History

Berliner Festspiele are made of many histories. One of them begins on 5 September 1951, when the first Berliner Festwochen, as they were originally called, opened at the Schillertheater. What do we associate with this launch, then and now? Which protagonists have shaped the institution over the 70 years since its inception? What issues did Berliner Festspiele address – and how did they do it? In 2021, we will set out on a journey to explore our archives and we invite you to share our stories.

At the opening of the Schiller Theater, destroyed in the war, as part of the 1st Berliner Festwochen 1951, enthusiastic people gather around the theatre in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg.

At the opening of the Schiller Theater, destroyed in the war, as part of the 1st Berliner Festwochen 1951, enthusiastic people gather around the theatre in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg.

© Film still from: “Blick in die Welt”, 1951/38, PROGRESS Film GmbH

Do you have any memories of our events and festivals that you would like to share with us? In March, we will look back at 70 Years of Berliner Festspiele at Gropius Bau, where, among other events, we will create a ‘living archive space’ with your stories and memorabilia. Join us! Join us!