16th European Convention

Berlin – 19th-21st June 2015

Christian Blees of the Going Bye-Bye Tent in Berlin has agreed, with the assistance of Wolfgang and Vera Günther, to organise the 11th European Convention in Berlin, 19-21 June 2015.

The Convention will include a L&H Film Festival at a Berlin cinema in honour of the 125th birthday of Stan Laurel.

Christian says:

Being the Grand Sheik of the GOING BYE-BYE Tent, located in Berlin (Germany), I’m proud to announce that on behalf of Stan’s 125th birthday next year there will be a L&H convention (from 19th to 21st of June, 2015), accompanied by a big L&H film festival. If you are interested, please contact me through our tent’s website at www.going-bye-bye.de. I then will put you on an email list and keep you posted regarding details (accommodation, festival tickets, etc.).”

Provisional Itinerary

Friday 19th June

2.00pm onwards

Arrival of the Sons. Check-in at the accommodation facilities, as well as at the convention counter. Opportunity to meet fellow Sons at the “Café Voss”, directly linked to the BABYLON MITTE movie theater.

6.00pm onwards

The German Laurel & Hardy Museum of Solingen is showing parts of its exhibition at the show room of the BABYLON MITTE movie theater.

08.00-10.30pm

Opening gala of the Laurel & Hardy Film Festival at the BABYLON MITTE movie theater (details TBA).

10.30 pm-02.00am

Get-together for all Sons (and Sons only!) with screening of silent Laurel and Hardy shorts, accompanied by a live piano soundtrack, late night snacks and drinks in the cosy atmosphere of the Grüner Salon (just across the street from the BABYLON MITTE movie theater).

Saturday 20th June

10.00-11.00am

Get-together once again at the Grüner Salon, this time with dealers’ tables.

11.00am

Lucky Dog Theatre Productions (London) presents their production Hats Off to Laurel & Hardy (in English language).

1.00-4.00pm

Boat trip on the River Spree. While having a snack, tea/coffee and cake on a boat exclusively rented for the Sons, we will get to see a lot of Berlin’s sights from the water. The trip will take us through the heart of the city.

6.00-12.00pm

At “Old Texas Town” the Sons will celebrate a night out in western-style: We’re going to have not only a nice barbecue and a western show but also a (hopefully spectacular) screening of WAY OUT WEST inside “Mary’s Saloon”! The town will be all ours!

Sunday 21st June

10.00-12.00 am

City tour in a chartered bus, showing us the sights we couldn’t see from the waterfront the day before.

1.00 pm

Lunch “Bavarian-style” at “Denker’s Beergarden”.

Afternoon

“Good-bye!” and Grand Sheiks Meeting.

How much?

The cost for registration per person is 250,00 euros until 15th October, 2014 (255,00 euros for PayPal payments), 275,00 euros until 15th December, 2014 (280,50 euros for PayPal payments) 300,00 euros after 15th December, 2014 (306,00 euros for PayPal payments).

These prices do not include accommodation.

What is included:

* Goody-bag

* Convention T-shirt

* Ticket for the opening gala of the film festival

* Admission to the get-together afterwards at the “Grüner Salon” (including film screening with live music score, late night snack and some drinks)

* Admission to the “Lucky Dog Productions” of “Hats Off to Laurel & Hardy” on Saturday

* Boat trip on the river Spree (including bus transfer to and from the boat, snack, tea/coffee and a piece or two of cake)

* Barbecue, western show program and screening of WAY OUT WEST at “Old Texas Town” (including bus transfers to and from “Old Texas Town”)

* City sightseeing tour by bus on Sunday

* Lunch on Sunday

To be put on our mailing list, please email mail@going-bye-bye.de.

Christian Blees

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