From April 10-14, this “festival and conference of contemporary character design and art” will pump the German capital full with imaginative, animated creatures and the artists who made them.

A well-seasoned spectrum will be on display throughout the week—from Low Bros’ street art and Sue Doeksen’s illustrations to Anna Hrachovec’s fiber arts. The festival will spread out into 23 spaces, galleries and art venues; entrance is free to all visitors. The “Character Walk” starts at PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Berlin (Schönhauser Allee 9). There, participants will be given maps of the festival’s destinations throughout Berlin’s Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukölln boroughs, dotting the city with live sessions and performances. Art collective KLUB7, for instance, will host collaborative jam sessions, inviting children and adults to make chalk graffiti together. And if you are more interested in knitting, Anna Hrachovec will be teaching visitors how to make her adorable knit monsters on April 13 at 3 pm.

by Jon Burgerman
by Jon Burgerman

For those who want a bit more character design expertise, various lectures at the Pictoplasma Conference will bring you up to speed on the industry’s latest trends.

If Berlin is still too cold for extensive walking, as early spring can be fickle, consider attending some screenings at the Babylon movie theater from April 11-13. The historic cinema will be playing a selection of short films, motion graphics, experimental work and everything in between.

One of the most exciting parts of the festival may just be its parties with an animation twist. Live acts and DJ’s will keep the music flowing, while artists and designers show off their live-animation skills in public.

Look over some scenes from past Pictoplasma festivals in our photo gallery, and hopefully you’ll be able to be there for the 2013 conference, this week in Berlin.

Headerimage by Gal Shkedi