Orchestrated events for the general public
Our team specialises in orchestrated public events with strong imagery and excellent media exposure. We are dedicated to promote Hamburg internationally through unique, spectacular events.
Our focus lies on image-enhancing events that strengthen Hamburg as a brand and reflect Hamburg’s unique brand value. The Hamburg Cruise Days festival may serve as an excellent example for our successful marketing approach. While we tend to operate behind the scenes, it is always our goal to reach the widest possible public. We stage our events not only in Hamburg, but we also develop creative, unique live communication events that are regularly presented in major international cities.
As a central point of contact for all organisations and public institutions involved in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region’s event industry, we provide advice when it comes to planning large-scale events in the public sphere. Frequently asked questions here include: Where exactly are these open-air venues, and who are the persons to contact when seeking official approval? Our event specialists can give advice and refer you to the relevant contact persons.
Our areas of expertise
The Hamburg brand
We know what Hamburg stands for, and we raise Hamburg’s profile through selected events in the public sphere. As pictures from such events are disseminated at a global scale, we increase Hamburg’s popularity and at the same time strengthen the Hamburg brand.
Event expertise & networking
When it comes to open-air venues in Hamburg, we are the experts. We are happy to provide event planners with easy access to the relevant contact persons.
We communicate Hamburg’s fortes at a global scale: we visit major international cities with our dedicated live communication events and provide audiences with an unparalleled Hamburg experience. By integrating local partners from Hamburg we communicate a diverse, authentic image of Hamburg.
To ensure the best possible advice, we continuously monitor large-scale open-air events in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
Our services for you
With our live communication events in selected cities across the globe we provide our international network partners with a platform for increasing public awareness of their brand and for marketing their services and products.
Thanks to our extensive network we can support you in finding suitable event locations in the public sphere. As a non-partisan point of contact we can swiftly refer you to the relevant contact persons.
Collaborations in Hamburg
We can offer you various options for participating in HCB events in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. As an event partner you can join us at large-scale public events and present your company in close connection with the Hamburg brand.
Support to location providers
We coordinate Hamburg’s Events Committee. Prior to any official approval procedures, the Committee issues recommendations for the utilisation of highly sought premium locations in Hamburg. The Committee’s aim is to identify and allocate suitable venues and time slots in order to avoid an excessive concentration of events.
Head of Division Event Marketing
Tel +49 (0)40 / 30051-411
Sandra Pfeffer is head of the HCB’s event marketing unit. She is responsible for the strategic management of HCB’s corporate division and focusses on marketing Hamburg nationally and internationally through highly visible large-scale events in the public sphere with a view to value creation. One of the focal areas here lies in creating new event formats and improving existing event formats aimed at raising Hamburg’s international profile even further.
Sandra has many years of experience in the event industry and in media production. As a project coordinator she successfully managed various international sporting events and major projects, and she also worked as a manager for presenters and moderators in the area of on-air and off-air communications.
Melanie ChwialkowskyAssistant to Heads of Divison Event Marketing
T +49 (0)40 / 30051-616
Melanie is assistant to the management of both our conventions and event marketing units. She is an experienced office administrator and is responsible for coordinating the internal organisation and implementation of cross-cutting tasks. Melanie ensures smooth administrative operations, optimal schedule and travel planning as well as immaculate preparation and follow-up to meetings. In addition to coordinative tasks and correspondence, Melanie is also in charge of invoicing.
Jana Krüger works in the HCB’s event marketing unit with the aim of promoting Hamburg internationally through events. She is responsible for the implementation of public events with strong imagery and excellent media exposure. This includes in particular the planning and coordination of marketing activities relating to public events as well as marketing the city internationally via such events. Furthermore, Jana supports the event marketing team in developing existing and new event formats.
Jana studied exhibition, congress and event management and holds the degree of graduate business economist. She spent more than seven years working in the international department of the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, where her responsibilities included e.g. project coordination of the German Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008 and Expo Yeosu 2012 as well as of the Hamburg House at Expo Shanghai 2010.
With her expertise in the field of large popular events, Cecilia von Hardenberg designs and coordinates marketing activities for large-scale events. Projects here include the Hamburg presentation on the occasion of the Day of German Unity celebrations.
