What is an international horticultural exhibition (‘IGA’)?
Every ten years an international horticultural exhibition is held in Germany. An IGA not only showcases the latest garden design and landscape architecture from various regions of the world. The IGAs have established themselves as generators of ideas for urban, ecological, cultural and infrastructural development in the places where they are held and are rightly seen as exemplary major projects. The Deutsche Bundesgartenschau-Gesellschaft (DBG) selects each location on the basis of an application process. In addition to the local conditions and the international outlook of the applicant city, key factors include the originality and creativity of the concept. Each IGA is unique, wishing to distinguish itself on the international stage with its approach to spatial design, its aims and focal areas and its numerous cultural events.
Between 13 April and 15 October 2017, the IGA Berlin 2017 is inviting everybody to an eventful and surprising festival of the most beautiful international garden design and green urban lifestyle under the motto ‘an OCEAN of colours’. In more than 5,000 events held over the course of 186 days, everything will be centring on contemporary garden design and landscape architecture, natural experiences, green urban spaces and multifaceted culture on an area of land covering 104 hectares.
The varied 104-hectare IGA grounds in Marzahn-Hellersdorf are divided into five large sections – the Gardens of the World, the Wuhletal Valley and Kienberg Park, incorporating Kienberg Hill and Kienberg Promenade. You can find out more about the individual IGA spaces, the diverse IGA garden design and spectacular IGA structures – from the Wolkenhain and cable car system to the play areas and international garden collection – the IGA campus and all special IGA projects here.
The IGA Berlin 2017 is a source of ideas and inspiration, a place of learning and experimentation, a platform for intercultural dialogue and a laboratory for innovation. Beyond the diverse horticultural exhibitions, the state-owned Grün Berlin GmbH is using the IGA Berlin 2017 to initiate pioneering projects and showcase exhibits on sustainable lifestyles. The IGA Berlin 2017 is one of the city’s most important urban development projects of the decade.
The themes of the IGA Berlin 2017
The IGA Berlin 2017 is dedicated to the future of green urban spaces. Using a sustainable approach, it showcases natural urban spaces as well as visionary and beautiful landscapes. It is a driver of urban development and creates links with the players around the event – both on the peripheries and at the centre of it all. The IGA Berlin 2017 maintains established traditions, puts down new roots and shifts people’s focus to the pleasant outskirts of the city. As such, it plays a key role in developing the outskirts of the city of Berlin. It shines a lasting spotlight on matters such as health, local recreation and natural and environmental protection and their contribution to improving the quality of life in the large residential district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. With the IGA Berlin 2017, Marzahn and the whole of Berlin are celebrating a garden festival of a special kind, which is helping to transform the image of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and boost the local economy.
Advance ticket sales began on 29 September 2016.
Tickets have been available to buy from our website and our IGA ticket shop and from selected Grün Berlin GmbH park kiosks. Since October they have been available from a number of ticket agencies in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Price ranges from 2 to 20 EUR per day. More options with season tickets and discounts here.
How can the people of Berlin get involved in the IGA Berlin 2017 as volunteers?
The volunteer agency known as the FreiwilligenAgentur Marzahn-Hellersdorf is a partner of the IGA Berlin 2017 and is responsible for the volunteer programme. The volunteers’ supporting roles mainly involve ‘meeting & greeting’: volunteers give visitors information, provide guidance and create a particularly friendly atmosphere through their commitment. The volunteers also contribute to the success of the IGA Berlin 2017 through their active support on the IGA campus, for example, looking after guests or supervising events. Are you interested? Then why not get in touch using the details below.
Tel.: +49 (0)30 7623 6500
Fax: +49 (0)30 7623 6503
Picture credit: IGA Berlin 2017