Serene Tseng joins the rest of Ber­lin in cel­e­brat­ing the di­ver­sity of this great city at Kreuzberg's an­nual Karneval der Kul­turen.

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Cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity, the Karneval der Kul­turen erupts in col­or­ful cos­tumes.

Ber­lin is di­verse, but just how di­verse? The an­nual Karneval der

Kul­turen, or Car­ni­val of Cul­tures, was founded nearly 20 years ago to an­swer this ques­tion and raise aware­ness of the di­verse peo­ple that com­prise the

mul­ti­kulti heart of the city. The free, open-air event, which takes place from 22–25 May, seeks to erad­i­cate racism while sup­port­ing the in­clu­sion of all colors and creeds.

The Karneval der Kul­turen gives the world's mul­ti­tude of mu­sic gen­res the chance to be heard with four stages on Blücher­platz. More than 100 bands and DJs rep­re­sent the en­tire mu­si­cal spec­trum, from cumbia to gospel to fla­menco to K-pop. Since the Karneval strives to be a sus­tain­able and zero-waste event, a green area with in­for­ma­tion stands and green ini­tia­tives are also to be found, along with in­ter­ac­tive theater for kids big and small wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate first­hand in the fes­ti­val. For those mo­ments when a lit­tle breather is needed, the nearby Heilig- KreuzKirche of­fers a space for quiet con­ver­sa­tion in the church and gar­den.

The grand pa­rade takes place on the penul­ti­mate day of the

Karneval, start­ing at Her­man­nplatz at 12:30pm and head­ing west­wards. More than 80 groups are rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing but not limited to eth­nic and na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions and to­tal­ing more than 5000 par­tic­i­pants, all with the aim of em­brac­ing di­ver­sity and em­pow­er­ing those whose voices so of­ten go un­heard. Caribbeanin­spired floats and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers weave their way through Kreuzberg's streets for over eight hours.

And what’s a fes­ti­val with­out a lit­tle friendly com­pe­ti­tion? The jury box for the pa­rade is lo­cated right at Süd­stern, where the judges pick the most beau­ti­ful floats. So keep an eye out for four of the most col­or­ful days of the year, when the di­ver­sity of Ber­lin is cel­e­brated with all the re­spect it de­serves.

"The street fes­ti­val in­cludes a mul­ti­tude of mu­sic from

around the world."

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