What is KdK
The Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) is a four-day urban festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces. With a free and open programme, Karneval celebrates diversity.
During KdK, the public space gets transformed into a place for self-(re)presentation and play with cultural identities.
Music and dance groups, professional and amateurs, children and adults take part in the parade through Kreuzberg. From anarchic performance over traditional dances to mash-up and remix; from high- to popular-, in KdK culture has many meanings.
On the street-fest stages and the off-stages, world-renowned and up-and-coming bands and artists perform a variety of music styles: from reggae over chanson to classical sitar-music.
KdK is possible because of the various actors of the city. In it the different communities create a space of self-empowerment. The carnival gives place to a public sphere characterized by heterogeneity, hybrid identities and plurality.
Karneval makes City.
Piranha Arts AG organizes the Karneval der Kulturen, a four-day festival, open to all, in downtown Berlin.
The Karneval der Kulturen came to be, on the one side, against the background of the growing internationality of the city, and on the other, as a reaction against the nationalism and racism that grew in the 90’s in Germany. The aim of the carnival was to celebrate the city’s diversity, as well as to make minorities more visible in the sphere. It was a clear positioning for the construction of a city based on inclusion.
The political situation has changed in the 20 years of Karneval der Kulturen, but a pluralistic society has not been achieved yet. Racism is still an every day experience. Not only is the current European political landscape challenged by the resurgence of right-radicalism, German society seems not yet in the position to treat equally the various cultural traditions and heritages of its Residents. This is noticeable, for example, through the success of books such as Sarrazin’s “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (“Germany Abolishes Itself”,) the tiresome debate about German “Leitkultur” (“leading-culture”), or the helplessness of the German language to describe a society not based on ancestry and ethnicity. It is easy to experience the mechanisms of discrimination in every day life.
The Karneval der Kulturen creates, today as in the past, an artistic space that enables a plural, heterogeneous and open Public Sphere, even if only for four days a year.
KdK goes green
Please help us to create a sustainable KdK!
What you can do
Support us to eliminate trash and litter.
The festival area is an open place. If you bring beverages and food please throw away empty bottles and other kind of trash in the deployed garbage bins for waste separation or take them home with you. It easily happens that bottles break and the glass becomes a danger to visitors especially to kids.
Use public transport or ride your bike.
The festival area is perfectly reached by public transport. For more information take a look at » Public Transport
What we do
Every year we work on our goal to create the festival as environmentally friendly as possible.
During the four day of the street festival all traders must use reusable dishes.
Visitors will need to pay a deposit on it.
We support the project "Viva con Agua": Everybody who wants to do a tribute for clean drinkable water in developing countries throws their mug with the deposit on into the offered tons which are pulled across the festival area by members of the project. With the donation the project finances potable water projects around the world.
All used dishes are directly cleaned on the street festival area by the company "Kampen Rent An Event" in order to save energy and gasoline as well: Plates, forks and knifes don't go on a long trip to get cleaned up as this usually is the case.
Our graphic materials are printed on recycled paper (min. 140.000 units; that's 9 tons of paper).
We have chosen clean energy for the street festival and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emission.
The "Green Area" on Zossener Straße offers space for companies and projects which want to present their work and engagement concerning environmental and social issues. In here visitors also find innovative products or can stop by for a certified organic snack.
The team of the Karneval der Kulturen 2016
Piranha Arts is the operator of the Karneval der Kulturen.
We also organize symposia, workshops and conferences to discuss issues ranging from artistic practice to political engagement.
How many visitors attended the Carnival in 1998? And when did the event take place in 2005? This site takes you back in time and offers an overview about the most important facts.
Please get in touch with the carnival office by sending us an email firstname.lastname@example.org