Victorian Christmas Market
Saturday, December 2nd 2017
Sunday, December 3rd 2017
12.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Every year on the first Advent weekend the Friends of Britain e.V. takes part in a Victorian Christmas Market in the Baseler Hof Sälen, originally initiated by the Honorary British Consulate in Hamburg together with the Hotel Baseler Hof and supported by several British clubs and associations and local businesses.
Here one can enjoy the festive atmosphere of a Victorian Christmas. One can find a good selection of unique presents and fine gifts, as well as traditional British Christmas fare.
There are prizes to be won and a light entertainment programme, various seasonal refreshments etc. enhance the event.
British Flair – the Lifestyle Event for German-British Friendship
Dear Friends of Friends of Britain!
From 4th to 6th August 2017 “British Flair – With Country Fair“ (formerly “British Day“) will be taking place for the 27th time in the grounds of the Hamburg Polo Club – for the first time starting on Friday noon
THE CULT EVENT for the whole family! That is pure German-British friendship!
Experience superb horses, polo and cricket demonstrations, Scottish Highland Games, English classic cars, British books, weather-proof clothing and many other stands with typical specialities from “The Island”. This year, closely following tradition we have welly-throwing, face-painting for children and dog-racing as well as some surprises and new attractions, even some for the public to join in, i.e. dancing or a theatre improvisation workshop. Meet Paddington Bear on the Polo Club field– and enjoy the English and international specialities at the gourmet and beverage tents. Accompanied by Scottish pipers and many other types of music from the island, Guinness or a Pimm‘s No.1 tastes quite different here than at home…
As usual the charity aspect will not be missing on this weekend – everywhere on the grounds and on the Tombola stand we will be selling tickets. There are many attractive prizes and vouchers to be won – the proceeds this year will go to the society “Benita Quadflieg Stiftung – Kinderhaus Mignon”.
The “Kinderhaus Mignon” provides a new home for traumatized children in family-like residential groups as well as professional help.
Our Highlight: The British Flair Open Air Proms Concert 2017
On the evening of 5th August 2017 you may look forward to the highlight of the weekend – the “Open Air Proms Concert“ where you can celebrate a summer night with our popular and witty conductor Russell Harris with his British humour. Let yourself be fascinated by our wonderful soloists Randall Bills (Tenor) and Richard Morrison (Baritone) as well as the “Hamburg Festival Orchestra“ with its talented musicians and their leader Ian Mardon. In the open air with a picnic (hopefully under a star-studded sky) on the Hamburg Polo Club field listen to the light classical music of Giacomo Puccini (Nessun Dorma!), Georges Bizet, Giaocchino Rossini, John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers. Traditionally, our concert ends with “Last Night” classics such as “Rule Britannia“, “Jerusalem“ and “Pomp & Circumstance No.1” with (Britain’s so-called “secret national anthem”) “Land of Hope and Glory” as well as the national anthems of both Britain and Germany, followed by a-cappella “Auld Lang Syne”. After a tasty glass of wine (or more), you will not find it difficult to sing along with all of these!
Stefanie M. Nießen
Tickets are already online!
British Flair, Hamburger Polo Club e.V. Jenischstraße. 26, 22609 Hamburg
Opening times Fri, 4.8. from 12:00 to 19:00,Sat, 5.8. & Sun, 6.8.2017 from 10:00 to 18:00.
Nearest station: S Bahn Klein–Flottbek, S 1 and S 11
Admission to the daytime event: Children up to 15 years 2 €, adults 10 €, concessions 8 €, family tickets 18 € (2 adults and up to 2 children)
Open Air Proms Concert, 5.8.2017, at 20:30, gates open 19:00, tickets: advance bookings 28 € + advance booking fee under www.funke-ticket.de or http://www.britishflair.de/British-Flair-Hamburg-Open-Air-Proms-Concert.html – evening box office 32 €.
New: Children’s or group rate online available (no evening box)
“Long Night of the Consulates – Lange Nacht der Konsulate”
As a highlight of European Week, on 16 May 2017 30 consulates and 4 cultural institutes opened their doors from 6 to 10 p.m. to interested members of the public.
The Honorary Consulate of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Hamburg was participating for the very first time.
Various British or anglophile societies in our city presented an insight into their activities, including The Hamburg Players, The British Club Hamburg, The Anglican Church, Anglo German Club, First Hanseatic Toastmasters, The Arts Society of Hamburg, Country Travel, the English Tea Club and, of course, ourselves – Friends of Britain e.V. Two ladies from our team even appeared in Regency or Victorian costume.
Paddington Bear was spotted incognito. A visual attraction was provided by the members of the Heligoland Pilgrim Cricket Club, not only with their striped blazers: two men and a lady demonstrated their skills outside the Consulate, e.g. how to bowl and bat. Another great feature was Dennis Cole of the “St. Pauli Pipes & Drums“, who played the bagpipes both in the reception area and also outside. This drew in many passers-by – applause, photos, conversations – their interest in the British host country was quickly aroused. Besides information about culture, sport, the country and its people, around 250 visitors enjoyed original British sandwiches and colonial samosas, and also sampled a typical long drink, Pimm’s N°1.
The British Honorary Consul, Mr. Nicholas R. Teller, who is also Patron of Friends of Britain e.V., was extremely satisfied with this successful premiere – and we can look forward to participating again next time next year.
Tales and Tunes
On 22nd January 2016, thanks to an invitation, we had the great pleasure of being able to take part in the “Tales and Tunes” evening in the Anglo-German Lodge. And what an inspiring, entertaining event „for a (truly) cold winter`s eve“! There was fascinating company, interesting conversations between and during the four courses of a creative menu and, in particular, artistic performances. The recitations of English poetry and ballads by Martin Hague, Norbert Schoen, Heiko Vogt and Linda Struck were most impressive, especially the endearing texts by John Holway. The superb musical interludes by Ian Mardon, Jon Mortimer and of course Stefanie Niessen provided a worthy framework. There was even an opportunity of singing some well-known songs together – And all this for a good cause, then without doubt the focal point and the actual purpose of the evening was: to support the Stiftung Mittagskinder. What a deserving organisation!
A guided tour of the Lodge premises including a short introduction to the background of the Lodges concluded the unforgettable evening, and suddenly the clock reminded us that it was already just before midnight.
Thank-you and looking forward to the next event of this kind !
Barbara and Hajo Patschkowski
English translation by Linda Struck
We are grateful for the financial support given by Ter Hell.
Hamburg premiere of the film “The Queen’s Garden”
Upon the initiative of Honorary Life Member Clive Kennedy, Friends of Britain e.V. invited guests to the Hamburg premiere of the documentary film “The Queen’s Garden” about the trees, plants and wildlife in Buckingham Palace gardens. The event took place in the newly refurbished rooms of the Anglo-German Club Hamburg.
60 people, including our new Honorary Consul Nicholas Teller and his wife Linda, took part and enjoyed the film as well as a cold buffet and drinks during the interval. We were able to send a donation of EUR 2.000 to the “Runder Tisch Blankenese”, a forum that has been actively supporting refugees in the west of Hamburg for the past 25 years.
Many thanks to Clive Kennedy for his initiative and for his kind donation of the refreshments for the evening. Our thanks also go to Harriet Wege of the Anglo-German Club for her assistance in organising the evening.