The great thing about Berlin is that there is always something to do. This Pentecost weekend is sure to be an amazing one, it’s time for the annual Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin!!! The carnival aims to celebrate and draw attention to the large international presence in Berlin, 30% of the 3.4 million Berliners are either first or second generation immigrants. Turkish immigrants make up the largest ethic minority in Germany but there are people from all over the world that live in the capital, including a sizable American population. Just one of the reasons why my German language skills are so poor.
The carnival is a 4 day street festival that takes place in the heart of Kreuzberg. (I’ve blogged a lot about Berlin and Kreuzberg recently, I know) There is music, vendors, arts and crafts and of course, tons of really great food. I am really excited to dance in the streets, there is a choice of 4 different stages with music from different regions. I might also join a salsa lesson or two. It’s so much fun!! I will be sure to report back. Here is a glimpse of my past experiences at the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures).
Here is really short video from my first Karneval der Kulturen in 2010.
A few snapshots of my time at the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) from 2011:
More information about Berlin and the festival in English can be found here: Carnival of Culture.
This year I will be attending the festival with friends and family! I am expecting seven of my family members to
invade visit Berlin for the long weekend. Pray for me!!
Are there any carnivals or festivals you are looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments below.