Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Festival at Sommergarten, Messe Berlin

Our Special Olympics Festival activities also await you in the center of the largest sports venue of the Games: From 18-25 June 2023, athletes, delegations and ticket holders can try out the activities of exhibitors and partners, experience performances by inclusive theater groups or follow the award ceremonies. Come by and experience the diversity of Special Olympics at our festival!

Admission with ticket or accreditation only.

When: 18 - 25 June 2023

Opening hours (subject to change): Daily from 11:00 to 19:00
Exception: On 25 June, the festival closes already at 14:00.

Where: Sommergarten of Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin-Charlottenburg (centrally located in the middle of the Berlin exhibition grounds)

Spectator Guide: All information for visiting the Festival at Sommergarten


The photo shows the Sommergarten, which is located within the fair grounds of Messe Berlin. In the foreground are deck chairs and in the background stretch wide meadows and paths.
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The photo shows the Info Point for the World Games as part of the Special Olympics Festival of the National Games. Colorful banners and stands draw attention to the giant event.
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The photo shows former German football player Philipp Lahm handing out medals to athletes at the Berlin 2022 National Games. He has a smile on his face.
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The photo shows the action stand of "Inklusion '23", an inclusion project of the city of Berlin. Here are four young people at a foosball table.
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The photo shows the merchandise booth at the Special Olympics Festival during the National Games Berlin 2022. An employee shows some products and smiles towards the camera.
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The photo shows happy faces of several athletes during an awards ceremony at the National Games.
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Festival program in Sommergarten

Check out our varied join-in activities at the booths of our exhibitors and partners, try out the inclusive climbing tower of the “Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege”, dance at the Toyota disco-booth or get creative in the workshop tent.

You can also look forward to inclusive performances by our walking acts from theater groups:

  • 18-21 June: "Die Süßen Frauen" from Blaumeier Atelier Bremen
  • 20 June: A selection from the plays by the group "Ich bin O.K."
  • 23-24 June: Short performances by Circus Sonnenstich
  • 23 June: "Blitzlichter" by tanzbar_bremen

Special events:

Sunday, 18 June: Stage program (14:00-16:30 hrs)
Friday, 23 June: Picnic hosted by REWE & Aktion Mensch

Stage program on 18 June

Moderation: Michael Vondrasek 

14:00-14:15 hrs.
Dance performances by Centre Talma Girls' and Boys' Sports Center of the GSJ - Gesellschaft für Sport - und Jugendsozialarbeit

We combine the content of sports with the approaches of gender-sensitive youth social work and put the topics and life worlds of children and young people on stage.

14:15-14:25 hrs.
Interview with WWE Star & Special Olympics Global Ambassador: Drew McIntyre

14:25-14:45 hrs.

14:45-15:05 hrs.
iki-iki TAIKO
Japanese Drums in Berlin

15:05-15:15 hrs.
Interview break

15:15-15:30 hrs.
SO Cheer

15:30-16:15 hrs.
DJ ANDI: Pop-Music, RnB & Electro

16:15-16:25 hrs.
Learn more about Healthy Athletes® with

  • Christoph Hils, Clinical Director Special Smiles®
  • Noemi Woock, Key Volunteer FUNfitness and employee from SO Germany in the Health department

From 17:15 hrs.
Award Ceremonies

Workshop program

Tali's Art

Join us in an outdoor art workshop, creating huge colorful ‘Graffiti’ Art Banner, to celebrate the athletes and their courage.

We invite you – athletes and coaches, family and fans. We have brushes, markers and paints for everyone!

This activity is in memory of Tali Kornhauser, a global advocate, a tireless supporter and a committed leader, dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities around the world.


Become a part of our joint Berlin mosaic

Tell us about your happiest learning experience.

We want to get creative in different ways and put our happiest experience on paper.

We are here to support you. Your picture will be part of our collective mosaic.

Lebenshilfe Bildung LEARN MORE

Tape Art Workshop

By: Klebeland Berlin


Exhibitors overview

Learn more about our exhibitors and their offers

Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes / Booth No. 4

Spin our wheel of fortune and learn about the protection against discrimination in Germany.

Use our barrier-free photo box to capture snapshots for sharing memories.

When: 22 June

Logo Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes

BADELIEBE der Werkstatt Lebenshilfe Nürnberg / Booth No. 4

BADELIEBE is a line of soaps, shampoos and add-on products, completely handmade in an inclusive, sheltered workshop in Nuremberg, Germany. A small team of people with handicap manufacture these products by hand, with love & care.

