The Berlin Festival doesn’t exist anymore. It was replaced by the globally acting Lollapalooza festival. But during its first years and especially once it arrived to Tempelhof, it was quite the special event. To me, it then marked the threshold of transformation of Berlin. From a provincial city to a big metropole: that’s what a festival like that symbolized if you were living here long enough. Now there was no more reason to travel across the country and perhaps even the continent to participate in such a big music event.
Officially, the festival organizers are taking a hiatus, but it’s highly questionable if they’re ever really coming back. If they do, they certainly have to face a lot stronger competition.