Bazaar Berlin: Christmas gifts for globetrotters
• An exotic shopping experience: around 500 exhibitors from 60 countries
• Consumer exhibition for handicrafts, designer articles, natural goods and fair trade products
• New at Bazaar Berlin: Sustainably produced fashion items from Cambodia
Martina Augustin from Kawale.de used to work in tourism until she discovered her passion for unusual furniture made from recycled materials, after which she started an internet shop. Nowadays she sells lamps made from the headlights of old lorries, for example. Mira Krispil from Israel was plagued by health problems for many years until she discovered polymer clay at a physiotherapy session which she now uses to create colourful sculptures and accessories. They give her new hope and always put a smile on the face of her customers. Harald Schulz, a photovoltaics expert, had a bright idea to solve the lack of electricity in South African townships: he designed a solar lamp using a preserving jar. It is stories like these that make every product at Bazaar Berlin something special.
From 08 to12 November the fair will once again be opening its doors on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and exhibitors and goods manufacturers from around the world will be inviting visitors to shop amid the exotic atmosphere of a bazaar. The international consumer exhibition on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds has a long history. “As early as the Sixties visitors could purchase gifts for themselves and their loved ones in exotic surroundings“, said Barbara Mabrook, the project manager of Bazaar Berlin. “In those days that was something very special. Not many people holidayed in Thailand or Mexico. Even today a visit to Bazaar Berlin is still an unforgettable experience – where else can one see the world in five days?“
Sustainably produced fair trade fashion from Cambodia
This year, for the first time, the Modern Ethnic Design Center will be represented at Bazaar Berlin (Hall 12). This is the result of collaboration between Messe Berlin and sequa GgmbH, part of the develoPPP.de programme of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its aim is to train Cambodian designers to sustainably produce fashion collections for the European market. These young designers will be presenting their creations at Bazaar Berlin themselves, among them high-quality silk dresses, blouses and trendy coats. According to the fashion designer Anne Lonnes, who advises the Cambodians on European fashion tastes, “The collections use textiles and accessories supplied by local companies in order to support handicrafts and artisan weavers in Cambodia. Sustainable production is very important for us. We want to make Cambodian designers aware of this, when they select materials and produce their collections. Some of the designers specialise in natural dyes for silk, while others experiment with natural banana and lotus fibres, for example.“
Exotic shopping mall and marketplace of cultures
From 8 to 12 November several thousand visitors are expected attend the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, where amid an international atmosphere in eight halls at Bazaar Berlin they can purchase gifts in time for Christmas. Sections include the World Market (Halls 11. 1, 13, 14, 16 -18) with exotic goods and typical locally made handicrafts from around the world, Art + Style (Hall 12) featuring fashion items with a personal touch, jewellery and accessoires, as well as Natural Living (Hall 15.1) with a wide variety of health products. If visitors follow the beat of drums they will find themselves in the hall entitled Living Africa (11.1), and in the Winter at Home section (Hall 12) visitors can enjoy a pre-Christmas atmosphere. As well as fair trade products, the Fair Trade Market in Hall 15.1 will also have information on development projects in Asia, Africa and South America as well as an initiative to certify Berlin as a “Fair Trade Town“.
Information at a glance:
The opening times have been changed to suit visitors’ needs. They are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Halls 11.1, 12, 13, 14.1, 15.1, 16, 17 and 18, Berlin Exhibition Grounds.
Entrances: (ticket offices): east entrance (Hall 14), north entrance (Hall 19)
Admission prices for 2017
Day tickets* (from the ticket office) 12.50 euros, reduced-rate day tickets* for students (ticket office) 9.50 euros, day tickets* (internet or coupon) 9.50 euros, school parties (price per person, single visit, no re-entry) 4.00 euros
Children up to the age of 6 will be admitted free of charge on all 5 days of the fair. On Saturday and Sunday children up to the age of 14 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.
* Any ticket marked with an asterisk (valid for first admission from Wednesday to Saturday) is a ’Comeback ticket’ and allows visitors to return a second time from 4 p.m. on a day of their choice.
Subject to alteration
About Bazaar Berlin
Launched in 1962 as Partners for Progress, the international consumer exhibition for handicrafts, jewellery, textiles and home accessoires changed its name to Bazaar Berlin in 2014. Every year in November around 40,000 visitors come to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds to purchase exotic articles from around the world, either to keep or to give away as gifts.
Bazaar Berlin is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH.More details at www.bazaar-berlin.com and on Facebook and Instagram (Bazaar Berlin).