The European Premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (de: Der Hobbit – Smaugs Einöde) took place on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Sony Center in Berlin. It was the biggest premiere Berlin ever had with a 160m long red carpet and fans and press from all over Europe.
Director Peter Jackson together with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Ryan Gage, John Bell and even Ed Sheeran, singer and songwriter of the theme song “I See Fire” walked the carpet.
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.
About 100.000 visited the new Berlin International Airport during its open days last weekend even though the official opening next month got delayed because of fire safety concerns and the new opening date will be sometimes around March next year.
Visitors had the opportunity to explore the grounds surrounding the terminal, walk across the apron and find out everything they need to know before it goes into operation.
The new airport will replace Tegel in west Berlin and the old east Berlin airport of Schönefeld to the southeast, and initially aims to attract up to 27 million passengers annually. The two existing airports, which are due to be shut down, will handle all flights until the new airport is ready.
As Berlin is a city of art, it is quite easy to find strange things, like this 12-metre-tall, fire spitting, metal Tannenbaum (en: Christmas Tree) in front of the Europa Center at Breitscheidplatz. The Tannenbaum, which blasts flames into the sky every 30 minutes, is named “Traffic Tree” and is Berlin’s newest attraction when it comes to Christmas trees.
You will see a lot of stuff when you visit the Brandenburg Gate, even at night and while it’s getting cold outside and everyone is wearing their winter jackets, some brave fire dancers thought it would be interesting to deliver a fiery show, topless.
Again in 2010 more than 60 buildings will be illuminated during this years Festival of Lights. Many landmarks and buildings – including the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower – will be staged with light, events, projections and fireworks. The Potsdamer Platz will serve as the point of contact for visitors to get information about the locations and events of the Festival of Lights.
The Festival of Lights has become one of the most important international public events in Berlin. For nearly two weeks (From October 13th to October 24th 2010 from 7 pm to 12 am [core time]) , numerous illuminations and events transform the German capital into a sparkling metropolis, where Berlin’s world-famous landmarks, buildings and sites are the stars of the show.
A Renaissance Festival is fun for the whole family and every year around Easter, the knights are back in town. With fire-eaters, blacksmiths, knights, jugglers and jesters everything you need to feel like you are back in Medieval Times.
All over the place you can smell the scent of freshly baked bread, cold beer and roasted sausages. A minnesinger is playing his lute and somewhere you can here the sounds of jousting knights.
After the Narrenbaum was erected, the city was ready for the big Night Parade. Led by a couple of marching bands, thousands of different Narren (as I said yesterday, Narren are something like a jester or Joker) ran through the city. Jumping, laughing, whip lashing and tangerine throwing, it was a fascinating moment.
Every city has their own traditional costumes, first you will see the city of Rottweil with their Federhannes, Schantle and Gschell. If you can sing a well known carnival quote, you will be rewarded with a handful of candy.