In Hamburg, light rays in the colours of the Olympic rings have been illuminated the evening sky since this weekend. The laser beams with the five light rays are being installed at the city’s civic gallery Hamburger Kunsthalle, at the district offices of Altona and Bergedorf, and the shopping centres Alster Einkaufzentrum in Poppenbüttel in the district of Wandsbek and at Harburg’s Phoenix Center.
Hamburg Is Ready For Olympia
The skylights will be activated from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until February. “To Reach Out For Olympia” is being funded by the Hamburg-based operator of shopping centres, ECE. and the local event agency PRG. Its message: Hamburg is ready to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz, Hamburg Minister of Sports, Michael Neumann, and Hamburg’s Olmypic Ambassador Alexander Otto officially launched Hamburg’s skylights on Friday night at the civic art gallery, with many representatives from culture, politics, ports, and local businesses attending the ceremony.
“The IOC wants the residents of the host city to have long lasting benefits from the games. In Hamburg, the games would significantly stimulate the city’s development south of the Elbe river and in its eastern parts. The games would speed up plans we already pursue, and there is a huge support for the idea of the Olympic and Paralympic Games here in Hamburg,” said Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. The light action symbolises that something big happening in Hamburg can radiate far beyond the city borders.
Poll in February
In mid-February 2015, the German Olympic Sports Confederation will be conducting polls among the inhabitants of Berlin and Hamburg, with the city of the highest approval by its populations having the best chances to be named the country’s official Olympic candidate. In late summer 2015, a referendum is to follow. If met with approval by the locals, the German Olympic Sports Confederation will present the city as possible host to the IOC. In a first poll conducted in Hamburg in September, 80 per cent of all respondents generally welcomed Olympic Games in Germany, but only 53 per cent said “yes” to Hamburg as host city.
Alexander Otto, entrepreneur and Olympia ambassador: “Our light action set forth the sign that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are within reach for Hamburg. We have to make sure to use this great opportunity for our city. Let’s grab it now! I thus ask all citizens of Hamburg that will be interviewed in mid-February to vote in favour of the games in Hamburg. “