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JANUARY

International Green Week
This is actually an international agriculture fair, but Berliners flood the fairgrounds by the thousands to get a taste of what other countries eat and drink. Want more information? Please click here.

Long Night of the Museums
Theatre, music and of course art until midnight at most museums. Information at: www.lange-nacht-dermuseen.de. Takes place in August. Want more information? Please click here:

Six-Day Race
Pedal power is the key as the Berlin Six Day Race challenges cyclists' skill, endurance and stamina at the city's Velodrom. Thousands of spectators come along to watch. Popular events are Friday's Late Night and Sunday's Family Day.Cost:€30-€54
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FEBRUARY

International Film Festival
It started in 1951, and since 1956, the signature gold and silver Bears have been awarded annually here. Sometimes only a few stars find their way to the capital, but more and more visitors take their seats in festival cinemas, where film submissions from around the world are screened. Since 2001 on Potsdamer Platz, which seems made for the event. Want more information? Please click here.

MARCH

ITB-International Travel Fair
The world’s largest travel fair with exhibitors from countries whose names you might have never heard. Lots of colourful brochures to take home while branch professionals hold conferences on stimulating future growth in the industry. Want more information? Please click here.

MAY

Carnival of Cultures
With international costumes, traditions and dance, this festival makes the Kreuzberg area into what everyone would imagine: a colourful mixture of local immigrants and guests. This festival is outdoorsr and it is a 3-day event. On Sundays there is a Carnival and all the other days there is a big street festival with free concerts entertaining the people with music from all around the world. Carnival of cultures resembles the diversity power of Berlin.You want more information? Please click here.

Ladies German Open
IInternational women’s tennis championship in the courts of the “Rot-Weiss” tennis club in Grunewald. If you are interest in it, please click here.

JUNE

Christopher Street Day
The CSD is held  in memory of the first big uprising of homosexuals against police assaults that took place in New York's Christopher Street in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. A typical Christopher Street Day Parade includes floats as well as walking groups usually provided by and made up of members of LGBT organizations. In  mid-June there is a large street party around Nollendorfplatz. Want to find more information about this festival? Please click here.
            
Theatertreffen (Berlin Theatre Days)
From among all the productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a jury chooses roughly ten to be part of the competitive exhibition of German-speaking theatre, followed by the Theatertreffen der Jugend (Youth Theatre Days).Click here to find out more.

JULY

Classic Open-Air
Music, music and more music in the finest outdoor stage in the city: in front of the concert hall at Gendarmenmarket, at the Waldbühne, in the English Garden (in Tiergarten), and even at the nicest horse racing track, the Hoppegarten. Of course you may enjoy the beautiful music, but we should mention here, as a student , the ticket is very expensive. If you are still interested in it, please click here. In case you don't know how to get there, click here.
           

AUGUST

Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA)
Since 2006, the world’s largest annual consumer electronics fair presents international innovations from all areas of information technology. Representatives from radio and television can be found in their “glass” studios and the celebrities are closer than ever. You may find more information here.

International Dance Festival
This international dance festival showcases works from fifteen countries that highlight current trends and developments in the international contemporary dance scene. In addition to cutting-edge European productions, the program features new work from African, Asian, North American, and Berlin artists.

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www.tanzimaugust.de

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SEPTEMBER

Berlin Festival Weeks
Two months of concerts, theatre, musical theatre, dance and discussions with a new theme every year: that’s how the largest event of the Berliner Festspiele describes itself. Young artists are the focal point here and they are meant to be experienced in as varied a spectrum as possible. First nights and world premiere show how things are evolving in other countries. There’s almost always a theme-oriented exhibit in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Want more information about this? Please click here

Popkomm
Roughly translated, the organization behind this event is the “International Music and Entertainment  Business Platform”. In other words, a trade fair for the music business. Part of this is a festival that sends waves through the whole city: “400 acts from more than 30 countries and 30 official Popkomm venues” were announced for 2007, and for three days Berlin was the stage and backstage all in one. Click here for additional information.   

Berlin Marathon
42.195 kilometres through Berlin. The largest international marathon in Germany begins at the Victory Column on the Straße des 17. Juni, and the finish line is the Brandenburg Gate. The past events have broken many records. You can find the results of Berlin Marathon 2010 and other information on the website below:

www.adventure-marathon.com
www.berlin.de

OCTOBER

Art Forum Berlin
If it can be done in Cologne, then Berlin can do it better. The international fair for contemporary art attracts art lovers from around the world and the jury of specialists, which changes every year, chooses the galleries to be included. In 2003, there were 101 exhibitors displaying everything from video works, photography and painting to sculpture, installations and works on paper. Virtually all of the artistic media of the 21st century is represented, and anyone looking to get an update on the current arts scene is in the right place here. Rest areas, cafes, restaurants, the fair library, a reading room and a  discussion forum, diverse performances and receptions of all kinds complete the picture. Want more information? Please click here!

NOVEMBER

Jazz Fest Berlin
IIt’s not just about jazz here, but other kinds of musical and performing arts as well. Folklore, theatre and sometimes even magic are displayed in ways that are influenced by or interact with jazz. There is often a regional or thematic emphasis. The most traditional jazz festival in the country has inspired some competition, though. Want more information? Please click here.

DECEMBER

Christmas Markets
There are indeed several, but the prettiest ones are at Breitscheidplatz and at the Gendarmenmarkt. Near the Ku’damm you can have a traditional “Feuerzangenbowle” punch with sweets from the Altberliner Mandelbrennerei (sugar-coated almonds). Authenticity and an original assortment are priority at the Gendarmenmarkt where a historic backdrop is incorporated into the market, artists and artisans offer unusual crafts and selected culinary specialities are also offered. One of the smallest Christmas markets in Berlin is on Richardplatz in Neukölln: very nostalgic, without electrical lighting, but with wooden toys and a carousel. More information here.

For details got to Winter activities in the section<Fun activities>

New Year’s Eve Party
Over one million Berliners and guests ring in the new year between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. If you didn’t bring it yourself, you can buy from one of the numerous food and beverage vendors, while live music is being played on various stages and DJs spin the latest tunes. The new year is greeted with spectacular fireworks and this party is for free. More information can be found here!

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