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SovietUnionPhysical
Once again we are really pleased to be welcoming another eyewitness speaker to the Circus, as part of our ongoing series of history talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. The talk is taking place at The Circus Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, and as always it is completely free, takes place in English, and everyone is welcome.

Our speaker this month is Dr Harald Jancke. At the age of six years old, Dr Jancke and his family were taken from Germany at the end of the Second World War to the Soviet Union to a small town 120km north of Moscow. His father – a physicist – was one of thousands of specialists spirited away by the Soviet regime to “help” develop the weaponry that would be central to the Cold War struggle. Dr Jancke’s father was one of over 500, who were taken to the Soviet Union to help develop different aircraft for the Soviet air force. In 1952 the family returned to Germany, to live in East Berlin. Dr Jancke will talk about the personal, social and political aspects of his childhood years in the Soviet Union, and it promises to be a truly fascinating talk.

Details:

Taken East: A childhood in the Soviet Union, 1946-52

Speaker: Dr Harald Jancke
Date: Tuesday 29th April 2014
Time: 6pm
Venue: Fabisch at the Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Platz 1, Berlin-Mitte

Please note: the event is of course free to attend, and as part of our cooperation with the ZZB we make a donation to help fund their very important work. If you would like to contribute to our donation, you can do so on the evening.

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.

Luminale

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.

Easter banner

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?

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

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.

Unter den Linden
So we all made it… the Circus runners of Jim, Paul, Ivi and Johann all crossed the finish line. Unfortunately we don’t have a picture of Johann out on the course, but a quick check of the results shows that he does take the prize for the quickest Circus half marathon. Not that time matters, as everyone agrees – even Jimbo – that it was a lot of fun to run 21 kilometres through the streets of our city, and past many of the famous landmarks of Berlin. Afterwards we stopped by the hostel for a few beers, and there were a number of guests nursing sore legs but with the finishers medal around their necks… we spoke to a few of them, but we also wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone who took part… same time and place next year? Jared has already promised to start training, so hopefully the Circus team will be even bigger next time around…

(Go on Jim… you know you want to)

Jimmy on the move…

Jim

Ivi is all smiles at 17 km

Ivi

Paul is imagining the beer at the finish line

Paul

ALFILM

Cinema fans might be interested to know that Berlin is currently hosting ALFILM – the Arab Film Festival Berlin – and many of the filmmakers, journalists and interested cinema-goers are staying with us at The Circus right now. ALFILM is the largest festival that provides a platform to the diverse Arabic cinema. The festival focuses on artistically and thematically outstanding films from the Arab World. ALFILM is a non-commercial film festival that has been organised yearly since 2009 by the non-profit organisation Friends of the Arabic Cinematheque, Berlin.

ALFILM presents feature films, documentaries and short movies coming from or produced in Arab countries at different venues in Berlin – many of which are German or European premieres. The OFFICIAL SELECTION gather a selection of new releases (fiction, documentary and short movies) from the last three years.

The SPOTLIGHT section includes contemporary and historical Arabic films which are curated thematically, and the festival devotes extensive retrospectives to the work of eminent filmmakers and artists from the Arabic cinema, panel discussions, performances, lectures as well as children screenings.

The Festival is on right now and runs until the 26th March, and you can find more details of what is on where and when on the website.

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