In 2015 the Free State of Saxony is in the mood to celebrate, so it is no coincidence that at ITB the slogan of this federal State, whose stand can be found in its usual location in Hall 11.2, is ’Saxony – Celebrate with us!’. Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen and some 50 other exhibitors from Saxony will be inviting exhibitors to celebrate together with them. Certainly, there are enough anniversaries worth celebrating. They include 1,000 years of Leipzig, 850 years of the Nikolai Church and Leipziger Messen, 500 years of printing and publishing in Leipzig, 30 years of the renovation of the Semper opera house and the 10th anniversary of the service held to bless the Frauenkirche in Dresden as well as the 800th anniversary of the Dresdner Kreuzchor in 2016. Saxony’s Fürst Pückler Park in Bad Muskau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be celebrating its 200th anniversary and the Bergakademie Freiberg its 250th. Other highlights include a national exhibition, ’Luther und die Fürsten’, organised by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the newly refurbished collections of Industriemuseum Chemnitz, as well as the August Horch Museum Zwickau and the numismatic museum (Münzkabinett) of Residenzschloss Dresden. Concerts and festivals highlighting traditional customs will also be taking place. On an area covering 900 square metres interactive theme islands, an entertaining programme of stage performances ranging from classical music to hot dance rhythms, images, films, handicrafts, culinary offerings as well as disco music await visitors to ITB Berlin.
Photo: Sylvio Dittrich