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A weekend in Berlin is never JUST a weekend: Dispatches’ events guide 30 March-3 April

There are sooooo many events you won’t want to miss in Berlin this weekend!

It is a sporty weekend in Berlin. You can watch the world’s best runners cross the finish line of the Berlin Half Marathon or catch a movie at the Football Film Festival. If you are not into sports, there are plenty of other events to keep you busy.

Check out a show at the Berlin Alternative Fashion week, try new snacks at the Startup Food Festival or enjoy a tasting at the Crafts Spirits Festival.

Berlin Alternative Fashion Week

When: Now through – Saturday, 1 April

Where: Halle am Berghhain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof
Tickets: An all week pass is €40 and gives you access to all fashion shows. Tickets are available here.

Berlin Alternative Fashion Week offers a platform to young, independent and alternative designers instead of showing the new collections by the well-known international brands. Because the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week believes fashion should be accessible for everyone, anyone can buy a ticket and attend the shows. Even if you are not an influential fashion journalist/blogger/designer/etc. After attending the shows there is an opportunity to shop the designs straight from the catwalk at the BAFW Designer Market on Saturday. The market features 25 young designers.

• Weekend Workshop – Make a Short Film on Your Phone

smartphone-filmmakingWhere: Raindance Berlin, 
When: Friday, 31 March – Sunday, 2 April

So, you want to be a movie director? Well, thanks to the smartphone revolution, you can. Most Apple iPhones now have 4k video capability, so you can shoot a high-res movie with one with the help of Berlin-based filmmaker Simon Hunter.

Film and commercial film director Hunter puts on these workshops. From Friday through Sunday, Hunter will show would-be Francis Ford Coppolas the steps necessary to make your own little masterpiece up to 3 minutes long.

Here are the details:

VENUE: KN, Skalitzer Str. 68, 10997, Berlin

PRICES: €229 Non-Members // €195 Raindance Members
(Membership is €50/year)

FRIDAY 7 pm- 10 pm

  • Masterplan – how to shoot and make a memorable one minute film
  • Scripting for one minute films – crash course!
  • Brainstorm session

Homework: write or think of an idea overnight

SATURDAY 10:30am – 6:30pm


  • Scripting in groups, preparing the final script.
  • Coverage – how to block the scripts
  • Prepare a shot list


  • Shoot the Movie (in a local location). Simon will visit each group as they film and help

SUNDAY 10:30am – 6:30pm


  • Editing 
  • Group review of each others work at lunch time


  • Recut and final presentation, comments and advice going forward

• Chuckleheads English Comedy Night

17390482_1300212073377607_5992935218347395983_oWhen: Tonight and every Thursday night, doors open at 8:30, with the show at 9.

Where: Deriva Bar, Mainzer Str. 23

Entry: Free

So, you’re friends say you should do standup. Here’s your chance.

Berlin’s English comedy show is a weekly event every Thursday at Deriva -Neukölln-. Every week, there’s a different line up, and offerings range from first-timers to touring pros. For now it’s still a FREE entry show (though please donate at the end of the show to keep the laughs coming!)

Chuckleheads welcome comics of all levels of experience, from seasoned pros trying out new material and honing bits to brave first timers giving stand up a shot. We’ll anounce the line-up a couple of days before the show.

Each performer gets 5-7 minutes to perform. Hosted by Karl Floitgraf Comedy and Daniel Gutierrez.

You can sign up on the Facebook page here where it says “spot.”

Half Marathon of Berlin

When: Sunday, 2 April
Where: Start and finish at Karl-Marx-Allee

More than 30.000 athletes will take the streets of Berlin this Sunday to run 21,1 kilometers during the Half Marathon.

The event features both recreational runners and the world’s very best athletes. The course takes the participants past the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Berliner Dom and the Brandenburger Tor.

It is no longer possible to sign up for the half marathon but you are more than welcome to cheer the thousands of runners on from the sides.

• 11 mm – International Football Film Festival

When: Thursday, 30 March – Monday, 3 April
Where: Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30
Tickets: Tickets are €7-€9 and available at Babylon

Do you like football? And movies? Then you will love the 11 mm International Football Film Festival.

This unique film festival only shows movies within the genre ‘football film’. The 11th edition of the event takes place in Babylon Berlin this weekend. Some of the highlights of the festival are the documentaries on Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruijff, who passed away last year, and the Icelandic soccer team who surprised everyone by making it to the quarter finals of the European Soccer championships last summer.

• Startup Food Market

16729221_259165311188672_8642037221114522587_nWhen: 2 April, noon – 6 p.m.
Where: Unicorn Berlin,Fountain Street 64  13355 Berlin-Wedding

The Startup Food Market features 20 start-ups in the food industry presenting their new and innovative products to the public.

Some companies make delicious things such as vegan and organic cakes and cookies, German craft beers and frozen cocktails.

Other startups have created apps that help stop food waste by selling leftovers from stores and restaurants to consumers.

• Crafts Spirits Festival

DESTILLE-BERLIN-Foto-Pascale-Serbo-SarroWhen: Saturday, 1 April and Sunday, 2 April
Where: Destille BerlinKöpenicker Str. 16-17

Tickets: A day tickets is €8, a ticket for two days is €14. Tickets are available online and at the festival

Craft Spirits Festival was founded in 2012 and is a trade fair for craft distillers, buying agents, barkeepers and restaurateurs.

The festival is also open to the general public for lectures and of course tastings of regionally sourced, sustainable and artisanal spirits and other products.

Head over to Destille Berlin this weekend to try some of the 600 artisan distillers at the Craft Spirits Festival.

The event includes the Craft Spirits Awards DISTILLE, a competition specializing in artisanal spirits.

• Emeli Sandé – Long Live The Angels Tour

When: Monday, 3 April, 8 p.m.
Where: Columbiahalle, Columbiadamm 13-21
Tickets: €46,05 via Ticketmaster

Okay, it is not technically the weekend but it is worth mentioning that Emeli Sandé will be performing at the Columbiahalle in Berlin this Monday.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, who you know from her hit songs “Beneath Your Beautiful” and “Read All About It,” is traveling around Europe for her Long Live The Angels Tour.

There are still some tickets left for her show in Berlin so be quick if you want to be there!

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