urban Spree; Get a feel for the material world of the cold war era | ©Allied Museum/Allied Museum
The film festival that celebrates films made in Berlin | © Achtung Berlin/Achtung Berlin; A comic lovers dream | Artwork by Bea Davies/Urban Spree; Get a feel for the material world of the cold war era | ©Allied Museum/Allied Museum

FILM | Achtung Berlin

📅 Wednesday, April 19th – Wednesday, April 16th

Achtung Berlin is the third-largest film festival in Berlin. The week-long event is special not only because it shows feature, documentary and short films shortly before their official release in cinemas, but also because it shows films that have been made exclusively or in part in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Tickets: €7.50–9

📍 Taking place at various cinemas around Berlin, check the website for locations and programme

COMIC FESTIVAL | Comic Invasion

📅 Monday, April 24th – Sunday, May 7th

This event is the largest comic festival in Berlin, taking place each year at Urban Spree in the RAW area. Indulge your interplanetary fantasies and heroic icons with many free events on offer, including a comic exhibition, books by publishers such as Reprodukt and Renate Comics, workshops, concerts and a live-drawing workshop that invites visitors to create their own illustrations.

Free entrance

📍 Urban Spree Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Germany

HISTORY | 100 Objects, Berlin in the Cold War

📅 Monday, April 24th – Sunday, January 28th

This special exhibition presented by the Allied Museum puts 100 objects in the spotlight, each of which tells its own story from the Cold War era – a perfect outing for history buffs and people who are generally taken by Berlin’s fascinating past. Expect to find everyday objects alongside politically charged or deliberately staged ambiguities of the East-West conflict. Stories from the ‘two cities’ are supported by personal narratives on the state division of Germany and the effects of the global cold war on Berlin.

Free entrance

📍 The Allied Museum, Clayallee 135, Berlin, Germany

TUESDAY, APRIL 25th – SUNDAY, APRIL 30th

MUSIC | Nick Hakim

📅 Tuesday, April 25th

This Brooklyn musician has a soulful voice that stands out on even his most experimental, chaotic compositions. After the release of two widely praised EPs, Nick Hakim recorded his full debut album, Green Twins, and experimented with analogue equipment in both his studio and bedroom. The setting and the recording process are reflected in the different layers of the tracks, and we can’t wait to see him perform live in Berlin.

Tickets: € 15.40

📍 Kantine am Berghain, am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

GAMING | A MAZE Independent Games and Playful Media Festival

📅 Wednesday, April 26th – Sunday, April 30th

The 6th International Independent Games and Playful Media is here – an international platform for unique and experimental games, interactive digital art and other virtual realities. Interdisciplinary, gaming events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. The festival invites professionals and creatives from various fields to exchange their knowledge and visions, present their projects and play games, and it also provides a network opportunity to collaborate on future projects.

Tickets: €140 or €70 for students

📍 Urban Spree Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Germany

EXHIBITIONS | Gallery Weekend Berlin

📅 Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th

Each year, Berlin draws thousands of art lovers and collectors from all over the world to its Gallery Weekend. For two days and nights, over 50 galleries throughout the city will open their doors. Beside well-known art spaces, many new, independent and experimental galleries participate in the event with a focus on the contemporary arts.

Free entrance

📍 All participating galleries are listed at the official Gallery Weekend Berlin website