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It is very quiet on and around Rosenthaler Platz today because of the Easter holiday. We had a good time over the weekend with the many guests who came to Berlin to share these days with us, and to take part in our annual Egg Hunt in the hotel and hostel. As you can see from the pictures, the successful egg hunters were some of our younger guests… perhaps they are just better at sniffing out the chocolate, or maybe they are simply better placed to think like we do and to work out where we might have hidden them. Whatever the reason, we hope they enjoyed their treat as part of their time in Berlin…

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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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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.

Style Guide Blog 1

We were extremely pleased to discover that along with some of our own favourite places to eat, shop and have fun in Berlin, the Circus Hostel and Hotel were featured in the newly published National Geographic Styleguide. The selections were made by a pair of Berliners, and as you can imagine we have a couple of copies in our libraries at Fabisch and the Kitchen so you can take a look for yourself. If you are interested in getting a copy, you should know that it is in German, and you can order it from the National Geographic shop online.

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Sunday Social

This Sunday at Katz & Maus in The Circus Hostel we will be launching a regular new event… Sunday Social! Every week we will head down to the basement lounge and unwind at the end of the weekend, with a changing programme of events that will include trivia nights, history talks, live music events and open mic sessions. This week we will having a film screening, with a special surprise screening of a Berlin classic.

We are really looking forward to hosting these Sunday evening events, and we hope to see you down in Katz & Maus to tell us about your weekend and to join in the fun.

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