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BERLIN BRINGS BIG CITY FEELING TO EXPO 2020 DUBAI

FEDERAL STATE OF BERLIN TO HOST WIDE-RANGING CULTURAL PROGRAMME AT GERMAN EXPO PAVILION – WITH BREAKDANCE SHOW, START-UP NIGHT AND GIANT LIGHT PUPPET.

Starting today, the federal state of Berlin will be presenting a week-long programme of cultural events at the German Pavilion at Expo. Packed full of variety, with local artists, music and dance, a start-up night and a panel debate on “The future of exhibitions”, Berlin’s programme for CAMPUS GERMANY will showcase the state’s special culture. Overall responsibility for the German Pavilion lies with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Berlin’s cultural programme for the German Pavilion includes individual and joint performances by regional artists from a range of genres. With urban sounds from the likes of DJ Bensh, beatboxer Raphael Schall, cover band BIRDDOGS and humanised drumkit Lizzy (who drums to her own voice using midi pads on her body), Berlin will bring the German city feeling to Expo 2020 Dubai. There’ll be even more music in the German Pavilion’s outdoor area, with the solar-powered GREEN-DJ-BIKE – a cargo bike with a built-in DJ system – to get things grooving. Another highlight will be the award-winning break dance show, “Flying Bach” – a fabulous fusion of twenty-first-century breakdance and the classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

On Wednesday, 16 February, 19 businesses from Berlin will take part in the start-up night where they’ll get to present their innovative smart-city, fintech and health IT solutions to a jury of business representatives from Dubai and Berlin. The next day, Thursday, 17 February, sees a panel debate on “The future of exhibitions”. The main topic of discussion will be the “BERLIN GLOBAL” exhibition, which recently opened in Berlin’s Humboldt Forum and sets out to show how the city and its people are connected to the rest of the world. The panel will include Andreas Horbelt, Creative Director at facts & fiction, the agency which designed the exhibition.

Another major attraction will be “Dundu” – a portable, 5-metre tall light puppet, which will make its way around the German Pavilion, assisted by puppeteers. Finally, there will also be a video installation, called “Kaleidoskop”, featuring creative versions of the “Berlin bear” on screens dotted around the Expo site.

In addition to the “Federal State Weeks”, each of Germany’s sixteen federal states has its own permanent display in the queuing area for the German Pavilion.

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