FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

General Information
Travel
Accomodation
Transportation
Food
Event
World continents Pavilion
Yoga Park
Tickets
Volunteer
Cultural program
Child care
Medical Emergency
Scholarship
Courses

General Information

Q: How can I get the information of the people travelling from my country / city?  Is there a Forum  where I can access the Information for sharing rooms, travelling together and such?

A: Yes. A Forums board has been added to the US website.
http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/world-culture-festival-forums

Q: Do people in Berlin understand English?

A: Most of the people in Berlin speak English. All tourist information is available in English (map, city presentation etc.).

Q: How is the security arrangement for the event of this large scale?

A:  A private security company has been assigned for security in the Stadium. Level of security will be determined based on the need and requirement at a particular time.

Q: Is it recommended to purchase health insurance? If so, how does one obtain health insurance with International Coverage?

A: Yes. It is recommended to have health insurance coverage to protect oneself against any exigencies. You will have to contact the Insurance Company in your respective country that offers International travel insurance, including health coverage.

Q: Will I be able to meet Guruji during the event?

A: Guruji will be attending Satsang on July 3rd and during all Jubilee courses.  Business zone tickets will provide access to VIP lounge area wherein Guruji will be stationed.

Q: What will the climate in Berlin be during the event?

A: Very pleasant climate (28°C to 33°C).

Q: Would there be a lost & found section? Where will it be?

A: Yes. Lost and found sections will be at the stadium and the course venue.

Q: Would I be given a stadium map with details of various sections? Would it be available on the website?

A: Yes! it will be available on the event website prior to the start of the event.

Q: Who is in charge of VIP appointments for Guruji?

A: N/A during the celebrations. Guruji will indicate how he meets everyone during the Jubilee courses.

Q: Will I receive some kind of information packet when I sign in at the stadium? What would the packet contain?

A: Yes, you will receive welcoming package that will contain schedule, maps, travelling information, emergency numbers etc.

Q: Does the website have map showing restaurants closer to the stadium?

A: No, currently the map does not show any nearby places to the stadium.

Q: Does the website display currency translations?

A: No. the website does not display any currency translations.

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Travel

Q: Has AOL negotiated any group rates for those travelling from the US?

A: Please fill out your inquiry here: http://www.travelsri.com/travel-inquire.php

Q: Are there any tour packages?  And what near by places can I visit?

A: Please fill out your inquiry for tours here: http://www.travelsri.com/travel-inquire.php

Q: Do I need a Travel Visa to visit Berlin?

A: Visa information for US Citizens
Holders of valid, non-expired US passport do not need a visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips (for stays up to 90 days).
For complete information please follow this link,
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/04__Legal/02__Directory__Servi...
Visa information for non-US Citizens living in the US
Requirements for non-US citizens vary with the country of their citizenship.
Please follow this link for complete information,
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/04__Legal/02__Directory__Servi...

Q: Do US credit cards work in Berlin? If I want to buy Euros, where and how can I get them?

A: Visa, MasterCard, Amex are commonly accepted in Berlin. Euros can be purchased at any bank or at the airport.

Q: Are pay phones available everywhere or do I need to carry my cell phone?

A: It is recommended to carry your cell phones. You may be able to buy a German prepaid sim card (if your cell phone SIM is unlocked).

Q: Are there any criteria to get tickets in the business zone?

A: No specific criteria. Anyone can purchase them.

Q: How late in the night is the public transportation available ?   

A: Public transportation is available all night long, although frequency is reduced in the night. For more info, please visit: 
http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html

Q: Local Transportation details along with pricing information.
   
A: 7 days pass for ABC zone (whole Berlin) costs €33. For more info, please visit:
http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html

Q: When will the tickets for children under the age of 6yrs be available?
    
A: The festival offers free entry passes for children upto 6 yrs of age. Parents can request a free-of-cost children's tickets at our call center (+49-1805-5570-000). Tickets will be sent by post from the 'eventim' call center based in Germany. Shipping cost will be at parents' expense. Or you can fill out the following survey and we will reserve the passes for you. They will be available for pick on July 2nd at the event venue. No extra charges. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChildrenTicketWCF .

