Alternative Culture in Berlin
Learn about Berlin’s less mainstream, yet rich and fun
For over 20 years Berlin has been home to a summer a festival of
artists, acrobats, comedians, magicians and old crafts and much more
in Berlin called the Gauklerfest.
It is a creative mixture of medieval marketplace and alternative
You can also experience something traditional, quiet and very
English in Berlin. Throughout the summer you can visit the Teahouse in the English
Garden starting at 11 a.m. Every Sunday there will be an open
air Jazz concert (for free) at 4 p.m.
The comedy theatre Wühlmäuse
is the most popular and famous cabaret stage and they are very
engaged in supporting new talent for German stages. Surely you can
see lots of German stars there but you can also visit festivals for
new talents that will be popular in some years or less. These supporting festivals
are Kleinkunstfestival, Kabarettbundesliga and English Comedy
Weekend. Comedy became really big over the last decade in Berlin.
Berlin Quatsch Comedy
Club is surely the most famous comedy club in Germany (stand-up
comedy, regularly TV shows).
Improvisation theatre is present in Berlin with at least 10 stages
with regular program and very well-known companies – its
rather popular as you can see. The friends and fans of classic
theatre should consider enjoying what talented artists and actors
produce as improvisation right on the spot. It is a great impression
and very admirable. The best known and oldest company is Theatersport Berlin
(always Monday @ BKA), than comes IMPROBERLIN (every Thursday @
In combination with the art of words and improvisation the next big
thing is poetry slam in Berlin. The website Slammin‘ Poetry is
offering a good round view over the scene and upcoming shows. There
are tournaments on a regular base in Berlin (town, state, national).
Did you ever visit performance art? Did you ever hear about
performance art? In Berlin there are regular festival. On a yearly
basis there is the Month of
Performance Art in Berlin – a whole month with workshops,
discussions, presentations and shows. More information about
performance arts can be found here. The
Club Real is a
great performance art collective residing in Berlin. During the
summer there are a lot of street artists on Berlin streets and
especially near tourists attractions.
You can also experience some so called off-theatres, small stages
and companies that mostly don’t have a big budget, but invest
a lot of enthusiasm into developing new views or interpretations
about the art or a piece of art. Authenticity is mostly a common
denominator. Two brilliant stages are the Hexenkessel Hoftheater,
open air theatre through the summer @ Monbijoupark
and fairy tale hut through winter, and the Theaterkapelle, a theatre
plying and residing in an old chapel – additionally there is
for hardcore enthusiasts also the chapel cellar as a combination pub
To get a very unique impression of the strange birds, show-offs and
scenes you should sometime visit the famous Kumpelnest – you
can’t describe it. It is a very unique atmosphere that
has been around for 25 years.