A Whole Year of Culture
The capital is rich in culture. Visitors who come to Berlin from all over the world have some 1,500 events to choose from every day. The interplay of its eventful history and a vibrant creative scene which reinvents itself every day makes Berlin a fascinating and unique cultural metropolis in the heart of Europe: world-renowned museums and avant-garde galleries, virtuoso orchestras and electro beats, pop-up restaurants and gourmet festivals, prominent theatres and open-air acts – every day, every evening, every night is an event in Berlin!
Berlin Highlights 2014
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the special exhibition "1914–1918: The First World War" will form two focal points in the capital's cultural calendar of 2014. In addition, visitors to Berlin can again expect a variety of events. Whether it is dancing at the Carnival of Cultures, feasting during Green Week, or experiencing history right where it happened or in one of Berlin's many museums—there's something for every taste.
25th Anniversary Fall of the Wall
9 November 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To honour this major anniversary, a series of special events and museum exhibitions are planned to take place throughout the city, focusing on the division of Germany and Berlin, the Cold War, and the peaceful revolution leading to reunification.
One of the main highlights will be happening on the weekend around 9th November: Along the former course of the Berlin Wall a new temporary Berlin Wall will be built with thousands of white balloons. It is going to run right through the city centre and it will be illuminated. If the weather is good enough this wall can even be seen from outer space.
Visitors to Berlin have many choices to experience the history of the wall and what it meant to the city and the people of Berlin. These include a GPS-guided walking tour on the trail of the Berlin Wall, guided or self-guided bicycle tours on the Wall path, visits to underground Berlin, former watch towers, Wall memorials, The GDR Museum, or a drive into the East of the city in an original GDR Trabant car.
Various locations, autumn 2014, www.kulturprojekte-berlin.de/en/home.html
100 Years since the Start of WWI – Special Exhibition at the German Historical Museum
Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the German Historical Museum is planning a major exhibition in 2014. Throughout 15 stations, curator Juliane Haubold-Stolle plans to demonstrate locations and themes of the war and their effects from a global perspective.
Deutsches Historisches Museum, 6.6.–7.12.2014
Ai Weiwei – First Solo Exhibition of the Artist in Berlin
A major solo exhibition of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is scheduled to open in spring 2014 at the Martin Gropius Building. The exhibition is developed in cooperation with the artist, who is also going to exhibit in the large atrium of the building. Ai Weiwei has always understood his art as political: concept art, performance, photography - the breadth of the forms of his artistic expression has helped to make him China's most important contemporary artist. His exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Asia are legendary.
Martin Gropius Bau, Spring 2014
300th Anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Birth
Johann Sebastian Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is one of the most important composers of the 18th century. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his birth on 8 March 1714, the six Bach cities of Weimar, Leipzig, Frankfurt an der Oder, Berlin, Potsdam and Hamburg are planning a year of celebrations. A rich program consisting of concerts, exhibitions, conferences, festivals and many other activities will be dedicated to the life and work of the composer.
Various locations, 15.12.2013–31.12.2014
Bread & Butter
With its ‘tradeshow for selected brands’, BREAD & butter GmbH & Co. KG realizes the concept of an innovative trade fair event for contemporary clothing culture. The internationally prevailing tradeshow provides a creative marketing and communication platform for selected brands, labels and designers from the progressive segment that is unrivalled throughout the world.
Tempelhofer Freiheit, 14.–16.1.2014
International Green Week Berlin
The International Green Week Food Fair has been a regular Berlin event since 1926. In no less than 26 exhibition halls a host of around 1500 national and international exhibitors present a wealth of products and services from the food, agriculture and horticulture industries. The range of food and drinks at the world's largest consumer fair is nothing short of a culinary world trip! The highlights include horse shows, as well as exhibitions on holidays and shopping in the country or renewable energies.
Berlin ExpoCenter City, 17.–26.1.2014
64th International Film Festival Berlin
International stars on the red carpet, enthusiastic fans, filmmakers from all over the world and, above all, great films – between 6 and 16 February, Berlin is the centre of the film world during the 64th International Film Festival. Around 400 films are shown and tickets are available to everybody as the Berlinale is the largest public film festival in the world. With big international productions featuring top stars, experimental independent films and art house cinema from around the whole world, the festival presents films over 10 days that are inspiring as well as touching and let you discover new worlds. The venues include premier cinemas and the Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz plus the famous Friedrichstadtpalast revue theatre.
Various locations, 6.–16.2.2014
Festival Days Berlin 2014
An array of great artists, a formidable programme, a highlight of the season: In Easter 2014 we can look forward again to exceptional opera and concert performances during the Festtage (Festival Days): Two music theatre productions and three concerts, with Daniel Barenboim as conductor and pianist. The opera programme is dedicated to two artists celebrating anniversaries in the season 2013/14, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.
Philharmonie and Staatsoper, 11.–24.4.2014
In May, the Berlin creative scene will hold a discovery tour through numerous galleries. Art lovers can get to know the city’s contemporary art collections at exclusive viewings, events and guided tours.
Various locations, 2.–4.5.2014
14th Long Night of the Sciences 2014
Science becomes an experience on the "brightest night of the year". From 4pm until midnight, more than 60 scientific institutes in Berlin and at Potsdam invite you to visit laboratories, archives and lecture halls which are not normally open to the public. Scientists present their area of expertise, show experiments and answer to the manifold questions of the visitors.
Various locations, 10.5.2014
34th Long Night of Museums
Berlin’s Long Night of Museums takes place twice a year. Since starting out in 1997, almost all of the city’s 180 museums and memorials have taken part in the Long Night. Each event offers a different combination of museums and a new programme, with ever more museums and initiatives joining in, so that visitors are guaranteed a diverse experience and new discoveries every time.
Various Locations, 17 May 2014
Carnival of Cultures
The Carnival of Cultures will bring together the nations of the world in a cheery street festival. Guests will be treated to international music on four stages and some 400 stalls offering culinary delicacies and tasteful handicrafts. The culmination of the festivities is a colourful street parade on Whitsun. The audience can join in the party as floats with artists from 80 countries performing traditional dances and acrobatics pass by.
The Viking Exhibition
Go back more than a thousand years and immerse yourself in the world of the Vikings. From autumn 2014, the large-scale exhibition "The World of the Vikings – Cultures in Contact" will cover the cultural history of the Vikings with outstanding authentic artefacts from that time. The centrepiece will be the wreckage of the largest known Viking ship. Visitors will experience the fierce bravery of the Vikings from a new perspective. The exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Denmark in collaboration with the British Museum in London and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History) of the Berlin State Museums.
Berlin Highlights 2015
Opening of the English Garden
In preparation for the Internationale Gartenausstellung 2017, the Gardens of the World are enriched with a special garden. In the spring of 2015, a 5,000 m2 traditional English garden with a cottage and cottage garden, a rose and perennial garden, wide lawns and an orchard will be ready to welcome visitors.
Garden of the Worlds, spring 2015
Champions League Finale
Football fans can rejoice when Berlin's football scene will take centre stage: on 6 June 2015, the men's Champions League Finale will take place in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The women's finale will take place a day earlier on 5 June 2015.
Olympic Stadium, 6.6.2015
Finale of the Formula E Championship
Another major event in 2015 will get racing fans excited when Berlin hosts the FIA Formula E Championship. After a tour of ten cities around the world, including Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles, the finale of the first all-electric racing series will take place in Berlin. The fastest electric cars will rev their engines and race to the finish on the three-kilometer stretch on the tarmac of Tempelhofer Freiheit.
Tempelhofer Freiheit, May/June 2015
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