Sandkerwa – Day 2 – Taking a stroll at the Kerwa and the sausage story

Saturday, August 26. 2006

KerwaYesterday I started into the Kerwa with Karsten taking a stroll over the Kerwa area. On our stroll we enjoyed a chilled Mahr-U and met a lot of friends. Unluckily I had to take care of my beer and couldn’t take too much pictures. We noticed that the Kerwa seems to start later this year – at around 9pm there were a lot of people on the street – but barely someone inside the many many bars..

PArty at J-newsThis time I had a lot of fun taking pictures at the Haas-Säle (probably because it was much easier for me to ask people for pictures after having a few drinks..). At the Haas-Säle we also had an “old-times-revival” since Robert and To, Tim and me were there. Our evening together ended at Dörte’s place –and enjoying a Krakauer-Sausage there someone had the idea, that we could bring our own sausages the next day. It was decided, that I’d be responsible to get sausages, Robert and Anna would bring bread and Tim has to take care for mustard. So I bought sausages today…

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Sandkerwa – Day 1 – Big Sound Jack and the attacked photographer

Saturday, August 26. 2006

I’ll try to give a short summary and pick on or two things that happened on that evening for my Kerwa-Coverage. You can’t visit the Sandkerwa without seeing Big Sound Jack at the Katzenberg for at least one time. So we (paule, scotti and me) decided to meet up early and have a beer at the Katzenberg. At quarter to six we found ourselves a nice table beyond a parasol (unluckily not in order to protect ourselves from the sun, but from rain…). This had the big disadvantage that the acoustic wasn’t to good there, and it took quite a while to get into a little partying mood. The waiter there was very entertaining – he did have to serve beer to a lot of visitors from abroad, but lacking the necessary English skills it was not easy for him to explain, that there was a 5€ deposit on the beer mugs...

Later I was at the Haas-Säle to take some pictures for their web-page and had to realize that photography can be a tough business. While standing on stage next to the DJ I saw a couple dancing quite interesting, so I took the chance and took a picture of them. The guy realized this and immediately jumped towards the stage in order to attack me. Luckily the wall there shielded me and I could evade by making two steps backward.. The guy was calmed down by some of his friends and then disappeared, but it took my a while to recover from the shock.

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Sandkerwa – Day 0 – The Wake-Up Party

Friday, August 25. 2006

Girls :)Since I will have at least one picture gallery to announce every day (I’m doing the photography stuff for, I will try to give a short review after each of the festival days. As you know we started early this year having a Wake-Up Party at the Nelson Lounge. Since I was there on purpose for the blogger meeting, I started early into the evening –and at 8pm straight we were the first to be at the Nelson Lounge, unluckily DJ Funboy didn’t open before 20minutes past eight – but he honoured our time waiting in front of the venue offering a free welcome liquor for everyone. That was the start into a very entertaining evening. Just have a look at the pictures here. I got the chance to play a few tracks (although some of the guests didn't like them..), we were dancing and dancing and dancing. I also visited the warm up party at the Haas-Säle to take some pictures there, but since there were only a few people there I didn’t spend too much time over there, while most of my friends were partying at the Lounge (after our efforts to promote the party, I had expected a few more - but obviously five days of party are hard enough for many of them.)

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Viral marketing - an approach to promote a student party

Wednesday, August 23. 2006

At our summer partycipate at the Sandstraße there was a really great after hour at the Nelson Lounge.After the event it was clear that it would be a great place for some small but intense parties! So my friend Thomas had the idea for a party there. Unluckily the party team of was not very convinced of celebrating at this venue. But although there was not much support to expect from the idea for a party was born. A “Sandkerwa® Wake-Up-Party”.

The day before the Sandkerwa starts is traditionally a good day to party since the opening restriction at the festival area don’t yet apply (parties are only allowed until 1am during the festival) and everyone can’t expect to party. But how can we promote such a party without too much effort, and without the help of a small teaser on to inform the students?
The plan to do this is quite easy – convince enough opinion leaders to join the party and make them tell there friends. This approach should be sufficient to fill a small party location like the Nelson Lounge. And as we all remember – it worked for the first participate–parties, too. The approach five years ago was different:

  • There were flyers (at least basic ones) to promote the event.
  • It took place during the semester, when a lot of students were in town.
  • There was a group of ten people personally inviting all the friends they met at the university (I very well remember To walking from table to table at the university cafeteria inviting people).
  • And last but not least there was advertisement running all over the small platform (which of course had only a very limited number of users at this time

This time we

  • personally invited all (about 70) members (pointing out the outstanding atmosphere at the last party at the Nelson Lounge)
  • Initiated a meeting of Bamberg's Bloggers at the Party
  • Made the party a Channel-party inviting all users of the Chat.
  • Created a group for the party at the social software platform “” and invited all kind of people to join it
  • Initiated a thread at the board promoting several events at the Sandkerwa – but of course placing the emphasis on the fact that Wake-Up party is the place to be on Wednesday
  • Promote the Party via message board signature “Mi, 23.8. Wake-up Party - die Sandkerwa(R) ist da in der NELSON LOUNGE”
  • Promoted via my blog
  • Added the date to the Terminkalender
  • Had DJ Funboy promoting the party

So, let's hope that our efforts will be rewarded with success!

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Sandkerwa. Let’s go for it! Wake-Up Party on Wednesday!

Friday, August 18. 2006

Next week the whole city of Bamberg will be upside down – it will be the time for Bamberg’s biggest funfair (aka Kerwa). Within the 5 days of the festival about 300.000 people will be partying at the heart of Bamberg. A definite must to visit. For everyone who can’t wait to party my friend 3-2-1-Meins and DJ Funboy (who is running the Nelson Lounge) are offering the chance to start partying on day earlier on Wednesday the 23rd!

So don’t miss “Wake-up Party - die Sandkerwa(R) ist da in der NELSON LOUNGE” I'll be glad to meet you at this venue.

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