This is a colorful festival held annually in Berlin since 1996. The Carnival of Cultures honores the cultural diversity of immigrants and ethnic minorities living in Germany, in order to reflect on a peaceful, tolerant and without discrimination of any kind.
During the three days of the festival, there are various festivals and parades filled the streets of the city, always accompanied by hundreds of colors and rhythms from around the world: Latin America, Oceania, Asia and Africa.
- Bazaar of Berlin: Eastern and Mediterranean Rhythms under various artists from various regions such as Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Spain, Israel, Yemen and Japan.
- Eurasia: It is one of the most anticipated events. The cultures of Western Asia and Eastern Europe are dressed in their colorful costumes and show their dancing along the streets and Zossener Bluecherstrasse.
- Farafina: This Africa‘s show mixes its dances and music such as Reggae, Jazz, Afropop and of course, percussion.
- Latinauta focuses on Latin rhythms and folk dances of great artists from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Colombia…
- There are also many other activities such as exhibitions, children’s activities, tours… in places like the Church of Santa Cruz and conditioned “green areas” in which companies can show their sustainable projects.
Dates: Friday 10 to Monday, June 13, 2011.
Hours: Fridays, 4:00 pm-midnight, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am-midnight, Monday 11:00 am-7: 00pm
Places: The street festivals take place in and around as Blucherplatz, Zossener and Waterlooufer, in the district of Kreuzberg.
Getting There: Metro U1 and U6: Hallesches Tor / Metro 6 and U7: Mehringdamm
Official Website of the event: http://www.karneval-berlin.de
Price: street parties are organized by the government and have no charge. The party nights between 5 and 10 €.
Tourist offices: Calle Wissmannstrasse, 32. Phone: +49 30 60 97 70 22 E-mail: info@karneval_berlin.de
Where to stay
In a big city like this, there are a variety of lodging and accommodations, from hotels to luxury resorts or hostels. Cheap hotels in Berlin are very popular and offer comfortable accommodation at a very reasonable price as History Hostel or Sunflower Hostel Berlin. If you prefer hotels near the district of Kreuzberg, the heart of the Carnival of Cultures, Aletto Kreuzberg Jugendhotel and the City Hotel Gotland, will allow you to live the essence of this joyous event, without leaving your room. Since it is a time of massive influx of visitors to the city, it is always advisable to book in advance.
Where to eat
In the surroundings of the Blucherplatz, there are plenty of restaurants, due to its proximity to the center, like the original No Kangaroo, a very cheap restaurant which serves delicious Austrian food. During the celebration of Carnival, there are numerous food stalls from around the world, so taste this food, can be a very enriching experience while avoiding large crowds at restaurants in the area.