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What to do this weekend: Berlin’s best events

In Berlin and don't know what to do? Don't worry. These are our picks of the best events happening in the city this weekend.

Image provided by @the_nightmarket

Whatever your mood this weekend, there’s something for you in Berlin. Check out our guide to this weekend’s best events.

Thursday

Josephine Pryde: How Frequency The Eye

Photo: Josephine Pryde, Pothole (1), 2024. Archival Pigment Print, 60 x 80 cm. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York 

In May, Haus am Waldsee will unveil an exhilarating solo exhibition by Josephine Pryde, the Berlin-based British artist renowned for her provocative exploration of image creation and consumption. Pryde’s work, which spans fashion, advertising, and science, uses diverse techniques to challenge and reimagine photography. This dynamic exhibition will blend her celebrated past pieces with new creations, offering a thrilling investigation into perception and the art of seeing.

  • Haus Am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, Grunewald, through 18.08, details.

Cinema Forum #2 at Spore: The Panama Deception (1992)

Poster via Spore Initiative webpage

Experience the second Film Forum of Solisur, presented by the Latin American Bloc Berlin, as they examine the complex interplay of neoliberalism, militarisation, violence, and drug trafficking in Latin America. The event kicks off with a screening of ‘The Panama Deception (1992), which exposes the US invasion of Panama in 1989, followed by a discussion on other US military interventions like Plan Colombia and the Merida Initiative. Engage in critical dialogue and help  foster a space for internationalist resistance and solidarity.

  • Spore Initiative, Hermannstr. 86, Kreuzberg, from 18:00, details.

Konzerthaus Berlin: 8ZEHN0

Photo: IMAGO / Hohlfeld

Feel like one hour of meditative concert music after work or before heading out for the evening? Every Thursday at 6:30pm, these short concerts by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin are guaranteed to get you out  of your routine and help you sink into an hour of sonic bliss.

  • Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt 2, Kreuzberg, from 18:30pm, details.

Friday

The Nightmarket

Image provided by @the_nightmarket

Get ready for the return of the Nightmarket, transforming the Napoleon Komplex into a vibrant design festival this weekend. Featuring over 50 local and international designers, vintage dealers, tattoo artists, and lifestyle brands, this event offers a unique shopping experience with a  creative vibe. Enjoy live music on the open-air stage during the day, a secret indoor warehouse party with top DJs at night, and a diverse street food area with flavours to satisfy every taste. Be there and shop till you drop!

  • Napoleon Komplex, Modersohnstr. 35-45, Friedrichshain, 17:00 – 01:00, details

Chasing, Chasing, Chasing, Chasing

Image via @dadd_artists

Experience a captivating performance by Boji during the exhibition opening of “A Time in Pieces,” part of Kyiv Perennial – the Berlin edition of the 5th Kyiv Biennial at Between Bridges. Boji’s performance was inspired by the artist’s memory of watching  a canary fly out of their childhood bedroom window, and blends field recordings, dance music, and raw vocals. As a queer multimedia artist and musician originally from Kyiv, Boji’s work spans video art, installation, and performance, exploring themes of personal trauma and self-reestablishment, now continuing their experimental journey in Berlin.

  • Daad Galerie, Oranienburgerstr. 54, Mitte, 22:00 – 23:59, details.

Berliner Klavier Festival

Photo: IMAGO / Shotshop

This year’s Berlin Piano Festival will present a diverse lineup of pianists, including both familiar faces and emerging new talent, each bringing their unique musical language and technical brilliance to the stage. The festival opens with the young Chinese pianist Cheng Zhang, a rising star and winner of the Clara Haskil Piano Competition, followed by the renowned French pianist Lise de la Salle, making her first appearance at the festival. The celebrated Andrei Gavrilov returns to Berlin after a long absence and the esteemed Severin von Eckardstein closes the festival, delighting many Berlin piano enthusiasts.

  • Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt 2, Kreuzberg, through 01.06, details.

Saturday

Berlin Chili Fest: Spring Event @ Berliner Berg Brewery

Photo: Clem Onojeghuo / Unsplash

The Berlin Chilli Fest is finally here! Celebrate all things spice and craft beer, featuring new hot sauces from Europe and beyond, vegan and vegetarian food options, craft beer, and cocktails. Enjoy a huge selection of entertainment including  live music, a chilli eating competition by Clifton Chilli Club, a huge beer garden and BBQ food trucks, all while soaking in a vibrant and family-friendly atmosphere.

  • Berliner Berg Brauerei, Treptower Str. 39, Treptower, through 26.05, details.

Desertfest

Photo: IMAGO / POP EYE

Desertfest Berlin has finalised their last band announcement for the weekend, plus an exciting aftershow that is selling out quick. This Saturday don’t miss Osees, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Dÿse and more as they take to the stage, along with Heckspoiler commandeering the outside stage. And for only 15 euros a night you can book the ‘sleepover’ option so you can set up camp for the night at the Columbia Theatre.

  • Columbia Theater, Columbiadamm 9-11, Kreuzberg, 24th May through 26th, details.

IN A (Messy) MOOD

Poster via @residentadvisor

IN A MOOD, a new party prioritising marginalised communities, is set to bring a fresh energy to Berlin’s nightlife at Zur Klappe. Dive into an eclectic mix of techno, trance, breaks, and more, as this event promises to create an inclusive and vibrant atmosphere. With a killer lineup featuring DJ SOULSEEK, faceblindbabe b2b Formella, HEDDA b2b k0des, and lil ja, this promises to be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a night of groundbreaking music and community connection at this public toilet-turned iconic nightclub.

  • Zur Klappe, Yorckstr. Mittelinsel der Str. 2, Kreuzberg, 23:00- 07:00, details.

Sunday

Zula 10 in 1: Free picture book day

Photo: CDC / Unsplash

If you’ve got a little one in your life, this event is for you. Bring your kids (or your friend’s kids) this Sunday to get a free picture book and take part in activities hosted by Zula. There will be a creative colouring session, book binding workshop, book reading and a free book giveaway. Book your free spot on the website.

  • Sp*ti, Kienitzer Str. 26, Neukölln, kids aged 2-9, 14:00- 19:00,  details.

MinskDay

Photo via @dasminsk

For the the third edition of Minskday, everyone is welcome to free entry on the  last Sunday of the month. Explore the current exhibition ‘Soft Power’ and INTERPLAY NO. 5, and enjoy refreshments at Cafe Hedwig. Guided tours at 2pm and 3pm, a children’s workshop at 11am, and collective crocheting later in the afternoon promise a day filled with artistic fun. It’s recommended to book a timeslot ticket in advance.

  • Das Minsk, Max-Planck-Str. 17, Potsdam, 10:00- 19:00, free admission, details.

Open Day at Philharmonie

Photo: IMAGO / VISTAPRESS

Guests are invited to experience an afternoon full of musical delights at the Philharmonie Berlin open day. With free admission, visitors can enjoy performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker in orchestral and chamber concerts across the venue, accompanied by master classes and interviews with the musicians. Guided tours offer the opportunity to explore the  iconic building, while younger attendees can engage in a variety of activities including instrument trials and family tours.

  • Berliner Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. Tiergarten, free admission from 10:30 details.

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