As a marketing manager, Cecilia von Hardenberg optimises and develops promotional and communication measures for highly visible events and coordinates their implementation in collaboration with agencies and service providers. Being a trained event manager, Cecilia consults event organisers and develops new formats that are deemed suitable for strengthening the image of the Hamburg brand.
Prior to her role in HCB, Cecilia spent seven years working for renowned event and communication agencies. She is well-versed in the area of organising public and corporate events in Germany and abroad. Cecilia has worked e.g. as a project manager for the Hamburg Cruise Days, and also for several clients from the automotive industry.
Björn holds a degree in sport and event marketing and is an expert in the field of large-scale events. As a member of our event marketing team, Björn is in charge of coordinating international marketing events as well the successful “Hamburg on Tour“ series of events. Based on this claim, Hamburg hosts creative public events in large European cities on a regular basis. In the context of this project, Björn develops creative ideas, coordinates collaboration between various partners and ensures media visibility to promote Hamburg as a brand.
Our events for Hamburg
Hamburg offers a unique setting for large-scale public events. Thousands of visitors from Germany and abroad travel to Hamburg to experience ship parades, light installations, spectacular fireworks displays, or to listen to the stars of Hamburg’s music festivals. Hamburg is hoisting its flags – not only locally, but also internationally via dedicated guest programmes.
Hamburg Cruise Days
The Hamburg Cruise Days festival has long established itself as a highly popular flagship event on the banks of the River Elbe. The festival was launched and put into full swing by the HCB’s event marketing team. Since 2015, the Hamburg Cruise Days are held in close proximity to Seatrade Europe, the leading European cruise convention, as well as additional industry events. Based on the claim “Hamburg welcomes you on board”, the cruise capital of Hamburg thus presents itself on a biennial basis.
Hamburg on Tour
The HCB’s creative event marketing team develops and implements unique interactive projects and spectacular event formats – an example being the “Hamburg on Tour” programme of events. Based on this claim, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg presents itself in selected cities across the globe. The campaign was launched in Vienna, Austria, with an oversized paper ship that was floated in Vienna’s city centre. The ship served as a projection surface for providing live coverage of the Hamburg Cruise Days Parade, which took place the same day. The event enabled Viennese citizens to experience the spectacular fireworks display and the departure of the majestic cruise liners. The aim of such projects is to create an authentic Hamburg experience, with partner companies from Hamburg also getting the opportunity to come on board. Extensive media and social media coverage of the “Hamburg on Tour” campaign was a positive side effect – and a desired result.
The Day of German Unity festival
Every year on 3 October, the Day of German Unity is celebrated with a large public festival. It has become something of a tradition for Germany’s federal states to present themselves at this event through dedicated activities and booths. As one of the most popular destinations in Germany, Hamburg also makes use of the opportunity to present the Hamburg Metropolitan Region at different locations to a wide audience. Based on the claim “Vibrating Neighbourhoods”, visitors can experience Hamburg’s creative, music, cultural and culinary scenes. Hamburg presents itself as it is – and communicates what it feels like to be living in Hamburg. HCB’s event marketing team is in charge of Hamburg’s presentation at the Day of German Unity festival.
Highlights on the occasion of special events
Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna
In 2015, the Austrian capital of Vienna was at the centre of attention as host of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). On the occasion of the ESC, Hamburg sent a special greeting to Vienna and set up a mobile karaoke station in the form of a shipping container. Between 22 and 25 May, music fans had the opportunity to perform popular ESC tunes or evergreen songs from Hamburg against a Hamburg backdrop. Performances were digitally filmed, and participants had the opportunity to disseminate their performance via social media channels. The most popular performer won a weekend break in Hamburg as well as tickets to the Reeperbahn Festival in September.
Goldene Kamera awards in Hamburg
Hosted by the “HÖRZU” magazine on 27 February 2015, the 50th presentation of the German film and television award Goldene Kamera once again added glamour to Hamburg. On the occasion of this grand gala event, which was held in Hall 1 of the exhibition grounds, Hamburg’s television tower was immersed in golden light to match the trophy. Prior to the event, the HCB’s event marketing team in its role as central point of contact and “door opener” established relevant contacts for the approval procedure and to other stakeholders in the process.