International flair in Potsdam

Right from the evening’s introductory words the 62ndBAMBI award ceremony was imbued with international flair. “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker even welcomed the guests in German – with a bewitching American accent.

 
The BAMBI award ceremony, held in Potsdam for the second successive time, featured many an emotional moment. A Charity Deer was awarded to Orlando Bloom, who uses his popularity to do good work on behalf of UNICEF. 

Numerous BAMBI awards went to national prize-winners. For instance, Udo Lindenberg was honoured for his life’s work, and Christoph Schlingensief, who died in August, received a posthumous award for his contribution to culture. The Golden Deer in the Sport category was won by the blind sportswoman Verena Bentele.   
The numerous prize-winners also included footballer Mesut Özil. He was awarded the BAMBI in the specially created category “Integration”. He received a standing ovation for his message “Integration means respect”. Jogi Löw’s coaching team was honoured for their success in the football World Cup.
 
BAMBI supremo Patricia Riekel presented the BAMBI in the “Silent Everyday Heroes” section to people who do volunteer work for those in need, and thus drew attention to the great suffering in the world.
 
One of the most emotional moments of the BAMBI awards 2010 came right at the end: Hans-Dietrich Genscher was presented with a Millennium BAMBI for his services to German unity by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. His emotional acceptance speech showed how much the historic events still move Genscher two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He finished his speech with the appeal “Europe is the future of us all. We have no other.”
 
With some 800 guests from society, show business, the media, politics and business in attendance, the evening’s entertainment included singer Shakira and the bands “Unheilig”, “Gossip” and “Hurts”. As the crowning conclusion to the evening, artist Peter Maffay and guitarist Peter Keller together with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra presented the new BAMBI anthem that closed the festive ceremony.