Berlin Highlights in February

5th –15th February

Berlin International Film Festival
In immediate proximity of the Hotel Palace, the success story of the Berlin International Film Festival began exactly 65 years ago. Here in the heart of West Berlin, the “Berlinale” has developed into one of the most important festivals in the world. In the nearby Zoo Palast, an architectural icon of the 1950s, world-famous stars and directors presented their latest films for decades. Even after the relocation to the Berlinale Palast on nearby Potsdamer Platz in 2001, the Zoo Palast, which has now been lovingly renovated, still remains a centre of festival activities.
At the 65th Berlinale, about 450 feature films and documentaries will be presented in various categories. In the “Competition” category, world and European premiers by Terrence Malick, Isabel Coixet and Andreas Dresen compete for the coveted silver and gold bears.
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If you can’t get hold of the much sought-after cinema tickets, you can still immerse yourself in the cinematic atmosphere of Berlin:

13th February

TEDDY Gala in the Komische Oper
The presentation of the TEDDY Award for outstanding gay and lesbian films has long been considered a secret glamour highlight of the festival. The traditional prize ceremony with public after-show party is being hosted in the stylish ambiance of the Komische Oper in Mitte for the second time.

Museum of Film and Television
The world-famous collection of the Filmmuseum on Potsdamer Platz, to which the estate of Germany’s greatest global star Marlene Dietrich belongs among others, is exhibiting highlights from the history of European cinema. In the special “Bigger than life” exhibition, which runs until 17th May, you can see the spectacular film sets of set designer Ken Adams, who became world-famous for his designs for the James Bond films among other movies.

Famous film locations in Berlin
The historically and architecturally fragmented metropolis has wowed international directors with its extraordinary film locations for decades. Film enthusiasts can reminisce in many parts of the city and bring to life their favourite scenes from “Octopussy”, “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Run Lola Run”.

21st February

Gala of the Tanzolymp Dance Festival
Over the course of five days, state and private dance schools will be presenting their best young dancers at the renowned international competition. Extraordinary talents under the age of 21 will try to scale the heights of the Tanzolymp light-footedly and take home one of the coveted prizes from the categories of Classic Dance, Modern Dance, Folklore, Jazz, Pop and Tap. The best of the best will go through to the public gala finale on 21st February in the Berliner Festspiele arts center.

26 th February to 1st March

100 Degree Theatre Festival
Stage diversity for fans of the theatre with great endurance is offered by the 100° Festival. On the last weekend of February, more than one hundred free groups will perform at three venues. Over 120 current fringe theatre productions are running parallel and at hourly intervals, promising unbridled acting fever and an imposing range from theatre to performance to video installation. Shuttle buses connect the venues, which are strewn across the city, from Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele and Ballhaus Ost. A blog, updated daily, provides guidance on the content. At the end, a jury chooses the finds of the festival – and has been creating careers in the established theatre business in this way for years.

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