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Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey and State Secretary Michael Biel open the BFW!

Together with the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey, State Secretary Michael Biel opened Berlin Fashion Week and called for solidarity with Ukraine.

Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey and State Secretary Michael Biel opened Berlin Fashion Week in front of around 150 guests, including brands, designers, organisers and media representatives at Kraftwerk Berlin. At the request of the organisers, Berlin Fashion Week will take place in March for the first time.

Franziska Giffey, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, opened the Fashion Week with the following words: "This important event today is also a sign that we are standing up for art, culture, creativity and also for freedom and solidarity. In times that are difficult and in which we feel with the people who are at war or who come to us in Berlin from Ukraine and need help. I know that many of them have also had discussions in preparation for Fashion Week, as have we, about how to deal with this. Today we are on day 18 of Putin's war of aggression on Ukraine. We are all shocked and horrified. We are in Berlin to help in any way we can. And we have also asked ourselves whether we can allow an event like this to take place. And I say to you: Yes, we can - all the more so in these times. Because here we are all together setting a sign of solidarity, compassion, cooperation, help and freedom. We stand for our democratic values and freedom, especially in this situation. And therefore thank you for being here!"

 

State Secretary Michael Biel, Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations commented: "Ladies and gentlemen, the Governing Mayor has found impressive words and described the situation we have in Europe at the moment. I believe it is an important signal that we must send out from this Fashion Werk. Berlin is the city of freedom, Berlin is the city of solidarity and we are saying very clearly, loud and clear: No to war "ni viyni" and the world needs to hear that, also from Berlin Fashion Week. The topic of the creative industries has found a very special place. We are both aware of that, this Senate is very aware of that and you always show here quite impressively how important it is that we support this economy for Berlin. They are important for this city and 4,800 companies in Berlin are involved in the fashion industry or are the fashion industry. 25,500 jobs are located in this economy and a turnover of 5 billion euros is no small contribution, you are an important part of the backbone of Berlin's economy, for Berlin's companies, and for that we thank you very much on behalf of the politicians.

The Opening Reception was followed by the Berliner Salon, one of the many highlights of Berlin Fashion Week. The Fashion Council Germany and the Berliner Salon organised the Opening Reception for the opening of Berlin Fashion Week.

Together with the alliance of German aid organisations Aktion Deutschland Hilft e. V., the Fashion Council Germany is calling for donations for emergency aid in Ukraine. Donations can be made under the following link or via QR code:                    

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