Together, visitors, exhibitors and guests celebrated the impressive grand finale of the 50th ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade show, where musicians, singers and dancers from around the world performed modern and traditional works. This spectacular show was organised by ITB Berlin in cooperation with the International Delphic Council, a global cultural organisation. Monika Eckert, the award-winning event and television presenter, moderated the event. Ghana was represented at this years celebrations!
Global stars performed live at the grand finale of ITB Berlin. Arndis Halla, the ’Voice of the Icelandic Wind’ and an internationally renowned singer, took the audience on a trip to the sounds of the North, to a mythical world of elves and trolls and on a musical tour of Iceland’s ancient sagas, which she brings to life in her albums.
[fancygallery id=”17″ album=”168″] In the Maldives, families practice traditional dances in order to maintain and pass on the cultural heritage of their ancestors. The partner country of ITB Berlin provided a glimpse of traditional dances with Bandiya Jehun, Maafathi Neshun (the ’garland dance’), and Kurufali Jehun. In Burundi drummers are regarded as bringing peace and hope. The sounds of the mythical holy drummers and the acrobatic dances of the drummers are demonstrations of an original and undiluted African tradition. The music and folk dances of Goa are characterised by the influences of Portuguese sounds and rhythms and cultural traditions living side by side. The music is unmistakeable. It is both loud and soft, mixing high and low tones, sometimes together, but it always comes from the heart – Naturenoise, a group from Berlin, are well-known for their impressive a capella performances of pop, classical music and folk songs.
The Delphic Games – a global cultural stage
The history of the Delphic Games can be traced back to the Panhellenic Games of ancient Greece, of which the Olympic Games were a part. While Olympia stood for sports, Delphi hosted the arts. Every four years artists and audiences from all over Greece came together for six to eight days to celebrate art and culture. Initially banned and then forgotten for 1600 years, this tradition has been brought back to life by the International Delphic Council. Since 1997 the Delphic Youth Games and Delphic Games have been taking place regularly every four years at different venues around the world. This year, Goa in India will be hosting the 5th Delphic Youth Games from 4 to 13 November 2016.
The grand finale of ITB Berlin will be taking place on 13 March in the Palais am Funkturm from 3.30 to 5 p.m. Admission is included in a ticket to ITB.
About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors.
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