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June 19-25: Fête de la Musique, International Cannabis Fair, Italian Street Food Festival, and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of June 19, 2023!
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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 this week:
📷 Daido Moriyama (photography exhibition)
🎵 Fête de la Musique (music performance)
👕 Sustainable Fashion Pop-up
🙃 International Cannabis Fair
🎨 48 Stunden Neukölln (art galleries)
🍕 Italian Street Food Festival
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Stray Dog', Misawa, 1971, from 'A Hunter' © Daido Moriyama/ Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation
1. Daido Moriyama: Exploring the Visionary Street Photographer
Daido Moriyama, renowned for his sixty-year career, revolutionized our perception of photography. Through his camera lens, he captured his immediate surroundings, delving into the fabric of post-war Japanese society while also challenging the essence of the medium itself. At the C/O Berlin, visitors will have the unique opportunity to witness the groundbreaking work of Moriyama. The exhibition showcases approximately 250 works, including large-scale installations, unveiling his unmistakable visual language. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a captivating display of rare photobooks and magazines, never before exhibited. This comprehensive collection pays homage to one of the most innovative and influential street photographers and artists of our time. More info.
Date: 13 May - 07 Sept / 11:00 - 20:00
Location: C/O Berlin - Charlottenburg
FeteDeLaMusique 2023 – Ⓒ Jim Kroft
2. Fête de la Musique Berlin - Music Takes the Streets
Every June 21st, Berlin hosts the Fête de la Musique, an open-air music festival celebrating the arrival of summer. Musicians from various genres perform live and for free on the city's streets, squares, and parks from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. With over 80 designated locations, this vibrant event showcases Berlin's rich musical landscape while respecting the city's ambiance. More info.
Date: 21 June (Wed) / 16:00 - 22:00
Location: Various locations
3. Sustainable Fashion Pop-up: Rediscover Vintage Pieces
"we are" presents a sustainable fashion pop-up that travels to cities across Germany and the UK, offering an opportunity to explore trendy and eco-friendly finds. Immerse yourself in a distinct atmosphere as you browse through thousands of vintage pieces waiting to be given a second life. Discover a range of options, from T-Shirts, Denim, dresses, and sports- to streetwear, alongside jackets and coats. The pricing is based on weight, with a rate of 39€ per kilogram, but you are not required to purchase a whole kilogram. More info.
Date: 22 June (Thu) / 16:00
Location: Æden - Kreuzberg
4. International Cannabis Fair: Exploring the Diversity and Applications of the Useful Plant
At the International Cannabis Fair held at the Arena Berlin, attendees can anticipate an impressive showcase of over 270 national and international exhibitors, enlightening discussions, the latest updates, a wealth of intriguing information, and an immersive festival experience at the Badeschiff Berlin with its stunning Beach & Pool on the Spree. This three-day event encompasses a diverse range of exhibits, entertaining activities, a culturally rich program, expert lectures, conferences, and concerts. The fair aims to emphasize the myriad applications of cannabis, including its medicinal properties, cosmetic potential, building material, and incorporation in clothing. Read more.
Date: 23 June (Fri) - 25 June (Sun)
Location: Treptow Arena
8 Filteroase Popticum Kollektiv ©Anne Freitag
5. 48 Stunden Neukölln: Celebrating Art and Culture
The Neukölln art and culture festival, 48 Stunden Neukölln, is back for its 25th edition, showcasing the vibrant creativity of the neighborhood. This year, the festival will embrace the motto "Playground" as it welcomes professional artists and career changers alike, fostering a decentralized and uncurated festival concept. Since its inception in 1999, 48 Stunden Neukölln has been at the forefront of promoting a grassroots understanding of culture. It has paved the way for open participation and discourse, which is now widely recognized and discussed in the cultural sphere. Despite its modest budget compared to other major art events in Berlin, the festival thrives on the dedication and initiative of its participants. Many of the events are self-funded, relying on the passion and commitment of the artists and organizers. Read more.
6. Italian Street Food Festival: Food, Music, and Fun!
The Italian Street Food Festival in Berlin is a two-day event showcasing the finest Italian street food, Aperol Spritz, and exhilarating entertainment. Borghetta Stile, a DJ collective hailing from Rome, will dazzle the crowd with their iconic 90s dance music, cartoons, high-energy bubblegum pop, and vibrant costumes throughout the event. On Sunday, brace yourself for TribalNeed's unique performance, blending synths, percussion, beat-boxing, and loop station. Attendees can also indulge in karaoke, engage in table football, and treat the children to the delightful talents of Mago Riccardo. Read more.
Date: 24 June (Sat) - 25 June (Sun) / 11:00 - 22:00
Location: Ost Hafen Berlin
Restaurant of the week:
The restaurant is located within KPM Hotel & Residence. It specializes in Vietnamese cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. They have a wide selection of delicious cocktails and beverages, and their prices are reasonable given the location. However, the service can be slow during lunchtime due to the influx of nearby businesses choosing this place for lunch, as there are limited dining options in the neighborhood.
Track of the week:
Movie of the week:
Parallel Mothers (2021): The story of two mothers who bond in unexpected way after giving birth the same day.