Posted by Carter | Under European Festivals, Events & Festivals
Friday Mar 20, 2015
Inside Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures 2015
When people think of festivals in Germany, the first thing that typically comes to mind is beer at Oktoberfest. However, many people do not know about the other fantastic events that they can visit with their rental car in Germany, such as the Carnival of Cultures, known as Karneval der Kulturen in German.
For four days every spring, the streets of Berlin are filled with people celebrating diversity and inclusion in a colorful and peaceful manner. This year Carnival of Cultures will be held from May 22 to May 25. During that time, there will be several events, including a parade, live music, theater, and educational workshops. In addition Carnival of Cultures also has exotic food, good drinks, a fun craft market, and exciting children’s programs.
The Carnival of Cultures dates back to 1996, when Berlin was becoming an international city with 500,000 foreign residents from over 180 nations. To counteract the nationalism and racism in Germany at the time, the city decided to host a festival aimed at making minorities more visible and guiding the city to be more inclusive. Every year, the event grows and the city of Berlin is transformed into a self-empowering, heterogeneous, pluralistic safe place for all people, no matter their cultural background.
The Carnival of Cultures parade is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and age groups to demonstrate their artistic talents while participating in an event that celebrates cultural identities. With over 80 groups and 5,000 participants, this large-scale parade, is a spectacle not to be missed. People watching the parade will witness several dance styles and outfits, ranging from traditional folk to hip-hop. At the Carnival of Cultures parade, spectators will experience the samba rhythms of Brazilian drummers, listen to Congolese singers, and watch larger than life puppets march through the streets.
Live Music and Performances
On the street-fest stages and off-stages, popular artists and up-and-coming bands showcase their talents. Over 100 bands and DJs, plus over 200 performers and artists participate, creating four jam-packed days of live music and theater. Any type of music is welcome, so festival-goers can expect to hear classical music, reggae music, and anything in between. Other performances include stilt-walkers, acrobats, magicians, and more.
Workshops and Conferences
Last but not least, the Symposia component of the festival provides opportunities to discuss critical issues, such as artistic practice and political engagement. These workshops and conferences provide unique learning opportunities for anyone and everyone.
In the last 20 years, the political situation in Germany has changed for the better; yet, Germany is still not a pluralistic society. Therefore, the Carnival of Cultures continues to grow in size with each passing year. With over 1.4 million people attending, Carnival of Cultures is able to make a lasting difference in just four short days.
Carnival of Cultures is one of the best festivals in Germany that you’ll have unrestricted access to when you rent a car in Berlin. Attending this event is sure to create joyous vacation memories full of laughter and fun in an open-minded community!