This weekend brings 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin’s annual art festival created to be open to everybody. The event’s ongoing mission is to include everyone who consideres themselves an artist or a citizen of Neukölln and to represent every possible art form, from theatre to music to exhibitions.
For the first time, festival entrants must adhere to the theme “Change of Perspective!”. The event developed from a local festival to a Berlin wide institution, especially since 2008 when it was awarded for its social-political activity. This 15th edition will include 400 events in 250 different locations.
The festival features a variety of curated events, as well as amateur and outsider art. Curiosity might be the dominant feeling as you walk around the shows. This is a chance to get in touch with some of the famous subcultures of Berlin when scouring through countless private rooms, gardens, courtyards, cellars and churches that open their doors to the public.
Two special projects of this edition are “Art and Cult – Voices of Religions”, that deals with religious rituals practiced by the five largest religious communities in Berlin-Neukölln and “Urban Aging Laboratory”, dedicated to highlight transcultural and intergenerational ideas to bring individuals together.
A detailed program with tours, open ateliers, galleries and venues is provided on the website. Not to be missed is the Ships-Shuttle onboard the Spreeprinzessin where bands will play music from all over the world. The shuttle leaves every hour from the Wildenbruchbrücke and entrance is free.
Blog post by Andrea Ongaro in Berlin; Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013