September in Berlin: Arts, Lights and Music

I cannot believe it: Fall officially starts on 22 September. But maybe we are lucky and we will get a few more days of sunshine. We have compiled the September highlights for you – both indoors and outdoors:

The Pyronale on Maifeld at Olympiastadion Berlin on 1 and 2 September presents astonishing fireworks. Three countries will compete against each other on both evenings. After the awards ceremony, big closing fireworks will light the sky above Olympiastadion.

The latest innovations and trends in electronics will be showcased at IFA from 1 to 6 September. Exhibitors from all around the world will present audio and video systems, smart home appliances, air-conditioning technologies and much more. On the first two days, the music festival DeutschPoeten will take place at IFA-Sommergarten with Jennifer Rostock and Philipp Poisel.

19 days, 27 events, 80 musical works: This is the program of Musikfest Berlin. From 31 August to 18 September, Berlin’s orchestras and choirs as well as international ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam or the Filarmonica della Scala from Milan will enter the stage. In the year of Monteverdi – the componist was born 450 years ago – his works L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea will be one focus of the festival.

On 3 September, the Oberbaumbrücke will turn into the Open Air Gallery: More than 100 newcomers and well-known artists show their works on one of Berlin’s most beautiful bridges. Anything is on show – from paintings and sculptures to graphic artworks!

High-class, free music: From 5 September, the Berliner Philharmoniker invite guests to their lunch concerts each Tuesday at 1 p.m. The 45-minute concerts in the foyer of the Philharmonie will feature the Philharmoniker and members of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

The 17th internationales literaturfestival berlin focusses on three topics: democracy and freedom, seas and oceans and Raout Schrott’s book Erste Erde. All in all, more than 200 international authors join the literary festival from 6 to 16 September.

The line-up could not be better – the Lollapalooza Berlin brings the Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, the Beatsteaks, Marteria and Cro to the capital. On 9 and 10 September, the festival will be celebrated at Rennbahn Hoppegarten and fans from all over Germany are expected.

There is another highlight on the same weekend for those who like it more relaxed: Berlin’s museums, buildings and other institutions open their doors for the Tag des offenen Denkmals – often those doors that are usually kept locked. Tours on the topic “Power and Glory” are offered, for example, at the observatory at Insulaner in Schöneberg, rrb in Charlottenburg or Gartenstadt Falkenberg in Treptow.

15 museums and theaters and 200 galleries take part in Berlin Art Week from 13 to 17 September and open their doors for art lovers. Exhibitions, films, performances and special programs are waiting for all those interested. New: The Volksbühne Berlin premieres as exhibition space and the art berlin fair takes places for the first time.

A different kind of art: A very colorful building in Schöneberg’s Bülowstraße draws the attention of Berliners and visitors alike. The Museum for Urban Contemporary Art will celebrate its opening in this very building on 16 September. Fans of street art will find a mix of art and workshops there; a photo documention on the beginnings of urban art is on show as well.

Ready, set, go! The 44th BMW Berlin-Marathon takes place on 24 September. The 42-kilometer route goes from Straße des 17. Juni through Berlin’s center – right past Rathaus Schöneberg, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial-Church and Gendarmenmarkt – and ends at Brandenburg Gate. More than 40,000 runners and 5,000 inline skaters took part last year.

The light festival Berlin leuchtet is starting again and lets Berlin glow in the most beautiful colors. From 29 September to 15 October, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and many more landmarks will shine colorfully and delight Berliners and visitors.

The last day of September is marked by Staatsoper für alle on Bebelplatz. Music enthusiasts are invited to the free open-air which starts at 5 p.m., the Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim will delight the fans with a symphony concert. Just a few days later on 3 October, the newly-renovated Staatsoper Unter den Linden will finally re-open!

If the September weather is as changeable as in the last months, we would like to recmmend a visit at our Palace SPA.

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