The year 2012 is almost over and it was amazing, with lots of movie premieres, fairs, flash mobs and of course, events. Many stars and artists visited Berlin, we celebrated the 775th anniversary and st patrick’s day, the new airport got delayed till 2013, the earth hour took place again this year and the Coca Cola Christmas Trucks were back in town.
But that’s not all, I’ve listed up some of the most interesting articles from the previous 12 months, so if you’ve missed something, take a look, some of these events will be back in 2013 and some of them will never happen again. But whatever happens in 2013, I wish you all the best and stay frosty!
The Coca Cola Christmas Trucks were in town, and it was, kind of a disappointment (compared to the years 2009 and 2010). In fact, it was only one truck, placed on a, what I call, a carnival and not a Christmas market, between a Ferris wheel and a roller coaster. But after they completely skipped the last year, it was at least something.
Even the most visited place in Berlin rests quietly on an early Monday morning.
The french artist group Citè Crèation is well known around the world, in Berlin, they’ve created the Solar Flytrap mural I wrote about last year. But not only that, they also painted 3 other houses located directly at the Sonnenallee, house numbers 207-209.
So the German
Red Black Carpet Premiere of the last Twilight Movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2 (ger: Breaking Dawn – Bis(s) zum Ende der Nacht: Teil 2), took place in Berlin today Friday 16th, 2012. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon walked the carpet signing autographs.
I should have learned from last year, going to a Twilight Premiere, with taking pictures in mind, without having an accreditation to access the almighty press area is.. a war, a war against thousands of screaming, almost crying, fans that camped for up to 18 hours to get the best spot to meet their beloved actors.
Somehow I survived… and I also managed to take some pictures to describe the event.
Activison-Blizzard invited me to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Launch Party in Berlin, and because I’m a fan of the Call of Duty franchise since they released their first title back in 2003, I was excited to play and test the newest installment of the series.
Adam Rosas, the Lead Cinematics Animator and Motion Capture Director was there to talk with the guests and to sign all the bought copies of the game after the sale started at 0.00 GMT+1.
Another German Premiere took place in Berlin, CLOUD ATLAS (ger: Der Wolkenatlas), with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry together with Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, the directors Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowskiand, plus the producers Stefan Arndt and Grant Hill. So this time, the red carpet was filled with celebrities.
CLOUD Atlas is a science fiction drama movie adaptation from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. It is, with a budget of $102 million, one of the most expensive independent films of all time and the most expensive German movie production ever made. The movie was filmed in Studio Babelsberg in Germany near Berlin.
The German Premiere of Skyfall, the newest Movie of the James Bond franchise, took place yesterday, Tuesday 30th, at the Potsdamer Platz Theater in Berlin with James Bond actor Daniel Craig, bond girl Bérénice Marlohe, director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli.
The City of Berlin celebrated its 775th Anniversary yesterday on Sunday, 28th and it was… not what I expected. Everything started with a fire installation by the world-renowned French fire poets Compagnie Carabosse in front of the Berlin City Hall and after that, the spectacle began…
Inspired by medieval visions of afterlife, the Titanick Theatre Collective had set up 13 individual situations and scenes, an adequate description of how the observer feels when they enter into this dream world, between the Neptun Fountain and the Television Tower.
It was weird but interesting and entertaining, it felt like they combined the Anniversary and Halloween into one single celebration, with success.
The Checkpoint Charlie is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks, which served as the only crossing point for diplomats, journalists and non-German visitors, between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War, from the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 till the fall on November 9, 1989.
In October 1961, US and Soviet tanks had a close encounter because of a dispute over whether East German guards were authorized to examine the travel documents of a U.S. diplomat passing through to East Berlin, both sides tanks faced each other in an acrimonious moment feared around the World as a possible lead up to World War III.
Today, it is a must see sight in Berlin with huge historical and emotional resonance, even accounting for the fact that there is remarkably little left to recall the atmosphere of pre-1989 days.