Berlin’s Awakening Beauties Series 3
Episode 1: Going sustainable with three Berliners, a wedding and a baby…
With Analena Baerbrock from Germany’s Alliance 90/The Greens leading many of the polls for the country’s upcoming September elections, it is an excellent time for our host Mark Felstead to talk to two of the Berlin’s leading exponents in sustainability for events.
Enter Alex Beck, sustainability manager from the AXICA venue in Berlin and Luisa Mentz, a senior project manager at the Berlin Convention Office in this lively discussion about current innovation trends in sustainability.
Episode 2: Diversity Day Special
Our host Mark Felstead marks World Diversity Day (18 May) with a session involving a trio of Berlin’s leading supporters of diversity and all its glorious colours.
Although the image of diversity is seemingly bright for Berlin, there is a dark cloud threatening the rainbow, Mark notes.
Episode 3: Bernhard Wolf
Our regular host Mark Felstead in this week’s episode, meets in the Axica’s Sky Lobby, Bernhard Wolf, creator and presenter of the popular ‘Ideenfrühstück’ (Ideas Breakfast) which has been a regular series, featuring great ideas to start your day with a creative impulse.
Episode 4: Opening shots and sustainable practices
We take a longer and more winding route than usual through this episode as our host Mark Felstead strides out to visit some of his favourite Berlin hotels and venues and conducts a vox pop report on local reaction to Berlin opening up.
He finds out how business guests are once again checking into hotels, and the city’s cafes and restaurants are opening as events take place again.
Episode 5: The TV Tower’s Christina Aue
In this episode our host Mark Felstead talks to Christina Aue, MD of Berlin’s iconic TV Tower.
Not only is the TV Tower a tremendous tourist attraction, whether with its 360-degree views of the city from 203m up on the viewing platform or from its fabulous revolving restaurant 207m in the sky, but also a unique event location. “The highest sightseeing tour in Berlin,” according to Christina Aue.
Episode 6: Making a splash!
The Godfather (a.k.a. Mark Felstead) speaks to Jacquie Hughes who, for a couple of glorious Olympic weeks in July, was probably the most famous mother in the UK thanks to a viral video.
Jacquie Hughes is a mother of five and the video of her and her family cheering on son Tom Dean to his first Olympic swimming gold medal in Tokyo (200m freestyle) went viral and has now over 20m views.
Jacquie talks to our BAB host Mark about the chaos and joy of the moment of Tom’s success and the back story that led up to her new-found, but immensely deserved, media fame.
Episode 7: Merryn Scholz
In this episode our host Mark Felstead returns to the core values of BABs and talks to Merryn Scholz, general manager of K.I.T. Group in Berlin – one of Europe’s largest PCOs – about the role she recently played in organising the Freedom Dinner for 3,000 guests on the recently closed Berlin Tegel airfield, as well as talking a little about how congress business is now developing towards 2022 as confidence in events slowly starts to return.
Episode 8: Stuart Barnes
In this episode Mark Felstead talks to Stuart Barnes, who has over 15 years event experience in Berlin and a great supporter of the city and all it has to offer for major events.
Episode 9: Björn Kempe
In this episode Mark Felstead introduces Björn Kempe, a German events professional with several stories to tell and projects launching from the ashes of the pandemic’s wildfire effect: