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Musikfest Berlin

[10 Aug 18]

Manfred Honeck will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam on 4 September at Philharmonie Berlin

As the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra announced today (10 August 2018) the conductor Manfred Honeck has agreed to take over the concert at Musikfest Berlin 2018 on 4 September 20 pm at Philharmonie Berlin, which was originally scheduled with Daniele Gatti. more

Musikfest Berlin

[02 Aug 18]

“J’accuse” by Abel Gance – film concert with Frank Strobel and the RSB

As part of the 2018 Musikfest Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin will launch its 2018/19 season on 14 September at 20:00 at Konzerthaus Berlin with a concert conducted by Frank Strobel. more

Musikfest Berlin

[12 Jul 18]

New performers: Josef Bierbichler will be one of two narrators / the dancer mimes for INORI have been selected

Actor Josef Bierbichler will take on one of two narrating roles in the cantata “Ich wandte mich und sah alles Unrecht, das geschah unter der Sonne” by Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Winnie Huang and Diego Vásquez have been chosen as dancer mimes in the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “INORI” in Berlin. more

Gropius Bau

[09 Jul 18]

Lee Bul: Crash

“I want to get across a sense of walking through time, through different periods. My works are a kind of journey to another place, another time. We travel, but the stories are in the landscape and you can see that it’s always the same place. It’s like a diorama: there is a journey, but it is always the same view. The same site.” more


[04 Jul 18]

Immersion 2018: The New Infinity

In the Autumn of 2018 Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and Planetarium Hamburg will start the programme series “The New Infinity. New art for planetariums” with artistic fulldome productions. The Berliner Festspiele will be erecting a mobile dome on Mariannenplatz to present new artworks on September 26th as part of Berlin Art Week. Until 14 October new works by David OReilly, Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst and Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma can be experienced free of charge. The presentation will conclude with concerts by William Basinski und Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand. more

Jazzfest Berlin

[28 Jun 18]

“Haus of Jazz” opens the 2018 Jazzfest Berlin

Berliner Festspiele announce the topics and first artists of the 2018 Jazzfest Berlin under new artistic director Nadin Deventer. The complete festival programme will be published on 3 September. Ticket sales commence on 8 September. more


[21 May 18]

The Theatertreffen 2018 comes to an end with an acclaimed solo by Joachim Meyerhoff in “Die Welt im Rücken”.

The presentation of the Alfred Kerr Prize for Performance to Benny Claessens, the closing jury discussion and Joachim Meyerhoff's solo performance in “Die Welt im Rücken” directed by Jan Bosse (Burgtheater Vienna) round off this year’s edition of the festival on 21st May. more


[16 May 18]

Welt ohne Außen: Invitation to the press conference

From 8th June to 5th August, Gropius Bau will host an exhibition featuring art works spanning from the late 60s to the present day, together with live works and workshops. For the first time, Gropius Bau is issuing passes that will give permanent access to the exhibition and all its activities, inviting visitors to explore all facets of the show and to actively participate in the daily workshop programme. more


[11 May 18]

The Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt: Commission of Work awarded to Maya Arad Yasur

The Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt and its cooperation partner, the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb, have awarded this year’s commission of work in a public jury discussion on Friday, 11 May 2018, at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. more


[02 May 18]

Stories that shape us

On Friday, 4 May 2018, the 55th Theatertreffen will open at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele with a performance of Frank Castorf’s monumental production “Faust”. more


[27 Apr 18]

Philippe Parreno: Invitation to the press conference

From 25 May to 5 August 2018, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion will present the first extensive solo exhibition in Germany by the French artist Philippe Parreno. Instead of a preview, published here is a review of an exhibition yet to take place by Zoe Stillpass. The author reflects on the different modes of existence the show will have, imagining what Parreno intends to do. more


[24 Apr 18]

Immersion 2018: The Exhibition “Welt ohne Außen” at Gropius Bau Berlin

From 8th June to 5th August, Gropius Bau will host an exhibition featuring art works spanning from the late 60s to the present day, together with live works and workshops. For the first time, Gropius Bau is issuing passes that will give permanent access to the exhibition and all its activities, inviting visitors to explore all facets of the show and to actively participate in the daily workshop programme. more

Musikfest Berlin

[17 Apr 18]

Rituals, Ceremonies, Actions and Symphonies

Tickets go on sale today (17 April, 2 p.m.) more


[26 Mar 18]

Over 80 Hours of Music

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2018 ended during the night of the 25th to the 26th March with the 30-hour event “The Long Now” at the Kraftwerk Berlin. more


[22 Mar 18]

Immersion 2018: Philippe Parreno Exhibition at Gropius Bau Berlin

From 25 May to 5 August 2018, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion is presenting the first solo exhibition of internationally renowned artist Philippe Parreno at a major cultural institution in Germany. Author Zoe Stillpass looks back on a future exhibition. more


[21 Mar 18]

