Karneval der Kulturen, or Carnival of Cultures, is a four-day annual urban festival, with a free and open program, celebrating diversity. Music and dance groups, DJs, street food producers, traditional clothes and handicrafts merchants from all continents come together to bring life and color to several streets in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin.
The carnival has been held every year since 1996, on the background of the growing multiculturalism of the city and as a reaction against the nationalism and racism that emerged in the 90’s Germany. So, for over 20 years, Karneval der Kulturen has aimed to celebrate the city’s diversity and to make minorities more visible, say the organizers on the festival’s website.
The highlight of the carnival is the street parade, which, this year, was held on June 4, on a route outside of the fair area, with about 60 groups from all over the world dancing, singing, rollerblading or carrying specially made artifacts. Take a look at the atmosphere and don’t miss the festival next year!
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