All BADELIEBE products include natural fragrances, are vegan, sustainably packaged, palm oil free.

When: 23-25 June

Das Plakat der Seifen von Badeliebe beschreibt deren Vorteile und verweist zur Webseite.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) / Booth No. 18

Athletes, coaches, support staff and spectators are invited to come and learn more about the BWF Development programmes.

At the same time, everyone is welcome to come and try AirBadminton, the new outdoor version of the sport, which has recently been named as part of the ANOC World Beach Games 2023 programme.

When: 18-25 June

Logo BWF - Badminton World Federation

Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege / Booth No. 1

Climbing for all!

Experience how inclusive climbing connects people with and without disabilities. Meet us at the BGW climbing tower next to our booth. If you need help, you will be assisted by our trained climbers. In addition, our team will give you advise on safety and health at work.

Art award ceremony

The winner of the BGW art price will be celebrated in cooperation with Paritätischer Hessen on 22 June, at 4 p.m. at our booth. At the ceremony we give the awards to artists with disabilities.

When: 18-25 June

Logo BGW - Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege

Born Transcendent / Booth No. 3

Born Transcendent – Forged in Fire

Foto and video corner, where Jessie, who has Down-Syndrome, invites everybody to join in on her message: 'we are all different; we are all perfect' (fotos/videos can be shared on social media).

Hands-on jewellery making, selection of handforged sculptures and jewellery done by Jessie, with which she wants to carry her message 'we are all different; we are all perfect' around the world.

Video presentation 'Jessica forges in fire' about the creation of her art.

When: 18-25 June

Logo Born Transcendent

Campingplatz Kassel / Kassel Marketing GmbH / Booth No. 7

We provide you with information about holidays in Kassel in the heart of Germany and on Hesse's only campsite where handcapped peolple work together in team and which is also located directly on the river Fulda.

Outdoor games and deck chairs invite you to play and relax. In a film we introduce you to our employees and the campsite.

When: 18-25 June

Logo KasselCamping & Wohnmobilstellplatz


Fancy a refreshment? Then come to Coca-Cola, grab an ice-cold Coke Zero and make yourself comfortable in the chill-out area.

When: 18-25 June

DJK Sportverband / Kirche und Sport / Booth No. 13

Take part in playing little games: Cross Boccia, Mini Tischtennis, Jenga, FitLights

Information about the "Sportwörterbuch" – an online-library of different new and tried-and-tested games, professionally translated into different languages.

Join represententatives from churches and religious communities.

When: 18-25 June


Logo Kirche Sport
Logo Evangelische Sportarbeit Berlin Brandenburg e.V.
Logo DjK Sportverband

EPIZ - Zentrum für Globales Lernen in Berlin / Booth No. 10

When: 19-21 June

Fan Shop #Berlin2023 / Booth No. 22

Official Fan Shop of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Get your merchandise and gifts by us and enjoy the stylish Special Olympics collection and colorful accessories.

When: 18-25 June


GSJ gGmbH, Projekt [ankommen] - Kiezsport mobil / Booth No. 20

Rolling, jostling, colliding, overturning,.. you'll have loads of fun with our inflatable Bubble Balls!

When: 22 June

Logo KiezSport mobil
Logo Gesellschaft für Sport und Jugendsozialarbeit

Info-Point & Ticketing

Info-point of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023

When: 18-25 June

Inklusive Bewegungsinseln / Booth No. 17

When: 18-25 June

INVITALIS / Booth No. 11

When: 18-25 June

JUGEND für Europa. Nationale Agentur für Erasmus+ Sport / Booth No. 10

We will show visitors individual routes to Europe and inform them about the sporting exchange opportunities provided by the EU funding programme Erasmus+ Sport.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to take a souvenir picture of the time at the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin and to design it creatively.

Furthermore, a game of skill with a quiz about Europe awaits our visitors.

When: 18-25 June

Jugend für Europa LEARN MORE
Logo Jugend für Europa
Logo Erasmus+ "Enriching lives, opening minds."

Landeskommission Berlin gegen Gewalt / Booth No. 10

Painting campaign under the motto "Berlin is colorful", in which pictures can be painted and "wish cards" for a "colorful city of Berlin" can be written. The pictures and cards are to be assembled into a colorful photo collage throughout the day.

If you would like to take a colorful souvenir photo of yourself and/or with others, you can do so in our "Berlin against violence photo box". Have lots of fun with it!

