From traditional festivities to film festivals, rock shows, theater performances, and art exhibitions, Berlin has a roster of great events to enjoy this May. Here’s the hot list for the month.
MONDAY, MAY 1st – SUNDAY, MAY 7th
HOLIDAY EVENT | Celebrate May Day Madness with Myfest
Monday, May 1st
Various locations in Kreuzberg, check the festival website.
MUSIC FESTIVAL | Get Groovy at Berlin’s Jazz Festival
Wednesday, May 3rd — Sunday, May 7th
This jazz festival surpasses the traditional interpretation of the genre to include electronically-improvised music, new classical music, and compositions from singer/songwriters. Expect to be wowed by ensembles such as the Birgitta Flick Quartet, a project by Berlin-based saxophonist and composer Birgitta Flick, and Dillion, a pianist and vocalist with electronic influences.
Tickets: € 179,50 for festival passes or varies for individually-priced shows
Various locations and venues across Berlin Kreuzberg, check the XJazz website.
CONCERT | A Sonic Voyage of Electronics and Percussion
Friday, May 5th — Sunday, May 7th
Taking place over three special nights, The Syn/Cussion Festival for Percussion and Electronics will present nine collaborations between musicians well-versed in analogue electronics and percussive instruments. Music lovers will also have the chance to marvel at a four-channel sound installation based on the Syncussion SY-1 drum machine, from which the festival gets its name.
Tickets: €12 – 42
MONDAY, MAY 8th – SUNDAY, MAY 14th
EXHIBITION | Otto Bartning, Architect of a Social Modernist
Monday, May 8th – Sunday June 18th
Architect of a social modernist explores the fascinating life and work of architect Otto Bartning (1883-1959). Bartning was one of the pioneers of Expressionism and New Objectivity in Berlin’s Weimar Republic. His contributions to art, culture, and politics will be showcased for the first time at the Academy of Art in this comprehensive retrospective featuring drawings, photographs, and architectural models.
DESIGN & ART | Treat Your Senses to a Visual Feast at Pictoplasma
Wednesday, May 10th — Sunday, May 14th
FILM | XPOSED is Coming to Berlin’s Big Screens
Thursday, May 11th — Sunday, May 14th
The 12th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival is coming to Berlin this month, promising an exciting lineup. Screenings, discussions, and celebration of queer cinema will take place over four days at Germany’s oldest cinema, the Moviemento Kino Berlin.
MONDAY, MAY 15th – SUNDAY, MAY 21st
CONCERT | Chilly Gonzales is Set to Rock the Konzerthaus
Monday, May 15th
Let the beautiful compositions of star pianist Chilly Gonzales transport you to another world. The Canadian singer-songwriter, rapper, and musician is currently based in Cologne. Best known for the electronic-influenced music of his earlier days, today he creates quieter piano tunes.
CONCERT | Get Moving with the Best of the Kooks
British indie pop darlings The Kooks will be hitting Berlin again this May. The rockers will be in the capital as part of a best-of tour where they will play their greatest hits from an impressive four-album catalogue.
Tickets: From €37,80
PARTY | Round off the Weekend with a Lazy Sunday
Sunday, May 21st
Weekend parties last until Monday morning in Berlin. Spend this Sunday night at Minimal Bar with Fuzoku, a local music duo with groovy music accentuated by great bass.
THEATRE | A Barely Legal Night on the Stage
Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Falk Richter’s Fear caused controversy when far-right group Alternative for Germany (AfD) tried to censor it. The show has brought Falk Richter lawsuits and endless hate mail since its 2015 debut. Fear found a home in Berlin, where it will be returning to the Schaubühne for two nights this May.
Tickets: From €7,00
EXHIBITION | International Museum Day
Sunday, May 21st
MONDAY, MAY 22nd – WEDNESDAY, MAY 31st
DESIGN | Typo Berlin
Thursday, May 25th — Saturday, May 27