13-16 May 2005
A celebration of Berlins cultural diversity, this event features professional and amateur artists of all ages. With new trends and styles in youth and minority culture, it provides a platform for the 440,000 immigrants from more than 180 countries living in the German capital. The Carnival offers Berlins ethnic communities a chance to show off their cultures both traditional and modern to Berliners and visitors alike. And in this way, they add to the capitals reputation as a vibrant and ever-changing metropolis. In just nine years, Berlins international summer carnival has become a key event on the cultural agenda of the German capital. It attracts visitors from all over Germany and abroad, with 1.8 million people coming to see the Carnival Parade and Street Festival in 2004. Street Festival, May 13th to 16th, Bluecherplatz/Kreuzberg (U7 and U6 Mehringdamm, U1 Hallesches Tor) Street Parade, May 15th, 12.30 p.m. to around 9 p.m. Kreuzberg: Hermannplatz to Yorckstrae.