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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.

Still from Hasta que se Apague el Sol (Until The Sun Dies) © Jonas Brander, showing at Achtung Festival

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

Thursday

Dunya: Sudanese Fundraiser

Poster provided by MOTHER

Experience the debut of MOTHER’s dynamic event series, beginning with Dunya: Sudan on April 11th. Experience Sudanese culture through music, dance, film, poetry, and cuisine, while supporting relief efforts in the region. There will be a curated playlist by Sudan Tapes Archives, a collaboration with Awesome Tapes from Africa, showcasing the rich musical heritage of Sudan. Don’t miss this evening of film screenings, live performances, poetry readings, henna art, and delectable Sudanese cuisine. 

  • Lark, Holzmarktstr. 15-18, Friedrichshain, 19:00 – 23:59, details.

Achtung Film Festival

Film still from Die Architekten von Peter Kahane, © DEFA

This year, Achtung film festival celebrates its 20th year of championing contemporary cinema from Berlin and Brandenburg. Curated to please both the casual cinephile and avid festival goer, it will have something for everyone with a selection of features, shorts and mid-length flicks in all genres and styles. The festival is spread out over 8 days with an extensive range of categories and thematic focuses. For instance, this year’s retrospective ‘Forever Young – 20 Years of Achtung Berlin Film Festival’ will feature films from all 20 editions of the festival thus far.

  • Babylon Berlin, Dresdenerstr. 126, Kreuzberg, through 20th April, details.

Wasting Away: Connecting the Political Struggles Between Our Digital and Physical World(s)

Poster via Prater Galerie website

Prater Galerie’s ‘Copy Paste Waste’ series navigates the complex landscape of digital sustainability through an annual programme accessible via Prater Digital. Spanning discussions on the overproduction of digital data and the need for transparent, decarbonised infrastructure, the project invites experts and cultural actors to engage in dialogues that transcend individual action. This Thursday we hear from Maya Richman, co-lead of the Green Screen Coalition, who will be leading the conversation on the environmental and social costs of technology, including both hardware and software.

  • Prater Gallery Website, discussion begins at 17:00, details.

Friday

Time To Shine

Photo via Time To Shine Gallery

Prepare for an exhilarating evening as Time to Shine returns with an all-new show, promising a unique blend of sexy performances, captivating storytelling and dance. Helmed by two award-winning comedians with a penchant for latex, this event transforms the theatre into a den of kinky iniquity, exploring the theme of ‘role play’ and inviting guests to unleash their alter egos. 

  • Neue Bühne, Theater, Boxhagenerstr. 18, Friedrichshain, details.

Sauna Festival

Small home wooden sauna, photo: IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Berlin weather is made a bit more bearable if you take advantage of its huge sauna culture. Join the Nordic Embassies Berlin for a spectacular sauna festival this weekend at Felleshus, celebrating the culmination of their exhibition, The Sauna. Really hot. Really Finnish. There you can learn about the Finnish sauna culture, with various sauna experiences available, from smoke saunas to tent saunas, alongside culinary delights from the Saimaa region and musical performances by Kaisa’s Machine and Sari Kaasinen. Sunday also features family-friendly activities.

  • Felleschus, Rauchstr. 1,Tiergarten, through 14th April, details.

Synoid Weekender

Poster via Resident Advisor

Synoid Weekender is back for one last romp before going on summer break, taking over RSO for a mammoth 60-hour session. A Berlin-based event that has been haunting clubs since 2016, it will feature a master line-up with names such as Theo Nasa, Wndrlst, Chemtrailz , Echoes of October, and many more on the lineup. Tickets are almost gone so make sure you get yours in time. 

  • RSO Berlin, Schnellerstr. 137, Baumschulenweg, details.

Saturday

Hoochie Koo

Photo of @theginastirling via @thehoochiekoo

Rock ’n’ roll, soul grooves, risqué gogo and burlesque dance? Sign us up! Get to SO36 this Saturday to celebrate Hoochie Koo’s 50th birthday, with the biggest rock ‘n’ roll rhythms extravaganza this city has ever seen. Expect a stellar line-up with names such as Reverend Beat-Man, Lalla Morte and Gina Stirling. It’s bound to be one helluva night!

  •  SO36, Oranienstr. 190, Kreuzberg, doors open 9pm, details.

Thai New Year’s Wine Party

Photo provided by MORE Natural Wine

Join this epic Thai New Year celebration this Saturday with Khao Taan, featuring a killer buffet of regional dishes curated by owner Gaan. Expect mouth-watering oysters with burnt chilli paste, lime and tamarind sorbet, shallot-stuffed squid, deep-fried pork Larb, tender Khao Soi beef ribs, and more. Secure your spot for this limited-capacity event, and don’t forget to explore the fantastic natural wines at the bar, stocked with tangy orange wines, refreshing pet nats, and light glou glou reds from MORE Natural Wine. Tickets cost 25 euros for all the food and entrance to two parties happening in the afternoon and evening.

  • Khao Taan, Gryphiusstr. 10, Friedrichshain, details.

‘Love is a Verb’ Festival

Photo provided by Akinci Gallery on HAU website

A festival celebrating the multifaceted feeling that is love, ‘Love is a Verb’ will take place from April 12th to 21st across the various HAU performing arts theatres in Berlin. Through a diverse lineup featuring artists like Jumoke Adeyanju, Twin Shadow, and Annie Sprinkle, “Love is a Verb” reimagines love beyond conventional boundaries, exploring its political and transformative power. Expect engaging discussions, performances, and installations, including the immersive “Vessel of Love” curated by Sophie Utikal and envisioned by Diane Esnault and Shaly López, at the heart of the festival. The ten days of the festival revolve around the question of how we want to live with one another and relate to one another.

  • Various HAU theatre stages,12th to 21st April, details.

Sunday

Beyond the Surface: Intimacy Cards

Poster via Intimacy Cards

Discover a refreshing approach to connecting with others at Beyond the Surface, an event designed to transcend surface-level interactions and encourage genuine human connection. The event will be held at Honey Lou Bar for a unique game night inspired by speed dating, where everyone will engage with Intimacy Cards and explore emotional, physical, and energetic intimacy in a supportive environment with each other in order to build meaningful connections with attendees. Secure your tickets now and embark on a journey of authentic connection and camaraderie.

  • Honey Lou Bar, Anzengruberstr. 3, Tempelhof, details.

Affordable Art Fair

Photo: IMAGO / Fotoarena

It’s the last day of Berlin’s debut of the Affordable Art Fair. Featuring 50 galleries showcasing contemporary artworks priced between €100 and €10,000, make sure you join in this Sunday the 14th at Arena Berlin for an art-filled event where you may very well find your new favourite artwork for the afforable price of a few hundred euros… Could be worth a browse even if you walk out empty-handed, and especially if you witness the claws come out during a hot and heavy bid-off between some ‘bargain-hunting’ Berliners.

  • Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, Treptower, 11th to 14th April, details.

VeloBerlin

Photo: IMAGO / Manfred Segerer

For those interested in the world of bicycles and urban mobility, this is the event for you. VeloBerlin is the ultimate trade fair showcasing the latest in cycling innovation, with over 270 exhibitors and 500 international brands at the iconic Tempelhof Airport. Everything from bicycles, e-bikes, mountain bikes and racing bikes will be on display, including special themed shows that present the newest innovations and technologies in the field. Test the latest models on outdoor ramps, and participate in thrilling competitions and training sessions to elevate your cycling experience.

  • Tempelhof Airport, Columbiadamm 10, Tempelhof, details.

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