Love it or hate it, there’s no doubt Berlin’s newest landmark, the Berliner Schloss, splits opinion. But what you can’t deny is that it houses one of the city’s most exciting new museums, the Humboldt Forum.
Dedicated entirely to non-European art, it’s well worth a visit. And with the Durchlüften summer open air kicking off on Thursday July 28th, there’s even more reason to pop over. Spread over four weekends and hosted in the museum’s courtyard, the programme is packed with music, performance art and film from across the globe. If you’re down for going intercontinental with your culture, Durchlüften won’t disappoint.
The first serving in the four-weekend series starts with a bang, boasting some big acts spanning the sonic spectrum. Utuk Ubong & The Utuk Philosophy kick things off on Thursday night, bringing the sounds of Lagos to the heart of the Hauptstadt. Settle in for some sultry Afro-soul courtesy of Jembaa Groove on Friday evening, or catch New Zealand’s talented Noah Slee on Saturday and mull over his trademark R&B rhythms. Sets from the likes of DJ Alai K and Ben Olayinka promise to keep vibes bubbling well into the night.
Yes, the tune component is a big draw, but it’s not just the musical roster pulling all the punches. Thursday also hosts a panel discussion on preserving and archiving music, with the good folk from Ostinato Records and the Syrian Cassette Archive leading the debate. There’ll also be a workshop for young activists on Saturday afternoon, exploring the issues the next generation are campaigning for today.
And that’s just the first weekend! Better cancel those summer holiday plans…
Thu, 28 July 2022: 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri, 29 July 2022: 02:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat, 30 July 2022: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm