21ST FAIRY TALE DAYS
Annually a literary festival designed all around fairy tales takes place in November. This year the 200years anniversary of the independence of many Latin American countries is ta great occasion to focus on the magical fairy tales of South and Middle America. Between November 4th and 21st many Berliner venues will stage the tales and myths - clearly not only for a young audience.
A continent between early high cultures, colonial period, and modernity. There is of course not only the Latin America of mythology , but also a colorful, diverse and very lively contemporary culture that is often quite hard to grasp for us Europeans. But most important: there will be awesome, fantastical stories, that will not only amaze children. Have fun!
6. BIENNALE JUNE 6 TO AUGUST 8
Ever since the early 20th century, Berlin is one of the most attractive cities in the world for art and artists. The city is always changing, is divers and contradictory. Every two years Berlin presents itself as the forum of contemporary art – the Biennale offers a platform for a dialogue between artists, people interested in art, the city and the public. Here you can experience Berlin as an art metropolis between bohemia and avant-garde.
With more the 100.000 visitors, supported by the German art fund, and with more than 900 publications in the daily press and the art papers the Biennale is a huge happening. This year, the Movie theatre arsenal, the theatre HAU and the Institute of Cotemporary Art Berlin will be, amongst others, the exhibition venues. The whole spectrum between art movie and performance, between music and painting will be presented. Just check the Biennale website and look at their program. You’ll definitely find something interesting!
CARNIVAL OF CULTURES
Taking place from 10th to 13th of June right next to the Grand Hostel, the Carnival of Cultures is an emotionally stirring event full of atmosphere and joy. Every year hundreds of thousand visitors come to Berlin to experience the stirring energy of the various stages at the street festival and the cultural diversity of the Carnival procession on June, 12th.
With its location right in the middle of Kreuzberg the Grand Hostel allows you to experience the Carnival feeling firsthand.
The Carnival of Cultures is a present to the city of Berlin, its residents and visitors - a musical, visual, and culinary highlight the electrifies with its energy. Drums, dancing, singing, and millions of flowers turn the Hermannplatz at noon on the 23rd into a sensuous festival of tolerance as much as curiosity.
From this starting point and all along the route Kreuzberg will be entertained by groups varying from Brazilian Salsa dancers to Hip Hop Bands from Neukölln, numerous groups from various cultural backgrounds. A great reason to visit Berlin!
CLASSIC OPEN AIR AT THE GENDARMENMARKT
Since 1992 this awesome event takes place at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin’s historical center. The fantastic architectural scenery of the great old buildings at this main square works perfectly well with concerts between Opera and Jazz. Together with good weather an amazing Berlin highlight!
For the 20th time these concert evenings take place in Berlin’s historical center and this year there will be an Italian Night, a Carmina Burana Evening and on the last night the performance of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London. An acoustic an visual festival and definitely worth a trip to Berlin. Because of its location the Grand Hostel is the perfect starting point for your visit.
The East-Side-Gallery is a "must-do" for every Berlin visit. 2 km of original Berlin wall still existing and being painted by international artists all over the world. An impressing experience closed to the Hostel!
Directly at the river spree next to U- and S-train Station "Warschauer Strasse" you may walk along the river and take a look at the famous east-side-gallery. This is the perfect location for a late afternoon or early evening programme. The location is very famous for its beach-bars and spectaculous sunsets in the middle of the city. Take the U1 in front of the hostel and be there in around 10 mins. Have fun!
TANZ IM AUGUST
For two weeks in August Berlin annually becomes the meeting point of the international dance avant-garde during the ‘Tanz im August’ (August 19th to September 4th) - Germany’s most important dance festival. The performances take place (amongst others) in the HAU, a theatre with three houses right next to the Grand Hostel. Watch out everyone: this is great art!
In addition to the actual performances there will be Workshops, lectures, and a large framework program. Besides the HAU, Berlin’s most important stages such as the Radialsystem, the Podevil, the Academy of Art Berlin will take part. Get an inside view on the contemporary developments of this magical parallel world and meet the newcomers and stars of tomorrow. Just one important notice: Get your tickets early!
YOU: YOUTH EXHIBITION OCTOBER 1-3
The YOU takes place on the site of the former Tempelhof airport for the first time this year. The location is the new hip and urban location in the middle of Berlin. The newest trends in music, lifestyle. sports, and education can be discovered during these three days. There will be lots of concerts, extreme sport events and for the first time a clear statement for a green YOU 2010.
Whether you need information about your language holiday, your next internship, the latest development in social media, or the newest cloths, at the YOU teenagers can find news and info for their very special interests. There will be music contests and various newcomer bands introducing themselves. The largest European Youth exhibition will be louder, bigger, and more interesting this year.