What’s going on this weekend in Berlin?

Brandenburg Gate during the Festival of Lights. Photo: IMAGO / robertharding

FRIDAY

Uranium Film Festival

The only film festival in the world devoted exclusively to the theme of nuclear energy and radioactivity. The Rio de Janeiro-based organization is making a stopover in Berlin to detoxify the narrative around nuclear energy, presenting the complexity of the issue to the masses. Expected informative and indulgent explorations of the atomic age – check out toxic neighbor by Colin Scheyen, an excellent little documentary.

  • Various places | October 6 to 13.

Tag of Clubkultur

One of the youngest and best clubs in Berlin. Photo: Luca Godec

Tag der Clubkultur took place for the first time in the corona years, to support a part of Berlin culture that was seriously threatened at the time. This year, under the theme “Cultivating Roots, Shaping Spaces”, 40 clubs received €10,000 each and will show their immense cultural value to the world with exhibitions, conferences and of course parties. We are particularly motivated by the events of Aeden, one of this year’s winners.

Klangstraße Street Music Festival

More than a dozen musical acts will perform at this street music festival in Reinickendorf. Since 2014 the Klangstrasse festival has brought local artists to the local community for the cutest street festival you will ever see. It doesn’t matter if you like rock, world music, Balkan, Latin or folk music, there is plenty to see and do.

Kitty Solaris

Kitty Solaris concert, Sunglasses Record Release Party, Kesselhaus Berlin. Photo: IMAGO / Votos-Roland Owsnitzki

One for the indie lovers out there Kitty Solaris is a staple of Berlin’s transitional music scene because her music has always felt in tune with the sound of the moment. Trends come and go, but his music always sounds unique and never fails to deliver on the promise of a top gig.

  • Kultur Brauerei, Maschinenhaus, 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Oliver Thie: mapping the invisible

This intriguing exhibition sees artists massively blasting tiny microscopic creatures into huge wall drawings with insect species and populations dwindling at an alarming scale, this visual act of preservation is a stark reminder of the importance of life that cannot be seen by the human eye. If you still feel culturally inclined after that, check out our full list of exhibits right now.

Berlin Notes: The Movie

Photo: Berlin courtesy notes.

The hugely popular blog/instagram/desktop calendar Notes of Berlin became a movie in 2020. Premiering at the Warsaw Film Festival, the movie follows 14 stories inspired by real notes found on the streets of Berlin. From early morning, when clubbers stagger, until daybreak, until late at night, when laborious hands cleanse the city of the vestiges of the past day, the film chronicles 24 hours of life in a metropolis where beings and the most diverse destinies meet or sometimes intersect within a hair’s breadth. Catch the replay this weekend.

  • Acud Kino, Veteranenstrasse 21, 8:15 p.m.

Loud leaks

Everyone knows the name of Julian Assange. But no one accomplishes anything great on their own. At Noisy Leaks you can also hear Stefania Mauriz, the Italian journalist who has worked closely with WikiLeaks since 2009 talking about her new book secret power. WikiLeaks and its enemies. Noisy Leaks will also feature films, workshops, labs and an expo. Read our 2020 interview with Mauriz here.

tipBerlin Food Festival Market at Clärchens Ballhaus

Last year’s TipBerlin Food Festival. Photo: F. Anthea Schaap

Come participate in hands-on labs, eat dinner prepared by gourmet chefs, explore the food market and hear talks with food experts. The centerpiece of the tipBerlin food festival takes place this weekend, when Clärchens Ballhaus turns into a food market, with lectures and workshops as well. Make sure you’re hungry at the third annual tipBerlin Food Festival! If you want to know more, read our interview with event organizer Clemens Niedenthal.

Treehumana

Treehumana is an installation on music, sound and audio perception. Taking field recordings from Kurpie, a remnant enclave of primary forest in Poland, and bringing them to a post-industrial Berlin Treehumana asks questions about noise pollution and the effect of human noises on non-human spaces. Three Paetzold recorder players and four amateur singers divert the tradition of acoustic communion with the forest to study the reverberation of the old coal-fired power plant and their acoustic relationships with the environment.

  • Kraftwerk Oberspree Halle 70, Reinbeckstrasse 14, details.

SUNDAY

Spectrum

Fun for the whole family. Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

While we can understand why, it would be unfair to refer to Spectrum as the Techniches Museum’s little brother. With over 150 hands-on experiential exhibits, this is a museum that encourages you to touch and experience everything on display. Everything from light and sight, from microcosm to macrocosm, from heat and temperature, from electricity and magnetism, from power and energy, from mechanics and motion, as well as from music and listening, is explained in a hands-on way that kids and adults alike will love.

Berlin Cheese

Photo: courtesy Markthalle Neun.

On Sunday, October 9, the beloved Markthalle Neun (normally closed on Sundays) turns into a cheese connoisseur’s paradise. Complete with wine and beer stalls. Visitors will be able to salivate over (please no more) treats from local producers as well as cheese hubs like Switzerland, Austria, France, the Netherlands and the UK.

  • Berlin cheese, Markthalle Neun, details.

festival of lights

Brandenburg Gate during the Festival of Lights. Photo: IMAGO / robertharding

For an autumnal pick-me-up as night falls at 7 p.m., enter the city that will transform into a vast open-air gallery during the Festival of Lights, with Berlin’s landmarks serving as the canvas for light installations, projections, and video shows. 3D.

35 locations across the city will be illuminated, including Bebelplatz, Berlin Cathedral, TV Tower, Nikolai Quarter, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, State Opera, Hotel de Rome, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and Charlottenburg Palace.

Berghain

It’s no secret that Sunday is the best day of the week to party. And one of the best places for this is the famous Berghain (also not a secret). This weekend’s Klubnacht will feature newcomer DJ Fart in the South Korea Club. Don’t be put off by her name, she amassed a huge following when she played a Hör session, and it’s going to be huge. But if that’s not your thing, check out our guide to the entire clubbing weekend here. Also, a recent scientific study showed that Berghain affects your sexuality, and makes you want to have sex (hopefully it wasn’t funded with public money).

  • Berghain, Am Wreizen Bahnhof.

Bonus tip!

We recently discovered this caption on reddit, u/GilHockman, which publishes a weekly playlist of bands playing in Berlin this week. Keep up the good work!


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