- 24. April 2019
Onshore events with stars at 830th HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARYVaried programme from savoir-vivre to sport
The world’s greatest port festival, from 10 to 12 May in Hamburg
The onshore programme at the 830th HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY is packed with interest and excitement. From Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May, the world’s greatest port festival has an eventful programme with celebrities, Southern French flair and cultural diversity. It includes transmission of concerts live from the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, and music at a whole range of outdoor venues, plus guided tours and walks, and exhibitions run by museums and other institutions. The events will be happening around Landungsbrücken, in the Speicherstadt heritage warehouse district, HafenCity, the Fish Market, and the Oevelgönne Museum Harbour.
Sports stars at the world’s greatest port festival
Kira Walkenhorst, Olympic gold medallist and world champion in beach volleyball, will be at theHamburg Active City Championships in HafenCity from 16:00 on the Friday to give information onthe promotion of top-level athletes in the armed forces (Bundeswehr). Prior to that she will make a guest appearance at the stand of the Hamburg Sports Promotion Group from 13:00, in the session “Bundeswehr in Dialogue”.
Lightweight rower Lars Wichert visits the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY on the Saturday – he will engage with fans and the interested public at the Marco-Polo-Terrassen in HafenCity from 11:00 to 12:00 and at Überseebrücke from 12:30. The Hamburg Active City Championships will be held for the first time, giving visitors of all ages information on different types of sports on water and onshore – they can get their first taste of sailing, and also try their hand at beach volleyball, hockey, yoga or wheelchair basketball.
Greetings from the South of France
This year’s country partner is Occitania / South of France, presenting the regional lifestyle of this picturesque region. It is located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, has tremendous tourist appeal, and at the same time it is the most important organic farming region in France. Occitania invites visitors to this year’s HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY to take a culinary trip through its flavours and aromas, trying specialities such as oysters, Armagnac, craft beer, olive oil and Aligot, a regional dish prepared with mashed potato and cheese.
Visitors can also actively participate in the regional game “quilles de huit”. This “eight-pin bowling” game is played by lots of enthusiasts in the Department of Aveyron in the North of Occitania, and is popular as a beach game right through to the Mediterranean. The aim of the game is to knock down the eight target pins. The Occitania/South of France festival will be opened at 16:00 on Friday by Carol Delga, President of the Region of Occitania, and Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, together with Anne-Marie Descôtes, the French Ambassador in Germany.
Close-up to TV stars
Fans of the popular ZDF television series “Notruf Hafenkante” (“Port Emergency”) will be rushing to the autograph signing session from 15:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 11 May, held in authentic style at Kehrwiederspitze – the location of Police Station 21 in the series. All the lead actors and actresses will be there, together with the two new team members Aybi Era and Marc Barthel, who make their first appearance in the new series starting in autumn.
Explore new parts of Hamburg
Many of the Hamburg museums and institutions will put on special events as part of the onshore programme. They help to ensure that the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY will be a real celebration for the people of Hamburg, giving them a chance to find out more about their city and to see it in new ways. The UNESCO Word Cultural Heritage tour will be held on all three days, highlighting three outstanding districts of Hamburg – the Kontorhaus District, the Speicherstadt warehouse district, and HafenCity with the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
The “CLASSIC” St. Pauli walk on the Saturday and Sunday takes participants to the world-famous Reeperbahn district with all its highlights. The Architecture harbour trip “Building by the Waterside” on the Saturday focuses on the special relationship between modern architecture by the water and
the traditional world of the port.
The International Maritime Museum encourages hands-on activity in its “You’re the Captain” programme. It opens the ship control simulator to the general public on the Sunday, inviting them to guide a container ship into the Port of Hamburg under difficult weather conditions, with the help
of experienced ship masters. A maritime challenge with suspense and excitement.
The Hamburg Port Museum presents historic harbour exhibits in an authentic environment – original objects from the four-masted barque Peking and other unique exhibits from the age of general cargo, with guided tours on all three days. Exhibits in action include the impressive steam engines of the Saatsee, Germany’s last active floating steam crane (built in 1917), and the steam dredging barge Schutendampfsauger IV (built in 1909).
Art for all
Art lovers can look forward to an Open Art exhibition entitled “Iceland” at Überseeboulevard. It is an open-air presentation of some 50 fascinating photos of the North Atlantic island by Hamburg photographer Michael Poliza.
The Cap San Diego, located directly at Landungsbrücken, presents its captivating permanent exhibition “A suitcase full of hope – emigrant fates from 1834 to the present day”. The exhibition is complemented by another exhibition in Holds 1 and 2, where the Schleswig-Holstein based artist group “Horizons” (comprising Renate Volkland, JoHanna, Michael Witt, Bernd Pfeiffer, Heidrun Rehder and Veronique Friedrich) portrays Hamburg and the North German coastal region in a range of techniques from watercolour to acrylic and oil, pencil and art photography.
The programme for the world’s greatest harbour festival is as varied as its visitors. Information on the various activities, programmes and tours is available in the free-of-charge HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY app, available via iTunes and Google Play. Many of the functions of the app can
be used even without an Internet connection.
The HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY would like to thank all its sponsors, especially its longstanding principal sponsor AIDA Cruises. Thanks to their support, the world’s greatest port festival thrills more than a million visitors from all parts of the world every year.