A delighted Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, led Saturday the first anniversary celebrations to mark the opening of the Elbphilharmonie’s Plaza. Exactly a year later, the magnificent landmark had welcomed 4,235,000 visitors by November 4, 2017. Dr. Carsten Brosda, Minister of Culture and Media, and Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General and Artistic Director of the Elbphilharmonie, also attended the festivities.
“Hamburg barely imaginable without Elbphilharmonie”
Scholz commented: “The last year has changed Hamburg. A total of 4,235,000 enthusiastic people have visited the Elbphilharmonie so far. The Elbphilharmonie has thereby proven to be a building that in a short space of time has quickly gained a place in the hearts of the people of Hamburg and their guests. On the first birthday of the Elbphilharmonie, I would like to thank in particular the architects who have created not only an extraordinary building, but one that is convincing and goes so well with the city that you can barely imagine life in Hamburg before – without the Elbphilharmonie.”
The celebrations also fêted guests whose birthday falls on November 4. A small ceremony was held with a raffle of concert tickets, an overnight stay at the Westin Hotel in the Elbphilharmonie, an evening meal at Störtebeker Restaurant and guided tours of the concert hall for the winners.
Rediscovery as a city of culture
Speaking during the festivities, Brosda noted: “It is gratifying to see that guests over the last months wanted to see not only the Plaza and have also welcomed the building as theirs. The great cultural attention is shaping the self-image of the city and Hamburg is now enjoying a rediscovery as a city of culture.”
Lieben-Seutter added: “The anniversary of the opening concert falls in January. But the Elbphilharmonie really got started with the opening of the Plaza and the simultaneous opening of the tube, hotel and restaurant and when the team moved in in early November 2016.”
The publicly accessible Plaza is proving a tourist magnet for people from all corners of the globe as well as the people of Hamburg. Around 660,000 out of the 4,235,000 visitors had tickets for concerts while 62,000 visitors have gone on guided tours of the new concert hall.