Photo by: James Dennes
Out of the many things to do in Berlin, no one would ever think to find a piece of Indian culture in a German Olympic stadium. But this year, on April 27 and 28, one will find exactly that. The organizers of Holi Open Air Berlin are bringing the installation of the Indian festival from Friedrichshain to Charlottenburg, to the Reit Stadium in Berlin’s historic Olympic Park. With more space and a more diverse topography (those small hills can come strategic), party goers can relive last year’s crazy celebration.
Holi Open Air Berlin admittedly loses the tradition and religion behind the Indian festival, as it instead transforms it into a colorful party. But for those who can’t experience the real thing, it is quite a worthy substitute. Premiered last year and surrounded by much hype, Holi Open Air Berlin proved to be a success: tickets were sold out in Berlin, as hundreds of merrymakers headed to Ostbanhof to throw paint bombs in the air, at friend’s faces, themselves – anything goes. Given this reception, it’s not surprising that it’s back, bigger than before, and a tiny bit more expensive. This year, the cheapest pass is 17€ (without fees) and you can find more information about tickets here.
Surely, there are lots of things to do in Berlin, but if you happen to be in the city on April 27 and 28, I highly recommend that you buy a ticket. White clothes are required, so buy a shirt while you’re at it!