When: 18 June


Logo Landeskommission Berlin Gegen Gewalt

nbw / Lebenshilfe Berlin / Booth No. 14

on-site action:

  • personalized prints on bags
  • presentation of the work and services of nbw/ and Lebenshilfe Berlin
  • inclusive Teams on site

When: 18-25 June

Lebenshilfe Berlin LEARN MORE
Logos "anerkannte Werkstatt für behinderte Menschen" + "Lebenshilfe Berlin"

Picnic hosted by REWE & Aktion Mensch / Booth No. 19

REWE and the Aktion Mensch invite you to an inclusive picnic on 23 June from 11:00-15:00 in Sommergarten, close by the central Award Ceremonies Stage.

There will be a wide range of REWE products on site, that you can enjoy in a cozy get-together with your friends and family. We are excited to see you!

When: 23 June
Logo Rewe
Logo Aktion Mensch

Portraits of Peace Together / Booth No. 5

Every participant will be given a small blank canvas and art supplies to create a self portrait for the world to view. Each artist’s canvas will be carefully curated, assembled, collaged and framed into one unified masterpiece for showing to the world the spirit, love and talent of all the athletes who have participated in the Games.

When: 18-21 June

Special Olympics Cheer / Booth No. 4

When: 21 June


Special Olympics International (SOI) / Booth No. 6

We are thrilled to host an athlete festival booth that will celebrate the incredible accomplishments and opportunities of Special Olympics!

Each day the booth will feature a different theme, highlighting the many facets of SO and giving everyone the opportunity to engage. From leadership and families to health and yoga sessions, there is something for everyone at this inspiring booth.

Join us to meet other athletes, participate in fun activities, and learn about the impact of Special Olympics. Get ready to leave feeling inspired and energized to make a difference in your own community!

When: 18-25 June


Logo Special Olympics

SoVD Sozialverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. / Booth No. 12

Information on the profile and offers of the SoVD:

  • photo box
  • wheel of fortune
  • throwing games

When: 18-25 June



Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe / Booth No. 16

Sporthilfe is present at sporting events of Germany's best athletes and inspires visitors to support the foundation's work.

At our stand, you will have the opportunity to meet us and the athletes. You can expect:

  • You can meet athletes and collect their autographs.
  • You can capture your moment and take your photo in our photo box.
  • You can test your sports knowledge or write a free postcard.
  • You can also support our sports talents.
  • and many other activities and competitions are waiting for you.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

When: 22-25 June


Logo Sporthilfe

TOYOTA / Booth No. 8

Enjoy our Toyota Lounge and the music from our DJs in the Sommergarten.

When: 18-25 June


Logo Toyota

Unabhängige Kommission zur Aufarbeitung sexuellen Kindes-Missbrauchs / Booth No. 4

We want to have a conversation with you about child sexual abuse. We are the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Germany. We are supported by Mutstelle.

Here you can play darts, watch short films and practice to be brave. Child sexual abuse is a big problem in Germany. People with learning difficulties are particularly at risk, for example in sports clubs or in residential facilities. Their experiences and demands are important. They can tell us about their experiences And we listen to them.

When: 18-20 June


Logo "Unabhängige Komission zur Aufarbeitung sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs"

Unified Generation / Booth No. 20

Learn more about the Special Olympics youth and education program at the Unified Generation booth. You
receive information about inclusion and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and you can immortalize yourself on our big "Unified Generation Wall".

Come by and become part of the #UnifiedGeneration. Also, don't miss the "Day of Youth" on 20 June 2023 at our festival at Neptunbrunnen, with a great stage program and many surprises.

When: 18-25 June


Unity photo booth / creative offer with flowers / Booth No. 5

Björn Kroner is one of the world's best-known and most successful florists. His media and TV presence have made Björn Kroner a distinctive brand far beyond the floral industry. Under the title "Garten & Lecker" (Garden & Delicious), he has had his own TV format with strong ratings on WDR since 2019.

In Sommergarten, Björn Kroner sticks the mascot Unity with flowers from Bloomways. On 22 June from 12 noon, anyone who wants to can join in and from 23 June, anyone can have their photo taken with "Flower Unity".

When: 22-25 June

visitBerlin / Booth No. 2

What could be a better souvenir than a photo?

At our stand you can take a souvenir photo with Berlin scenery and take it home directly printed.

When: 18-25 June


Logo Visit Berlin


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