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