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What to do in April: Berlin’s best events this month

Not sure what to do this month? We've got you covered: these are the best events in Berlin this April.

Photo: IMAGO/Xinhua

April in Berlin

April is here – spring is in full bloom, the spring art season has kicked off and there’s loads to do in the city! Here’s the best of April, Berlin-style:

April 1

Tehching Hsieh

Photo: © 1981 Tehching Hsieh Courtesy the artist, Dia Art Foundation New York

The Taiwan-born artist Tehching Hsieh is famous for his durational performances, and for the next three months the NNG will be showing his most renowned work: One Year Performance 1980–81. As the artist punches in a time clock every hour for a year, exhaustion and delirium soon set in. 

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, through July 30, details

April 2

Ghosts of Landwehr Canal

Photo: (c) Ulf Germann

Inspired by the idea of Rosa Luxemburg’s ghost (whose executed body was dumped in the Landwehrkanal), this new work, tailored specifically to the industrial riverside location of Alte Münze, asks the bizarre question: what feelings and history do the living and the dead in Berlin have in common?

  • Berliner Ringtheater, 20:00, also Apr 3-5, details

April 2

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

Photo: IMAGO/Axel Caste

As part of the Festtage 2023, renowned French conductor Jérémie Rohrer takes to the Staatsoper’s rostrum for the very first time. Having conducted some of the most distinguished international orchestras, Rohrer now brings together the Staatskapelle and the Staatoper’s choir in a mighty rendition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, one of the composer’s most significant works.

  • Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 20:00, also Apr 7, details

April 6

Indigo Waves and Other Stories

Photo: Gropius Bau promo/design by 3pc

A host of contemporary artists including Oscar Murillo and Jennifer Teewill be exhibiting works that shed light on the cultural connections between Africa and Asia. With its focus on the land masses surrounding the Indian ocean, this is a chance to explore the historic, mercantile movements that so profoundly affected this region of the world.

  • Gropius Bau, through Aug 13, details

April 7



Hive Festival brings the bass, as their debauched, hedonistic lineup promises to keep you dancing until the sun rises. This no-jeans-policy party is a nonstop, hands-in-the-air, thrill-a-minute fest for those who feel Berghain is a bit too soft.

April 7

The Language of Porn in Expressions of Love

Photo: A-P Bookstore

Head to a.p. bookstore for a conversation between poet Nadia de Vries and and filmmaker Sophie Lee. They will discuss intimacy in the digital age – especially in the context of their respective work. Both artists’ work focuses on the relationship between the artist and the viewer – and the morality implied in this relationship, especially in the light of gender disparities.

April 8

Easter Knights Festival

Photo: IMAGO/Xinhua

Looking to travel back to the Middle Ages this Easter? Take your kids to this fun-filled fair, where you can taste authentic mead, watch knights jousting, browse stalls and pop into the exhibitions currently on at the Spandau Citadel (price included in the entry fee).

  • Zitadelle Berlin, through Apr 10, details 

April 12

Achtung Berlin Festival

Photo: Achtung Berlin promo

In the wake of the international Berlinale, it’s time to come home: Achtung Berlin showcases local film talents from Berlin and Brandenburg with a diverse selection of films screening over eight days in kinos across the city.

  • Location to be determined, Apr 12-19, details

April 13

Visionär Film Festival


Proponents of the cinema of tomorrow, Visionär shows original and visionary debut films from all over the world. Defined by its interdisciplinary and transnationality, the festival is a hotbed of new cinematic talent. Worth checking out if you want to get in at the ground floor and follow the careers of some lesser or not-yet-known talent. 

  • Acud Cinema, through Apr 16, details

April 14

Sandra Mujinga Tour

Photo: IMAGO/Jürgen Ritter

Sandra Mujinga’s latest video installation rises like a vast black monolith out of the main hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof. The architectural installation is an incongruous sight that contrasts sharply with the subtle content of the film work it presents, I Build Myself With Rocks, an elusive and deceptive work. On April 14, visitors will be able to meet the artist and the curator and get an exclusive tour of her installation.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof, time and details forthcoming

April 14

Bedouin Burger, Taxi Kebab

Photo: IMAGO/Jürgen Held

Berlin presents a bold mix of West Asian & North African artists, bringing international sounds to the forefront of the party scene. Featuring the worldly synth sounds of Taxi Kebab and Ko Shin Moon, AL.Berlin have once again surpassed themselves with this fantastically curated mix of live bands and DJs.

April 14

Red Forest Festival 2023

Photo: IMAGO/Gonzales Photo

A night of post, hardcore and alternative rock with an expertly curated lineup featuring some of the world’s most exciting noise talents. With Belfast-based instrumental act And So I Watch You From Afar, Japanese alt-band Bo Ningen and Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot, this is a night for the most discerning of rock-lovers.    

April 16

Brigitte Reimann’s Siblings


This glamorous cult author from the GDR has finally had her fiction published in English for the first time, and to great acclaim. Join EXB Books Editor Alexander Wells and translator Lucy Jones as they discuss Reimann’s fascinating life and work.

  • Lettrétage, starts 20:00, detail

April 19

Power, Space, Violence: Planning and Building under National Socialism

Photo: © Rimini Berlin

This upcoming exhibition sheds light on 150 of the most high-profile figures involved in the construction industry during the time of National Socialism. The exhibition features a great deal of new research as well as the original Nazi model of their planned alterations to the city of Munich.

