Gallery 2011

Berlin Festival 2011: successful relaunch with new concept

After two festival days with performances by 70+ acts at Tempelhof Airport and Arena Berlin, Berlin Festival 2011 came to a successful close.

With its new concept, new stage setup, and additional venues, which mirrored the capital’s manifold concert and club culture, Berlin Festival started on Friday with exciting performances by James Blake, Austra, The Rapture, The Drums and many others.

With headline shows by Primal Scream, Suede, Boys Noize and Beginner, the programme at Tempelhof finished at midnight, and many festivalgoers went on to Club Xberg at Arena Berlin. The shuttle buses, travelling between the airport and Arena, brought everyone to Club Xberg safe and sound with just a little bit of waiting time at the airfield.

With its four venues, Arena, Arena Club, Glashaus, and Badeschiff, Club Xberg offered everything from chilled out label specials with beach bar atmosphere (e.g. Greco-Roman) as well as great performances by Mr. Oizo, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Public Enemy and Skrillex sending all festivalgoers into ecstasy with his brute electronic soundscapes.

In addition to the genre spanning stage programme, Berlin Festival put forward an extensive range of fringe events. Apart from the always crowded Silent Disco Noize, the media lounges with foosball and table tennis, as well as the Design & Record Label Market, our Art Village, which was curated by Jan “Yaneq” Kage, celebrated its premiere with Jim Avignon, Poet, Nomad, 44flavours and numerous other artists. They were busy sawing, toasting, spraying and performing – Berlin’s street and urban art at its best. This year’s Berlin Festival Art Prize, which was awarded by Melvin Benn, CEO Festival Republic and Partner of Berlin Festival, went to Superblast, Maike Gräf, and Gobsquad To@aster.

For audio-visual highlights of Berlin Festival 2011, check out ZDFkultur on Saturday, 24th September for five hours of live footage starting at 2pm, ZDFkultur’s Mediathek pop10′s Youtube channel and blog as well as our growing picture gallery.

Thanks to everyone, who made this festival a memorable one! We’re looking forward to seeing you on 7th and 8th September 2012 for yet another round of fantastic gigs at Tempelhof Airport!