Tesla Gigafactory becomes festival site with rave music, ferris wheel

  • Tesla has turned its Gigafactory in Berlin into a festival site for its “Giga-Fest” district festival.
  • Videos on Twitter showcase the festival with rave music, a ferris wheel and arcade booths.
  • The Giga-Fest starts at 10am and DJs “keep the party going” after 7pm, according to Tesla’s website.

Tesla has turned its Gigafactory in Berlin into a festival area for a district festival called “Giga-Fest”, which takes place on Saturday, reported Reuters for the first time.

Videos sent on Twitter featured huge on-site stages with flashing lights, speakers with electronic music, and devices that ignited tiny lightning bolts as the automaker prepared for the one-day festival.

One Video Posted on Saturday showed that Tesla has also set up a ferris wheel, carousel and arcade booths on the factory site. Food trucks with local food will be available at the festival, according to Tesla’s Giga-Fest website.

Tesla boss Elon Musk first announced plans for the district fair in August, and called in September that he wanted to attend.

Giga-Fest ticket holders can also visit the battery and electric vehicle factory on this day. Musk said Tesla will give Brandenburg and Berlin residents priority on the tour, but the general public will also have the opportunity to visit.

The festival is scheduled to start at 10am and end at 7pm on Saturday, but according to the website, music bands and DJs will “keep the party going”.

Online registration for the fair ended on September 30th, the website said. Space is limited and “if we are busy, we will prioritize visitors with a zip code in Berlin or Brandenburg,” it continues.

Around 9,000 people are expected to attend Tesla’s Giga-Fest on Saturday.

Although large gatherings are limited to 5,000 people due to COVID-19 restrictions, Tesla has asked and received permission to host 9,000 people at the Giga-Fest, Reuters reported Thursday.

Visitors must provide evidence of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or a negative PCR test within the last 48 hours according to the rules listed on Tesla’s Giga-Fest website.

Tesla had previously announced that it would start production in its Berlin Gigafactory towards the end of 2021.

But the decision to build the Gigafactory was not without criticism. Local environmental groups have argued that the site could threaten the region’s drinking water. Meanwhile, a German court ruled that the deforestation would endanger the local sand lizard population.

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