July City Events in Berlin
As the summer heats up events move outdoors in Berlin. With the Classic Open Air Festival, Jazz in Town and Shakespeare in Green at Südgelände you can enjoy some great music and performing arts under blue skies. Check out some of our other picks this month in Berlin:
1. Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt – 4th – 8th July
Let’s kick off with a huge outdoor event in one of Berlin’s iconic tourist spots. The Genrdarmakt transforms from beautiful and historic city market place into a festival venue with a difference. For lovers of classical music this is a must but even if you aren’t a fan of flutes or are bored by Bach don’t be fooled into thinking it is a series of droning orchestral music. The idea behind the festival is to get classical music into a wider audience but also to introduce new themes and concepts like the night of pop and film music, the fantastic light show in Saturday or the Red Bull Flying Bach a project that mixes break-dance and Bach with amazing results. We’ll see you there.
2. German-American Folk Festival at fairground near Hauptbahnhof – 26th July – 18th August
You may not have realised but there is a thriving American community living and working in Berlin and you know how much Americans love a good fair. Originally started by US troops stationed here, to remind them of home, the festival is now in its 53rd year. You can expect all the usual festival fixings like carnival rides, cowboys doing lasso tricks, cheerleaders, candy floss, hot dogs and beer as well as music stages and chill out beach zones. So slap on your ten gallon hat and “have a good day”.
3. Botanical Night at Botanic Garden – 13th July
For a complete change of pace and some real culture try the Botanical Night. On the evening of 13th July the whole Botanical Gardens will be gently lit so you can wander through the flowers beds on illuminated pathways to enjoy the magical atmosphere. As well as the plants there will be music, tours, theatrical and dance performances and food delicacies and a fireworks display to keep you entertained. So why not watch the sun go down in one of Berlin’s most beautiful spots and see what comes out at night.
4. Young Euro Classics at Konzerthaus – 26th July – 11th August
OK so we are sneaking in a little more classical music, but it is in a good cause. The Young Euro Classics is a chance to see tomorrow’s musicians today. You could be watching the next Vanessa-Mae or Laura van der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012). Inspirational young people from across the globe will head to Berlin to show their talent as part of their youth orchestra. So go along and support the next generation of classical musicians.
5. German-French Folk Festival at Zentraler Festplatz – 14th June – 14th July
Another cultural kick with the German-French Folk Festival. For only 2Euros admission you will get rides galore, a genuine replica French Village complete with shops, cafes and bars and Asterix the Gaul! The fair is at the Central Fairground which is the heart of what used to be the French sector in Berlin. It is a little way out of the city but easily reachable by S-Bahn or bus. What more can we say but dig out your best beret and party up French style.
6. Berlin Fashion Week, various venues – 2nd – 7th July
If you are a fashion diva and love trawling the magazines for the latest look then Berlin Fashion Week is a must for you. Not only will there be catwalk shows, the Bread & Butter fashion trade fair and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Brandenburg Gate but many of the clubs, bars, restaurants and shops will be holding themed events. Berlin Fashion Week is still very new to the catwalk having only been going since 2007 but it certainly seems to be finding it stiletto’d feet quickly with a brand new young international talent who will then get the chance to produce their own catwalk show at the next event.
7. Jazz in Town at Rathaus Kopenick – All Month
For some chilled out jazz in another beautiful and historic outdoor location try the Jazz in Town festival. The Kopenicker Rathaus is a grand, neo-gothic, building known for its jazz and blues concerts. To accompany the tunes on warm summer evenings will be a rustic beer garden where you can have a snack or a big dinner along with the obligatory German beer. Notable acts to see during the month include Jessy Martens, whose stunning voice has been compared with Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner, Inga Rumpf & KK’nZ, sheer bluesy rock genius, and Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion, for some classic Caribbean sounds.
8. Shakespeare Company Berlin at Natur-Park Südgelände – All Month
Staying outdoors now with the Shakespeare Company Berlin. If you are a fan of the bard then this will be a real treat. Some of his greatest works performed by expert actors in the exceptional setting of one of Berlin’s green spaces – nature park Südgelände. The season lasts all summer but during July there will be performances of the hilarious Comedy of Errors (one of our favourites), the scathing Taming of the Shrew, the exquisite tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the truly great Richard III. So dig out your doublet and hose and appreciate some fine acting under the sun.
9. Foreign Affairs at Haus der Berliner Festspiele – 27th June – 14th July
So back indoors now but still with the theatre the Foreign Affairs Festival is all about contemporary performing arts. This year’s specially featured artist is William Forsythe who is known for his eclectic style. Over the festival the New York ensemble Nature Theatre of Oklahoma will be interpreting ten of his works along with plays from other well known writers like Angélica Liddell and Faustin Linyekula. We like the look of the opening act with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas and Boris Charmatz performing Bach’s well known Partita Nr. 2. Also good is the story of Romeo and Juliet on the telephone, where the players are asked to recount the story from memory. As you can imagine it doesn’t quite go to plan with a few hilarious additions.
10. Duckstein-Festival at Schloss Charlottenburg – 12th – 21st July
We’ll finish on something fun this month. Duckstein is a brand of beer popular in Germany; uniquely it has a reddish colour which comes from the maturing in beech wood casks. The festival is the usual mix of live music, artists, international street theatre and, of course food and drink. And the best bit it is free to get in! So slap on some sun cream and meet us at the Schloss Charlottenburg for a good time.