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What's New This November: Our Event Guide For You


Schulstreik Gegen Rassimus

By now a well established Berlin phenomenon, the city’s leftist school students are striking (that is, not going to school) in an organised demonstration against racism. Following hot on the heels of the well-attended TTIP demonstration last month, Schulstreik will march against racism in November. The strike is borne from growing fears about racist behaviours and attitudes in the state apparatus and among its citizenry (they cite the recent arson attacks against refugee accommodation particularly). Join them!
19.11.2015 from 11:00am at Potsdamerplatz 

31st Annual International Short Film Festival Berlin 2015

After the Berlinale, the Short Film Festival is perhaps Berlin’s most important annual film event. Each year the judges shortlist film from over 6,000 entries (all under 30 minutes long) to showcase over the six day event. The shortlist is made up of around 500 total entries (with categories such as international, German, documentary, and viral video). The event is truly international and draws entries from all over the world; aside from traditional entries, there are also music videos, retrospectives and experimental films thrown into the mix.
10-15.11.2015 - Films are screened at Volksbühne, Roter Salon, Grüner Salon, Babylon Kino, Passage Kinos (Neukölln), Central Kino, and Planetarium am Insulaner. Tickets 5-50€

Jazzfest Berlin

The final encore in Berlin’s jazz calendar, Jazzfest promises to bring together some of the city’s finest for one last hurrah in November. The Jazzfest has some serious pedigree, with a tradition stretching back for 50 years, but this shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the programme is conservative. In fact, the festival prides itself in welcoming traditionalists and progressives alike. This four day bonanza is the most prestigious event on the Berlin jazz scene and will feature across a number of venues around the city.
5-8.11.2015 - Various venues across the city including Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Berlin Jazz Institute, and A-Trane - See website for more details.

The Pervert’s Guide To Europe: Jürgen Kuttner Meets Slavoj Zizek

 As part of the Volksbühne’s series on Europe, radio personality, culture vulture and social commentator Jürgen Kuttner meets Slovenian philosopher, cultural critic and prolific beard grower Slavoj Zizek to discuss Europe and its future. The pair will discuss the conceptual problems with borders specifically in the context of the refugee crisis, the moral implications of balancing the refugee crisis on the back of German civil society and the age of unparalleled surveillance monitoring.
21.11.2015 - Volkbühne Berlin - Tickets between 8-12€ - Space is limited.

Global Climate Change March

Even if your interest in a climatically stable future only stems from the desire for security for Mittens your pet cat, the case for protecting the environment has been proved conclusively. Sadly, it appears to be entirely beyond the reach of state actors and NGOs ostensibly in place to fight for this. As such, Berliners are taking to the streets to demonstrate their displeasure at the glacial pace of change in policy practices. The march begins at Potsdamerplatz and has been organised in association with WWF, Oxfam, NABU, Klima-Allianz, Greenpeace, Campact und Avaaz.
29.11.2015 - Potsdamerplatz - 11:00am


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