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We’re always ready to head to Berlin. However, a number of Cheapo-friendly events taking place over the next several months has us ready to jam, dance, put on a wig and check out some art. (In other words, we’re ready for Berlin.)
Here’s a quick run-down of free or cheapish events to attend in Berlin in the first half of 2012:
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)
February 9-19, 2012
The Berlinale is the city’s largest cultural event, bringing in tens of thousands of film professionals, journalists and fans. Up to 400 films will be shown during the ten-day festival.
Carnival in Berlin
February 12, 2012
The 11th Annual Berlin Carnival Costume Parade, featuring 60 floats, multiple marching bands, and 3,000 participants, is expected to attract about 600,000 spectators. The fun starts at 11:11 am. Dress up!
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2012
April 27-29 2012
Get closer to Berlin’s booming art scene, as 44 influential galleries offer openings, tours and parties during the Gallery Weekend.
Extended Opera and Theater Night: 1 Ticket, 50 Stages
April 28, 2012, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
50 of Berlin’s opera and theater companies takes center stage, offering 30-minute shows throughout throughout town for the Extended Opera and Theater Night. Shuttle buses take audiences from one stage to the next.
Berlin Biennale at Kunstwerke/Institute for Contemporary Art
April 28 until July 1, 2012
An important event for the contemporary art world, the Berlin Biennale focuses on international artists with varying artistic and political orientations. Polish artists Artur Zmijewski curates this year’s event.
Carnival of Cultures
May 25-28, 2012
The Kreuzberg neighborhood attracts nearly 1 million visitors to the Carnival of Cultures, an annual celebration of cultural diversity, performance and food. The parade (on May 27) will feature 4,000 dancers and musicians from 80 countries.
DMY International Design Festival
June 6-10, 2012
The DMY International Design Festival, celebrating innovative and contemporary design, takes place at Airport Tempelhof and includes exhibits and panel discussions.
Lesbian and Gay Street Festival
June 16-17, 2012
Nollendorf Platz in Schöneberg hosts Berlin’s Lesbian and Gay Street Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012. Expect fun music, performances and plenty of partying at this event, taking place just one week before the Christopher Street Day Parade.
Fête de la Musique
June 21, 2012
Who doesn’t love the Fête de la Musique? Free concerts fill the night with music, with performances taking place at more than 50 (mostly open-air) venues.
Christopher Street Day
June 23, 2012
Half a million people cram the streets between Kurfürstendamm and the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate LGBT rights on Christopher Street Day. It’s guaranteed to be a fabulously fun, music-thumpin’ good time.
Classic Open Air Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
July 5-10, 2012
Classical music and opera fans descend upon Gendarmenmarkt for the Classic Open Air Berlin, a series of free outdoor performances.