Brigitte & Jonathan Meese: Mother and son = Reality meets art (F.U.T.U.R.E. of infinity) | 360°-Film & Installation

From 21 to 29 April, this commissioned VR-work by Jonathan Meese and his mother will be presented at Gropius Bau as a 360°-film. more

Musikfest Berlin

[19 Mar 18]

Concerts with music by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Claude Debussy

This year’s Musikfest Berlin (31 August - 18 September, 2018) – organized by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker – marks the occasions of the 100th birthday of Bernd Alois Zimmermann (* 20 March, 1918) and the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy († 25 March, 1918) by presenting key works by these composers in the programme. more


[13 Mar 18]

Ensemble Apartment House and 27 musicians open the festival with music by Julius Eastman on 16 March at Haus der Berliner Festspiele

On Friday, 16 March the Berliner Festspiele launches MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues (16 to 25 March). more


[11 Mar 18]

Line-Up + Timetable of The Long Now

The complete LINE-UP of the 30-hour event “The Long Now” at the Kraftwerk Berlin (24-25 March) is official. In addition to the artists already made public, performances by Colin Stetson, Kate Carr, Huerco S., Christina Vantzou & Francesco Donadello, Melanie Velarde, Second Women and Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson have been confirmed. more


[07 Mar 18]

Six new works selected for the Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt

In a Europe-wide competition, the Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt searched for new plays and projects. Now, the jury has made its selection. more


[02 Mar 18]

The Theatertreffen opens with Frank Castorf’s production of “Faust”

The 55th Theatertreffen will begin on Friday, 4 May 2018 with a performance of “Faust” directed by Frank Castorf, a production of Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (under the Artistic Direction of Frank Castorf). The nearly seven-hour-long show will be presented at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele five times, including a preview on 1 May 2018. more


[28 Feb 18]

Contemporary Circus: “Die Originale”

Between 28 March and 8 April 2018, Berliner Festspiele will launch their first research programme on contemporary circus. The results will be presented in a two-day festival on 7 and 8 April at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Advance ticket sales have begun. more


[27 Feb 18]

“Thinking Together” Time Wars

This year’s edition of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, which takes place from 16 to 25 March and is organized by the Berliner Festspiele, is dedicated to the topic of “Time Wars”. Within this framework, the discourse format “Thinking Together” offers a space for transdisciplinary exchange, experimentation and collective learning. more


[07 Feb 18]

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues | Terre Thaemlitz | The Long Now

Two special formats with concerts lasting through the night offer an opportunity to experience music and time in unusual ways at MaerzMusik 2018. Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles presents a piano installation at the Martin-Gropius-Bau that lasts for over 30 hours. more


[30 Jan 18]

55th Theatertreffen: The jury’s selection

The Theatertreffen of Berliner Festspiele will take place from 4 to 21 May 2018. An independent jury of critics presented their selection for the 55th festival edition at a press conference today, 30 January 2018. more


[10 Jan 18]

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2018: Time Wars

With MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues (16 to 25 March), the Berliner Festspiele are reflecting on the “Time Wars” of our present time and invite guests to experience contemporary music in unusual formats. more


[15 Dec 17]

Immersion 2018: Conference “INTO WORLDS. The Craft of Blurring Boundaries”

From 19 to 21 January 2018 the Lichthof of the Martin-Gropius-Bau will become the venue for an exchange including artists, leading scholars of immersive arts and the audience. more


[11 Dec 17]

Immersion Programme 2018

Berliner Festspiele continues its Immersion programme with a conference, two major exhibitions at Martin-Gropius-Bau and the presentation of artistic fulldome productions in Berlin’s public urban sphere with the aid of mobile dome architecture. The main focus of the 2018 programme is on the production and exploration of immersive spaces. more


[10 Nov 17]

Open Calls: Applications for Stückemarkt and International Forum welcome

Every year, the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen supports a new generation of international theatre makers and creative professionals. The formats Stückemarkt, International Forum and Theatertreffen-blog invite artists from various disciplines to attend the festival in Berlin, to present their work and to discuss the art of tomorrow, right here and right now. more


[03 Nov 17]

German Chancellor-Fellow Yanyan Qian from China at the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen

The Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation fosters the leaders of tomorrow.
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowships grants fellowships to up to 50 researchers from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the US – up to ten fellowships for each country – under the patronage of the German Chancellor and funded by the Federal Foreign Office. more

Jazzfest Berlin

[11 Apr 17]

Jazzfest Berlin: Berliner Festspiele appoint Nadin Deventer as new artistic director starting in 2018

Since its foundation as the “Berliner Jazztage” in 1964, Jazzfest Berlin has been among Europe’s most renowned festivals of its kind, with innovation and political topics always part and parcel of its tradition. Following Richard Williams at the artistic helm for three years, curator Nadin Deventer takes on the artistic direction of Jazzfest Berlin from 2018 onwards. more