Berlin International Film Festival -------- The coveted Silver and Golden Bears of the Berlin International Film Festival are the symbol of achievement in one of the top events in the film industry. The Berlinale has become one of the biggest and most reputable festivals in the international business of artistic media and film, where world-class filmmakers launch their latest achievements under various categories in the competition. Film screenings are shown in a variety of festival cinemas, and different events include filmmaking workshops, and opportunities for young producers and directors to screen one-minute films during the festival. Alster Fair -------- One of the city's biggest annual summer festivals, the Alster Fair is a celebration of food and drink, music, theatre, sporting events, handicrafts and numerous fringe events that provide entertainment for all ages. Part of the fair is the International Fireworks Festival that presents spectacular nightly fireworks displays. Christmas Markets ------- During the festive season more than 40 Christmas markets around the city attract visitors with typical arts and crafts, Christmas lights and decorations, and the smell of Glühwein, gingerbread and roasted nuts. Santa Claus, music and dance, fairy tales and puppetry are there to entertain the children while shoppers can browse past antique toys and doll makers, candles, woodcarvers, and a variety of traditional goods. The largest Christmas market in Europe is said to be in the suburb of Spandau, where the stalls are spread out throughout the Old Town and provide a particularly traditional experience. Frankfurt Book Fair ---- The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international book fair in the world receiving over 250,000 visitors. The event is largely focused around trade, distribution, and selling though the fair has quite a heritage to it with some 500 years under its belt. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press just outside of Frankfurt in the town of Mainz ,and since mass publication caught on, Frankfurt has been hosting a book fair of ever increasing size and popularity. Venue: Frankfurt am Main JazzFest Berlin ---- The Berlin Jazz Festival is one of the world's premier jazz festivals and the highlight on the Berlin musical calendar, with concerts taking place all over town.
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