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(photo: © visitBerlin | Günter Steffen)
This Saturday is the 21st June, the “longest day of the year”, and it feels as if everyone will be out on the streets of Berlin over the weekend for a variety of different reasons. That is because not only does the annual Christopher Street Day parade fall on the same date as the Fete de la Musique, but there is the small matter of a German World Cup game as well…
CSD Berlin and Pride Week
The parties and events surrounding the annual Christopher Street Day in Berlin have already begun, as the city gets into the swing of a Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Pride week that will attract over one a half million people to the different activities taking place over the next few days. With some of the events already happening before the weekend, head over to Siegessäule magazine’s bi-lingual website to find out what is going on.
This is all leading up to the parades on the 21st June, of which there are three. CSD Berlin demonstration, which is traditionally the largest, will follow a route from Ku’damm to the Victory Column in the Tiergarten park. The Aktionsbündnis CSD, which is taking place for the first time, begins outside the Ugandan Embassy on Axel-Springer-Straße and finishes at Nollendorfplatz, whilst the so-called “little” CSD march will once again be taking place in Kreuzberg. There is an overview of the three parades and their routes on the Visit Berlin website.
As always, we know that for many travellers there is often insecurity when it comes to visiting a new country or city, around issues of security, safety and acceptance… you can be reassured that Berlin is one of the most welcoming cities there is. That said, if you do have any questions or would like more information about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life in our city, all of us, including our gay and lesbian staff members, are more than happy to help. The Sieggesäule magazine, linked to above, has a bi-lingual website and is also full of useful information.
Fete de la Musique
(Photo: © visitBerlin | Scholvien)
The Fete de la Musique began in France in 1982 and its popularity has spread around the world. The idea is simple: every year on the 21st June musicians agree to perform for free, to promote live music and the enjoyment of music performance. Events can take place in bars, clubs and theatres, as long as they agree to the principle of free entry for the public, but the real special events are those that take place in public spaces such as parks and squares, on the street or in playgrounds.
We cannot even begin to list here all the different events that are taking place on Saturday – have a flick through the programme page on the website to see what is happening.
Germany vs Ghana at 9pm
(above: FIFA Fan Fest Berlin © ArGe Fanfest Berlin)
After a fantastic start to the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Portugal, the German national team will be taking to the field once again in Brazil on Saturday evening. They know that a win against Ghana will probably be enough to take them through to the next stage of the World Cup, whilst Ghana really need to win after losing to the United States in their opening fixture. If you want to join the tens of thousands watching the game with painted faces and plenty of black, red and gold flags in the Tiergarten, then we would certainly recommend getting their early to guarantee your entry. The gates open at 1pm. You can find details of the Berlin fan mile here.
Otherwise, come join us down in Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel’s very own World Cup Lounge. We will be showing all three games on Saturday evening, starting with Argentina vs Iran at 6pm.
BOOM! That was the sound of Thomas Müller arriving at the 2014 World Cup in much the same way as he finished the last one… and the hattrick hero of the German team has now scored EIGHT goals in the two tournaments combined, which means he could be chasing down all kinds of records. Of course, for the atmosphere in Berlin it was great that Germany got off to a winning start, but here at The Circus we have any number of guests from any number of countries, and so the first week has seen happy Italians, ecstatic Dutch, philosophical English, despairing Spanish, proud Australians and pleasantly-surprised Americans, and much more in between.
So why don’t you come and join us at Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel and watch with the world? We have every game live on the big screen, a daily happy hour of half price big beers from 8-9pm, tipping competitions for each match, and on Saturday evening throughout the tournament we have a special World Cup Quiz with great prizes to be won. We also have a lovely World Cup Wall Chart which you can pick up from the hostel, or if you want to download it and print it out at home you can do so here.
