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Carnival of Cultures

6th - 8th of June 2014

For four days around Pentecost, Berlin celebrates its cultural diversity at the Carnival of Cultures. The festival culminates in a colourful street parade with music and dance on Pentecost Sunday.
Carnival of Cultures
Carnival of Cultures in Berlin-Kreuzberg © Antje Kraschinski/BerlinOnline

Carnival of Cultures

Every year in early summer, the Carnival of Cultures celebrates the cultural diversity of Berlin. Grand finale is the street parade on Pentecost Sunday in Kreuzberg where thousands of dancers, musicians and artists perform and about a million people from all over the world watch.

Street parade on Pentecost Sunday

Costumes, dance, music, rituals- the carnival is a great opportunity for members of Berlin's ethnic groups to make their cultures visible and for everybody else to see and celebrate cultural diversity.

"A proud expression of hybrid cultural identities"

The organizers of the festival proclaim that "the Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life."

Four day street festival at Blücherplatz

For four days during the Carnival of Cultures a street festival takes place at Blücherplatz in the Kreuzberg district. On several stages, Berlin's World Music scene and international bands play concerts. Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians invite visitors to test their own abilities. About 300 market stalls attract visitors with culinary temptations, arts, crafts and much more.

Carnival of Cultures 2014 Facts:

Four Day Street Festival
When: 6th - 8th June 2014
Where: Around Blücherplatz

Street Parade
When: Sunday, 8th of June 2014
Where: The parade starts at Hermannplatz (U-Bahn Station) and ends at Yorckstraße/ Möckernstraße. The U-Bahn stations Südstern, Gneisenaustraße and Mehringdamm are located along the route.

Hermannplatz on the map

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