We’ve made it halfway through January, guys. We can do this. Yes, the days are short and the nights freakishly long, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a cultural treat each evening. But where to start? Helpfully, we’ve hand-picked 7 events, happenings and general nice things to fill your calendar. Here’s what to do in Berlin this week.
| Classical |
Streichquartett der Staatskapelle & Elisabeth Leonskaja | Pierre Boulez Saal | 7.30pm
What better way to ease yourself into a bleak winter week than with some soothing classical sounds? The Streichquartett’s regular members are joined by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja for renditions of two wonderful Brahms works: a quartet and a quintet. If strings and pianos don’t revive you after the weekend, nothing can.
| Comedy |
Karsten Kaie: How to become a Berliner in one hour? | Comedy Club Kookaburra | 8pm
In case you’re new to the city and wondering how best to fit in with the locals, comedian Karsten Kaie has some tongue-in-cheek tips on how to nail Berlin’s unique social etiquette with the correct attitude and facial expressions. Forget those silly manners you once had and start acting like a proper sullen local.
| Food – NEW |
Fondette Restaurant | Mon – Sun daily from 12pm
If you’ve never eaten fondue in a cosily repurposed cable car carriage in the heart of Berlin, you haven’t lived. Newly-opened Swiss eatery Fondette offers a gooey selection of raclette and fondue cheeses – laced with truffle or champagne, naturally – in their delightful Alpine-themed courtyard behind Hackesche Höfe. As well as the two gingham-lined cable cars, there’s an adorable wooden chalet in which to dine (alongside the main indoor restaurant) if you book in advance or get lucky on the night.
| Cinema |
British Shorts Festival | opening 17.01 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) | 8pm
Surely there’s no better time for a film binge than the 3rd week of January. Thankfully, this beautifully curated programme of absorbing short films from the UK is here to occupy your evenings until the 23rd. Ranging in length from 2 to 30 minutes, the works range from dramas and thrillers to exquisite animations. Alongside the screenings you’ll find gigs, parties, talks and a free film workshop. Expect some Brexit chat at the multi-venue festival.
| Music |
Crush | Columbia Theater | 8pm
South Korean R&B, anyone? If you’re in the mood for something other than techno this friday, check out Crush and his smooth, hip hop-infused K-pop as he takes to the stage at Columbia Theater. Born Shin Hyo-seob, the 26-year-old is huge back home and has been making waves in the US since a showcase at last year’s SXSW.
| Demo |
Women’s March | Brandenburger Tor | 10am – 12pm
Originating in the US after a certain inauguration ceremony two years ago, the Women’s March movement has spread around the world in its fight for basic rights and equality. With #MeToo finally illuminating the harassment women face on a routine basis, it’s more important than ever to maintain momentum on this issue in solidarity with those across the globe who remain severely oppressed.
Gather yourselves – boys and girls – and make your voice heard.
| Art |
Bernd Koberling, Painting 2003 – 2018 | Kewenig Berlin | until 26.01
Coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday, this retrospective explores 15 years of his enormously diverse output across oil, acrylic and watercolour. Berlin-born in 1948, Koberling became synonymous with the neo-expressionism of Germany’s ‘Neue Wilde’ movement, with his works primarily inspired by natural landscapes. Expect sweeping impressions of his beloved Icelandic wilderness – the artist returns there for several months each year.
For more January highlights, don’t miss our picks of what’s on in Berlin this month.