Presentation of the topic in front of the Berlin Dom

Programme

Bible studies or large concerts, Taizé worship or socio-political panel discussions – the events are as varied as its visitors.

The Kirchentag features an extensive program that covers various topics ranging from religious discussions and panel sessions to outdoor activities and thrilling live performances. From over 2,500 different events we picked some highlights that will not want to miss.

Opening

Three great services at Brandenburg Gate, Platz der Republik and Gendarmenmarkt. One of the sermons will be given by Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Sweden. The services are followed by a street festival for 300,000 people – with colourful booths, delicacies and events that let you join in.

Berlin’s city centre will be lit up, not just for the evening blessing at the end of the day.

International Reformation

Here’s to the next People from all over the world tell of their experiences with a changing faith, for example at the English language Centre on Reformation Transformation.

Guests include Hungarian philosopher Ágnes Heller, American pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town.

Potsdam

The capital of Brandenburg will attract you with its castles and gardens, but also with exciting topics, including Germany’s neighbours in Poland and the consequences of Climate Change.

With climate scientist Ottmar Edenhofer and Jennifer L. Morgan from Greenpeace.

 

36. Kirchentag Discussion

Children and Young People

The right programme for every age group. Experience life in Martin Luther’s day in the Reformation Village at the Children’s Centre near the main railway station or attend workshops in a church built from scaffolding in the Youth Centre at Tempodrom.

By the way: admission is free for children aged 12 and under.

Music

Experience a festival atmosphere and celebrate with us. With artists like Wise Guys, Max Giesinger, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Experience any kind of music at over 400 concerts

Peace

The world is out of joint. War and violence are closer than they have been for a long time. How can we make peace? What can religions contribute? How can sustainable development and a decrease of poverty be achieved?

We will discuss these questions with Melinda Gates and Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for the Syria crisis, among many others.

 

35. Kirchentag Praise

Diversity

Rainbow Centre, Centre for Growing Old, Gender Centre – if we want to talk about living together, we should talk with everyone.

Alternative Nobel Prize winner Kasha Nabagesera, author Andreas Weber and Blogger Kübra Gümü?ay will join other human rights activists on stage.

Welcome

– and how? A meeting place will bring together volunteers working with refugees from all over Germany. They can exchange ideas, work together and show other people how it’s done:

this is what hospitality looks like.

 

36. Kirchentag Worship

Remembrance

Berlin is a city of refuge and freedom, but it is also the city of Nazi perpetrators of violence.

The multilayered memories are brought together at Tempelhof Airport, which is still a destination for refugees.

Open to the world

Celebrate Kirchentag with religions and faiths from all around the globe, for example at the intercultural luncheon and the question: What does an ecumenical future look like?

Guests include Israeli author Amos Oz, Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb and theologian Johanna Rahner.

Finale

Once in 500 years: We invite you to the biggest party of the Reformation anniversary. A festive service on the Elbe Meadow just outside Wittenberg.

Including picnic and concert.