Well, September is here again. While we might all have mixed feelings about the upcoming ~6 months of grey, there’s no denying that this time of year is pretty special in Berlin. And, as the leaves start to turn, we need as many events as possible to keep us entertained!
Here are 7 cool things to do in Berlin this week.
Musikfest Berlin: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Berliner Philharmonie
Berlin’s concert season kicks off with Musikfest, a three-week long classical extravaganza at Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus featuring 65 works by 25 composers. Tonight, the focus falls on works by Andriessen and Tchaikovsky, as conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam bring Russian Romantic music to life with Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony. Sit back and enjoy some soothing sounds on a Monday.
Berliner Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, 10785 Berlin | 8pm
Musikfest Berlin runs from 30th August to 19th September
José González | Konzerthaus Berlin
As a child, he played bossa nova and Beatles classics on acoustic guitar; later the prodigious Swede made raucous noise in punk bands, rose to fame with indie-folkers Junip, then cemented a name for himself as a film composer and the man behind dreamy global hit Heartbeats — a cover of the Knife song. The 41-year-old singer-songwriter makes a guest appearance as part of the ‘Klazzik’ series, which advocates the abolition of the entrenched German categories E (‘ernst’, or ‘serious’) and U (‘unterhaltungs’, or ‘entertainment’) music.
Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin | 8pm
OPEN-AIR CINEMA – LAST CHANCE!
The Shape of Water (OmU) | Freiluftkino Hasenheide
Autumn is here which means it’s time to cherish the remaining Freiluftkino fixtures before the nights draw in. In this critically-acclaimed dark romance set in the 1960s, a mute cleaning lady discovers an amphibious human chained to a water tank in a secret military complex, and, naturally, develops a plan to free him. A love story unfolds, adventurous in every respect, that both plays homage to the fantasy classics of the 1950s, and challenges traditional role models.
Freiluftkino Hasenheide, Hasenheide, 10967 Berlin | 8.15pm
SCIENCE + CULTURE
Futurium opening | Futurium Berlin
With a climate crisis that won’t go away — and the colossal implications for the planet and humankind becoming alarmingly apparent — there’s never been a more pertinent time to focus eyes on the future. Fittingly, then, Berlin’s newest hub for science, research and development Futurium, opens its doors tonight with introductory talks (in German) and live shows from experimental dance outfit WhoMadeWho and hip-hop duo Hoe_mies. Over the next 3 days, all manner of workshops, activities and talks will take place, on everything from humanoid robots and eco skyscrapers to communal economies. Important stuff.
Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin | Public opening ceremony from 7pm
The launch weekend runs from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September, 10am-6pm each day, free admission
Utopia: Che Onejoon | Meinblau Projektraum
As a notable South Korean video artist, Che Onejoon deals boldly with the topic of North Korea in his works, despite political tensions and the potential risks. For new exhibition Utopia, he presents a documentary-style film based on the fate of Monica Macias, the daughter of an African president adopted by dictator Kim Il Sung as his own, and who remained in exile for 16 years. Onejoon also presents fascinating snippets of North Korea’s ‘International Friendship Exhibition’ catalogue — which detailed a huge list of state gifts received by the secretive nation — and which he illicitly photographed in a Seoul library.
Meinblau Projektraum, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin | Opening 7pm
Utopia runs from 7th to 29th September, Thursday-Sunday, 2pm-7pm
Lollapalooza Berlin | Olympiastadion
If you’re desperate for one last plastic cup of overpriced beer to mark the end of summer, head to Olympiastadion for the Berlin installment of global festival franchise Lollapalooza. After brief stints at Treptower Park and Tempelhofer Feld, the family-friendly juggernaut settles at Olympiastadion this year and features huge headliners Kings of Leon and Swedish House Mafia, plus a multitude of lesser known acts across the weekend. Naturally there’s a funfair too, and the rather intriguing ‘Aquapalooza’.
Olympiastadion & Olympiapark Berlin, Friedrich-Friesen-Allee, 14053 Berlin
Lollapalooza Berlin takes place on the 7th and 8th of September, from 11am each day
Old Fleas Vintage Market | Ballhaus Berlin
One for the hardcore vintage magpies: the Old Fleas Vintage Market prides itself on its pool of hand-selected vendors who offer superior quality vintage and vintage-inspired garments. But what really sets this occasional event apart from the usual Berlin Sunday Flohmarkt experience is the setting. Ballhaus Berlin, with its rich red walls and gold cornicing, offers a fittingly plush backdrop to an hour or two of rummaging.
Ballhaus Berlin, Chausseestraße 102, 10115 Berlin | 11am-5pm, €2 entry
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