Countdown to the Games
19-24 June 2022

Special Olympics Festival

The Special Olympics Festival – a unique and inclusive experience for young and old.

Come by and enjoy our diverse and colorful stage program, participate in various activities and workshops and try out our international street food market in the heart of the city.

We invite you to enjoy:

  • An inclusive and various stage program
  • Join-in activities, exhibitor and partner presentations
  • Workshops & sportive engagements
  • International Street Food Market
  • And much more!
In the photo there five people dancing and holding each other's hands. All of them look very happy and exuberant.
At the Family Festival at OAKA Stadium, the families of Special Olympics athletes pledged to follow healthier daily routines. Live Greek music inspired some to dance, including Vasilikh Kalogriopoulou, a volunteer with the Games Organizing Committee (far right), and Zeina Z Salem of Lebanon (next to Vasilikh). Zeinia, 20, had competed in a basketball final that day; her team finished fourth. She made 2 of her team's 7 baskets in that game.
Will Schermerhorn


18—24 June 2022

Opening hours

Saturday, 18 June, 12:00 — 21:30 CEST (family day)
Sunday, 19 June, 12:00 — 18:30 CEST
Monday, 20 June, 12:00 — 21:30 CEST
Tuesday, 21 June, 12:00 — 21:30 CEST
Wednesday, 22 June, 12:00 — 18:30 CEST
Thursday, 23 June, 12:00 — 21:30 CEST
Friday, 24 June, 12:00 — 18:30 CEST

Entry to the Special Olympics Festival is free of charge.



Neptunbrunnen, 10718 Berlin-Mitte
(next to Alexanderplatz and the Red Town Hall)




We are excited about 7 days full of music, workshops, activities and much more around Neptunbrunnen in the heart of Berlin. Here is what awaits you - have a look and tell your friends.

Our highlights:

On Saturday 18 June, the Special Olympics Festival 2022 opens with its Family Day. Our special program on this day:

  • The Berlin Brass Festival
  • Werkstatt Utopia – inclusive orchestra brings music for the whole family (15:15-16:15)
  • Flame Lighting Ceremony of the National Games 2022 (16:30-17:00)
  • Print & Branding station to embellish SO Merchandise products
  • The mascot Kroko from LAG with information about dental health
  • „Kinder stark machen“ campaign with great activities for kids (BZgA)

On Tuesday 21 June, we welcome Fête de la Musique Berlin on the cultural festival stage. We are excited about diverse artists and music all day long.

The cultural stage

Come by and experience the flame of the National Games 2022, celebrate with us the Fête de la Musique and dance to the music of the Mischa Gohlke Band - this and much more awaits you on the cultural stage of the Special Olympics Festival 2022.

Daniela Ulbing and Andrea Franken will guide through the program.

Start stage program: daily from 2pm.

An overview of the cultural stage program can be found here:


18 June

Grande Fanfare

Berlin Brass Festival

14:00 - 14:45

Werkstatt Utopia - Jazz Ensemble

KulturLeben Berlin

15:15 - 16:15

Special Olympics Flame Lighting Ceremony

16:30 - 17:00

Askanier Rock

Mosaik Berlin

17:00 - 17:45

Kinder stark machen

Bundeszentrale für Gesundheitliche Aufklärung

18:00 - 18:15

Healthy Athletes - Fit Feet

18:15 - 18:30 Uhr

Short Gymnastics Activity

with Yvonne Blankenforth

Verein Fit und Fun Berlin-Marzahn e.V.


Beat'n Blow

Berlin Brass Festival

19:15 - 20:00

Mischa Gohlke Band

20:30 - 21:30


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

19 June

Karower Dachse

14:00 - 14:30

Pfeffersport e.V.

