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April 24-30: Gallery Weekend Berlin, Arab Film Festival, The Nightmarket, and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of April 24, 2023!
Welcome to this week's edition of the Berlin Events Weekly Newsletter, your go-to source for the best events happening in the city. As always, I’ve dedicated several hours to curate the finest upcoming events in the city for you.
Here's a sneak peek of what's in store for you this week:
😂 Wise Fools Comedy Show
🎬 Alfilm Film Festival
🚀 Startup & Innovation Venture Day
🖼️ Gallery Weekend Berlin
🛒 The Nightmarket
🎡 Dance into May Festival
May Day - May 1st, 2023
In Berlin, May Day is a day of political activism and there are often multiple gatherings and demonstrations throughout the city. One of the largest gatherings on May Day in Berlin is the Myfest in the Kreuzberg district. However, the district mayor of Kreuzberg has announced that there are no official plans for May 1st. But it is still likely that there will be some barbecues, dancing, and drinking taking place in the area between Oranienstrasse, Rio-Reiser-Platz, Naunynstrasse, and Mariannenplatz on May 1st. While these gatherings may not have official approval from the authorities, they have become a tradition in the neighborhood and are expected to draw a crowd.
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1. Wise Fools Comedy Show: Comedians Tackle Philosophy
The Wise Fools Comedy Show offers an entertaining and thought-provoking twist on stand-up comedy. The show features some of the city's best English-speaking comedians, who take on some of the oldest and most complex questions of humanity. The comedians bring their humor and wit to topics that have puzzled philosophers for centuries, creating a show that is equal parts comedy and philosophy. The show aims to provide a platform for comedians to explore the deeper questions of life, while still delivering laughs. Reserve a sport!
Date: 25.04 (Tue) / 20:00 to 22:00
Location: Kohlenquelle (Prenzlauer Berg)
2. Alfilm Film Festival: Celebrating Arab Cinema and Countering Stereotypes
Alfilm is an Arabic Film Festival (trailer) that showcases the best and newest films from the Arab world. Organized by the Friends of the Arab Cinematheque Berlin e.V., an independent association, the festival presents more than 40 films by Arab directors and from Arab countries. Many of the films are not well-known among European audiences, providing a great opportunity for discovery. The festival's main aim is to provide a platform for Arab filmmaking in Germany and to counter cultural stereotypes about the Arab world through images and stories. By showcasing the diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences of Arab filmmakers, Alfilm celebrates the richness and creativity of Arab cinema. Read more.
Date: 26.04 (Wed) - 02.05 (Tue)
Location: Various Cinemas
3. Startup & Innovation Venture Day
On the 27th of April, the Beuth Halle at Berliner Hochschule für Technik (BHT) will host the Startup & Innovation Venture Day. This event celebrates the most exciting startups from Berlin's best incubators and provides a platform for networking, awards, and financing opportunities. The event will showcase a range of innovative startups, from initial ideas to market-ready products, and demonstrate the power of Berlin's startup ecosystem. With numerous network partners and support organizations on-site, attendees will have the chance to connect with startups, venture developers, business angels, investors, and ecosystem builders for an intensive one-day networking experience. Reserve a spot.
Date: 27.04 (Thu) / 10:00 am to 16:30
Location: Haus Beuth
4. Discovering Berlin's Vibrant Art Scene: Gallery Weekend Berlin
The Gallery Weekend Berlin is a premier event for contemporary art in Germany, inviting art enthusiasts to explore Berlin's creative scene. Each year, approximately 50 galleries participate in the weekend-long event, drawing in a crowd of over 1000 international and national guests. The event has established itself as a strong-selling event on the global art stage. The Gallery Weekend Berlin offers a unique opportunity for visitors to discover and engage with contemporary art from both established and emerging artists. The weekend also provides an opportunity to meet artists and gallery owners, gaining insight into their creative processes and artistic visions. Read more.
Date: 28.04 (Fri) - 30.04 (Sun)
Location: Various galleries (map)
5. The Nightmarket: A Celebration of Local Creativity and Design
The Nightmarket is a design festival that provides a common platform for over 50 local creators, brands, and designers in Berlin. The organizers aim to present a diverse and high-quality selection from the city's vibrant and productive design scene. The event features art and live music as part of its program, and in the evening, visitors are invited to dance. The Nightmarket takes place at the NAPOLEON KOMPLEX, which will be transformed into an extraordinary design festival landscape. As you can guess from the name, the market extends from day into night, with live bands on the Open Air Stage. From 22.00 h, visitors can go in search of the Secret indoor-Warehouse Party with the favorite DJs of the city. Read more.
Date: 28.04 (Fri) - 29.04 (Sat) / 16:00 to 2:00 am
Location: NAPOLEON COMPLEX (Friedrichshain)
6. Dance into May Festival: Celebrating the Warmer Months
The Dance into May festival in Hellersdorf invites visitors to a lively celebration of the arrival of warmer weather. Held on Alice-Salomon-Platz, the festival promises a colorful and festive atmosphere, complete with live music, delicious food, and a range of exciting activities. Organized by local associations and clubs, the festival features a diverse stage program of dance shows and music. Visitors can enjoy a beer garden and sample a variety of freshly prepared delicacies while soaking up the lively atmosphere. Families with children will find plenty of entertainment at the festival as well, with a range of rides and attractions, including duck fishing, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, and bumper cars.
Date: 28.04 (Fri) - 01.05 (Mon) / Friday from 12 noon to 21 pm, Saturday from 12 non to 22 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm, Monday from 11 am to 8 pm.
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Requiem for a Dream: The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.