The Carnival of Cultures is a festival in downtown Berlin which celebrates multiculturalism with four days of street parades, music and dancing. First held in 1996, the Carnival is modelled on iconic events such as Notting Hill Carnival and welcomes well over a million revellers each year. During the festival, Berlin gets a chance to show how culturally diverse the city really is with traditional dancing, rituals and food from all over the globe on display for visitors to admire and enjoy. The various stages showcase all types of music from folklore to reggae styles. The highlight is the street parade which sees over 4,000 colourful and creative floats from around the globe wind their way through the city. Over 100 bands and DJs take to the stages during the street festival to keep the crowds entertained until the early hours.
The four-day festival takes place in 2018 with the street parade occurring on 4th June. The main stage where the majority of activities take place is Blücherplatz in the fashionable Kreuzberg district of the city. Festivities start most days at 11am and continue until the early hours. The street parade starts at 12.30pm at Hermannplatz and makes its way through the city streets to Möckernstraße where it ends at approximately 9pm. Admission to the Carnival of Cultures events is free. The nearest airports to the event are Berlin Schoenefeld and Berlin Tegel.
With almost half a million people on the streets, please be aware that some of the underground stations are likely to be very busy or closed. It’s best to have a city map handy and to travel on foot as much as you can. In particular, Hermannplatz, Südstern, Gneisenaustraße and Mehringdamm stations are hot spots.
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While you’re in the Berlin for the carnival, why not extend your stay so that you can check out some of the amazing sights in this historic city, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and of course the remains of the Berlin Wall.
To find out more information about the carnival, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to check out the full list of events taking place during the carnival, view the street parade route and find out who’s performing in the Carnival of Cultures 2018.
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