Winter is fast approaching now, and hopefuls are desperately attempting to catch the last grasps of sunshine before the last shades of summer disappear. However, you wouldn’t know it in Berlin because there is a jam – packed agenda this autumn in this European centre of contemporary art, and the city is more vibrant, more alive and more festive than ever as demonstrated in our top 3 things to do this autumn in Berlin line up. It’s all going on in the German Capital, so check out our suggestions to see what’s on offer so you can start planning your holidays. Enjoy!
Festival of Lights
Kicking off our 3 things to do this autumn is the annual Berlin Festival of Lights, taking place between the 13th and the 24th of October, which involves a light show illuminating Berlin and making the German capital sparkle for thousands of very happy guests. The sixth edition of this fabulous event will involve over 50 brightly coloured laser illuminations and firework displays lighting up famous landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, tree-lined Boulevard Unter, and Alexander Platz`s TV Tower, amongst others, that will be just shimmering and shining in an array of soft golds and projections of electric blue. There will be illuminations on all the major squares, towers, and attractions, including the new Kranzler buildings and Dom Aquaree. Events particularly worthy of interest are the grand opening, followed by the ´night of open doors`, ´Jazz at the Minister Gardens`, and a spectacular finish with the ´City LightRun.` Meanwhile festival goers may enjoy the city during the Lights Festival by land, sea, or air via ´LightSeeing`. Spectacular!
Belin Art Forum
Our second exciting event on the agenda is the Art Forum in Berlin, whereby leading galleries from the world’s most important art centres will be presenting art dating back from the 1960s to the present day, from the 7th of October to the 10th. 40,000 art lovers (collectors, artists, art dealers, museum directors and curators) from all over the world will be attending and the repertoire will range from painting, sculpture and photography to installations and to drawings, graphics, performance and video art and all the museums, galleries and private cultural institutions in Berlin will be presenting a multi-faceted programme of high-quality exhibitions. An impressive 105 galleries have been admitted to participate in the festival in total, and extra events and additional attractions include receptions and meeting points, including a discussion panel which will be taking place every day so that interested parties (i.e. the Berlin public etc.) may discuss current issues around collecting and exhibiting art together with renowned personalities of the international art scene. All art lovers will be delighted with the Berlin Art forum as it promises to be an interesting, informative, and entertaining event.
Our final recommendation is the Berlin Jazz Festival as part of Berlin’s Spielzeit’Europa Festival (The Berlin Reunion), an important European music event and one of the City’s highlights on their musical calendar, which will be taking place between the 3rd and the 7th of November. This fabulous jazz festival, which has been taking place now for more than 40 years, annually turns Berlin into a major international meeting point for jazz musicians and fans alike. It is considered one of the world’s premiers and takes place every year with performances from jazz newcomers as well as dinosaurs of the jazz music scene. During this year’s edition festival goers will be treated to a resounding jazz experience with 23 events, more than 30 jazz ensembles and roughly 250 musicians. Furthermore, the festival will be putting an emphasis on the colourful varieties of European jazz over a densely packed five-day marathon with a programme comprising a line up which promises to be a hot one. Finally, a long concert night dedicated to the present and future of the local jazz scene with the Jazz-Institute Berlin, and featuring several generations of German Jazz talent, will be taking place to the delight of jazz fanatics and is guaranteed to be a most thrilling and lively event.
So that concludes our 3 top things to do in Berlin this autumn. Although, as we mentioned previously there is an abundance of events on offer to suit children and adults alike, as well as all tastes and preferences so be sure to check out the Spielzeit’Europa Festival website so you can take part in all your favorite events this autumn in Berlin, and make your holiday a special one.