Berlin Highlights in May

Our merry month of May... Spring feelings already bring you in the mood for summer and the spring cleaning is done. The urge to go outside or on the balcony is unstoppable...

Once again, Berlin is one of the cities that offers the most diverse facets:

Start differently in May and dance at the peaceful Walpurgisnacht in the Mauerpark around various camp fires, which are deliberately lit. A few years ago, the Mauerpark at Walpurgisnacht was a popular meeting place for "young warriors" from all over Germany, who sought violent clashes with law and order and their guardians. For 13 years now, the initiative "Liebet Eure Feinde", supported by the friends of Mauerpark e.V., the district council, numerous artists and local residents, has strived for a peaceful and creative Walpurgis night in the Mauerpark.

On 1 May, the Strandbar Mitte at Bodemuseum will open again. Visitors dance here every day of the week to diverse musical genres. Swing, cha cha cha, tango and salsa – couples can dance or find each other here – romantically at sunset or beneath a starry sky. Make sure to visit the Salsa Convention on 25 May at Kulturbrauerei, too.

If women want to do sports – join the AVON Women's Run on 20 May. You support the German Cancer Aid with your participation, and a Bambinilauf is also provided for children.

Avon Frauenlauf 2016 © camera4

Also a sports focus: The DFB Cup final is taking place on 27 May... There will be, if only, remaining cards, but public viewing is available all over the city.

All the worries about Berlin’s airports... Why not walk through the closed Tempelhof airport? I took and highly recommend the guided tour "Mythos Tempelhof", which is carried out by former workers of Tempelhof. Experience the second largest connected building in the world from quite different perspectives. Afterwards it is possible to fly a kite on Tempelhofer Feld, the former runway.

Exploring Berlin from the water is very popular again. I would like to recommend a special steamboat trip through the OLD BERLIN on 6 May to you: “Come aboard and embark on a journey through time into the OLD BERLIN! Aboard our ship you get to know the city of the 1920’s and 30’s with the famous Berlin chansonnier „Marie Marlene“, when he musically abducts you into a bygone Berlin. Along with the humor, charm and amazing voice of the Berlin singer, we’ll travel through Berlin as Marlene Dietrich, Hildegard Knef, Claire Waldorff and many others once have.”

Musical open-airs are cult at many public viewing locations, not just in Berlin: Experience the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev on 13 May.

The wonderful Waldbühne opens its doors on 30 May for surely one of the last concerts of Aerosmith, hence also the title "Aero-Vederci Baby".

The merry month of May offers a great variety of musical top acts:

In the mundane Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin awaits Chris de Burgh on 8 May with his tour "A better world". In addition to evergreens, he dedicates his new texts very critically to the current political world.

The gentle-voiced Bryan Ferry takes the stage at Tempodrom on 19 May. At the same location, after a long silence because of a serious illness, Helmut Lotti will meet his fans again on 4 May.

As a small insider tip for a great voice: Imany at Huxleys Neue Welt on 28 May. "Don't be so shy" is the motto on the way to Neukölln…

The Mercedes-Benz Arena is looking forward to Enrique Iglesias on 5 May, Bruno Mars on 26 May and Tim Bendzko on 29 May. Very successful and attractive magic is presented by the Ehrlich Brothers on 19 May and "Elvis in Concert" on 15 May makes us think of beautiful years.

Thinking back... a nice idea is the mourning procession of the Berlin Aids Aid on 20 May.

Fans of classical theatre should not miss this event of the Berliner Ensemble: On 24 May, Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in Samuel Beckett’s "Krapp’s Last Tape". This dramatic monologue is staged by star director Peter Stein.

The 54th Berlin Theatertreffen from 6 to 21 May offers something for all tastes in many venues across the city. The highlight is "Pfusch" directed by Herbert Fritsch at Volksbühne.

Multiple prize winner and Berlin darling Katharine Mehrling returns to Bar jeder Vernunft with her wonderful chanson program "Mehrling au Bar" from 3 to 14 May.

Katharine Mehrling in der Bar jeder Vernunft © Xamax

Classical music: On 27 May, "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz premieres at Staatsoper in Schillertheater. Conducted by Simon Rattle, Terry Gilliam stages the opera in an "unconventional and creative" way.

At Komische Oper, I recommend the 6th Symphony Concert with Martin Stadtfeld on 5 May, where you can enjoy Mozart and Mahler. In the same house, “Medea” by ​​Aribert Reimann premieres on 21 May, starring Nicole Chevalier in the title role.

If you are looking for nature, go to the gardening days at Prinzessinnengarten and work with the earth, exchange experiences and enjoy the flourishing Berlin.

My newly-discovered trend for Japanese-influenced beverages fits to nature with its cherry blossoms as well:

Typical Japanese cocktails are a rarity in Berlin. "We use what we have," says Shirato Chizuru. For her cocktail Zen, this means: green tea liquor, lemon juice, shochu – Japanese liquor from wheat and rice – and mint liqueur in equal parts. The cocktail’s taste is a completely new experience for a European and should be best connected with a Japanese tradition: Isakaya. Literally, this means "sitting and drinking sake".

If the sun shines too much on your head and mind, this refreshment should help… Here’s to you in this merry month of May!

Your Hagen Hoppenstedt

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