We all have our New Year’s resolutions for the year 2014 which we will surely follow more or less strictly. Just like us, the city of Berlin has a lot of plans for 2014. Visitors and Berliners can look forward to an exciting year full of events and trade shows. All of these events keep the current and important topic of sustainability in mind. Today, we’ll tell you what’s going on in the first quarter of the year in Berlin.
FASHION WEEK ( 14.-19.01.2014)
For a whole week in January, it’s all about fashion, clothing and style. The media, professional visitors, fashion lovers and buyers get together at different events and fairs to inform themselves about the latest developments and trends in the industry. A very popular meeting point is for instance the Brandenburg Gate where the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is taking place at a stage and runway. One very interesting and up-to-date topics of the Fashion Week is the ecological and sustainable aspect of fashion and design. More and more consumers want to stand up for a more conscious consumption and that’s why the market offers products which are made from sustainable material and produced in fair working conditions.
One of the most innovative trade show events of the Fashion Week is the fair BREADANDBUTTER which takes place from 14th to 16th January at the historic airport Berlin-Tempelhof. Themed “Fun & Profit”; brands, designers and labels from the segment of street- and urban wear meet to talk, network, do business and eat.
Another very dynamic fashion trade show is the Bright which is happening between 14th and 17th January at “Warenhaus Jandorf” in the Brunnenstraße. Here, it’s all about street wear but with a strong focus on skateboarding. Besides fashion events, the Bright also entertains its visitors with parties and cool skateboarding shows.
GREEN WEEK (17.-26.01.14)
Besides the fashion trade shows, there is another exciting event taking place in January: the Green Week. This international exhibition is all about nutrition, agriculture and horticulture. Also, the term sustainability is addressed because developments like organic, fair trade and renewable materials are getting increasingly important. The Green Week has both an economic as well as an agricultural character. About 200 domestic and foreign prime ministers, ministers and state secretaries usually visit the fair.
However, it’s not all about looking good and eating healthy in January. It’s also about being sporty. At the “Sechstagerennen” (=Six days race), you’ll be able to see several bicycle races and other cycle events at the Velodrom in Berlin. The sports events are rounded off by music and entertainment, like for instance by different live bands.
In February, it’s all about films and construction. The month starts with the Berlinale – one of the most important cultural events of the international film sector. Every year, about 400 films from different countries and genres are shown to an international audience. World- and Europe premieres are the focus of this event. The festival is divided into different themes: the section “Competition” contains big, international cinema films. Independent movies are shown in the section “Panorama” and in “Forum”, you can see experimental films. The section “Culinary cinema” focuses on topics like food, consumption and environment. Thus, at Berlinale, there is something for everybody and current issues are addressed with the help of movies. The Berlinale takes place at several different cinemas in Berlin.
If you’re interested in construction and architecture, you’ll feel at home at the bautec trade show. Here, it’s all about construction systems, constructional elements and building material – thus, everything a builder’s heart longs for. Also, future-oriented issues such as sustainable construction, intelligent living and old-building renovation are focused on this year at bautec.
After Berlin went wild with fashion, sports, movies and construction, March 2014 is the month of holidays and travelling. For a period of five days, the tourism fair ITB takes place and hosts everybody who works in the tourism economy. Here, you’ll definitely find everybody, from tour operators and online booking systems to destinations, airlines, hotels and car rentals. On the last day of the trade show, private visitors can visit the fair and get caught by the travel bug wandering around in the many great halls of Messe Berlin.
In the following table, you can see how to get to the different events in Berlin:
|EVENT||DIRECTIONS to INDUSTRIEPALAST|
|BREADANDBUTTER||U1 to „Hallesches Tor“ –> U6 to „Platz der Luftbrücke“Duration: ca. 30 minutes|
|Bright||M10 (Tram) to „Landsberger Allee/Petersburger Straße“ –> M8 (Tram) to „Brunnenstraße/Invalidenstraße“Duration: ca. 30 minutes|
|Green Week||S 5 to „Berlin Messe Süd“Duration: ca. 30 minutes|
|Sechstagerennen||M10 (Tram) to „Paul-Heyse-Straße“Duration: ca. 10 minutes|
|Bautec||S 5 to „Berlin Messe Süd“Duration: ca. 30 minutes|
|ITB||S 5 to „Berlin Messe Süd“Duration: ca. 30 minutes|
All righty – we wish you a lot of fun with shopping, eating, getting active, watching movies, constructing and travelling in Berlin 2014!
Your Industriepalast Team
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.