Dear Berlin Festival, we like you. Really, we do. You’re just like the city – imperfect, somehow unfinished, a bit higgledy-piggledy with a little improvisation here and there. You were somewhat in over your head at times and in the end you had to clear the airfield for the more posh and prestigious. But we like you – you’re like us. You have joy in things, love music and arts, appreciate good food, put your heart and soul into things and always keep your chin up. Relocating to the Arena Park was a good move. Here, there is still that taste of subculture; barbeques are smoking and people dancing till sunrise. After all signs of the latest major event, tradeshow and whatnot in Tempelhof have long vanished, you’ll still be going strong. This weekend and for the 10th time ‚round, we will be celebrating you – the only Berlin Festival that truly does this city justice. Over 60 different painters, sculptors and graffiti artists will be showcasing their work in the Art Village. There’ll be White Trash Fast Food, jesters, jugglers and travelling folk and a sublime electronic line-up: Underworld, Fritz Kalkbrenner, James Blake, Atari Teenage Riot, Chet Faker and Róisín Murphy – just to name a few. All of this on the banks of the Spree between GDR watchtower relics and the Oberhafenkantine for a bargain 79 Euros. We daresay that this is as Berlin as it gets. Tomorrow, it all starts with the official Festival Pre-Party at IPSE. Weather permitting from 6 p.m. out on deck, the indoor area opens at 11 p.m. Festival ticket holders have free admission, everyone else gets in for a mere 5 bucks. Oh, what a marvellous feast it will be!