Here are the games taking place over the next few days…
Tuesday 17th June
6pm – BELGIUM vs ALGERIA
9pm – BRAZIL vs MEXICO
Midnight – RUSSIA vs SOUTH KOREA
Wednesday 18th June
6pm – AUSTRALIA vs NETHERLANDS
9pm – SPAIN vs CHILE
Midnight – CAMEROON vs CROATIA
Thursday 19th June
6pm – COLOMBIA vs IVORY COAST
9pm – URUGUAY vs ENGLAND (COME ON ENGLAND!)
Midnight – JAPAN vs GREECE
Friday 20th June
6pm – ITALY vs COSTA RICA
9pm – SWITZERLAND vs FRANCE
Midnight – HONDURAS vs ECUADOR
Saturday 21st June – (DON’T FORGET THE WORLD CUP QUIZ… STARTS AT 8PM)
6pm – ARGENTINA vs IRAN
9pm – GERMANY vs GHANA
Midnight – NIGERA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Despite the fact that all our eyes are on the World Cup at the moment (don’t forget to join us in the World Cup Lounge at Katz & Maus!), we are still working hard on our plans for renovations and developments that will impact on all aspects of the company, and which you can find out more details of if you read back through the “Creativity Bonanza” posts here on the Circus Blog. One thing we decided to do as part of this process was to bring some external help and ideas into the company, under the leadership of our head designer Sandra Ernst when it comes to questions of interior design.
One such cooperation that we have agreed is with the design and architecture company unit-berlin. They will be helping us with conceptual planning and design realisation for the Circus Hostel, and what we liked about their work is the fact that they have a playful and subtle approach to design and architecture, and are especially good with their use of materials and surfaces. One project that really caught Sandra’s eye was the exhibition design they did for one her favourite artists, Olafur Eliasson, at ZKM, as well as the work they did for HBC Restaurant and Bar (which you can see in the picture at the top of this post). Sandra and the rest of the Circus team are really looking forward to working with unit-berlin, and to see what kind of new ideas, inspiration and creativity they will bring to the Circus in the coming months.
WE LOVE THE SUMMER! And there is nothing we like more than the fantastic Open Airs series of events presented by our friends at FLY Watergate. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the events in recent years they have added a date for 2014, and so there are five fantastic parties to enjoy featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music, such as Fritz Kalkbrenner, Tiefschwarz, Carl Craig, Solomun and many more.
The first event is coming up on Sunday 22nd June – the Life and Death Open Air – featuring Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis, Mind Against, Ame LIVE, Christian Löffler and more. As for all the Open Airs @ Rummelsberg we have tickets available at reception for €19,50, and keep an eye out on the Circus Blog over the summer as for some of the parties we will be putting a Circus party posse together which you are more than welcome to join!
As the weather warms the city streets it is time to roll out the yoga mats on the roof terrace for our twice-weekly sessions. Once again the yoga classes are being hosted by Manuela and Stefanie from Kalaa Berlin, and dynamic yoga practise is suitable for all levels, combining the unison of breath, motion, strength and flexibility with a blend of loungy music and one of the best views over the city. The flowing sequences of Asanas energise the body, release tension and activate the whole system to wake up and go.
The yoga sessions will take place every Monday and Thursday at 9am and cost €4 per person, per session. Please sign up at reception as space, and therefore places, are limited!
The Mauerpark is one of our favourite spots in the city. It is – as you might be able to guess from the name – an open space that was once the so-called “death strip” of the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer – see?), a no-man’s land of concrete, barbed wire and border guards between East and West Berlin. Now it is a public space that among other things is the venue for open air karaoke and – every Sunday – one of the city’s busiest and best flea markets.
This Sunday, the Circus will be supporting our friends at Schülerpaten Berlin as they run a stand to raise money for their activities. You can read more about our involvement with the Schülerpaten here, and if you want to get on down to the flea market to see if you can pick up a bargain or a unique souvenir of your time in Berlin, then Lisa from the Circus crew will be picking up anyone who is interested from the reception at 10am.
See you then!