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May 08-14: Berlin Design Week, XJazz Festival, Berlin Road Race and More!
Things to do in Berlin, week of May 08, 2023!
We all complain about the weather in Berlin, or at least know a handful of people who do. Some of us even escape the prolonged winter and travel to warmer and sunnier cities. However, I can't help but wonder, if the weather in Berlin were as pleasant as that in some southern countries, would things be better? Would there be a higher demand for housing, making apartment hunting even more challenging? If the weather were more inviting, perhaps I might not be sitting here writing this newsletter for you. Instead, I could be by a lake, sipping on Gin and Juice (holla at you all Snoop Dogg fans). It's definitely something worth pondering on. Let me know what you think!
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:
📏 Berlin Design Week 2023
🎷 XJazz Festival
🏓 Music and Table Tennis
🎥 Short Film Series Berlin
🤫 PINK YOU !!! Secret Show
🏃 S 25 Berlin Road Race
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1. Berlin Design Week 2023
From May 8th to 17th, 2023, the sixth edition of Berlin Design Week will take place under the theme of "Resilience." The festival will once again highlight design as a catalyst for forward-looking changes and creative future viability. The festival aims to celebrate the diversity of the local and national design scene, while also providing a platform for talented designers from around the world to showcase their work and projects. The festival will cover a wide range of design disciplines, including product and interior design, regenerative design, new materials, and smart cities. Through a series of events, Berlin Design Week 2023 will showcase the latest trends and innovations in the design world, offering insights into how Berlin serves as a hub for creativity and technology. Read more.
Date: 08.05 (Mon) - 17.05 (Wed)
Location: Various locations (map)
2. XJazz Festival: Celebrating the Diverse Jazz Scene in Berlin
The XJazz Festival is Berlin's biggest jazz event featuring 80 acts that challenge stylistic norms with innovative performances. The festival aims to offer a comprehensive and modern interpretation of jazz that incorporates electronic music, singer/songwriters, and neo-classical music. One of the primary objectives of the festival is to highlight the thriving Berlin music scene. The 2022 edition saw more than 70 concerts spread across 10 locations, providing an opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the city's vibrant jazz culture. Buy tickets.
Date: 08.05 (Mon) - 14.05 (Sun)
Location: Various locations
3. Grooves and Games: Open Decks and Table Tennis at Humboldthain
Every Tuesday at 18:00, Humboldthain becomes the vibrant hub for music and friendly competition as it hosts the Open Decks and Table Tennis evening. This unique gathering welcomes musicians and aspiring talents to showcase their skills, while providing a thrilling table tennis experience for everyone else. For music enthusiasts looking to take center stage, the event offers an exciting opportunity to sign up on-site for one of the 14 DJ slots. Each DJ gets a coveted 30-minute set to unleash their creativity. If you're not hitting the decks, fear not! Humboldthain offers two additional table tennis tables, where you can engage in spirited matches with friends or challenge new opponents. It's the perfect way to test your skills, enjoy some friendly competition, and experience the energetic ambiance of the event. Read more.
Date: 09.05 (Tue) / 23:00 - 6:00
Location: Humboldthain - Wedding
4. Short Film Series Berlin: A Platform for Activist Cinema
The Short Film Series Berlin is an annual festival that screens activist short films from across the globe. The festival aims to showcase experimental and visionary films that address critical issues such as human rights, social injustice, environmental protection, globalization, and women's rights. Through this festival, audiences can expect to experience the power of political cinema and engage in thought-provoking discussions about the world's most pressing issues. Buy tickets.
Date: 09.05 (Tue) - 10.05 (Wed)
Location: Lichtblick Kino - Prenzlauer Berg
5. Unveiling the Enigma: PINK YOU !!! Unveils its First Secret Show in Berlin
PINK YOU!!!, a clandestine gathering that intertwines music, art, leisure, and gastronomy, is set to make its inaugural appearance in Berlin. Embark on an extraordinary journey as PINK YOU!!! premieres in Berlin on May 13th, 2023, within the mystical confines of a chapel nestled within a cemetery. Embracing the theme of Unconscious Vernissage, this experience will transport attendees on a mesmerizing voyage, where art and the mind harmoniously converge. In an era where digital omnipresence reigns, PINK YOU!!! exists solely in the offline realm, shunning photos and messages. The essence of the event remains shrouded in secrecy, safeguarded before and during the show. Buy tickets.
Date: 13.05 (Sat) / 20:00
Location: Kiezkapelle - Neukölln
6. A Rich Tradition Continues: S 25 Berlin Road Race
Since its inception in 1981 as the "25 km de Berlin," the S 25 Berlin road race has become a beloved event in the running community. Now, in its 42nd year, this cherished tradition will return to the streets of Berlin in May 2023, bringing together participants of all ages and abilities. What began as a 25-kilometer course has evolved over the years, expanding to include various race categories that cater to diverse preferences. From the adrenaline of a children's run to the challenge of a 10K race, a 5x5-km relay, and a half marathon, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Register!
Cost: €8 to €80 depending on the distance
Date: 14.05 (Sun)
Restaurant of the week:
Chic, edgy restaurant & bar featuring separate kitchens for Cypriot, Korean and Sicilian eats. The cool thing about this place is that you can order various dishes from multiple restaurants, all of which offer delicious food. It's ideal to go with friends so you can share dishes and explore different flavors.
Set of the week:
This set is fantastic!
Movie of the week:
The Banker: In the 1960s, two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.