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What’s going on this weekend in Berlin?

You're in Berlin, yet you don't know what to do? Don't worry. We've asked around and here are our picks of the best events happening this weekend in the city.

The main goal of the festival this time around is to be as inclusive as possible. Photo: Kai Heimberg

Friday 

Klubnacht Tresor

Tresor remains a fixture in Berlin’s nightlife. Photo: Imago/F. Anthea Schaap

Clubs across the city are taking advantage of the long weekend to throw extra long parties. We at Exberliner are particularly excited to see what London DJ legend James Ruskin will be playing on Friday, when he headlines at Tresor. Expect really hard, and we mean REALLY hard techno from the famous DJ and producer. 

  • Tresor, Köpenicker Straße 70, Mitte, from 23:59

The Festival of Animation Berlin

Image courtesy Raman Djafari.

You can catch over 150 films across three days at the sixth edition of the Animation Festival this year. The competition features five different categories this year: German animation, international animation, new talents (young filmmakers), Pink Panda (animations for children) and commissioned animations (animations from the commercial sector).  You can also expect film screenings, interactive offers, workshops, master classes, exhibitions and discussion groups.  

Saturday 

Lucia Moholy: The image of Modernity 

Lucia Moholy. Wassily und Nina Kandinsky im Esszimmer ihres Hauses, Dessau 1927 Privatsammlung © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Meet the woman behind the men behind Bauhaus. Though she spent most of her life as a marginalised pariah, the life and works of Lucia Moholy are on display at the Bröhan Museum. In the words of the curator, Tobias Hoffman, “Without her pictures, no one would know about Bauhaus… In Germany, there were other centres of creativity, like Berlin or Hamburg with Kurt Schwitters, but she made Weimar and Dessau – two small provincial towns – world famous.” Read our review here.

  • Lucia Moholy – The Image of Modernity Bröhan Museum, Oct 1 – Jan 22, 2023  details.

Edmund de Waal

The man himself Photo: IMAGO / Bettina Strenske

The British artist and author Edmund de Waal is being celebrated in the new Silk Room of the Feuerle Collection. A very non-traditional exhibition, de Waal’s pieces are paired with Asian works from the 6th and 16th century.  Unfortunately only a temporary exhibit, make sure you book your ticket in advance. 

Go Drag! Festival 

The main goal of the festival this time around is to be as inclusive as possible. Photo: Kai Heimberg

After 20 years, the Go Drag! festival returns to Berlin. This year the focus is on those we don’t normally associate with drag: women, non-binary and trans performers as well as older artists. There are exhibitions, lectures, films and parties across the city. We are particularly excited for Claire Dowie’s piece about transformation, H to He, inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Read more here. 

  • Go Drag! Festival, English Theatre, ufa Fabrik and other venues. Oct 1-9 details.

Hot Chip

Hot Chip performing in the headline slot at the 2021 End of the Road Festival in Larmer. Photo: IMAGO / PA Images

Since forming in 1995 (or 2000, depending on who you ask) these Brits have been delighting us with their synth-pop sounds. Back in Berlin for the first time in two years, catch their “Freakout” tour at the Tempodrome with all the other millennials who never got over post-punk, or do we mean electronica?

WEinFEST

It’s wine time baby. Photo: Courtesy WEinFEST

Sure, this time of year is normally more famous for overindulging in beer. But not everyone loves carbs that much.  If you are more of the ‘White, red, or something in between?’ persuasion, head down to Wein Fest on Saturday. Who knows, maybe you discover your new favourite drop? There will be food and a Dj too! 

  • WEinFEST,  Buschkrugallee 103/2 18:00 –23:00, free entry, details

SUNDAY 

Museum Sunday

Museum für Naturkunde. Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Ritter

Wow, has it been a month already? On the first Sunday of every month, museums across Berlin throw open their doors and offer free entry to all. Book a timeslot in advance for the popular destinations though, MS always sees huge turnouts. 

Farm Feast #4 

Polish sour cucumber soup with dill. Photo: IMAGO / Panthermedia

Ever been to the Michelburger Hotel for dinner? It’s a hell of an experience, and you should do it if you haven’t yet. But if the novelty wears off, you should check out their Farm Feasts, held at the Michelburger Farm, the source of all their excellent ingredients. They offer tours, explaining how their regenerative farming and agroforestry processes work. A family-friendly event, bring the kids and the dog too! 

Jean-Luc Godard Film Fest

Jean-Luc with actress Isabelle HuppertPhoto: IMAGO / ZUMA/Keystone.

You may have missed it due to that other big funeral we had in recent weeks, but cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard passed away on September 13. To celebrate his life and works, Babylon Berlin is showing a selection of his greatest films (with English subtitles) including Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis, Le Mépris and Vivre sa vie.

  • Babylon Berlin 29.9-02.10 details here.

Monday 

German Unity Day

Reunification ceremony at the Reichstag building in 1990. Photo: Imagebroker/Manfred Vollmer

No it’s not the day the Beriln Wall fell, it’s the other national holiday, Tag des Deutsches Einheits or German Unity Day. Since 1990 Germans have celebrated this national holiday to commemorate the East and the West reuniting. This used to mean a big street party in Mitte, with bands, balloons and beer. Unfortunately it’s not taking place this year. Console yourself with some Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn at the Philharmonie instead? Enjoy the long weekend in any case!

Markthalle Pfefferberg

Last year, all culinary roads led to Markthalle Pfefferberg. Photo: Clemens Niedenthal

With an extra day off this weekend, why not take it slow, and take in everything that Markhalle Pfefferberg has to offer? Here you can find one of the few locations to get excellent Mexican in Berlin, as well as one of Berlin’s best Chicken Burgers/Sandwhiches. In any case, it’s worth checking out the city’s most promising foodie destination. 

  • Markthalle Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176

Open Mosque Day

The Şehitlik Mosque in Berlin Neukölln. Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

It’s estimated that there are 5 million Muslims in Germany. But how much do you really know about how Islam? On October 3 you can have all of your burning questions answered, when mosques across the city celebrate Tag der offenen Moschee (Open Mosque Day). There are dozens to check out, so you might have to choose a few favourites from the list below. 

Bonus tip!

We recently discovered this legend on reddit, u/GilHockman, who posts a weekly playlist of band that are playing in Berlin this week. Keep up the good work!


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