Head to the Admiralspalast, or Admiral Palace, a theater in the Mitte district of Berlin for an afternoon or evening showing of the ‘Story of Berlin,’ performed by sand artists.
The Admiralspalast draws from more than 100 years of history, defined during that time by a variety of cultural influences and historical developments.
Sand-art or sand-painting is a unique form of performance art. The artists work on an illuminated table with a glass cover, drawing pictures only with her hands and sand. These pictures develop into a flow as one picture merges into the next, creating an animation and thus narrating the eventful development of Berlin.
Witness the stories of Knut, an orphaned polar bear born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden; Marlene Dietrich, a German-American actress and singer; the Berlinale, an international film event and the Carneval of Cultures, a local celebration of cultural diversity.