Earth Hour 2012 Berlin

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. In 2012, a new record was set, with 150 countries and territories across 6,494 towns and cities around the world.

In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate, the Television Tower and the Red City Hall went completely dark for one hour from 8:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday 31.03.2012. As part of the event, a map of the world was created by the WWF, using hundreds of colored-paper-surrounded tealights in front of the Brandenburg Gate. In addition, lanterns designed like the earth were handed out to the audience.

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Dance of the Vampires Open Day Berlin

The original German version of Jim Steinman’s and Michael Kunze’s hit-musical Tanz der Vampire is performing in Berlin right now and the Theater des Westens invited everyone to an open day with a special look behind the scenes. People had the chance to watch a rehearsal, discover the stage or meet the cast.

Interesting but heavily crowded, thousands of people tried to get a look of the interesting areas, while some parts of the theater were completely empty, I also skipped the stage due to a 2h waiting line.

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Echo 2012 – The Purple Carpet

The Echo 2012 (Pop Edition), the most important German Music Price, was held today in Berlin and stars like David Guetta, Katy Perry, Shaggy, Shaun Paul, Marilyn Manson or Rammstein together with many other German and International Stars walked the red purple carpet to perform on stage, or just watch the great live award show at the Palais am Funkturm on Berlin’s Fairground.

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Justin Bieber Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Berlin

The Wax Figure of Justin Bieber, the teen sensation, award winning singer and social media king, was unveiled today in Berlin. The figure was created to celebrate Justin’s 18th birthday and is now the newest sensation at Madame Tussauds around the world. I must say that the wax figure looks really amazing, even if I’m not really a fan of him.

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Berlin Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day 2012

It’s St. Patrick’s Day around the globe and everyone is celebrating this special day with lots of green and lots of beer. Also for the first time, landmarks throughout the world have been illuminated green to mark the day, for example, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Niagara Falls, the London Eye, the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai, the Cibeles fountain in Madrid, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, the Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Television Tower in Berlin.

Berlin had his very own St. Patrick’s Day parade and about one thousand Irish tourists and locals marched to bagpipe music through the city.

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The Hunger Games German Premiere Berlin

Right now, The Hunger Games Movie (ger: Die Tribute von Panem) is all over the internet and after its premieres in Los Angeles and London, today, Berlin was the next stop on their list for the German Premiere at Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and of course director Gary Ross.

The Hunger Games is originally a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins and now, a film adaptation, co-written and co-produced by Collins herself and directed by Gary Ross, will hit the big screen on March 21/22/23, 2012. The Story is set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I definitely will watch it after it got some pretty good critics from fans from around the world.

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ITB 2012 – Around The World In Two Days

The ITB, the world’s leading international travel trade fair has ended yesterday, after 3 days for trade visitors and 2 days for the general public. It was again the platform where the worldwide tourism industry could obtain information, sign contracts, cultivate contacts and identify moods. For five days Berlin’s exhibition halls were the meeting place and the focal point for the international tourism world.

And for the first time, on the evening preceding the start of ITB Berlin, a reception was held for bloggers from all over the world, organized specifically to serve the interests of bloggers, this event attracted over 120 of them from more than 10 countries. Seems like the blogging scene will be more and more important for future events and exhibitions.

Therefore, here are my impressions from the last two days:

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Berlin’s Book BoXX

I took these pictures a couple month ago but forgot to write about it. In a time were everyone got a mobile phone and telephone booths are more and more useless, it’s a funny idea to transform a couple of those into something more useful, something completely different.

How about an open Library, where everyone can take books he likes but also give books he doesn’t need anymore so other people can read them. How about a BücherboXX (eng: BookboXX).

Two of these boXXes are currently located on different places in Berlin, one at the marcel-breuer-school in Weißensee and one at the Mierendorffplatz. A third one travels around the city and another two are currently in the works.

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