14:30 - 14:45

Healthy Athletes - FUNfitness with BGE

14:45 - 15:00

Easy Language - Reading

Dr. Katharina Gernet


DJ Chris



17:15 - 18:15


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

20 June

Healthy Athletes – Opening Eyes

14:00 - 14:15

Marvin Holl

14:15 - 14:45

Para Karate - Show

Deutscher Karate Verband


Pusha CL

15:30 - 16:00

Siemese Elephants

16:15 - 17:00


Pößnecker Werkstätten

17:30 - 18:30

Die Schmetterlinge

Lebenshilfe Nürnberger Land

19:00 - 19:45

Dance performance Centre Talma

Gesellschaft für Sport und Jugendsozialarbeit (GSJ)

20:00 - 20:30

Poetry Slam




Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

21 June

Alien Grace

Fête de la Musique



Fête de la Musique

15:00 - 15:45

Alexandra Alden

Fête de la Musique

16:15 - 17:00

The New Victorians

Fête de la Musique

17:15 - 18:00


Fête de la Musique

18:30 - 19:15

Link Up Euro Connection

Fête de la Musique

19:45 - 20:30


Fête de la Musique

20:45 - 21:30


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

22 June

Healthy Athletes - Health Promotion

14:15 - 14:30

Healthy Athletes - Opening Eyes


14:30 - 14:45

Easy Language - Reading

Andrea Lauer



Healthy Athletes - Health Promotion

14:15 - 14:30

Healthy Athletes – Healthy Hearing

14:30 - 14:45"

Easy Language - Reading

Andrea Lauer




Dance performance Centre Talma

Gesellschaft für Sport und Jugendsozialarbeit (GSJ)

17:15 - 17:45

André Hanelt

17:45 - 18:30


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

23 June

Easy Language - Reading

Spaß am Lesen Verlag

14:00 - 14:30



Award ceremony: Christmas card art price

Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW)

15:15 - 16:00

Healthy Athletes - Special Smiles

16:00 - 16:15


AWO Berlin

16:30 - 17:30

Dance- & Gymnasticshow

Lichtenberger Werkstätten (LWB)

with Berliner Turnerschaft


Guitar trio "Drei Silben"

18:30 - 19:15

Die Befreiten


19:30 - 20:15


20:30 - 21:30


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00

24 June

Bateria de risco

beta gGmbH & Musikschule Béla Bartók Prenzlauer Berg

14:00 - 14:30

The HotSpot

Musikschule Mitte

14:45 - 15:05

Lara Samira

15:30 - 16:00

Healthy Athletes - Strong Minds

16:00 - 16:15"



16:15 - 17:00

Behind the Curtains

VIA Berlin

17:15 - 18:15


Theather Thikwa

Short performances and dance acts

Daily from 15:00


In our workshop tent you can get active and creative things yourself.

Get to know new sports at the sports workshop with Pfeffersport, create your own design in the batik workshop with s.Oliver or find out which instruments suit you in the music workshop with the Berlin Brass Festival. Just drop-in, no pre-registration needed.

An overview of our workshop program is available here:


18 June | Percussion- & Brass instruments with Berlin Brass Festival

At the music workshop with the Berlin Brass Festival you will learn more about why brass music increases the joy of life and you can try out the exciting brass & percussion instruments.

18 June | 12-21:30

19 & 20 June | Moving workshop-days with Pfeffersport

At the movement workshops of and with Pfeffersport you can get to know sports like Capoeira or Parkour and also learn why it is important to take a breath and listen to yourself from time to time. You will also learn why inclusion is the most important principle of the association, how Pfeffersport manages to work inclusively and how they convey joy in different kinds of movement.

19 June | 12-18:30 | Parkour, Capoeira and Mindfulness (Awareness through the body)

20 June | 12-21:30 | Parkour und Capoeira

21 & 22 June | Creative Workshop with s.Oliver

This workshop is already fully booked

Let your creativity run free! Become a designer with our premium partner s.Oliver: Personalize a T-shirt according to your ideas in a creative workshop on site - the perfect souvenir of your festival experience.

21 June| 12-21:30

22 June| 12-18:30

23 June | Print-Workshop with Foundation Preußische Schlösser & Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

An artistic offer on the topic of "Schlossgarten Charlottenburg" awaits you - come by, get creative and take your own print home with you.

23 June | 12:00-16:00

24 June | Neurological rehabilitation - Fürst-Donnersmarck-Stiftung

Learn at different stations what it is like to master everyday situations with neurological impairment. Right after you can take a turn in the wheelchair parcour.

24 June| 12-18:30

Exhibitors and partners

The partners of the Special Olympics and many other organizations, associations & clubs are part of the Special Olympics Festival and bring exciting hands-on activities.