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Accommodation

Q: How far are the hotels from the stadium?

A: All the hotels affiliated with the event are located between 5 and 12 kilometers. All hotels fall along the metro lines. Check the Google map via the direct link on WCF event website.   http://bit.ly/WCF_Berlin_map

Q: How cold does it get in the night?

A: It may remain warm (19 to 24°C) or it might get cooler. It is better to carry some warm clothing for the nights.

Q: All the hotels/hostels listed on the website are full. What are the other options?

A: Once all the listed accommodations are full, the Berlin volunteer team will re-negotiate with the hotels/ hostels to provide additional accommodation. However, there is no guarantee for the rates once re-negotiation takes place.

Q: Which hotels are close to Guruji’s hotel?

A: Grand Hotel Esplanade is the closest hotel to Guruji’s hotel. Sylter Hof, is the second closest hotel to Guruji's hotel and is relatively economical (Euro 79 - double room)

Q: Are there breakfast places close by to the recommended hotels?

A: Breakfast is complementary and is included for those staying at the recommended hotels. Please note, this is not applicable if you are staying at youth hostels.

Q: How far are these listed Hotels from the stadium?

A: All the recommended hotels listed on the event website http://worldculturefestival.org/en/Festival_Accommodation.wzi are within 7 km distance from the stadium.

Q: I am not taking any course after the event. But I would like to stay back for few more days. Can I still use the discount code at the hotel?

A: Yes, please contact us for the list of hotels with whom there is an extended contract (up to the 7th July, 2011).

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Transportation

Q: What is the best means of transportation within Berlin?

A: All recommended hotels are along the metro lines. Metro is the most economical means of transportation within Berlin. Public transport in Berlin is very efficient. Check the link: http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html

Q: Is there any transportation arranged by AOL from airport to the hotels / accommodations to course venue?

A: No, there is no such provision. You will have to arrange for your own transport.

Q: Do the hotels have shuttle (complementary or paid) which can drop us to the event center? If so which hotels will be able to provide the pick/drop off facility?

A: Only Kempinski Bristol hotel offers this service. Other hotels do not offer this service.

Q: How do I rent a car?

A: There are rental car companies at the airport (Hertz, Europcar, Avia, Sixt). Please remember that Berlin has right hand driving rule.

Q: Where can I get the directions from airport to the accommodation / stadium in case I get lost?

A: There will be an AOL welcome desk at the airport to help the guests with the directions.

Q: Are cabs available easily at the airport? Is it safe to travel by cabs? How long would it take and how much would it cost to travel by cab from one of the international airports (TXL or SXF) to the accommodation / stadium?

A: Berlin taxis are very safe. The journey from the airport to the accommodation / stadium would take approximately 20-30 mins and would cost between Euro 35 to Euro 45.

Q: How late in the evening does the public transport run?

A: From the airport to the center, stadium and course locations the transport runs 24 hours.

Q: How far is the Olympia stadium from the location of the courses? How will I get there ? Are there free shuttles?

A: The course location is just 3 km from the Olympia stadium. There are no shuttles but excellent public transport. It's just 2 stops with U2.

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Food

Q: What are the timings of the food festival?

A: Food will be available from opening to closing, from 9 A.M. To 11 P.M.

Q: Will there be any food available for purchase within the stadium besides the food festival?

A: Yes, there will be food stalls at the camping site.

Q: I am a vegetarian, will there be vegetarian food at the event?

A: Yes, only vegetarian food will be available at the event.

Q: What currency will be accepted for purchase of food? Will credit/debit cards be accepted at the food festival?

A: Euros will be accepted; however, no credit or debit cards will be accepted. Please remember to carry cash.

Q: I would like to represent my country in the food festival. Who should I contact for this?

A: Please send a mail to berlin2011.info@us.artofliving.org or call 1-877-399-1008 ext 4

Q: What will be the average cost per person for food at the food festival?

