Summer 2023

90 days, 90 locations, 90 events: Berlin’s Kultursommerfestival offered a diverse programme of cultural events at unusual sites – outdoors, free of charge and all over the city.

Berlin is so much more than just popular sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower and Museum Island. It’s also Gropiusstadt, Biesdorf and Plötzensee. On every single day from 18 June to mid-September 2022, we brought different events to different locations – in every district, in every neighbourhood and in a way that was equally accessible to all Berliners and guests to the city.

The Kultursommerfestival was an inclusive festival offering a broad programme of events that reflect the diversity of the capital and its residents. There was something for everyone, including everything from literary readings and theatre presentations to classical music and dance performances. Our aim was to fill uninhabited urban spaces with culture while also discovering previously unknown locations and shedding a brand new light on popular spaces.

We worked in close cooperation with a wide array of both small and large Berlin-based cultural institutions and facilities. Special emphasis was placed on the quality of events and on making them as close and accessible to the general public as possible. To achieve this goal, each individual program item was carefully curated. Our focus throughout was on fostering unforgettable summer experiences for all Berliners.

The Kultursommerfestival was part of the DRAUSSENSTADT urban culture initiative.

The Cultural Summer Festival will return in the summer of 2023!

“Art and culture have the unique ability to generate a tangible sense of cohesion and solidarity – which is something that’s more important today than ever before.”
Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe


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