J.P.Morgan Corporate Challenge

Europe’s Largest Run Comes to the Financial Centre

Since 1993, the Financial Centre Frankfurt has been a host city for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 5.6 kilometer run through the city centre. The first year 527 participants from 57 companies took to the streets and began a great tradition in the Main Metropolis. In 2016, 68,119 runners from more than 2600 companies took part in what is now the largest run in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

To celebrate the 25th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt, winners from the global series will come to Frankfurt for the Championship race. On June 13, 2017, the world’s top runners will join nearly 70,000 participants representing Frankfurt’s businesses and organisations, ranging from international investment banks to the smallest FinTechs. The race aims to promote team spirit, communication, collegiality, fairness and health. Starting in the city centre, the course passes the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the old opera house before surrounding runners with the towering skyscrapers in the heart of the banking district. Along the course, colleagues and friends cheer on the runners on creating a festive atmosphere throughout the whole city. Following the race, runners join their colleagues for company parties along the Main river and all over the city. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge does not just bring together employees but also the entire Financial Centre Frankfurt.

Money Museum

Bundesbank’s new Money Museum opens its doors

For a little over two years, the Bundesbank’s Money Museum has been closed to visitors. Following extensive renovation and expansion, it has now reopened. At a ceremony on 16 December 2016, invited guests were able to view first-hand the completely redesigned – and now considerably larger – exhibition. The Money Museum opened its doors to the public on 17 December 2016.

Visitors walking around the museum will visit four themed areas in turn: cash, book money, monetary policy and global money. The cash area will explain payments, discuss the role of banks and give an insight into the new world of banking supervision. Financial stability, which will be presented in the global money section, is another new topic area. One of the highlights of this area will be the “banknote swarm,” a glass wall several square metres in size in which a host of different banknotes from all over the world will be displayed. Visitors will also be able to touch a genuine bar of gold.

The monetary policy area will focus mainly on monetary stability. The showpieces of the Bank’s coin collection will take pride of place in a special money cabinet. Other cabinets branching off from the route of the tour will take visitors on a trip through the history of money. The visitors will learn all about how banking came into being, experience the hyperinflation of the 1920s and delve into the history of central banking in Germany.

In order to convey abstract central banking themes, the exhibition will address visitors’ real-life concerns and relate its artefacts to specific everyday affairs (ATM machine, bank branch, supermarket). Some glass display cases will showcase money-related themes in a manner designed specifically for children (eg a model cash-in-transit vehicle, banknotes with fairy-tale motifs). Interactive media stations (quizzes, memory games, puzzles) convey information about the exhibits in an entertaining way. Experts and interested parties will find more in-depth information at the media stations.

Not only the exhibition rooms are larger

The four themed areas – cash, book money, monetary policy and global money – are arranged around a 360° cinema. The new Money Museum has a total of 1,000 square metres of floor space. It has not only a more spacious vestibule with an information counter but also additional rooms for museum education experiences and special exhibitions. The new coffee shop with an integrated museum shop is much larger as well.

frankfurter weihnachtsmarkt

Frankfurt Christmas Market

The Frankfurt Christmas Market looks back on centuries of tradition and is one of the oldest in Germany. In fact, the first official reference of the market was in the year 1393. Centred in Frankfurt’s Römerberg, the traditional, timbered houses offer one of the most picturesque backdrops of any Christmas Market in Germany. At the numerous stands, classic Christmas delights are offered, like mulled wine, roasted almonds and bratwurst. Additionally, Frankfurt offers its own brand of specialities like hot Apfelwein, Bethmännchen pastries and Quetschemännchen candy figurines. Local craftsmen sell their handy crafts and art in the stalls neighbouring the Paulskirche and also at Römerplatz. Here one can find a truly special Christmas gift or souvenir.

