February City Events in Berlin
Berlin is a city that never sleeps; its clubs rage all night and its coffee shops open for breakfast before dawn. If you are in Berlin in February let Generator guide your footsteps to some great events:
Berlin International Film Festival 2013 – Berlinale – 7th – 17th February
Berlin International Film Festival is just that; a huge cultural event that showcases both big and small films from local and international filmmakers. This year is the 63rd Berlinale and it promises to be one of the best yet. With around 400 films to choose from across cinemas city-wide you may think you’ll have trouble picking out what to see, but the films are divided into categories each with huge blockbusters, unique independent films and stylish shorts. Why not try and mix it up a bit? If you are a fan of gritty realism then try a horror flick, or if you are into art house try a documentary. Of course we cannot list every film here but a couple of highlights we recommend are “Gold – You Can Do More Than You Think”, “The Best Offer” and “Tokyo Kazoku” all from the BERLINALE SPECIAL selection.
The Bloody Beetroots at Astra Kulturhaus – 28th February
The Bloody Beetroots continue their world tour with a gig at one of Berlin’s foremost clubs – Astra Kutlurhaus. The music is a mix of electro house and dance-punk; this means you will get a pounding drum beat overlaid by complicated electric keyboards with a few guitars thrown in for good measure. It does all seem to come together pleasingly though. The man behind the sound is Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, an Italian producer and photographer whose fondness for masks leads the spotlight away from him and onto the music itself, which is what he seems to want. Make up your own mind:
The Jacksons Tour At Tempodrom – 18th February
At the opposite end of the musical spectrum the legendary Jacksons are coming to Tempodrom on their Unity Tour. Despite the tragic death of Michael, the family still keeps the music together and they seem to be as popular as ever. The Jacksons became the first family of pop and reigned during the 70s and into the 80s and now they are on their way back to the top. With the “Very Best of the Jacksons” album released in 2009, which included huge hits like “Blame it on the boogie” and “Shake Your Body (Down to The Ground)”, their fans have been hungry for more.
The Lizard and Friends – Michael Hatzius at Quatsch Comedy Club – 11th – 12th February
Think puppet shows are just for kids? Think again and come and see the Lizard and Friends at Berlin’s Quatsch Comedy Club. Michael Hatzius is the brain and hands behind this group of eclectic, artificial and funny animals; he is quite simply a comic genius. With several major comedy awards under his belt including the cabaret prize of Koblenz and the Jury Prize at the Prix Pantheon it is clear his peers also think he is one of the greats. Each animal in the show has its own character and story. For example the lizard is around 2,000 years old and helped Aristotle set up the first theatre in the world. The show is very interactive so be prepared to get involved.
The Transvestite Show – Theater Im Keller – Every Friday and Saturday
For a refreshing change take a trip to the theatre and see some of the biggest female stars playfully reproduced with a touch of bedazzle. The Theater Im Keller, or ‘theatre in the cellar’, is known for its open minded productions which border on flamboyant. If you love everything glitzy and sparkly and don’t mind a few sequins in your drink then this show is the one for you. Every Friday and Saturday night the “ladies” don their stockings and wigs to transform into the likes of Diana Ross, Nana and Britney Spears. Make sure you book in advance though as the theatre is tiny and often packed to the rafters!
Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke – 14th February
February is the month of love and our Berlin hostel is the perfect place to spend it, walking hand-in-hand down Unter den Linden or sharing a cake in a bakery. If you don’t fancy that though try at night out at Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke on the February 14th instead. This bar is almost legendary in the district Berlin Kreuzberg, as a lively place to test your vocal chords. The huge catalogue of tracks includes everything from J-Lo and Justin Timberlake to The Scorpions and Iron Maiden. If you are a bit shy you can hire a cabin and just treat your friends to your vocal stylings in semi-privacy.
Weinmesse at Berlin Tempelhof – 22nd – 24th February
If you relish a good red or wish for a crisp white then head to the Berlin Weinmesse (Wine Fair), to try your favourite tipple. For three days the Tempelhof is home to German oenophiles who come to delight in samples from more than 400 wine makers and distributors. This year is the 12th edition of the Wine Fair and it is really getting into its stride with more than 150,000 visitors expected to turn up and sup.
Snooker German Master at Tempodrom – 30th January – 3rd February
The silent anticipation before the shot, the gentle clink of the balls, what more could a snooker lover want? If you happen to be in Berlin at the beginning of February and love the green baize then head to the Tempodrom for the German Masters.
Tremonti at Lido – 4th February
Lido in Berlin has a reputation for showcasing the best in indie rock and Tremonti fits right in here. Mark Tremonti, the musical force behind the Tremonti project, is already a huge figure in the rock world having been the lead guitarist and founding member of both Creed and Alter Bridge. He is now branching out with his new line up. The massive success of his first solo album, “All I Was”, was released in July 2012 and reached number seven in the independent album chart is now followed by sell-out tour dates. For some really gritty and hardcore rock that balances the shredding with infectious riffs and a heavy, fast drum beat, head down to the Lido and get your mosh on.
Carnival in Berlin – 11th – 13th February
One of the great things about February in Berlin is the carnival. Parades wind through the frozen streets and colourfully dressed characters on the floats throw handfuls of sweets to the outstretched hands of those watching but you have to shout “Helau” to get the sweets and they make you really shout loud! The carnival is traditionally held as the last big party before the start of Lent and the final day is called Rose Monday when the celebrations reach fever pitch so wrap up warm and enjoy the fun!