Berlin Lacht! and reclaiming international street theater for Berlin

Photo by Mollie Cashwell



This summer in Berlin heralds the 12th annual “Berlin Lacht!” street theater festival, bringing acrobats, jugglers, clowns, mimes, and musicians from across the world together to perform in the capital. We spoke to organizer Stefanie Rosse about what to expect and the history of street theater in Berlin.

Rosse admits that Germany’s street performance scene lacks the strength of other European countries, because, she says, World War II snuffed out the once-blooming cabaret scene. She speaks, however, about a rise in clowning and street theater with the punk movement in the 70’s and 80’s from which “Berlin Lacht!” first emerged.

“Berlin Lacht!” continues at Friedrichstrasse until July 22, moving to Alexanderplatz on July 26. For more information visit our event page.

Photo by Mollie Cashwell