There will be plenty on offer at the festival: Inclusive climbing at the booth of the Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW), autograph sessions, wheels of fortune and much more awaits you. Come by and get to know our exhibitors and partners.

AfB Social and Green IT

During your visit to AfB (Work for People with Disabilities) you can expect a guessing game, a feeling station, a raffle and much more - stop by and learn how inclusion works in an IT company.

18-24 June

Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW)

BGW makes climbing possible for ALL. Be brave and try out a climbing tower over 5m high! The inclusive climbing offer is open to everyone, besides you will get information about other actions and the work of the BGW.

Sat, 18 June | 15:00-20:00 (everybody)

Sun, 19 June | 13:00-18:00 (everybody)

Mon, 20 June | 13:00-15:00 (Workshops, pre-registration), 16:00-20:00 (everybody)

Tue, 21 June | 13:00-15:00 (Workshops, pre-registration), 16:00-20:00 (everybody)

Wed, 22 June| 13:00-15:00 (Workshops, pre-registration), 16:00-18:00 (everybody)

Do, 23.6. | 13-15 Uhr (Werkstätten, Vorabanmeldung), 16:00-20:00 (everybody)

Fr, 24.6. | 13-15 Uhr (Werkstätten, Vorabanmeldung), 16:00-18:00 (everybody)


At the Coca-Cola booth, you can try a Coke Zero free of charge. The special feature: your taste experience will be captured in a photo. This way you can take the moment home with you and at the same time your personal festival memory.

18-24 June

Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB)

At the booth of the DOSB there will be small activities for young and old visitors and information in plain language about the DOSB and the common understanding of inclusion of the participating associations. The Buddy Sport Badge, which people with intellectual disabilities and their "buddy" can take, will be presented. Daily changing interviews with interesting guests are planned and with a little luck you can have your picture taken with Trimmy, the life-size mascot of the DOSB. Also represented at the stand will be the Landessportbund Berlin (LSB), the Behinderten- und Rehabilitations-Sportverband Berlin & other member organizations of the DOSB.

18-24 June

  • Monday, 20 June, 12:00: Thomas Stephany from Aktion Mensch. Questions about funding from Aktion Mensch in the area of inclusion, sports and accessibility will be answered.
  • Monday, 20 June, 12:00 – 16:00: Participation action "Berlin has talent - German motor skills test" with e.g. bag throwing, dumbbell exercises, jumping.
  • Thursday, 23 June, 12:00 - 15:00: Johanna Suwelack from the Sportjugend Berlin. Information on participation in sports clubs in Berlin, how to pay membership fees and more.
  • Thursday, 23 June, 16:00: Berlin native Lisa Unruh, archer, bronze medalist at the Olympics, pick up an autograph.
  • Friday, 24 June: Olympic and world champion in two-man bobsleigh Mariama Jamanka from Berlin (time to be announced at short notice), pick up your autograph.
  • The mascots Parapanda & Trimmy, almost daily on site

DJK Sportverband e.V.

Cross-boccia, a round of mini table tennis and other games of skill are available at the joint stand of the DJK Sportverband with Kirche & Sport (Protestant and Catholic sports work), the Archdiocese of Berlin, the Protestant Church of Berlin/Brandenburg and the Protestant Sports Work Berlin-Brandenburg (ESBB).

18-24 June

ERW-IN-Büro der Lebenshilfe Bildung gGmbH

Spin the lucky wheel and try yourself at the educational game at the joint stand of the ERW-IN Büro Lebenshilfe, the Gesellschaft Erwachsenenbildung und Behinderung and Lebenshilfe e.V. as well as the Lebenshilfe Landesverband Berlin.

18-20 June + 23-24 June

Hertha BSC

Come by and meet one of Berlins biggest sports clubs at the festival. You might be lucky and meeth the famous mascot Hertinho, next to that Hertha informs you about their inclusive programs and how to become part.

20-22 June

"Kinder stark machen“ / Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA)

"Kinder stark machen" is a hands-on addiction prevention initiative by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA). Information and join-in activities for the whole family.

18-19 June

Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Berlin zur Verhütung von Zahnerkrankungen e.V.

Learn more about dental and oral health, sugar in food, and don't forget to take a souvenir photo with Kroko, the LAG mascot will also be on hand.

