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Birthday celebrations in Gdansk he Hessentag is the oldest and largest state festival in Germany. The event combines the culture, tradition and modern life of the hosting region and the state of Hesse. In 2012, the 52nd Hessentag took place in Wetzlar between 1 and 10 June, attracting around 1.25 million visitors to more than 1,000 separate events. Throughout the fes- tival, the Forum Wetzlar offered its visitors a range of shows on its special event stage, including dance, song, comedy and much more. The “Knack den Hes- sentags-Code” prize draw gave visitors a chance of winning an incredible 50,000 euro. The 110 shops in the Forum also had plenty on offer, including special discounts and one-time offers. Hessentag in Wetzlar T he Galeria Baltycka in Gdańsk saw the inauguration on 4 October 2007. The autumn of 2012 therefore provided the opportunity to mark the center's fifth anniversary with a big celebration. The programme included a prize draw, vari- ous performances in the mall and the city centre of Gdańsk, as well as a big Facebook campaign. The fashion shows for children and adults presented by Polish top model Karolina Malinowska amongst others proved particularly popular with visitors. No birthday cel- ebration would be complete without a birthday cake, and for a shopping center of nearly 50,000 m² leasable space and almost 200 shops the cake was never going to be small. T F ollowing two very suc- cessful years in 2010 and 2011, when tickets sold out very quickly, the Herold- Center Norderstedt hosted the third Ü-30 Exklusiv Night, a popular party night for over 30s. The event was held on 6  October  2012 and once again transformed the Her- old-Center Norderstedt into the biggest nightclub in Schleswig-Holstein with a breathtaking atmosphere and top class live entertain- ment. And with a musical mix of party classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as house, charts, rock & pop, R'n'B, discofox and German Schlager music, there was something on offer for everyone. With plenty of different bars the more than 2,500 guests were sure to never find themselves without refresh- ments. The highlight and star guest of the night was live act Harpo, who performed his 70s hit “Moviestar”. Party time in Norderstedt { 57 } DES ANNUAL REPORT 2012 THE CENTERS Activities in the centers