Towering 33 meters above the market, weighing some nine tonnes and adorned with 5,000 energy efficient LEDs, the largest Christmas tree in Germany casts a magical glow across the market. The tree is donated by the Austrian tourism region Skijuwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau in Tirol. The tree is flanked by a stage with the traditional nativity scene and a stage where local and international music groups perform on the weekends. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 PM, the horn group plays from the balcony of St. Nicholas Church, filling the market with traditional Christmas music.

On weekends, tours through the market are offered in English and German. The tour includes a sampling of the Frankfurt specialities in the Market, as well as a telling of stories from modern day and historical Frankfurt and its many personalities. One specific highlight of the tour is a visit to the balcony of the St. Nicholas Church with a view across the sea of Christmas lights glistening through the cold, crisp air across Frankfurt’s city centre.

The Frankfurt Christmas Market stretches from the Main River northward to Hauptwache where it empties into the main shopping boulevard, Zeil. Several other smaller Christmas Markets are held in the areas surrounding Frankfurt. A more recent addition to the traditional Frankfurt Christmas Market, the so-called “Pink Christmas” at Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz, is a popular meeting place of the city’s LGBT community and friends and lovingly decorated with much attention to detail yet also with a certain “pink” touch. The Christmas market held in the Frankfurt city district of Höchst provides a similarly memorable experience. Höchst Castle with its Gothic-style keep is in fact well worth a visit on its own. In the woods boarding Frankfurt, the Sachsenhausen Christmas Market is held at the Geotheturm (Goethe Tower). Here visitors can enjoy traditional Christmas Market offerings in the tranquillity of the woods. Other noteworthy markets are not far from Frankfurt in Hanau, Mainz, Rüdesheim and Michelstadt.

Frankfurt Marathon

Frankfurt Marathon – Runners Celebrate after 42.195 KM

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, runners from 104 countries tested their endurance in the 35th Frankfurt Marathon. Behind the Germans, the French and British, with 589 and 360 runners respectively, made up the largest participant groups. In addition, runners from Belarus, India, Madagascar and even one from Greenland were drawn to the marathon in the Mainmetropolis. Thirty percent of the 15,850 participants, the second most in the race’s history, came from abroad for the sporting event and combined their experience with shopping, museum visits and even an early Glühwein. For the prominent field of professional runners, the Frankfurt Marathon is particularly popular. Due to its generally flat course, with a total elevation change of only 27.8 meters, the Frankfurt Marathon is considered the third fastest course in the world. Thanks to the many professional athletes from around the world, the Frankfurt Marathon is the only German city besides Berlin that has been awarded a Gold Label from the International Association of Athletics Federations.

According to the Frankfurt police department and event organizer estimates, around 500,000 spectators came to watch the race and enjoy the nearly 100 parties featuring bands and DJs along the course. The marathon came to an end after 42.195 kilometers in Frankfurt’s Festhalle, where runners crossed the finish line and continued on to a red carpet leading to the finisher’s party. Participants celebrated their accomplishment in a disco atmosphere with music, lighting effects and the enthusiasm of the spectators. The last runner crossed the finish line at 4:25 PM, marking the close of 2016’s Frankfurt Marathon. At the Festhalle, around 7,000 people watched broadcasts from the race, the awards ceremonies and, of course, further enjoyed the huge party to honor the finishers of the 35th Frankfurt Marathon.

EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS: Multifaceted Germany

Each year, the ECB’s EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS showcase the rich culture of one of the EU’s member states. The events, hosted by the ECB and the national bank of the featured country, are always a cultural highlight for the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. This year, between 17 October and 1 December, the ECB and the Deutsche Bundesbank will present Germany’s multifaceted culture. Hosted in and around Germany’s most international city, Frankfurt am Main, events range from a classical symphony to electronic music, from modern dance theatre to literature and contemporary art.

“Working together to enhance awareness of a country’s cultural heritage that is part of our roots and our identity offers a good opportunity to educate and prepare future generations, who will have a key role in strengthening cohesiveness and community spirit and in deciding the way in which the European institutions will develop. The mission of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS fully meets this aim.”

