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Carnival of Cultures

13th - 16th of May 2016

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.

Hermannplatz on the map

Address: Carnival of Cultures
10967 Berlin
Opening Hours: Four Day Street Festival:
13th - 16th of May 2016
Friday 16:00 - 24:00
Saturday 11:00 - 24:00
Sunday 11:00 - 24:00
Monday 11:00 - 19:00

Street Parade:
15th of May 2016
Starts at 12:30 at Hermannplatz
Ends at 21:00 at Möckernstraße
Useful hints: U-Bahn stations Südstern, Gneisenaustraße and Mehringdamm are located along the route.
Admission Fee: Free admission
District: Kreuzberg

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