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Dispatches’ weekly weekend events guide for Berlin: 12 January to 18 January, 2017

Take a tour around the world this weekend with a range of international festivals in Berlin.

From British film to Japanese cuisine and Germany’s very own best beers at the Gesundbrewing Craft Beer Festival, Berlin serves up some interesting events this weekend with an international flavor.

This weekend marks the kick-off of the British Shorts Film Festival that will run for the rest of the week. Lovers of Japanese food can head over to Urban Spree for the Japanese Sake Festival.

More of a beer lover? Check out the craft beer festival at the Castle Pub. Or discover East Berlin during a walking tour in high heels. There is something for everyone in Berlin this weekend!

• British Shorts Film Festival

Where: Sputnik Kino, Acudkino, City Kino Wedding, Kino Zukunft
When: Thurs., 12 Jan. to Wed., 18 Jan.
Tickets: Tickets start at €7 and are available here.

Seven days, 200 short movies. The British Shorts Film Festival kicks off in Berlin this weekend for a week-long film festival featuring short movies from Great Britain and Ireland. Two hundred short films will be shown at the festival, covering all genres from comedy to drama to thriller and horror.

The British Shorts Film Festival’s tenth edition is held at four venues across Berlin. Not only can you watch short films, but there will also be concerts, workshops, an exhibition and talks with filmmakers.

• Gesundbrewing Craft Beer Festival – Winter Edition

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-9-23-53-pmWhere: The Castle Pub, Berlin
When: Friday, 13 Jan. – Sat., 14 Jan.

Try out some of Berlin’s very best craft beer’s at the Gesundbrewing Craft Beer Festival at the Castle Pub in Berlin this weekend. Over twenty breweries will be on site at the winter edition of this event for beer lovers.

Most breweries at the festival are local, giving you the chance to try out some craft beers from the country so famous for its love for beer.

There will also be some breweries from out of the country attending the event, such as Dancing Camel from Israel, Uncle and Nephews Cider from Poland and The Sister’s Brewery from Holland.

• Japanese Sake Festival

15894628_238014316634801_8348992192030636106_nWhere: Urban Spree
When: Saturday, 14 January, 4 – 11 p.m.
Tickets: Entrance to the festival is 3 euros

Get a taste of Japanese culture and cuisine at the Japanese Sake Festival, held this Saturday at Urban Spree in Berlin. The events features several sake and food stands, as well as stands with Japanese art, clothing and handcrafts.

The Japanese Sake Festival is held at Urban Spree, a large concert and festival venue which also features an exhibition and art space, a bookshop and a Biergarten in summer.

After the Japanese festival, the DJ’s from Kids On Wax will turn Urban Spree into a party area.

Entrance to the Kids On Wax party is free for all visitors of the Japanese Sake Festival.


• High Heels Walking Tour through East Berlin

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-9-34-01-pmWhere: Meet at Hackesche Markt
When: Saturday, 14 Jan., noon till 3 p.m.
Tickets: Check the event’s Facebook page for more information

There are numerous ways to explore Berlin and all its sights. A walking tour is a popular way to get out and about and see the city. You usually put on your most comfortable sneakers or walking shoes for a day of sightseeing.

However, you can leave your most comfortable shoes at home for the High Heels Walking Tour hosted by German talk show host Cher Nobyl.

Instead put on your highest heels and get ready for a 3-hour walking tour through East Berlin. You will visit famous sights such as the Berlin Wall memorial, the former Stasi headquarters and the place where the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.


• Rollerdisko at club SO36

Where: Club SO36
When: Monday, 16 Jan., 8 p.m.
Tickets: Entrance costs 5 euros excluding skate rental. You can rent roller skates for 3 euros or bring your own.

This event is not happening on the weekend, but it sounds like too much fun not to mention. This Monday, take a step back in time to the good old days of roller skate disco at club SO36. Every third Monday of the month, the punk/rock club organizes a roller skate disco.

Since the event is held on Mondays, the roller skate disco starts early making it the perfect place to relax and wind down after a long day of work.

Put on some skates and dance around the club while DJ’s play some nice tunes. If this is your first time roller skating, make sure you get to the club in time as the evening always starts with a beginner’s lesson.

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