The magnitude of Berlin’s cultural and entertainment offerings is the fuel that keeps the people of this city running through the icy months of winter. With top musical acts touring the capital, an all-female film festival, body-bending performance art and a food-infused dance party that will leave you wanting more, there’s enough excitement to warm up even the frostiest of spirits. Here’s the hot-list for Berlin this March 2017.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
MUSIC | Be soothed by the poetic sounds of Andy Shauf
📅 Wednesday, March 1
Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf has been making a name for himself with his recently released full-length album, The Party. Praised for his skillful and honest narratives around issues of the heart, soul and spirit, Shauf was named Producer of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2013. Expect slow, penetrating melodies crafted by the acoustic guitar, muted drums and dreamy synths, all carried by the warm frequencies of the clarinet and piano.
📍 Grüner Salon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2400 9327
FOOD & DANCE | Treat the taste buds and get down at the first Berlin Highnachmarkt
📅 Sunday, March 5
A group of fun-loving collectives have banded together to bring you layers of fun at an incredible location overlooking the Spree. Street food from around the globe, some of Berlin’s finest DJs and a flea market all collide in one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods. The best part? The event is free of charge and all proceeds made from food sales will go to the SAGE Children’s Hospital in Senegal.
FILM | See the bigger picture at the Berlin Feminist Film Week
📅 Wednesday, March 8–Monday, March 13
The Berlin Feminist Film Week is back for the fourth time with a sassy program of feminist films, workshops, discussions and a party. The festival aims to create a platform to inspire, entertain and, most importantly, pay tribute to all the exceptionally talented filmmakers who are challenging the current male-dominated perspective in film.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
MUSIC FESTIVAL | Celebrate Women’s Day with Pink Waves
📅 Friday, March 10
In honor of International Women’s Day this year, Urban Arts Berlin has curated an all-female lineup of talented acts that are pushing the sonic envelope. Expect anything from spoken word to the experimental and the avant-garde, and of course a journey into the darker sounds of techno. Women will be making noise, and everybody’s invited to join.
PERFORMANCE | Welcome to NoBody’s Land, a dance performance set to mesmerize and energize
📅 Sunday, March 12
In the high-energy performance NoBody’s Land, Blenard Azizaj and Maya Gomez invoke new possibilities of personal transformation and societal development beyond borders. Emotional, elegant and entertaining, the dance deals with concepts of migration, community, territory and freedom.
Tickets: €14/reduced €11
📍 Radial System V, Holzmarktstraße 33, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2887 8850
OUTDOOR | On your mark, get set and eat cake at the fourth Beneficiary Run for Refugees
📅 Sunday, March 19
Berlin’s old abandoned airport at the Tempelhofer Feld will become a 10 kilometer loop track for both seasoned and newbie runners taking part in the fourth Beneficiary Run for Refugees. Hosted by the Shisha Runners club, the event will have bodies moving in solidarity and participants will be rewarded with a place at the legendary cake buffet set up at the finish line. Registration closes on March 5.
Recommended Donation: €5–10
THURSDAY, MARCH 16–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
EXHIBITION | Immerse yourself into the history of installation art
📅 Friday, March 17
Round off the week with the opening of Moving is in Every Direction: Environments – Installations – Narrative Spaces at Berlin’s most renowned museum for contemporary art. The exhibition traces the history of installation art from the 1960s until today. As visitors move through the different rooms they are transported though the decades by expansive walk-in environments, video and sound installations.
Tickets: €14/reduced €7
📍 Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3978 3411
MUSIC | Join Sampha for an evening of cross-genre splendor
📅 Saturday, March 18
Hailing from South London, producer and songwriter Sampha promises to deliver a special night of progressive electronic sounds infused with soft, neo-soul textures. Those in the music know have been patiently awaiting the release of his debut album that drops on March 3, and is aptly titled Process.
📍 Astra Kulturhaus, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2005 6767
PHOTOGRAPHY | A tribute to a city in constant motion at the Frames of Berlin exhibition and closing party
📅 Saturday, March 18
Those who need to give the eardrums a rest after a notorious Friday night out in Berlin can exercise a different sense at the Frames of Berlin photography exhibition. The exhibition and closing party is the culmination of a contest where 10 selected photographers exhibit work relating to the topic of “Berlin, a city in constant evolution, a city forever becoming.”
📍 Fellini Gallery, Mittenwalder Str. 6, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 6500 5224
THURSDAY, MARCH 23–FRIDAY, MARCH 31
COMEDY | Laugh away the winter blues with Sprinkles of Self Doubt
📅 Saturday, March 25
Laughter is the most worthy solace for most troubles, especially when it’s making fun of that annoying little monster called self doubt. Join in the fun with two extended sets by two American-born comedians living in Berlin. Tapas will be available at the bar, and despite this being Berlin where time is never kept, the show will start at 8PM sharp.
📍 IL KINO, Nansenstraße 22, Berlin, Germany, +49 1577 681 1535
MUSIC | Get grooving with Avishai Cohen’s Jazz Free Project
📅 Thursday, March 30
This year Avishai Cohen performs fresh new music with his fresh new band. The show will give listeners a glimpse into Cohen’s new album that is set to come out later this year. In the depths of winter, jazz folks are invited to be set alight by this exciting six-piece ensemble.
📍 Huxleys Neue Welt, Hasenheide 107, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 7809 9846
PERFORMANCE | Fall in love with your body all over again
📅 Thursday March 30–Saturday April 1
In Körper/Bodies, Sasha Waltz uses 13 dancers to represent and explore the inner and outer bodies, drawing on its beauty and its strangeness, its limits and its mortality. The artist will look at the human body in everyday situations, observing its physical matter and rhythms in a rich display of movement. The performance will run for three nights.
Tickets: from €12
📍 Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 254 890