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On Friday, March 17th 2017 the opening festivities for the photo exhibition “Elbphilharmonie” were hosted at the German Culture Center. A lot of well known people were in the audience. Pan Hua the deputy director of the Hamburg liason office in Shanghai was invited to deliver a speech. Professor Michael Röther, the German principal of the China –Germany Institute as well as members of the European and American Student Club attended the festivities.



Mrs. Pan  is speaking about the Elbphilharmonie


At first Zhou Weidong, the Chinese director of the German Culture Center gave an overview over the program for the evening. Afterwards Mrs. Pan took the stage and talked in detail about the construction and the excellent architecture of the “Elbphilharmonie”.



Guests are listening the introduce by Mrs. Pan


Mrs. Pan started her speech with a personal note about classical music and made a transition to the newly built German sight. In 2007 construction works for the fitout of an old royal warehouse into the philharmonic hall started. After almost ten years the “Elbphilharmonie” was completed in November 2016 on costs of 865 million Euro. The building which is located between the city centre of Hamburg and the Harbour resembles a sailing ship. The glas façade alongside the curved represents the unique style of the harbour city. The arrangement of chairs in the big concert halls is based on the principle of vineyard terraces. The renowned white skin of the concert hall was designed by the famous Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. I guarantees acoustic indulgence for every visitor no matter where his seat is located. A lot of famous people joined the opening ceremony of the “Elbphilharmonie” amongst them former German president Joachim Gauck, current German president Frank Walther Steinmeier and chancelor Angela Merkel. A concert was played by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and after that the whole building was illuminated with a lightshow.



Mrs. Pan is talking with the guest


At the end of the Mrs. Pan’s speech she showed the audience in the German Culture Center a video of the aforementioned lightshow.



Everyone takes photo together


Finally the guests took a tour guided by the volunteers of the German Culture Center to look at pictures of the “Elbphilharmonie” which were taken by popular photographers. 


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