  • Akademie der Künste, through Jul 16, details

April 19


Photo: IMAGO/Martin Müller

Berlin’s Festival of International New Drama lives up to its name with the German premiere of productions from eight countries. Don’t miss the work of Elizabeth LeCompte’s famed Wooster Group or Cédric Djedje’s postcolonial play, Vielleicht.

  • Schaubühne, through Apr 30, details

April 20

Blazing Worlds

Photo: © Evgenia Chetvertkova

Inspired by Margaret Cavendish’s wild 1666 work about a woman-led empire beyond the North Pole where the boundaries between animal and human blur, this dance performance—choreographed by Sergiu Matis—imagines the utopian possibilities of hybrid bodies.

  • Radialsystem, 20:00, also on Apr 21-23, details

April 23

The Zodiac Club Revisited

Photo: A-P Bookstore

The Zodiac Club was a short-lived but wildly influential electronic arts and music venue in West Berlin. Inspired by the ethos and legend of the Zodiac Club, artists and writers will gather at the a.p. bookshop to perform a combination of text and music, and explore the materiality of language.

April 21

Siegfried & Joy – Las Vegas for children

Photo: © Design: Mischa Bernauer/Photo: Max Hartmann

 Regardless of your age, this glitter-clad magician duo is bound to amaze you. Their family-friendly show is packed full of magic tricks – floating objects, mystifying illusions and the reading of audiences’ minds.

  • Heimathafen Neukölln, also on Apr 22 and 23, details

April 22

Adam Linder: Loyalty

Photo: IMAGO/DRAMA-Berlin.de

With the haunting music of post-industrial group Coil, Adam Linder—who first achieved acclaim by translating the movements of housework into Some Cleaning (2013)—attempts to rework classical ballet’s vocabulary in this postmodern performance.

  • HAU2, starts 20:00, also Apr 23, details

April 22

Werder Tree Blossom Festival

Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

The tree blossom festival in Werder is a Berlin tradition stretching back over 100 years. It started when the fruit growers in Werder invited curious Berliners to enjoy the blossoming of fruit trees in the spring and enjoy fresh fruits. Today, the festival invites thousands of people enjoy the charming town, nice spring air and especially the famous fruit wines that accompany the festival.

  • Werder an der Havel, through May 1, details

Apr 23

Haubrok Foundation Collection

Photo: © haubrok foundation

Krist Gruijthuijsen, the director of KW’s Institute of Art, will be sifting through the large and significant Haubrok Foundation and making a selection all of his own. Featuring works by Rosemarie Trockel, Franz West and Wolfgang Tillmans.

  • Fahrbereitschaft Berlin, through Oct. 29, details

April 25

The Real Show! 

Photo: Space Meduza

A Berlin staple, The Real Show! (free of charge, donations welcome) entertains a small crowd at this Ukrainian-owned bar every Tuesday. Supported by a live band (front-manned by Dave Adams), 10 amateur comedians get around four minutes of stand-up time. 

  • Space Meduza, starts 20:30, details

April 26

Arab Film Festival Berlin

Photo: promo

 Through its three sections, this festival showcases some of the most regarded and revered cinema from the Arab diaspora, both past and present. This year, the Selection widens the scope on Palestinian cinema with screenings of films like Jumana Manna’s Foragers, Maha Haj’s Mediterranean Fever and Firas Khoury’s Alam, as well as a panel discussion dedicated to this topic.

  • Cinemas across Berlin, check website for full list, through May 2, details

April 27

EXB and Dussmann English present: Ryan Ruby

Photo: IMAGO/robertharding

One of the world’s foremost English-language literary critics just happens to call Berlin home. Join him at this intimate evening to hear about the life of the critic today, the book he’s currently working on – and what we should all be reading.

  • Dussmann English Bookshop, 19:00, details

April 27

House of Lunacy: Surrealist Masquerade

Photo: Lunacy Berlin promo

This is arguably Berlin’s best sex-positive event series. It puts performance and theatrics front and centre as well as providing a safe space for people to express their sexuality. Taking over the whole of Wilde Renate, the DJ lineups are always perfectly curated, and the performers bring a strong serving of sensual magic. Dressing up is mandatory – without an adequate outfit you will be denied entry. This ensures that everyone there has made a real effort and is a key participant in the extravaganza. The theme for this edition is Surrealist Masquerade, and for outfit ideas and for house rules and guidelines visit their website.

April 28

Gallery Weekend

Photo: Stefan Korte

 A highlight in the international art calendar and a must for those who call themselves art connoisseurs: each spring, the Gallery Weekend showcases the works of around 80 international contemporary artists across 55 galleries, welcoming guests from Berlin and beyond.

  • Various galleries, planned for Apr 28–Apr 30, info

April 28


Photo: © Cao Fei/Sprüth Magers

Anyone with an interest in the metaverse and the interactions between human and machine consciousness should visit the upcoming show by Cao Fei. The Chinese artist has been exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century and these works have never before been seen outside China.

  • Sprüth Magers, through Aug 19, details

April 29

The Material Revolution

Photo: John McGrail, courtesy of artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks/Projects

The former power station will be showing three films by the legendary American land artist artist Agnes Denes. It includes Wheatfield, a film about a two-acre wheatfield she planted on empty landfill next to the World Trade Center. A work that has even more pertinence now with the climate emergency than it did back in 1982.

  • E-WERK Luckenwalde, through Jul 1, details