So yesterday was Earth Hour, a world wide event organized by WWF. Hundreds of cities in 131 countries around the globe switched off their lights for one hour, from 8:30 pm till 9:30 pm, 26 March 2011.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
In Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor, the Rote Rathaus as well as the Fernsehturm and many other public buildings turned off their lights during this hour. Hundreds of candles were build up in front of the Brandenburger Tor to form the words “Energiewende Jetzt” which means something like, “change your energy sources now” or “change to clean energy now”.
I got another invitation from Madame Tussauds Berlin to take some pictures of their newest attraction, the Blue Man Group. After Lady Gaga and Freddy Mercury, this is my third article from Berlin’s House of Wax.
Founded in 1988 the Blue Man Group have numerous albums, stage shows around the world, and have reached iconic status, all without saying a word.
You can visit the three Blue Men, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton at Madame Tussauds Berlin till May 2011, after that, they will travel back to their home location, Las Vegas.
After this years ITB, the next fair on my list was the Book Fair in Leipzig, so I took a car and traveled to the Leipzig Exhibition Grounds about 190km away from Berlin and like last year, the whole places was filled with cosplayers and photographers.
The ITB 2011 (International Trade Fair Berlin) the world’s leading trade show took place during the last few days, with 11,163 exhibiting companies and organisations from 188 countries (2010: 11,127 from 187 countries), approx. 170,000 visitors and 7,000 journalists from 94 countries with this years Partner Country, Poland.
And because everyone used the same decoration like last year, I focused on showing you the different people and attractions from the different countries who participated in this year’s fair.
The Streetart called “Da Holy House” was painted by urban artists Emess, Hr.v.Bias und disturbanity. It covers a facade of a house in Berlin’s district Kreuzberg.
Freddie Mercury is in town and for the next 3 month, you can meet him at Madame Tussauds Berlin, right beside Peter Maffay, Madonna and Bono.
Freddie Mercury was a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen. The wax figure, which was created in 1989 for the cabinet in London, before he died in 1991, was moved to Berlin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band and the 65th birthday of Freddy Mercury himself.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe or Holocast Memorial is a construction which was build on 1st April in 2003, well let’s say they began to build it, because the last stelae was erected on 15th December in 2004.
The Memorial, which contains 2,711 stelaes, covers a vast area of 19.000 m² and can be found near the Brandenburger Tor in the middle of Berlin.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in the centre of Berlin is Germany’s central Holocaust memorial site, a place for remembrance and commemoration of six million victims. The Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae designed by architect Peter Eisenman and the underground Information Centre and is maintained by a Federal Foundation.