‘CALM BE­FORE THE STORM’

Burberry sees in tech­ni­color for Lon­don Fash­ion Week World’s biggest beer fes­ti­val Ok­to­ber­fest opens in Mu­nich, Ger­many

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The drink­ing has be­gun as wet weather and en­hanced se­cu­rity did not dampen the spir­its of beer en­thu­si­asts at the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest which opened in Mu­nich on Satur­day.

Six mil­lion peo­ple from all over the world are ex­pected to visit the world’s largest beer fes­ti­val, which runs un­til Oc­to­ber 3.

This year, visi­tors will be able to down­load an app that shows nearby tents with avail- able space. It will also help fes­ti­val­go­ers find lost friends – which will be use­ful as the largest tent fits 10,000 peo­ple.

Drinkers will face higher beer prices – a liter of beer will cost up to 10.95 eu­ros ($13), 25 cents higher than last year, when 6.6 mil­lion liters of beer were guz­zled over the two weeks.

Ok­to­ber­fest is hop­ing more peo­ple will come to the fes­ti­val this year af­ter at­ten­dance in 2016 dipped in part due to con­cern over ter­ror at­tacks.

Se­cu­rity has since been bol­stered at the fes­ti­val, with back­packs as well as large bags now be­ing banned.

The en­trances will be watched over by more than 650 se­cu­rity guards, up by 200 from last year, CCTV cam­eras have been added and a new loud­speaker sys­tem can now be used to alert visi­tors in three lan­guages: Ger­man, English and Bavar­ian.

Ger­many was rocked by a num­ber of at­tacks last sum­mer. In Mu­nich, an 18-year-old shot nine peo­ple dead at a shopping mall be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

In the south­ern re­gion of Bavaria, where Mu­nich is lo­cated, two other at­tacks were claimed by the Is­lamic State group: A failed Syr­ian asy­lum seeker blew him­self up at a mu­sic fes­ti­val, wound­ing 15, and a 17-year-old Afghan refugee in­jured five in an axe at­tack.

On De­cem­ber 19, 2016, a man ploughed into shop­pers with a truck at a Christ­mas mar­ket in Ber­lin, killing 12 peo­ple.

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