Berlin has never seen this before! 90 days, 90 events, all free and outdoors – this is the Culture Summer Festival. Kultursommerfestival transforms many city sites into open-air performance spaces, running a daily program produced by Berlin’s best cultural institutions. We picked our favorite for the month of July.
Mulatu Astatke is considered the father of Ethio-jazz and one of Africa’s most versatile musicians. He is a master of the vibraphone and conga drums. He plays several percussion instruments, keyboards, and the organ. The evening will open with a DJ set and a performance from Africaine 808.
Artist Susan Philipsz performs David Bowie’s song “Wild is The Wind” in her own acapella version in the sound installation on Unter den Linden, while the students of Hanns Eisler Academy of Music directed by Žilvinas Brazauskas will interpret and improvise to this work.
Schaubude Berlin presents a special open-air spectacle for the whole family with four hours of street theatre. There will be a set with the hand puppet animals, as well as a performance from the Circus Tarabumba with oversized puppets.
Die Wiesenburg in Wedding will host a jazz concert on the banks of the Panke River with two very talented musicians Leléka and Ganna Ensemble performing their sets, former – her folk ballads, and latter – their unique blend of jazz, Ukrainian folklore, classical and experimental music. Book your free ticket in advance.
An old fish restaurant at the end of Ziegrastraße in Neukölln has been given new life by the team of Schlesische27. Amidst the old chic of the Mediterranean-style beer garden, the very special flea market takes place, where you can purchase time, acquire pure happiness, and buy other oddities. There will be small-scale music acts, dance performances, and poetic snippets. Visitors can also spin the wheel of fortune and encounter a few other surprises.
The piece "Portraits in motion" by Volker Gerling has been invited to theater festivals in 30 countries on four continents and received the prestigious Total Theatre Award at the 2015 Fringe Theater Festival in Edinburgh. Gerling has walked 4,000 kilometers through Germany, from which he documented his wondrously inconspicuous encounters in the form of photographic flipbooks.