– Mario Draghi, President of the ECB

Under the motto, “unity in diversity,” the EUROPEAN CULTURE DAYS have celebrated cultural diversity and European Unity since 2003. Celebrating in Frankfurt am Main is particularly special, since more than 180 nationalities live and work together in the Mainmetropolis. This years events will be held under the patronage of Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, and Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Frankfurt Main Finance is proud to sponsor these events and looks forward to an exciting and enriching program. More informationa and a schedule of events can be found here.

Bildquelle: European Central Bank

Frankfurt Main Finance Cup 2016: Eintracht bests Celta De Vigo 3:1

For the third year, the football season opened in the Financial Centre with the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup. This year’s Cup pitted the Spanish RC Celta de Vigo against hometown heroes Eintracht Frankfurt in a friendly match on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The event has become a favorite for families and football fans across the region, who look forward to the events surrounding the game. This year fans enjoyed autograph and photo sessions with their favorite players as well as a presentation of this season’s team and their new home jersey.

Finance meets Football at the Alte Oper

The previous evening, Saturday, August 13, representatives of the Financial Centre and the city celebrated the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup at a reception in the Alte Oper. They were joined by the players and coaches from Eintracht Frankfurt as well as Celta de Vigo. In short podium discussion with Fredi Bobic, Eintracht trainer Nico Kovač expressed his optimism for the upcoming season. Representing Frankfurt Main Finance, Managing Director Hubertus Väth emphasized the importance of football for the Financial Centre and the finance industry for football. “Again the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup is sending the message from the Financial Centre that both the financial sector and Eintracht are playing in the international spotlight. Football always dominates Monday morning discussions throughout Frankfurt’s banks. Tomorrow, we will experience that close relationship between the finance industry in the game against Celta de Vigo.”

 

Frankfurt Main Finance Cup – Schwarz weiß, wie scheeee!

On match day, Eintracht came out as strong as their 40,000 fans in attendance. In the eleventh minute, Branimir Hrgota scored off an assist from Alex Meier and then scored again in the 49th minute. Celta de Vigo found the goal in the 58th minute, closing the gap with a score of 2:1. But Eintracht sealed the deal in the 80th minute and with a two-score lead, the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup was as good as theirs. With a final score of 3:1, Eintracht Frankfurt remained on the pitch to accept the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup. Frankfurt Main Finance’s Dr. Jochen Biedermann presented the Cup to Eintracht Captain Alex Meier. The Cup will join the trophies from the 2014 and 2015 Frankfurt Main Finance Cup in the Eintracht Museum.

Frankfurt Main Finance Cup

Frankfurt Main Finance Cup 2016 – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Celta de Vigo

Schwarz-weiß wie Scheeee! Das ist die SGE! On Sunday, August 14, the Commerzbank-Arena will again be filled with the joyous sounds of Eintracht Frankfurt fans cheering on their home team as the official opening game of the new season. Gates will open at 10 a.m. for the traditional season-opening party which will include plenty of activities, fun and games will throughout the day. The highlight will be the Frankfurt Main Finance Cup, a friendly match pitting Eintracht Frankfurt against Europa League contenders, Real Club Celta de Vigo, kicking off at 15:00. The game and the events around the stadium are included in the cost of the tickets.

Frankfurt Main Finance is proud to be a sponsor of the Cup for the third year in a row. In the previous two years, Eintracht has faced off against Inter Milan and F.C. Tokyo in front of more than 50,000 spectators. Hubertus Väth, Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance, weighed in on the importance of football for Frankfurt. “In London, every Monday begins with an analysis of the weekend’s games. With this in mind, Eintracht Frankfurt plays a big role when it comes to showing the bankers in the City and on Canary Wharf that Frankfurt is a world class Financial Centre. Once you’ve experienced an Eintracht game, you’re sure to become a fan. We hope to see more coming soon!”