18 June

Senatsverwaltung für Inneres, Digitalisierung und Sport

Together with the organizations of the project series "Inklusion 23", the Senate Department for the Interior, Digitalization and Sport invite you to a round of table football. These projects are participating, meet them and get to know more: Förderband, Grüner Campus Malchow, SMB, Tanzfähig, Sport im Park, Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlinklusion.

18-24 June


How well do you know the s.Oliver Group? Through our quiz you can test your knowledge and win prizes. Have you become curious? Then come and visit us at our stand! We are sure that there will be new insights for everyone.

21-22 June

Special Olympics Merchandise

Don't miss the chance to take home your souvenir of the Games. You can buy colorful and diverse products in our Special Olympics Merchandise Shop. Many products are made by people with intellectual disabilities in the Berlin region.

18-24 June

Special Olympics Thuringia

As the host country of the Special Olympics National Winter Games 2024, SO Thuringia together with the Thuringia Tourism Office invites you to coconut shy. Come by for a throw, there are great prizes to be won.

18-24 June

Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023

As a prelude to the Special Olympics World Games 2023, SO Germany and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) are looking forward to your visit. Here you can mix your own smoothie, and we will provide you with information about the Special Olympics programs and tickets for the National Games.

18-24 June

Sozialverband Deutschland / Landesverband Berlin Brandenburg

A photo campaign and the campaign "How barrier-free is your district" await you at the Berlin-Brandenburg regional association of the Sozialverband Deutschland. Still time? Then come by for a round of "Lively Mensch-ärgere-dich-nicht".

18-24 June

Spaß am Lesen Verlag

At the booth of the publishing house Spaß am Lesen Verlag, you can find out what exactly plain language is, what literature is available in plain language, and much more. To browse, you can retreat directly to the reading corner.

21-24 June

Talking Hands Flipbooks

Learning sign language with flipbooks - Talking Hands simplify communication between children with and without disabilities with their products. Stop by and try it out.

18-20 June

Theater Thikwa

As part of Inclusion 23, Theater Thikwa brings short stories into public space. With specially designed containers and performance theater, the group enriches this year's festival.

18-24 June


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It's all happening at the Toyota booth: try your hand at various sports stations, meet the Toyota crowd and get an autograph from these top athletes.

Mathias Mester 19–20 June, former Paralympic athlete - disciplines: javelin, discus throw & shot put

Lisa Bergenthal 20-21 June, Paralympic athlete - wheelchair basketball

Nils Ehlers / Clemens Wickler 23 June, Beachvolleyball

18-24 June

Wettbewerbsfreies Angebot (WbfA) / Non-Competitive Sports Program (NCSP)

Whether you are an athlete, a visitor or a family member - the varied stations of the non-competitive sports offer invite you to get to know new sports or to give your best in old familiar disciplines.

18-24 June

Visit Berlin

Great prizes and information about accessibility in tourist Berlin await you at the Visit Berlin booth. With a spin on the wheel of fortune you have the chance to win discounts and tickets for Berlin attractions.

18-24 June

An overview of all participants can be found here:



We look forward to seeing you at the Special Olympics Festival 2022!

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Street Food

Delicious meals from all over the world are served at our foodtrucks:

  • AFTAB Persian Street Food
  • Churros namnam
  • Coffee-Bike
  • Empanadas Mama
  • Fabis Esskultur
  • Guten Dag
  • My Crazy Crepes
  • Orange Point - alkoholfreie Cocktails
  • Santa Mamma by J&A
  • Shalom´chen Berlin
  • Tacombi Berlinesa


The presentation of the cultural stage at the Special Olympics Festival will be translated into German sign language. The area is barrier-free accessible and walkable.

Directions and more information about accessibility can be found in German here.


You cannot make it to Neptunbrunnen, but still want to buy tickets for the Games or are interested in information about Special Olympics? Then stop by our info & ticket desk on Alexanderplatz.

The picture shows lanterns at night. In the background you can see the Berlin Cathedral.
Be part of it!

During the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, there will be a Special Olympics Festival again.

If you would like to be part of it, you can apply on our website from autumn 2022 onwards.


Do you have any questions about the Special Olympics Festival?

Feel free to send us an email to: