Culture Calendar: February 2023
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
St. Moritz or Berlin? Contemporary dance, horse-racing in the snow or glamourous film festivals? February has just the right thing for everyone, and it’s certainly going to be a busy month. Are you ready to enjoy it all?
Ball of the Coffeebrewers, Vienna (3 February)
The ‘Kaffeesiederball’ (Ball of the Coffeebrewers) promises to be an unforgettable night with beautiful gowns, classical music and fairytale vibes. The stunning location of the Imperial Palace is worth a visit in itself. This is a traditional Viennese-ball night not to be missed.
White Turf – International Horseraces, St. Moritz (5, 12, 19 February)
The White Turf is a firm favourite among horse-racing enthusiasts and certainly no small affair. Each year it’s held at the legendary ski destination of St. Moritz, featuring world-class horse-racing, gourmet food, music and much more. Think beautiful horses, lots of bubbly and the glistening frozen lake in the background.
73rd Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival (16 – 26 February)
Each year, the infamous Berlinale brings A-list filmmakers and actors to the German capital for a glamourous ten-day extravaganza. Red carpets, paparazzi and awards – this event presents some of the most exciting films the international film industry has to offer. The constantly evolving film festival is dedicated to artistic exploration and entertainment.
Cologne Carnival (16 – 22 February)
It’s back! Also called the ‘fifth season’, Cologne Carnival is the place to be if you like fancy dress. This massive street party marks the biggest and most joyful celebration of the year in the Rhineland. Fancy dress as far as the eye can see, traditional carnival songs and beautifully decorated parades with plenty of sweets await the guests. This year promises to be extra special as it marks the 200th anniversary of the historic event.
Tanzolymp – International Dance Festival, Berlin (17 – 20 February)
Tanzolymp translates to ‘Dance Olympus’ and is a fitting name for this wonderful international dance festival, which brings young dancers together. The dancers’ ages range between ten and 21 years, and participants travel from all over the world to Berlin. The festival’s goal is to encourage younger generations to embrace dance as an art form, and it’s not only a hot spot for dancers, but also for those cheering them on.
Valentine’s Marathon, Berlin (19 February)
Grab your partner, best friend or even your kid, and enjoy this fairly relaxed sporting event. The route leads runners across the marvellous gardens at Gärten der Welt and, at the end, some mulled wine awaits those wanting to warm up a little more.
f.re.e leisure and travel fair, Munich (22 – 26 February)
This travel fair truly has it all. From state-of-the-art caravans, cutting-edge bikes and kayak equipment, as well as artificial lakes and even climbing facilities, the f.re.e leisure and travel fair is a must for any travel enthusiast. Each year, over 50 countries are represented in Munich.
ZüriCarneval, Zurich (24 – 26 February)
If you are looking to celebrate at a carnival in Switzerland, Zurich is the perfect destination. During these three days, you can look forward to fancy dress and brass-band music, with good vibes all around. What’s not to like?
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