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World Library and Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council

Access Point Library:
Media - Information - Cultural

August 1st - 9th 2003
Berlin, Germany
Patron: German Federal President Johannes Rau







Social and Cultural Activities

Berlin Tour




Social and Cultural Activities

A varied programme of social and cultural events is planned for the delegates attending the 69th IFLA Council and General Conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of Berlin's libraries and other institutions, and at the same time meet with colleagues from other countries in informal settings.

Exhibition Opening and Reception
Date: Sunday, 3 August 2003, 17.00 - 19.00 hrs
Location: ICC Berlin

Opening Ceremony
Date: Monday, 4 August 2003, 16.00 - 18.00 hrs
Location: ICC Berlin, Hall 1

Opening Party
Date: Monday, 4 August 2003, 18.15 - 23.00 hrs
Location: Palais am Funkturm

Library Visits
Date: Wednesday, 6 August 2003 and Thursday, 7 August 2003
Location: Various Libraries in Berlin and surroundings

Embassy Receptions (by invitation)
Date: Wednesday, 6 August 2003
Location: Individual Embassies

Cultural Evening
Date: Thursday, 7 August 2003, 19.30 - 22.30 hrs
Location: Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage, Scharoun-Building

12. Bewag City-Night at the Kurfürstendamm
Date: Saturday, 9 August 2003
Location: Kurfürstendamm, near Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

    On Saturday evening, 9th August 2003 (not 2nd August as announced earlier in IFLA Express 1) the 12. Bewag City-Night at the Kurfürstendamm with a 10 km run, a 5 km Fun-Run, or 10 km Inline-Skating is offered for everyone by SCC-Sport Club Charlottenburg Running Events GmbH.

    More information about the running course, the various starting times and the opportunity of online registration are available on the web site of the organiser at:

    A registration form in English is also available for download at:

    For further information about this event please contact the organiser:
    SCC -Sport Club Charlottenburg Running Events GmbH
    Phone: +49-30-30128830; E-mail: info@berlin-marathon.com

Exhibition by Berlin State Library in the "Kulturforum"
On the occasion of the IFLA 2003 conference, the Berlin State Library is creating an exhibition from its major collections with two marked highlights:

    The exhibition "German Manuscripts and Incunables of the Middle Ages" invites conference delegates to the "Kulturforum" where testimonies of everyday language and culture in thematic presentations will enchant the viewer by their uniqueness and rich illustrations. In addition, there will be a multimedia presentation: during a virtual tour through the special collections of the Department for Early Prints, the visitor will experience exquisite rarities and precious treasuries from six centuries. The catalogue produced by the Manuscript Department as well as the DVD are for sale.


Berlin orientation tour
Monday, 4 August 2003
Tuesday, 5 August 2003
Wednesday, 6 August 2003

Duration: 3 hours
Start: 09.00 hrs at ICC, end: 12.00 hrs at ICC
Transportation: Bus

    One tour is free of charge for all participants and accompanying persons. Please choose a particular day and register your chosen tour on the registration form. Registration can be made by sending the form by fax or mail to K.I.T. GmbH or online. (In case of problem with the online registration form, please contact: ifla2003@kit.de)

Berlin has always been a special city - remarkable for its highly ambitions and vivacious character. As it is, Berlin's position - not only in Germany, but in the whole Europe and subsequently the world - is changing daily. The goal of this tour is to show visitors those sights of Berlin which have a close connection to its history of change, touching upon:
  • Charlottenburg Palace - a jewel of baroque art and the favourite retreat of queen Sophie-Charlotte, wife of Frederic I.
  • Gedächtniskirche - (Wilhelm's Memorial Church), one of the last witnesses of World War II
  • Kurfürstendamm - the longest shopping mile in town with its famous KaDeWe, the biggest department-store on the European continent
  • Hansa Quarter - the former Hansa Quarter was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1955 by 48 international architects for the International Exhibition of Architecture
  • Philharmonic Hall - The famous concert hall designed by Hans Sharoun where Herbert von Karajan used to be the conductor. Since 2002 Sir Simon Rattle is the conductor
  • Potsdamer Platz - The heart of the new Berlin: what used to be the most crowded square in the Golden 20's and the most sinister no man's land during the separation of the city experiences its revival
  • Bellevue Palace - built as a summer residence for Prince August Ferdinand it is now the official residence of the German Federal President
  • Victory Column - built from 1865 to 1873 in commemoration of the Prussian campaigns against France, Austria and Denmark
  • Reichstag Building - the seat of the German Bundestag (Parliament) since May 99
  • Bundeskanzleramt - the new office of the Federal Chancellor (with private apartment)
  • Brandenburg Gate - the most frequently depicted sight of the tearing down of the wall. Built for King Frederick William II. in 1788-91 with the Quadriga on top, a four-horse chariot driven by the goddess of Victory, holding the symbols of victory. This is now the strongest symbol of the German reunification
  • Gendarmenmarkt - one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin with two churches, the so called French and German Cathedrals and the Schauspielhaus, a beautiful concert hall
  • Berlin Cathedral - with the Hohenzollern tomb below - built at the end of the 15th century and completed in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance style as the main church for Berlin's protestants, destroyed during World War II, later beautifully restored
  • St. Hedwig Cathedral - built by Frederick the Great as the first catholic church in Prussia
  • Zeughaus - oldest building in Unter den Linden, Berlin's traditional central arsenal, and the most beautiful baroque building of the city
  • Alexander Square - centre of the eastern districts of Berlin with the TV Tower and the Red Town Hall, as office of the Governing Mayor of the reunited Berlin
  • Museum Island - The Pergamonmuseum, for example, specializes in ancient architecture and sculpture. Great monuments have been reproduced using some original segments
  • Checkpoint Charlie - was the famous border crossing for diplomats, allied military and foreigners. Parts of the wall can be seen
  • New Synagogue - built in 1857 in the moorish-byzantine style, it was the place of worship for the largest jewish community in Germany. During the last days of WWII the building was bombed to the ground; reconstruction work started in the 80's. The district surrounding the New Synagogue is called "Scheunenviertel", it was the hub of the Jewish community in Berlin.


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