A: The average cost per person will be ~ 7 euros per meal

Q: Who should I contact for giving a lecture or for participating in the conference at the food festival?

A: Please send a mail to berlin2011.info@us.artofliving.org or call 1-877-399-1008 ext 4

Q: What is the schedule for the lectures and conference at the food festival?

A: To be announced.

Q: Can I bring food from outside into the stadium?

A: Yes, but the food bag should not contain knives or any sharp items.

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Event

Q: What is the schedule of events on July 2nd and 3rd?

A: Please visit:  http://worldculturefestival.org/en/Festival_Schedule.wzi

Q: What is the break-down of events on July 2nd from 10:00-18:00?

A: Please visit:  http://worldculturefestival.org/en/Festival_Schedule.wzi

Q: Are there any art of living courses offered during the event?

A: Yes, Part1 course and Part2 course. For further details, please visit: http://worldculturefestival.org/en/Courses.wzi

Q: Can I enter and exit the stadium anytime?

A: Yes, with the entry / exit pass available at the exit gate.

Q: How big is the stadium parking lot? Is there a parking fee and if so, how much?

A: Parking lot is reserved for buses. There is a private one. Please check back for prices.

Q: Is there wi-fi at the stadium? Do I have to pay for the wi-fi?

A: There is no wi-fi available at the stadium.

Q: Can I bring my handy-cam, laptop at the stadium?

A: Handy-cams and laptops will be allowed. However, no professional recording material will be allowed inside the stadium.

Q: I do not understand English very well. Will there be any translators?

A: No translators will be available during the program. English will be the common medium of communication during the event. But most programs are visual - yoga, music and dancing.

Q: How do I participate in Women's Conference, Youth Conference or World Conference on Spiritual Regeneration and Human Values?

A: These conferences are free to attend and require no registration. Anybody can participate in the conference.

Q: Is there media-coverage for the event?

A: Yes, there will be media-coverage.

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World Continents Pavilions

Q: Will there be booths and seating area in the pavilions?

A: Yes. There will be both booths and seating facility in all pavilions.

Q: Will there be any seating arrangement in the pavilions during the dances, music, poetry and literature?

A: Yes.

Q: Is there a schedule for the dance and music performances at each of the pavilions?

A: Yes, the same will be released in a few weeks.

Q: What are the timings for the conferences and workshops to be held in the pavilions? Will there be an extra cost to attend these?

A: The conference and workshops will be held throughout the day at the pavilions. There will not be any extra cost to attend these.

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Yoga Park

Q: What are the timings for Yoga Park? Is it going to be open all the time during the event?

A: Timings for Yoga park will be same as that of Pavilions. Yoga Park will be closed during Grand Celebration.

Q: Will there be an extra charge to visit the Yoga Museum or attend one of the workshops or lectures?

A: No, there is no extra charge.

Q: Is there a schedule for the Yoga workshops and lectures?

A: Yes, the same will be released in a few weeks.

Q: The website mentions Conference on Science of Yoga and Science of Breath. When and where will this be held? Do I need to buy a ticket separately for this?

A: Conferences will happen in the pavilions. You do not need to buy a separate ticket for this.

Q: I am a certified Yoga teacher and I would like to contribute to the Yoga Park? Who should I contact?

A: Please send a mail to berlin2011.info@us.artofliving.org or call 1-877-399-1008 ext 4

Q: Will there be a overlap in timing of the Yoga workshops, lectures and conference with the other events that are being held at the stadium?

A: Yes, there will be simultaneous programs in all pavilions and parks.

Q: How does the Pavilion schedule coincide with activities in the main stadium? Some volunteers/presenters may participate in activities at both the venues.

A: There are no planned activities in the pavilions during main show.

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Tickets

Q: Is the seating assigned or is it first come; first serve in the respective sections?

A: The seating is first come first serve, except reserved areas.

Q: If I lose or forget to bring my ticket, will I be allowed based on my driver’s license / passport?

A: No, It is mandatory to have the ticket and you will not be allowed under any circumstances.

