Foto: Lena Giovanazzi

Music Culture

The pulse of the capital

Whether internationally acclaimed artists or local musical acts – Berlin’s cultural diversity will be on full display in the multifaceted programme accompanying the Day of German Unity 2018.

Berlin is considered to be one of the most influential art and (sub-) cultural cities in the world. The Day of German Unity invites all visitors to discover this cultural diversity throughout the entire festival space. The spectrum will range from street music, “Mauerpark“ karaoke and DJ sets to a “dance tent”, music performed by and together with refugees, street-art and open-air exhibitions and a diverse programme offered by our media partners at rbb, the official public broadcaster of Berlin and Brandeburg. For example, one exhibition will be embedded in an “autoscooter” (bumper car) and tell the story of house models – with all of their fractures and new starts, memories and visions – narrated by the people who built them.

The festival will get underway on the stage at the Brandenburg Gate with the Neue Philharmonie and be followed up by the Maxim Gorki Theater, which will give a performance called Grundegesetz (Germany’s Basic Law), whereby it subjects the constitution to a stress test. The highpoint of the celebrations will no doubt be #1HEIT – THE CONCERT featuring musicians committed to fostering social engagement. Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall with excerpts from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 – the same piece played by his mentor, Mstislav Rostropovich at Checkpoint Charlie back in 1989. Also on stage – ONLY WITH YOU!

#1heit – the concert

Stage at Brandenburg Gate: 3 October at 7:30 pm

The musical highlight of this year’s celebrations will come on the evening of 3 October: Nena, Samy Deluxe, Patrice, Philipp Poisel, Namika, Frank Dellé, Meute and many other musicians on one stage. These artists will represent all those individuals who work on a daily basis to foster cohesion in our society, and this final concert will spotlight a number of initiatives that can also be found on the platform known as “Musik bewegt” (Music Moves Us). Including: Jamel rockt den Förster, SOS MEDITERRANEE Deutschland e.V. and BÄM! Drumline Berlin (  For more information or donations please visit:

SOS MEDITERRANEE  is a European maritime and humanitarian organization for the rescue of life in the Mediterranean. It was founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the deaths in the Mediterranean and the failure of the European Union to prevent these deaths. Since launching the operation they have welcomed more than 30,000 refugees aboard the rescue ship Aquarius.


#1HEIT: Curated by Björn Döring, Tedros Tewelde and Fetsum Sebhat (founder of PxP Embassy e. V.), the #1HEIT – THE CONCERT will send out a clear message of support for social engagement – for participation, equality, tolerance and the power of music.

* With the generous support of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) ** In cooperation with the Siemens Arts Program


An ensemble under the direction of Lillo Scrimali (The Voice of Germany, FANTA 4 and more) featuring SEPO (Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra).*


Her worldwide hit “99 Luftballons” (“99 Red Balloons”) marked the beginning of a spectacular career with over 25 million records sold.


Hip-Hop magician and & Freestyle God: He not only influenced a musical genre but also an entire generation of Beat enthusiasts.


One of the most successful European Reggae artists and a multi-platinum music producer


Originally discovered by Herbert Grönemeyer, Poisel is perhaps the most beloved songwriter in Germany today with over 150 million YouTube views


She dominated the German charts with her hits “Lieblingsmensch” and “Je ne parle pas français”.


This eleven-person techno marching band interprets electronic beats using the instruments of a brass band


The Swing ensemble from the hit German TV series BABYLON BERLIN.


Excerpts from Bach’s Cello Suite, which Rostropovich played at Checkpoint Charlie in 1989 – this time played by his world-renowned student **

Frank Dellé

He is not only one of the lead singers of Seeed and therefor an important part of Berlin’s music history but a successful solo artist with experience in orchestras.

BÄM! Drumline Berlin

The Berlin Äcademy for Marching Drums, it is the first Drumline-School in Berlin of Bryan Little, Peter Fox and Kulturprojekte Berlin.


RBB Concert

Stage at Brandenburg Gate: 2 OcTOBER at 7:30 pm

The BossHoss
George Ezra
Philipp Volksmund

Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard, between the “Sport & Exercise” area and the Tanz-Zelt (Dance Tent)

 1 October, 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 2 + 3 October, 11 am to 10 pm

Bloß nicht langweilen (just don’t get bored) – the rbb presents itself true to it’s motto:  there are talks, interviews, live connections and many more things happening on the big rbb stage.

RBB Television

Join us in celebrating 60 years of the rbb’s Abendschau evening news programme and experience how television works at our live broadcast from the festival grounds! Before the broadcast, we will give an exclusive screening of excerpts from the large-scale TV chronicle “Berlin – Schicksals-Jahre einer Stadt” (Berlin – A City’s Years of Destiny). Things will take a sporty turn when Biathlon expert Kathi Wilhelm takes the stage.

RBB is Radio

All radio stations of the rbb – radioBerlin 88,8, Antenne Brandenburg, Fritz, radioeins, Kulturradio and Inforadio –  are present with a varied program.

RBB Tent

In the rbb-Zelt (rbb Tent), visitors can win prizes and meet well-known rbb personalities at an autograph session. rbb staff will be on hand to answer any questions on rbb programme content and scheduling.

Stage Events


Unleash your inner diva

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. Which means there’s nothing stopping you from singing a Karaoke version of your favourite song in front of 1,500 “friends” on a Sunday in Berlin’s Mauerpark, right? Bearpit Karaoke has been very successful at encouraging people to sing their hearts out in public since 2009. / Open-air Karaoke show (Zeltenplatz stage: daily at 8 pm)

Foto: Alun Lennon


The capital’s music network

The Berlin Music Commission represents, professionalises and links together individuals active in all areas of the music industry. It also acts as their mouthpiece and advocate with regard to political bodies and other sectors. The centrepieces of the commission are the Kompetenzzentrum Musikwirtschaft (Music Industry Expertise Centre) and the music conference known as Most Wanted: Music. The capital city’s music network is successful NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU. Listen to the music city of Berlin! / Music performances by the winners of the “listen to berlin” compilation 2018 (stage at Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard: 2 October, 3 pm + 4 pm and 3 October, 4 pm + 5 pm)

Foto: Steffen Junghans


Groove to save the world

A sustainable world is brighter, more colourful, more fair and lots more fun. For all of us. Together with its partners, the Green Music Initiative has been working for ten years on this utopian idea. Only together with you can we start building the better world of the future today. Let’s start by dancing! / DJs from the Green Music Netzwerk, Rave to save the planet (stage at Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard: 2 + 3 October, 8-10 pm)


Music school for everyone!

Musikschule Spandau is an educational and cultural facility for children, adolescents and adults that provides extracurricular music education and performs cultural work, while also organizing music education and ongoing training programmes. / Modern dance by the Dance & Performance group, JazzRockPop Band (Tiergarten stage, 2 October, 12:30 – 2 pm)

TANGOKOLLEKTIV BERLIN (Tango Collective Berlin)

Artistic encounters through dance

Dance is an embrace – it enables people to feel themselves and encounter their partners in intensive ways. TangoKollektiv Berlin will offer dance classes and formal dances and give visitors a quick introduction to couples dancing and the Tango. / Introductory dance classes in Tango, Swing, Latin and Streetdance; Dance performances with live music, “Unity Ball” on 3 October (Tanz-Zelt/Dance Tent, Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard: 1 October, 5-9 pm, 2 October, 2-11 pm, 3 October, 2-11 pm

Foto: TangoKollektiv Berlin