Exotic music, rhythms and dances at the grand finale of the world’s largest travel trade show.Together, visitors, exhibitors and guests will soon be celebrating 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 will be performing modern and traditional works.
This spectacular show is being organised by ITB Berlin in cooperation with the International Delphic Council, a global cultural organisation. Monika Eckert, the award-winning event and television presenter, will moderate the event.
Global stars will be performing live at the grand finale of ITB Berlin. Arndis Halla, the ’Voice of the Icelandic Wind’ and an internationally renowned singer, will take 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.
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 will be providing 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.