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- Posted:Friday, January 29, 2010
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Have fun at this year's Berlin Carnival
And if you time a visit just right, you can generally find yourself stumbling across one week-long celebration or another. If, like me, you're a fan of carnivals, then the time to do it is late May, when the city truly comes alive with an annual party.
Four days' worth of street festival begin on May 21st, with a parade being held on the 23rd. But what's it all in aid of?
Well, in 1995 it was decided that something had to be done to recognise the cultural and ethnic diversity of Berlin. Since the fall of the wall, social conflicts increased as people from various backgrounds clashed.
But as we all know, a good party can bring just about anyone together, so after years of attempts to get a carnival going, it finally happened. Previous efforts had failed because they were based on the likes of the Rio or Notting Hill carnivals and didn't garner enough support.
However, the idea finally gained traction once the concept of celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the city was decided upon, with the artists from all over the world now living there helping make it what it is today.
If you prefer to get your kicks from the stage than the street, however, a visit to Berlin in April could be just the thing for you - with the Long Night of the Opera and Theatre seeing around 60 venues host short performances until 01:00 local time.
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