L+B

A few weeks ago some members of the Circus team headed west to Frankfurt as part of our “ideas collection” for the bonanza of creativity that is currently taking place here in the company. Designers Sandra and Julia were headed to the Light+Building trade fair with Circus co-owner Christian, and Head of Maintenance Dietmar. Light+Building is the world’s largest fair for, well, lighting and building with a focus on intelligent sustainability and smart powered buildings. This was especially of interest for Christian and Dietmar, whilst Julia and Sandra explored some of the new trends in architectural and design light to provide inspiration for the changes to the Circus Hostel, Hotel and Apartments.

Luminale (see pictures below) is a festival of lighting design which runs parallel to Light+Building, and showcases 180 projects by international artists in public spaces and galleries all over Frankfurt. Our design team took the chance to explore many of the installations, and their personal highlights were the frozen rain shower of broken lightbulbs “Lagrimas de Sao Pedro” by Vinus Silva de Almeida and the beautiful sculptural objects „Reflecting Space – Messier Objekte” by Brigitta Weimer which literally reflected the milky way onto the walls and ceiling of the gallery they were displayed in.

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You can follow all the developments that are taking place at The Circus over the next year or so as part of our Creativity Bonanza by bookmarking this blog category.

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As we approach Easter weekend, our very own bunnies are busy hiding the eggs around the Circus Hostel, Hotel and Apartments, ready for the Sunday morning Egg Hunt. Not everyone can be lucky of course, but everyone can enjoy our very special Easter Brunch at Fabisch in the Circus Hotel. The buffet costs €15 for Circus guests, runs from 8am until 3pm, and it is usually pretty popular, so we would recommend you speaking to reception to book your table in advance.

For more about our Restaurant Fabisch, check out the new website here.

We Own the Night

For those of you who like to slap on a pair of trainers and pound the streets, Berlin is a paradise for runners. We have some great parks and routes along the river, and if you come stay at The Circus you can get a jogging map with some suggestions to and from Rosenthaler Platz. We also have a number of great races in the city, including the Berlin Marathon in the autumn, which many of our guests find is a brilliant excuse for combining travel with the experience of joining the thousands of fellow runners from around the world.

One such event is coming up at the end of May, which is Nike’s We Own The Night women’s run, which takes place not far from The Circus on a 10km course and from the tales we heard from those who took part last year, it is a very special event. Every participant gets a special welcome package, and after the run there is an after-party where those who still have energy in their legs can dance the night away with some of their fellow 3,000 participants.

So if you will be in Berlin on the 30th May 2014, and you are a woman – :-) – then why not join the fun?

website

If you click on the picture above you will see something very special… the new Circus website! This project has been months in the planning and realising, and we are extremely happy with the results. First up, we need to say a big “well done” to Julia for her design work, capturing the individual spirit of the three houses whilst maintaining the link that makes them all “The Circus”… marvellous work! As always, we are greatly indebted to Ivo, Matthias and the rest of the team at Escriptum for helping us realise Julia’s design and their advice from the beginning of the project on. And last, but by no means least, special mention has to go to Zoë Noble for her photography of the hostel and the hotel, and for capturing the spirit of The Circus in her images.

The new website is part of a huge number of developments that are taking place at The Circus over the next year or so, and you can follow what is going on by bookmarking this blog category.

Hostel Building

As we announced earlier in the week, The Circus is beginning a process of developments that will impact on all aspects of the company, from changes to the hostel, hotel and apartments, new structures in the office and behind the scenes, and more. If you missed it, you can hear Circus founder and Managing Partner Andreas Becker talk about it here.

One of the things Andreas talks about in the interview is renovations of the building that houses the Circus Hostel, which the company bought last year. This will involve changing the ground floor of the building, especially those parts that house tenants that are not the hostel – including what was previously the opticians. The developments will include new windows and doors, that will make the building more appealing, and some new tenants… these have not been finalised yet, as negotiations are ongoing, but we are pretty sure that we will be welcoming something very special to Rosenthaler Platz, that will be great for our guests and the neighbourhood, so watch this space. Meanwhile, as you can imagine, Dietmar and the rest of the boys are having a lot of fun knocking things down before we can build them back up again…

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You can follow all the developments that are taking place over the next year or so as part of our Creativity Bonanza by bookmarking this blog category.

ken burke

After the success of our first Sunday Social Film Night at the Circus Hostel, it is time for a bit of live music this Sunday evening as we welcome old Circus friend Ken Burke to the stage down in the basement of Katz & Maus. Ken will be performing his very own brand of celtic-folk-tinged acoustic pop from 9pm, and we are sure it is going to be perfect way to end another great weekend in Berlin so come down and join us at the Sunday Social.

Sunday Social

And so it begins… as those of you who love the city as much as we do know, time never stands still in Berlin. This is a place that has known change and upheaval throughout its history, and if the Circus is anything it is a child of this city. As we approach our eighteenth birthday in 2015 we decided that it was time to take the next steps in our journey, a series of developments that we are sure will surprise, amaze and inspire the next generation of Circus guests. Once the dust settles after our colourful, spectacular, creativity bonanza it will still be the Circus you know and love… only more so!

So what do we have planned? Well, some of it is still firmly on the drawing board, but over the next few weeks and months we will be spreading more news about what is to come… and you can follow it all here on the Circus blog under the tagline Creativity Bonanza! For now, we caught up with Andreas, the founder and managing partner of the Circus to hear what he has to say about it all…

Many thanks to Christian and INCO MEDIA for filming the interview.

Synagogue

Each week at The Circus we offer a special free tour exclusively to guests to some of the most interesting corners of the city. In the past (and the future) these have included the Stasi Headquarters and Museum, the Otto Weidt Museum, the Topography of Terror and more. Tomorrow we have a new destination for our Tuesday tour, and that is the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße:

“With a total of 3200 seats, the Neue Synagoge became the largest Jewish house of worship in Germany when it was built. Find out what constitutes a synagogue and why this particular synagogue, irrespective of its size, is unique in Germany. Discover why, in contrast to churches, there are no paintings on the wall. Learn about the imposing architecture and its architect Eduard Knoblauch and the significant “Schwedler Dome.” What links the Jewish philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn and the Synagogue, and what was Jewish life like in Berlin around 1900? What did it mean to be a Jew in Germany and Berlin then and now. Why, in contrast to many other synagogues, was this synagogue spared from fire at the November 1938 pogrom?”

These are just some of the questions the tour will answer, and it promises to be another fascinating Tuesday trip out from The Circus. The tour of the New Synagogue is free for Circus guests, but places are limited so if you are interested in joining us, make sure you register at reception.

Photo by Sarah Ewart (via Wikimedia CommonsLicense)

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