The Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Dr.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will be opening this year’s ITB Berlin.
The opening ceremonies of ITB Berlin 2009 will
take place on the eve of the first day of the fair, on 10 March,
at 6 p.m. in Room 1 of the ICC Berlin.
Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin,
and Raimund Hosch, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin, will
address the guests. Speeches by Taleb Rifai, Deputy
Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, will
Afterwards Klaus Laepple, President of the Federal
Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), Dr Jürgen
Rüttgers, Minister President of Northrhine-Westphalia and Dr. h.c.
Fritz Pleitgen, Chairman of the Management Board of RUHR.2010 GmbH
will discuss “the discovery of a new metropolis. The
European Capital of Culture 2010 is coming. Will the
The cultural supporting programme organised by the partner
region of ITB Berlin (RUHR.2010) comprises a spectacular show
entitled “One Day in the Ruhr metropolis”.
On view will be a
multi-faceted mosaic showing the Ruhr, with football
stadia, concert houses, lakes, businesses, authentically depicted
by the well-known stage and movie director Gil Mehmert (“Aus der
Tiefe des Raumes”).
A young ensemble featuring music students from
the renowned Folkwang College, with street dancers, acrobats and
dancers will present a colourful, lively and thoroughly
distinctive view of the Ruhr metropolis.
The stage design is just
as unique as the show. In his own inimitable style, Essen’s
successful comic illustrator JAMIRI will project images from the
Ruhr metropolis on three walls.
Specially written for the
occasion, a snappy composition entitled the Ruhr Symphony will
provide the ideal musical setting.
A gala reception will follow,
with culinary delights in the form of regional specialities from
the European Capital of Culture.
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