|Ich bin kein Berliner! (I am not a Berliner!)
Dear Colleagues of the AIPC,
I am not a Berliner. I was born in Cologne, but for the last 14 years I have lived in Berlin.
For me, it isn’t the mountains (the Teufelsberg, “Devil’s Mountain”, stands at 120.1 metres) or the sea (the Wannsee is actually a lake and covers 2.7 km²) which are the star attractions. Instead, it is the people of Berlin, whose in-your-face charm, optimism and endless creativity stole my heart from the very beginning.
Naturally, there is more to this city and its population of nearly 3.5 million. Since the fall of the Wall it has undergone constant change. Every day, there is a fresh influx of fascinating people from every corner of the globe. One recent “The Hollywood Reporter” headline read: “How Berlin became the coolest city on the planet!“. They no doubt had its vibrant and exciting culture and nightlife in mind. It is almost as though whole districts change virtually overnight.
There are building sites everywhere, including on our premises on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. In early 2014 the ICC Berlin (the “congress spaceship“) will close for major refurbishment, while the CityCube Berlin, our new home, nears completion in record time.
Both my team and I are delighted and honoured to welcome the AIPC family to our brand new, multi-purpose convention and event venue. This meeting will be one of the first to take place here – under your watchful eye.
I look forward to your feedback and to an outstanding, informative and lively AIPC conference inside and outside the CityCube Berlin.
Afterwards, perhaps some of you will be able to say: “Ich bin kein Berliner – I am not a Berliner, but the city still managed to steal a piece of my heart, too.”
Vice President Messe Berlin Conventions