Berlin Festival 2015 Preview
Berlin Festival is back this week to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with a huge line up seeing international superstars play among rising local acts. Techno sits with house, hip hop, indie and electro with a vast variety of music and culture to get stuck into over the 48 hour party centered around Berlin’s biggest club, Arena.
Utilising the vast space around Arena Park in Kreuzberg the festival is spread out across many venues in the area and it’s now in it’s second year at Arena having moved from the airport-turned-public park, Tempelhof Feld last year.
With a strong focus on breaking down barriers between genres, artists, labels and cuisine the resulting line up is a refined eclectic mix of nearly everything. Techno music and its subsidiaries are of course strongly represented with Berlin locals such as Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Âme joined by internationals like Robert Hood, Chet Faker and Seth Troxler. The festival also sees Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy and Rudimental playing over the three days along with a total of over 90 acts across multiple stages.
Genre barriers are torn down and redefined as techno flirts with hip hop, Arthouse with cabaret, high fashion with street wear, street food with haute cuisine and classical music with club culture.
With many Berlin institutions such as Watergate and Westbam helping to curate the line up the sense of involvement by the city itself is strong with the festival proudly wearing its name as a celebration of what Berlin has to offer. SchwuZ, one of Berlin’s debaucherous gay club’s will be taking over the Hoppetosse’s (it’s a boat on the Spree) two floors with electro, indie, kitsch and glamour while Mag will be representing the hip hop side of things with Kelela and others performing at Glashaus.
Film will be another main focus alongside music at the festival under the guise of, ‘Berlin ‘A’ Screen’. Berlinale, Teddy Awards, Pornfilmfestival and EXPOSED International Queer Film Festival are all supporting this aspect of the weekend with screenings and Q&A sessions taking place in Arena Club.
The Art Village will act as a showcase for the city’s thriving creative scene with street art, graffiti, dance, performance art and poetry slam.