In 2012 The Circus celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, having started with that small hostel in 1997 we arrived at the birthday with the hostel, the hotel and now the apartments. But if that was the major milestone of 2012, there was plenty more things going on in the days, weeks and months following the explosive events of New Year’s Eve. In January we explored the new Tränenpalast exhibition and celebrated Australia Day in true Goldman’s Bar style, whilst February might have been deepest, darkest winter, but it felt like there was a lot going on; the launch of the next issue of the magazine, awards for the hotel and hostel, battling snow on the Rosenthaler Platz, and new artwork in the apartments. In March we enjoyed a film about the hostel, followed Jim out to the bunkers of Zossen, and played some chess on the pavement as the weather began to improve.
If March was busy, then April was packed as we checked out Slow Travel Day, welcomed Gemma Correll to the Circus as part of Pictoplasma, visited an old friend as well as Berlin’s coolest bowling alley, and hosted a reading by Greg Baxter at the apartments. Film was something of a theme in May, as we not only made our own, but hosted a film crew for a shoot in the penthouse apartment. We also opened our roof terrace at the hotel, and took another trip out of the city to the Olympic Village. As the weather warmed up in June, we started Yoga on the roof terrace, got ready for the European Football Championships, looked back at a part of Circus history, and generally enjoyed the arrival of summer.
In July we had another reading, this time with old friend of the Circus Kenny Macleod, we welcomed Sophia Halamoda for what would be here summer in the Kunstbox, and celebrated some pretty good reviews and ratings for all three Circus houses on Tripadvisor… meanwhile, Andreas was getting ready for a trip that we would be following on the blog for the next three months. As he took to the road, we began to get ready for
Berlin’s own birthday celebrations, whilst channeling the Olympic spirit of London for the Circus Pentathlon, whilst into September we laid on some special tours to the Jewish Museum and the Ku’damm, welcomed the marathon runners to the Circus, and had our own little barbecue to mark the end of summer.
Autumn arrived then, with Andreas reaching the end of the road in Japan. We launched our Cwiki App in early October, decorated the wintergarten at Fabisch (just in time for the launch of our Berliner Abend) and braved the cooling night air with our cameras for a special Festival of Lights photography tour. And then November, with the return of the winter warmers, a new DIY tour to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a thanksgiving meal in the hostel and the rising anticipation for the start of Christmas Market season.
And of course, throughout the year we hosted numerous bands and performers in Fabisch and Goldman’s Bar, welcomed the eyewitnesses from the Zeitzeugenbörse for history talks each month, and took guests to many different corners of the city as part of our Tuesday tours. Another great year at the Circus then, and we hope to see some old faces and make some new friends throughout 2013. See you soon!