Q: I would like to sit together with my participants from the US? Have the countries been assigned specific zones?

A: We recommend that US participants purchase tickets in Green Zone 1. Any other zone tickets could be purchased as well.

Q: Will there be a special seating for handicap or aged people?

A: Yes, there will be special seating for handicap and aged people. For ticket purchase, please visit: www.eventim.de/hotline. Handicapped person pays full price. The companion has free entrance.

Q: What is the cancellation/refund policy? Is there a cancellation fee?

A: Tickets once purchased cannot be cancelled or refunded.  For Accommodations, the cancellation policy for each of the respective hotels shall apply (normally 4 weeks prior to event).

Q: Is there any discount on event tickets for big groups?

A: No, there is no discount available for big groups.

Q: If I cannot make it to the event, can I transfer my ticket to someone else's name?

A: Yes, for the Print-at-home ticket: send your ticket (pdf format) with the person to whom you have transferred the ticket.

Q:  My kid is only 5 yrs old. Does he need a ticket?

A: The festival offers free entry passes for children upto 6 yrs of age. Parents can request a free-of-cost children's tickets at our call center (+49-1805-5570-000). Tickets will be sent by post from the 'eventim' call center based in Germany. Shipping cost will be at parents' expense.. Or you can fill out the following survey and we will reserve the passes for you. They will be available for pick on July 2nd at the event venue. No extra charges. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChildrenTicketWCF 

Q: Are there any special criteria for tickets in the business zone?

A: These tickets include access the VIP areas, deluxe catering and non alcoholic drinks and have no special criteria.

Q: Can we buy ticket on the spot?

A: Yes, however there is no guarantee that you will definitely get one. It will depend on the availability.

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Volunteer

Q: I would like to volunteer for the event from my country? How can I do that and who should I contact the same?

A: Please send a mail to berlin2011.info@us.artofliving.org or call 1-877-399-1008 ext 4

Q: Do full-time volunteers need to buy the event pass as well?

A: Yes.

Q: Where are volunteers required?

A: At the Welcome Desks at airports, hotels and the stadium, handling seating arrangements, cleaning the stadium.

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Cultural Program

Q: How do I participate in the Guitar ensemble?

A: Please visit the following page for Guitar Festival participation:
http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/world-culture-festival-guitar

Q: I would like to know the dates and number of rehearsals? Is it necessary to be present for all the rehearsals?

A: The first rehearsal is on Friday 1st of July afternoon and full instructions will be provided online. It is important to be present for all rehearsals.

Q: How do I participate for piano ensemble?

A: Please send a mail to info@worldculturefestival.org.

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Child-care

Q: What are the days and timings for child -care?

A: There is no child-care available. All children are their parent’s responsibility at all times.

Q: How far is the child-care from the stadium and the course locations?

A: No child care available.

Q: Is there an age limit for children to attend the celebrations?
 
A: No, there is no age limit.

Q: Is there any child-care available during the Jubilee courses?

A: There will be no child care. Parents are responsible for their children

Q: How do I register my child for child care at the event?

A: No child care available. Sorry!

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Medical Emergency

Q: Who should I contact in case of medical emergency?

A: Emergency information will be as a part of the welcoming program. First-aid will be available at the stadium.

Q: Would there be doctors in case one of my family members falls sick?

A: Yes, Germany has an excellent medical system. However, it is best to get an insurance coverage.

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Scholarship

Q: Are there any scholarships available for the event? What is the procedure and who is the contact person?

A: No scholarships are available. Sorry!

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Courses

Q: What is the location of the Jubilee courses ? And how far are the course locations from the stadium and the hotels?

A: Jubilee courses will be held at Berlin Messe, which is 3 km from the stadium and falls in between the stadium and center-town

(hotels).

Q: Is there any on-site (spot) registration available for Part 1, YES+, Part 2 or ART EXCEL courses? If yes what will be the fees?

A: Yes, as per now. Fees will be the same as advance registration.

Q: Are all the courses going to be held at the same venue?

A: Yes, they will be held at the same venue however, in different rooms / halls.

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