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What’s happening this November? Berlin’s best events

November is packed with incredible events this year - we round up the best of a massive month in Berlin.

This month’s calendar is full of cultural celebrations, including a weeklong festival for the Mexican Día de los Muertos at the Humboldt Forum. Photo: IMAGO / Heritage Images

November is packed with some amazing events this year, so get excited! Check out one of the several international film festivals, or join in for live music or a stage performance. And get hyped for the holidays – Christmas markets open at the end of the month!

November 1

Berlin Science Week 

Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Ritter

What do a quantum-themed escape room, a gravitational soundscape, and a series of storm films have in common? They’re all part of Berlin Science Week, of course! In this year’s 10-day programme, stand at the intersection of art and science and learn about all the latest innovations. Whether you’re a downright nerd or just down to learn, you’re sure to find something that sparks your curiosity. 

  • Various locations, through Nov 10, details

Pitchfork Music Festival

Photo: IMAGO / ABACAPRESS

The online music publication Pitchfork is moving their music to a live setting in a five-day festival across Berlin. A carefully selected concert series will feature both up-and-coming and established artists across several genres, promising exciting sets at iconic Berlin spots like Zenner, Astra Kulturhaus, Festsaal Kreuzberg and silent green. 

  • Various locations, through Nov 5, details

Fiesta de Día de Muertos

Photo: IMAGO / Danita Delimont

The Humboldt Forum will be hosting a five-day celebration for Día de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead. In partnership with Calaca e.V., the Forum will set up stalls bursting with traditional Mexican foods, and they will host a colourful variety of events, such as workshops, performances and exhibitions, to bring this joyous celebration of the dead to life.

  • Humboldt Forum, Schlossplatz, Mitte, in German and Spanish, through Nov 5, details

November 2

Berlin Fashion Film Festival

Photo: IMAGO / SOPA Images

See how the worlds of fashion and film collide at this year’s – you guessed it – Berlin Fashion Film Festival. In a full day of screenings and talks, you’ll become intimately acquainted with the best of visual storytelling in the fashion industry. 

  • Delphi Filmpalast am Zoo Kino, Kantstr. 12A, Charlottenburg, details

November 3

The Big Screen: Film Posters of All Time

Photo: BLT Communications, Das Schweigen der Lämmer, 1991, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz

What’s a movie without its iconic poster counterpart? Through the eyes of 26 film professionals, sift through the Kulturforum’s collection of international film posters from the early 1900s to today. Don’t miss the exhibition’s prized possession: a 3-metre high Metropolis poster, the only one to be displayed in a museum. 

  • Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz, Mitte, through March 3, 2024, details

Theater der Dinge 

Simple_machines. Photo: Arne Lievens

Think outside the box at the Theater der Dinge. Explore the unique world of object theatre through this year’s theme, Spielräume (or “wiggle rooms”), with a week’s worth of exhibitions, theatre games and puppetry.

  • Schaubude, Greifswalder Str. 81–84, Prenzlauer Berg, through Nov 9, details

While History Writes Itself

Photo: IMAGO / DRAMA-Berlin.de

While History Writes Itself began earlier this year as a writers’ workshop where authors came together to reckon with and write about the harsh realities of their post-Soviet and post-Yugoslav backgrounds. They will be sharing their stories in one final weekend of staged readings at the Gorki Theater. 

  • Maxim Gorki Theater, Am Festungsgraben 2, Mitte, also on Nov 4, details

November 7

Italian Film Festival

Still from Disco Boy, which will be screened at this year’s IFF. Photo: Giacomo Abruzzese

The 10th annual Italian Film Festival Berlin is kicking off November 7, and the Kulturbrauerei will play host to a week’s worth of the best of Italian cinema. Enjoy screenings of 10 of the best films from last season, diverse panel discussions, a special short film night, and more. 

  • Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, through Nov 12, details

Neuköllner Brett: Ponyhof U8

Photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

What do horses and hopelessness have in common? Find out at ‘Neuköllner Brett’, a live reading of stories and poems by local writers Wolf Hogekamp, Aron Boks, Lucia Lucia, and our very own Jacinta Nandi, under the theme ‘Ponyhof U8’. Cosy up with a drink and get to know some of Berlin’s most captivating storytellers.

  • Broschek, Weichselstr. 7, Neukölln, details.

November 8

Soundwatch Music Film Festival

Catch a screening of the documentary Joan Baez: I Am a Noise at Soundwatch Music Film Festival. Photo: IMAGO / United Archives

Watch and listen: Berlin’s film festival dedicated to the sounds of the big screen is back for its seventh edition, highlighting the music of cinema and its profound political and social impact. The festival will be screening films on Joan Baez’s farewell tour, the club beats of Eastern Europe’s queer movement, and Muzak as musical lulling – plus jazz, opera, post-punk, and talks and lives performances.

  • Multiple locations, through Nov 22, details.