The match against Celta de Vigo will be a great occasion, they finished 6th in La Liga last season and participate in the UEFA Europa League campaign coming up. One of their star players John Guidetti featured at EURO 2016 for Sweden. Eintracht and Celta have met before, pretty much 10 years ago the Eagles managed a 1-1 draw away to Celta in the UEFA Cup group stage.

More information and tickets for this year’s Frankfurt Main Finance Cup can be found on the Eintracht Frankfurt website.

153 Concerts at the 29th Rheingau Music Festival

One concert series always receives worldwide attention: the 29th Rheingau Music Festival will take place from July 18 to August 27, 2016, and includes 153 concerts at more than 40 venues across the Rheingau and neighbouring regions. The main event locations are Kloster Eberbach, Schloss Johannisberg, Schloss Vollrads and the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden. Additional venues include numerous churches, castles, and vineyards. Amongst them are concerts in the St. Hildegard Abbey and the Haus der Begegnung in Königsstein. New venues for this year include the Church of the Redeemer in Bad Homburg, the Malakoff Terrace in Mainz, the Park surrounding the Parkhotel Tillmanns in EltvilleErbach and the J. Neus Vineyard in Ingelheim.

This summer’s performances will include outstanding soloists and ensembles like Isabelle Faust, Till Brönner, Yannik Nézet-Séguin, Lisa Batiashvili, Grigory Sokolov, Igor Levit, Paavo Järvi, Mark Padmore, Jan Lisiecki, Annette Dasch, Max Mutzke, Julia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alina Pogostkina, Philippe Jaroussky, Dominique Horwitz, Alexej Gorlatch, Hélène Grimaud, Christian Gerhaher, Gautier Capuçon, Klaus Hoffmann, Magali Mosnier, Maurizio Pollini, Sir András Schiff, Belcea Quartet, Simone Kermes, Daniil Trifonov, Götz Alsmann, Alban Gerhardt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hilary Hahn, Berliner Philharmoniker, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Prager Symphoniker, Choir of the King’s Consort, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tschechische Philharmonie and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Additional information can be found at www.rheingau-musik-festival.de

Photo Credit: FriedrichvonThiersch Saal_Kurhaus Wiesbaden(C)AKM.JPG / Rheingau Music Festival Konzertgesellschaft mbH

A Musical World Record in Frankfurt am Main

Music fills the air and a world record is set. Thousands of excited guests waited in anticipation for the official announcement that they had achieved a word record. 7,548 musicians came together to play in Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena where an official representative from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed the event as the largest orchestra in the world. Musicians played together for more than five minutes, including excerpts from Dvorak and Beethoven. The previous record was held by Brisbane, Australia where 7,224 musicians played together – 324 fewer than in Frankfurt. Professionals and amateurs alike were welcome to join and show their appreciation for music and its power to connect people. The event is another great example of the Main Metropolis’s diversity.

Photo Credit: Commerzbank-Arena/Axel Gross

 

 

World Club Dome

World Club Dome – biggest club in the world in Frankfurt am Main

For the fourth time, BigCityBeats hosted World Club Dome and transformed the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt into the biggest club in the world. Over the first weekend in June, hundreds of DJs and artists performed for the crowd of more than 130,000 on 20 stages covering the immense 700,000 m² festival area. Headlining the opening night on the Arena’s main stage, Armin van Buuren and David Guetta made it clear that Frankfurt does not just work hard, but plays hard as well. Top acts this year included Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki and Frankfurt’s own Sven Väth. New to the festival this year was the giant WCD Pool Sessions party. In addition, some lucky attendees traveled to the festival in the world’s highest disco. A Boeing 747 outfitted as a disco at 10,000 meters flew festival goers from London, Paris and Hamburg to Frankfurt accompanied by the electronic dance stylings of DJ Robin Schulz.

Bildnachweis: http://www.worldclubdome.com/