Róisín Murphy

10 Years of Berlin Festival

15,000+ festivalgoers celebrated a decade of Berlin Festival history at Arena Park from 29 to 31 May.

Arriving at the entrance, located at Schlesischer Busch this year, festivalgoers were treated to one last look at the TV tower before descending into Arena Park where the concepts of music and art, debaucherous parties, high culture and subculture as well as audience and performers merged into one massive cultural event. Berlin’s heroes and international top acts like Fritz Kalkbrenner, Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy and Chet Faker conquered the main stage at Arena while, at the same time, pianist Valentina Lisitsa presented minimal music of the 60s and Chopin at Yellow Lounge.

Under the banner of Trashité, variety and burlesque performers took the stage at White Trash Fast Food turning night into day before open-air raves at Badeschiff and smashing techno sounds at Elektronische Wiese, curated by heroes such as Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig, kept the crowd moving until the wee hours of the morning. The festival’s electronic focus was deliberately interrupted by such contrasting performances as aerialists Sol’Air above the main stage and a water ballet at the Badeschiff pool.

We couldn’t wait to party with SchwuZ, the Neukölln-based LGBT institution, which transformed the Hoppetosse into our glittering Love Boat on the river Spree with a genre clash of retro, pop and house tunes. Opera singers mingled with hungry festivalgoers at the food court while others joined guided tours through Our/Berlin‘s vodka distillery. With a plethora of colourful flowers, Nordic by Nature brought us the ultimate festival accessory amongst other Art Village highlights like the »Kirmes der Verpeilten«, fakirs, and the Staatliche Schule für Artistik with its skilful acrobatics.

The Art Village stage proved to be a chill-out oasis, and the Busker Diaries Campfire spread romantic vibes under the starry night sky. On top, Berlin ‘A’ Screen catered to film buffs of all genres at Arena Club with its screenings from fantasy to horror to queer porn to music documentaries in addition to Q&As with the filmmakers.

In the upcoming days, we will post plenty of pictures and videos on our Facebook page and website. Intro magazine was on location as well. So check out what they were up to at Arena Park.

If you still have some money on your wristband, you will also be able to transfer it to a bank account of your choice via login.berlinfestival.de/cashback.

Berlin Festival wishes to thank the entire Berlin Festival crowd who made the 2015 edition a memorable one. The organisers can’t wait to announce more details on the festival’s 2016 edition soon.

See you next year!
Your Berlin Festival team