Karneval der Kulturen

Berlin Karneval der Kulturen is not the regular pre-lenten traditional Carnival, nor has it a Caribbean background. Berlin is international – among the 3.4 million inhabitants of the German capital about 450.000 do not have the German citizen-ship. The Berlin Carnival KdK wants to represent all the different cultures living in Berlin and give them an opportunity to showcase their culture and celebrate.

The Berlin Soca scene took the opportunity to have a Caribbean style Carnival with Soca music from all island. Although most participants in the band are German, there are also many people from the Caribbean, Africa or other cultural background.

Main attraction is the huge procession on Sunday of Pentecost when we go dung de road: 100 groups with countless participants will change whole Kreuzberg into a sea of colours and ideas. As we would say: Bacchanal! Starting point is Hermannplatz 12:30h, but the procession goes until night time (round 21h).

Also during the whole weekend there is a street party with many stages round Zossener Str. – check the schedule out here (in German).

Karneval der Kulturen 2013

Friday 17th of May

Soca on the Beach @ Badeschiff (starting 1400h)
DJ: Martin Jay, Marflix, Tate, GC Sound, Hi-Towa

CARNIVAL JUMP UP 2013 @ Club Gretchen
Live: Peter Ram (Barbados)
DJs: Soca Twins (D), Barry Hype (USA), Jam Masters (NL/TNT), Lou Weed (D)

10 YEARS CITY LOCK @ Bi Nuu
Live: Ward 21 (Kingston/Jamaica)
DJ’s: I-Shence (Perugia/Italy), City Lock (Berlin/Germany & Stockholm/Sweden)

Saturday 18th of May

CARNIVAL GLOW 2013 @ Astra Kulturhaus
Live: Kes (Trinidad & Tobago), Tropical Storm Band feat. Scrappy, Konata, Triniboi Joocie, Ms Desire, Muzik Lil Muzik
DJs: DJ Tate, Soca Mafia, Barney Millah, Hendrik Unltd, Threeks
Dancehall Arena: DJ Waxfiend (NL), LP International (NYC)

LUSOTRONICS FESTIVAL @ Club Gretchen
Live: Batida, Dama Do Bling, Titica, Throes & The Shine
DJs: Marfox DJ, Jess & Crabbe

Sunday 19th of May

BIG PARADE starting at Hermannplatz, 12h till ….

CARIBBEAN INVASIO & RADIOEINS VÖLKERBALL @ Yaam
Live: Stylo G (UK), X-Caliber (Trinidad/Tobago)
DJs: Supersonic, City Lock, Soca Twins, Barney Millah, Oli Massive, Admiral Tuff

LUSOTRONICS FESTIVAL @ Club Gretchen
Live: Bonde Do Rolê, Gang Do Eletro, João Brasil feat. Cibelle, Gato Preto
DJs: Edu K, DJ Edgar feat. Bani Silva, Daniel Haaksman, DJ Comrade, DJ Waldo Squash, DJ BBrave, HPzinho

Karneval der Kulturen 2012

Date: 25.5. – 28.5.
Info: http://karneval-der-kulturen.de/de/
Route on Sunday: map

Recommended fetes and parties:

Friday 25.5.
Carnival Jump-Up: 10 years of Soca Twins with Blaxx and Jungle (Trinidad)

Saturday 26.5.
Heat – Carneval Edition: Tropical Bass fete with Toddla T (UK), So Shifty (Hamburg), Daniel Haaksman (Berlin), Marflix (Berlin), Max Le Daron (Brussels), Silent Pressure (Berlin)
Carnival Glow: Soca fete with Maddzart, Rupee and many more

Sunday 27.5.
Caribbean Invasion: Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons (Trinidad)


Music

Riddims Tropicale #32 – Berlin Carnival Edition 2013

Marflix & Tate (London) – MashUp Show Rebirth

DJ Tate Berlin Carnival Promo Mixes

Riddims Tropicale #14 – The Madness Edition (2011)


Videos

DJ Tate from London about Berlin Carnival 2011 including a quick interview with Marflix

Backyard Loops – Was feierst du? (Carnival release for 2009 full of KdK footage)

My video from KdK 2009 incl. footage of the showcase on the Yard/Escobar (portrayal: Purple Explosion) truck soca artist Scrappy and myself.


Ressources

Official KdK Website
Official website by the Werkstatt der Kulturen office

Carnival Fever
Mas band and party promoters

Faluma Caribbean Music
Huge soca online store and music label

Yard Gear
Sponsors of the Yard/Escobar truck and Glow fete

 

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