Festivals in Berlin MitteEdit This
Berlin is a city that is constantly changing, and what better way to showcase this than through the many celebrations and Berlin Mitte Festivals that occur throughout the year. Nearly every cultural aspect is covered in one form or another from film, to art, literature and gay pride. Whatever your cultural niche, this city will likely find it a cause for celebration.
Berlinale-The Berlin International Film Festival
An original creation of the American military personnel, since 1951 this celebration of film brings the best of the Eastern and Western worlds. The festival welcomes both premier filmmakers and the newcomers. Screenings of the films are judged by an international panel of critics, with prizes being awarded in the shape of a golden bear trophy. The festival happens each February, and takes place in the Tiergarten region of the city.
The Love Parade
Usually held in May, the Love Parade attracts more than 1 million people to the streets of Berlin annually. Started in 1989 to raise awareness and promote the concepts of peace and love, this celebration has turned into nothing short of The Rio Carnival - German Style. If techno music and outlandish costumes are your thing, you'll feel right at home here. Although the Love Parade gets called the largest rave in the world, guests that attend it are surprised at how much fun it really is. Very few problems occur and it provides an excellent excuse to eat, drink, dance and be merry.
Although jazz music isn't a German creation, that doesn't mean it isn't appreciated. Berlin is particularly known for its love of jazz and has one of the more prominent Jazz scenes in Europe. Jazzfest Berlin attracts some of the biggest names in jazz music. Piano legend Herbie Hancock has been known to make an appearance, despite the fact that the main draw is no longer big named American acts. Jazzfest Berlin takes place from the 4th through the 8th of November every year, in various venues around the city.
Jewish Theater Berlin
Even though the founders created a Jewish Theater, their aim was to attract cultures and religions from around the world. Since 2001, this theater has been drawing performances of an eclectic variety. Throughout the year, high caliber performances, concerts and plays are conducted here, bringing in audiences of all tastes. Performances and small festivals occur throughout the year, and come highly recommended.