The oldest and gayest street festival in Berlin, Motzstraßenfest 2016

Pictures from the annual Motzstraßenfest in Schöneberg.
27 Jul ’16 by Sara Community, Street Life

Unlike other Pride festivities of Berlin, the “Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest” in Schöneberg is not just a parade. It’s a whole weekend of queer partying. And unlike other queer celebrations, the Motzstraßenfest – a party, it’s also a very traditional get-together of a neighborhood. One that sometimes stands in the shadows of the much cooler, younger Berlin Kieze (i.e. Kreuzberg and Neukölln).

What I like about Schöneberg is the lack of pretentiousness. Young and old, straight or gay: an inclusive attitude makes Motzstraßenfest a great occasion to practice the typical Berliner “laissez-faire” attitude.

It gets trashy sometimes, but at least not everything is covered in glitter and gold.

Even in a liberal city like Berlin, the celebration of multiculturalism and differences is a necessary political statement.