November 9

Mosh City Berlin

Photo: IMAGO / Martin Müller

Embrace your inner metalhead at Mosh City Berlin. After a successful first year, the festival is back with a fresh lineup of both established and up-and-coming acts from across the metalcore scene. 

  • Lido, Cuvrystr. 7, Kreuzberg, details.

November 10

Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin

Photo: IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Get to know the best of Lithuanian film at the 13th annual Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin. As always, the festival will include feature films, musical performances and discussions. But this year, instead of a competition, the festival will include a special screening of short films created by female filmmakers. 

  • Sputnik Kino, Hasenheide 54/5th, Kreuzberg; Acud Kino, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte, through Nov 12, details

Synästhesie

Photo: IMAGO / Panthermedia

The subversive music festival Synästhesie is back to turn your idea of music on its head. Join a lineup of both international and local bands at the Kulturbrauerei as they colour outside the lines of the usual genres. 

  • Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, through Nov 11, details

November 11

The Situation

Photo: Orit Nahmias © Esra Rotthoff

For an intimate view into how Middle Eastern tensions manifest in Berlin, see the award-winning play The Situation at the Gorki Theater. Playwright Yael Ronen deftly navigates the complexities of “the situation” in the Middle East and how they play out among unlikely neighbours here in Berlin. 

  • Maxim Gorki Theater, Am Festungsgraben 2, Mitte, details

LABYRINTH #5: Melancholia

Photo: Makar Atemev, costumes: Silvia Vitali

For a heart-wrenching journey through the sounds of sadness, join in the fifth edition of LABYRINTH at the beloved Musikbrauerei. A 90-minute series of “micro-performances” by the 1781 Collective will offer you space to reflect on the bleak reality of the world and its remaining kernels of beauty. 

  • Musikbrauerei, Greifswalder Str. 23A, Prenzlauer Berg, four slots from 13:30–21:30, details.

Cheese Berlin

Photo: IMAGO / Zoonar

Cheese please! Munch your way through the European cheese scene at Markthalle Neun, where cheesemongers from across the continent (and the UK) will be showcasing some of their finest products. In a time when climate and cultural change are endangering traditional cheesemaking practices, there’s no better time to indulge in a dash of dairy!

  • Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, Kreuzberg, details.

November 12

Vegan Sundays

Photo: Pille R. Priske / Unsplash

Put the “plant” in Plänterwald at this month’s instalment of Vegan Sundays. At Plänterwald’s charming Eierhäuschen, gather with fellow vegans for a friendly afternoon of plant-based street food, market stalls, music and sustainability.

  • Eierhäuschen, Kiehnwerderallee 2, Plänterwald, details.

November 14

Afrikamera 

Still from “Au cimetière de la pellicule”. Photo: Thierno Souleymane Diallo

Catch a screening at the Afrikamera 2023 festival, which will showcase films that explore the future of urban spaces across Africa. This year’s focus is on “Urban Africa – Urban Movies: Future & Utopias”, with films that explore the concept of urbanisation outside the oft-imposed Western perspective. 

  • Various locations, through Nov 19, details

International Short Film Festival

Photo: Interfilm

Catch a screening at one of the most acclaimed short film festivals in Europe. From programmes like The Inevitability of Tomorrow to Creature Comforts, you’ll have the chance to see the full gamut of short film themes and genres across 30+ citywide events.

  • Various locations, through Nov 19, details

November 15

Weihnachten im Tierpark

Photo: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

Feel the festive fantasy at the annual Weihnachten im Tierpark. The park will be decked out in holiday illuminations in anticipation of Christmas, so bundle up for a beautiful night at Europe’s largest zoo.

  • Tierpark, Friedrichsfelde, through Jan 14, 2024, details

SAND Journal issue launch

Photo: Sincerely Media / Unsplash

Celebrate the launch of SAND 26, the latest issue of the Berlin-based international literary and art publication. Join for their launch party, which will include readings and behind-the-scenes views into the making of the issue. 

  • Lettrétage, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte, details

November 16

Boiler Room Festival Berlin

Photo: IMAGO / Pond5 Images

From the techno underground music scene, Boiler Room is bringing their latest collection of emerging artists to the main stage. This will be Boiler Room’s first festival in Berlin – get in on the hype and check out their up-and-coming artists from across the global soundscape. 

  • Belgienhalle, Gartenfelder Str. 14–28, Spandau, through Nov 18, details.

Historic Christmas Market at the RAW-Gelände

Photo: IMAGO / Future Image

Raise your goblets to another year of the Historic Christmas Market at the RAW-Gelände! Celebrate the holidays mediaeval-style with hearty food, hot mead and handicrafts made by local artisans. 

  • RAW-Gelände, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, through Dec 22, details

November 17

Christmas Garden

Photo: IMAGO / Stefan Zeitz

Walk in a winter wonderland at the Botanical Garden’s beloved Christmas illumination. As November evenings get chiller, warm up with a cup of Glühwein and wander through the garden’s festive glow. 

