48 hours of art and culture in Neukölln

Neukölln in Berlin’s southeast has gained a reputation in recent years for its cool credentials. The area around Weserstrasse has become a haven for hipsters and gentrification, whilst still managing to maintain a strong sense of its middle eastern ethos, with around 40% of its population immigrants from Turkey, Syria and Palestine, in an area with a population of over 300,000.

48 Stunden Neukölln © Susann Kramer

In its earlier years, the Turkish immigrants were the life and soul of the area  which inspired David Bowie to write a song in 1977 about it. Today its diverse population makes it the ideal place for artists and creative types to be based, with rents still affordable and plenty of inspiration in the local neighbourhoods.

Buddy Bear Rathaus Neukölln © Melinda Barlow 1

Buddy Bear Rathaus Neukölln © Melinda Barlow

So with that artistic foundation in mind, the vibrant annual art festival 48 Stunden Neukölln (48 Hours Neukölln) Festival of the Arts seems like a natural thing to happen. Held every year in the last weekend of June, the festival features over 300 art projects in 200 different  venues, from shopping centres to bars, cafes to airports, boats to train stations. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Neue Echtheit’, meaning what is authentic and genuine. The idea is that artists involved in this year’s 48 Stunden Neukölln will present works that reflect this theme – that examine where meaning is left as the digital world envelops our daily lives.

Hier ist kunst The action packed programme has something for everyone and the diverse offering can be viewed in the online programme here. 48 Stunden Neukölln starts today, Friday 22nd June 2018 and runs until Sunday evening in various venues around Neukölln, Berlin.


Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.