Aletta von Massenbach, CEO Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “Both BER employees and former passengers and visitors associate many memories with the former Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport and BER Terminal 5. Next Saturday, we’ll be bidding a fond farewell to our terminal and invite you to visit the building once more. In the future, a new, lively city districted will be built on this site, which will benefit both BER Airport and the District of Schönefeld in equal measure. There is every reason to celebrate together and you are most welcome."
Christian Hentschel, Mayor of the District of Schönefeld: “It’s a gift for me, as mayor of this district, not only to celebrate the long-awaited opening of BER, but also to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the current District of Schönefeld, together with the airport. Like the districts, the airport is an inseparable part of the community. At the same time, we’re officially bidding farewell to what was then Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport, today's Terminal 5. This completes the circle. A moving day that touches me deeply. Despite all the melancholy about the past, it is outweighed by the joy and excitement surrounding the success story that the community of Schönefeld is about to write – maybe soon as a city.”
A colourful and diverse programme awaits visitors at the festival. It starts at 12 p.m. on the big stage with performances by daycare and school children from the community. At the same time, free tours through the now defunct BER Airport Terminal 5, including the visitor terrace, will be possible from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival will officially be opened at 2 p.m. by Mayor Christian Hentschel and Airport CEO Aletta von Massenbach. As music is then played on the stage almost non-stop, visitors can discover more about current community life and the history of Schönefeld, as well as future projects in the region, at numerous stands. The airport company will showcase itself with its own tent on site. There, employees from various areas will present their work and are happy to answer questions about flight operations and job prospects at BER. The fire brigades of the district and the airport will also present their technology on the festival grounds and invite you to hands-on activities. There will also be numerous food stalls.
From 2.30 p.m. all visitors are cordially invited to take a seat at a long table for coffee and cake, and to talk to representatives of the region. The festival also features a colourful children's programme with face painting, a bouncy castle and a performance by “Natscha” the clown at 4.30 p.m.
From 5 p.m. the big stage is reserved for the party bands mcBand and JCB. From 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. we invite you to the last dance in front of BER Terminal 5. Then DJ “BOWtanic” will be live on the square directly in front of the terminal building.
Information from the Schoenefeld Municipality
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