  • Botanical Garden, Königin-Luise-Str. 6–8, Steglitz, through Jan 14, 2024, details

November 18

Extreme Tension: Art between Politics and Society 1945 – 2000

Photo: Wolfgang Mattheuer, Brasker Landschaft, Detail, 1967 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Roman März

The Neue Nationalgalerie will be unveiling their newest exhibition this November. Focused on the sociopolitical strains that reverberated through the West after World War II, this collection will display works which touch upon a range of artistic movements and social themes.

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Str. 50, Mitte, through Sept 28, 2025, details

Diwali in Berlin

Photo: Aditya Joshi / Unsplash

Join Berlin’s Indian community for a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights! A full schedule of dance performances, comedy, karaoke and parties will have you waving away the winter darkness in no time. 

  • Sage Beach, Köpenicker Str. 18–20, Kreuzberg, details

November 19

Médée

Photo: IMAGO / Wirestock

Opera connoisseurs won’t want to miss the new staging of Médée at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Combining the best of French and Italian opera, this mythological work by Marc-Antoine Charpentier promises a performance full of majesty and tragedy. 

  • Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Unter den Linden 7, Mitte, French with German and English surtitles, details

November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance March

Photo: Karollyne Videira Hubert / Unsplash

Every year on November 20, the trans community and allies around the world memorialise the victims of transphobic violence with Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year in Berlin, a march has been organised in honour of the day, with a meeting point at Rathaus Lichtenberg. 

  • From Rathaus Lichtenberg, Möllendorffstr. 6, begins 17:00, details.

November 21

Cornelius the Sourdough turns 158

Photo: IMAGO / Zoonar

Sourdough savants, this one’s for you! Join Berlin’s thriving sourdough community for a one-of-a kind celebration: Cornelius the Sourdough’s 158th birthday. Bring your best bread to share, or simply drop in to learn more about Cornelius and the craft of bread baking from certified “breadsperts”. If you’re lucky you may even be able to take home a piece of the venerable starter yourself!

  • Edible Alchemy CoLaboratory, Moosdorfstr. 7–9, Treptow, details

musical spheres

Photo: IMAGO / Wirestock

Feeling starved for starlight? Head to the Zeiss-Großplanetarium for a unique journey through the cosmos, accompanied by live music. You’ll be able to contemplate the vastness of the universe while taking in ethereal sets from local musicians Schwarz, Rosa Anschütz, and MINK. It’s sure to be stellar (pun intended). 

  • Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg, details

November 22

Queerdos: The Sultry Bitch Theory

Photo: Exberliner

Join the Queerdos Kollektiv on a metamorphic journey through the finer points of the “sultry bitch theory”, where traditional roles are turned over and the power of intersectionality radiates freely. Through their spoken-word performance piece, the Queerdos invite you to communally introspect and release yourself from the bonds of societal norms. 

  • Volksbühne, Linienstr. 227, Mitte, details.

November 23

French Film Week

Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

The Francophone community of Berlin is firing up their own film festival this month with French Film Week! Grab your beret and head to the Institut Français, where you can have your pick of over 20 critically acclaimed films. 

  • Institut Français, Kurfürstendamm 211, Charlottenburg, through Nov 29, details

BBA Photography Prize Exhibition

Installation photo of last year’s BBA Artist Prize 2022 1st Prize Winner ‘Burning Bright in the Forest of the Night’, a solo exhibition by Katarina Kudelova at BBA Gallery. Photo: BBA Prizes

The BBA Gallery in Kreuzberg is always on the lookout for emerging artistic talent. See their picks for the BBA Photography Prize 2023 in a 10-day exhibition at Kühlhaus, where they will showcase the works of fine-art photographers from around the world.

  • Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 3, Kreuzberg, through Dec 3, details

November 24

Soldier M.I.A.

Photo: Hung Kieu

Hua Mulan, the warbound figure of Chinese legend, gets reimagined in this new collaborative dance performance. Artistic director Ming Poon turns the familiar narrative around by retracing Mulan’s story from a novel queer-feminist angle.

  • English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstr. 40, Kreuzberg, also on Nov 25, details

November 26

Qweer X-Mas Market

Photo: IMAGO / Zoonar

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the Qweer Market community! Head the Arena Market Berlin for a special holiday market, where you can buy handcrafted products created and sold exclusively by independent LGBTQI+ business owners. 

  • Arena Market Berlin, Eichenstr. 4a, Kreuzberg, details

November 27

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

Photo: IMAGO / Panthermedia

One of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets can be found at Gendarmenmarkt. As November comes to a close, you can visit the famous festive fair, as well some of the city’s other Christmas crowd-favourites, including ones at Schloß Charlottenburg and Alexanderplatz.

  • Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte, through Dec 31, details

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