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January 08, 2015

Opening ceremonies on 15 January in CityCube for the first time

Partner country Latvia is organising the supporting programme and subsequent reception for 3,500 guests of honour

Latvia is the starting point of the opening tour on 16 January at 8 a.m.

Berlin, 8 January 2015 – The opening ceremonies of the International Green Week Berlin 2015 (16 to 25 Jan.) with around 3,500 guests of honour are due to take place on 15 January at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin. Two anniversaries are being celebrated: the Green Week is taking place for the eightieth time and Latvia, this year’s partner country, is taking part in the world's largest exhibition for agriculture, food and horticulture for the twentieth time.

The following will hold speeches welcoming the guests: Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH, Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers’ Union, Dr. Wolfgang Ingold, Chairman of the Federal Association of the German Food and Drink Industries, Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia, the partner country of the Green Week, as well as Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.

A mixture of traditional and modern performances

The supporting programme is being organised by Latvia which currently holds the presidency of the EU Council. Latvian musicians and dancers will present a mixture of traditional and modern performances typical of this country situated at the heart of the Baltic region. The most impressive performance will be given by DAIĻRADE, a multi award-winning folk dance ensemble. Sporting vividly coloured dresses, 50 men and women will be performing lively dances on stage from Latvia’s midsummer night festival which celebrates the summer solstice. FRAMEST, a group that sings a cappella, will perform a modern version of two Latvian folk songs. The River Daugava and Latvia share a common history, which the LATVIAN ETNO BAND will be singing about. The show is produced by Mirdza Zīvere, the famous Latvian singer, author and director, and will be presented by Gundars Āboliņš. The latter is well known to German theatregoers as the actor who plays Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Komische Oper, Berlin.

Food and beverages – staging a culinary display

After the opening event Latvia will be inviting the guests, who number more than 3,500, to a spectacular banquet-style reception in the CityCube. The centrepiece will be four themed food installations with culinary offerings from the fields, gardens, woods and the sea. Lido AG, a leading caterer from Latvia, specialises in this type of food and beverage display. The company employs a workforce of 1,050 and operates nine event-themed restaurants. It carries out its own meat and fish processing, is involved in the tourism business and at the Green Week will be managing the restaurant in the Hall featuring Latvia’s displays.

Dishes on the menu will include a selection of Baltic herring, salmon marinated in black balsamic vinegar from Riga, fried lampreys, pike-perch with cheese and spinach sauce, medaillons of pork fillet with white mushroom and cèpe sauce, chicken rolls with prunes, roast beef with redcurrant jelly, pearl barley with vegetables and mushrooms, salad with caraway seed cheese and marinated pumpkin, cheese-flavoured crisps, Staburadze Cake and milk sweets. Besides a number of different beers, among them honey beer, kvass will also be served, the legendary beverage from the Baltic made from malt and rye, yeast or sourdough and whose existence was documented as far back as the year 989.

Opening tour begins on 16 January at 8 a.m.

Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt will head the group taking part in the opening tour of the International Green Week Berlin 2015. The tour will begin at the stand of Latvia, this year's partner country, on 16 January at 8 a.m. in Hall 8.2. Latvia’s Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs will be among those taking part in this opening event. Accompanying the group will be President of the German Farmers’ Union Joachim Rukwied, Chairman of the Federal Association of the German Food and Drink Industries Dr. Wolfgang Ingold, as well as CEO Messe Berlin GmbH Dr. Christian Göke.

Important information for the press:

Opening ceremonies on 15 January at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin

A limited number of invitations are reserved for journalists covering the event. During the opening ceremonies camera teams and photographers will be assigned places on the press rostrum, around 50 metres from the podium. Access will be granted from 4.30 p.m. onwards. An audio splitter box (German / English) will be provided to enable sound recordings. Shortly before the opening ceremonies begin you will be permitted to take photographs of the guests of honour from the first row. Provided they have been supplied, the speeches to be held at the opening ceremonies will be available prior to the event at the press counter in the foyer of the CityCube Berlin. This special counter will be open for your enquiries on 15 January from 4 to 6.30 p.m. only. Journalists will also be able to follow the opening ceremonies from a lounge in the CityCube Berlin.

Opening tour on 16 January at 8 a.m., beginning in Hall 8.2

Accreditation for the Green Week shall be sufficient for taking part in the official opening tour of the Green Week 2015 on 16 January. The tour will begin at 8 a.m. in Hall 8.2 at the stand of Latvia, this year’s partner country. You can reach the location of the first photo opportunity via the north entrance (Hall 19 on Hammarskjöldplatz). Camera teams, press photographers and reporters who have been accredited for the Green Week may attend. Journalists who have not been accredited in advance can obtain a press pass for the Green Week on 20 January from 7.30 a.m. at the press accreditation counters in the foyers of Halls 21 (Masurenallee) and 7 (Jafféstrasse). A map listing planned stops at which photos can be taken will be issued before the tour begins. Photographers commissioned by individual exhibitors may only take photos from their respective stand. Where this applies, please keep a written request issued by the relevant exhibitor to hand. No accreditation is required.