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7 cool things to do this week in Berlin | 13 – 19 January

The one thing that makes Berlin winter bearable is the city’s jam-packed cultural calendar. This week we have the return of British Shorts film festival, Berlin Fashion Week, International Green Week, and a reopened Neo-Gothic masterpiece. Here are 7 cool things to do in Berlin this week.

Monday 13.01

Models walk the runway at the Lena Hoschek show during last year’s Berlin Fashion Week (Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images for Lena Hoschek)
Berlin Fashion Week | Various locations

FASHION | A big fixture on the international style calendar, this biannual event attracts cool kids and big names to its packed schedule of runway shows, fashion fairs and tech parties at locations as diverse as Flughafen Tempelhof, Kraftwerk and STATION Berlin. This year, labels and designers focus on a common issue: sustainable fashion. It all kicks off today with 3 graduate collections and a South African showcase, among other events, so there’s plenty to see. Don your finest outfit and go mingle.

Various locations across Berlin | From 10am-10pm today

Berlin Fashion Week runs from 13th to 17th January | See website for registration details

Tuesday 14.01

Experimental sounds guaranteed from pioneering glitch outfit Oval (Photo: promo)
Oval | Kantine am Berghain

ELECTRONIC | What began in 1991 as a trio is now Markus Pop going it alone. Beloved and indeed sampled by the likes of Björk and director Harmony Korine throughout a distinguished career, Oval is considered a pioneer of glitch music, using damaged CDs to recorded distinctive fragments of sound which are then superimposed to create electronic beats. New album SCIS is out on January 17th, so expect experimental loudspeaker arrangements and a lack of traditional instrumentation.

Kantine am Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin | 8pm | €17

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Wednesday 15.01

Benjamin Patterson, Piano d ́oiseux tropical is one of the prepares (Photo: Giorgia Palmisano / Benjamin Patterson / Courtesy Archivio Conz, Berlin)
Pause: Broken Sounds / Remote Music — Prepared Pianos from the Archivio Conz Collection | KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Francesco Conz, icon of the Vienna Actionism and Fluxus performance art movements was also a collector of unusual objects used in art. These include 65 pianos, commissioned by him, to continue the illustrious tradition of the prepared piano — a piano whose sound is altered by the placement of objects on or between the strings — initiated by John Cage in the late 1930s. His pianos were modified by various artists including Dorothy Iannone, Carolee Schneemann and Nam June Paik, and more than 20 are now on display at KW Institute. Over five days, performances by the likes of Charlemagne Palestine, Phillipp Sollman and Konrad Sprenger will take place around these pianos.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin | Opening 7pm tonight

‘Pause: Broken Sounds / Remote Music’ runs from 16th to 19th January

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Thursday 16.01

The cream of UK cinema comes to the screens of Berlin for the 13th British Shorts festival (Photo: Film still: Wale by Barnaby Blackburn)
British Shorts Film Festival | Various cinemas

FILM | Short and sweet: how all the best things are. Happily, it’s once again time to dive into the most weird, wonderful, and indeed brief, cinematic offerings from filmmakers based in the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With a week-long programme of screenings, talks, concerts, workshops and award ceremonies, it’s an easy way to acquaint oneself with the idiosyncrasies of a prolific and pioneering scene. The festival opens at City Kino Wedding tonight with, among others, a Brexit comedy, an animation and a music video.

City Kino Wedding, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin | Opening 8pm tonight | €9

British Shorts takes place from 16th to 22nd January at Sputnik Kino, Acudkino, City Kino Wedding HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kino Zukunft & silent green.

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Friday 17.01

Ultraschall Festival will feature the likes of œnm: an Austrian ensemble for new music (Photo: Andreas Hechenberger und Markus Sepperer)
Ultraschall | Various locations

NEW MUSIC | For the 22nd time, the Ultraschall Festival is attempting what is actually an impossible undertaking: to find music that is actually new. The festival, jointly established by rbb and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, illuminates the various facets of sonic experimentation over four days at Akademie der Künste, Heimathafen Neukölln, Haus des Rundfunks and Radialsystem. The programme includes world premieres by avant-garde composers Clara Iannotta, Sarah Nemtsov, Dai Fujikura and Gordon Kampe, as well as classics by the likes of Sofia Gubaidulina and Helmut Lachenmann.

Various locations | Concerts from 5pm tonight

Ultraschall Festival runs from 15th to 19th January at Akademie der Künste, Heimathafen Neukölln, Haus des Rundfunks and Radialsystem

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Saturday 18.01

Neo-Gothic masterpiece Friedrichswerdersche Kirche opens again this weekend (Photo: Andres Kilger / bpk / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie)
Friedrichswerdersche Kirche: Open weekend | Friedrichswerdersche Kirche

ARCHITECTURE | If you’ve always wondered what the big red Neo-Gothic church at Werderscher Markt in Mitte is like inside, don’t miss the chance to explore its cavernous interior this weekend. Built between 1824 and 1831 under the direction of neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the church’s foundations were so damaged during nearby construction works in 2012 that it’s been closed for renovations ever since. For the grand reopening, guided tours will take place on the 18th and 19th January, and from summer onwards the Alte Nationalgalerie will once again display sculptures beneath the spectacular vaulted ceilings.

Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, Werderscher Markt, 10117 Berlin | 10am-4pm, 18th + 19th January

Free admission, guided tours with restorers and curators from 11am both days

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Sunday 19.01

Croatia and its food are the focus of this year’s International Green Week Berlin (Photo: Volkmar Otto ©Messe Berlin GmbH)
International Green Week Berlin | Messe Berlin

AGRICULTURE | It’s that time again: 1,800 exhibitors from the food, agriculture and gardening industries descend on Berlin to educate, inform and sell their artisan products. With organic agriculture, renewable resources, gardening and the future of rural development the topics of discussion, there’s a lot to learn for those who care where their food comes from and who want to keep up with the latest food and garden trends. This year the partner country is Croatia, so expect exquisite wines, spicy cheeses, olives and truffles amongst other culinary delicacies.

Messe Berlin (north entrance), Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin | 10am-6pm | €15 /10

International Green Week Berlin runs from 17th to 26th January

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