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Berlin Festival taking a “creative break” in 2016

"We need a little more time than planned," says artistic director Stefan Lehmkuhl as he announces the festival won't return until next year

By IQ on 29 Feb 2016

Björk, Berlin Festival 2013, Tempelhof, Toni Rosado

Björk performs at Berlin Festival 2013, Tempelhof airport


image © Toni Rosado

There will be no Berlin Festival this year as the Festival Republic event takes a “creative break” in 2016.

“The last two editions – and especially 2015 – were the perfect Berlin Festival in our eyes, exactly as we had envisioned it from the outset,” explains the event’s artistic director, Hörstmann/Melt! Booking’s Stefan Lehmkuhl. “The festival has ‘arrived’, no doubt.

“But now it is up to us to expand on the concept as an integral part of the capital – and for that, we need a little more time than planned. We hope our festivalgoers understand this and look forward to the next edition.”

Last year’s Berlin Festival, the 11th, attracted 15,000 attendees to Arena Park in Treptow with a line-up that included Underworld, Róisín Murphy, Chet Faker and James Blake.

In a statement, the festival says it will announce the “exact date of the festival’s return in due time, as soon as our plans are more concrete”.