Life In 360°: Prost!

"Oh, what is the malted liquor? What gets you drunken quicker? What comes in bottles or in cans?"

Yes, I know we’ve been talking a lot about Formula E recently, but I can assure you this has nothing to do with the former Formula One world champion and someone who has had far more than a passing involvement in Formula E – Alain Prost.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoNo, instead I mean Prost as in the German word, one you could find yourself using pretty frequently in the last couple of weeks as the English translation is ‘Cheers’.  Yes, I am of course referring to Oktoberfest. For 200 years Munich has celebrated Oktoberfest, which was first conceived as a celebration for the general public to commemorate a royal wedding.  Back then it was a celebration of Bavarian culture and featured both horse racing and an agricultural show, but only the latter continues in the modern day and even then only every three years.

To quench their thirst a number of beer stands were set up, these (perhaps unsurprisingly) proved very popular and were soon replaced by beer tents, which then increased in number, and very soon beer halls became a sight as the breweries cunningly realised they could make a lot of money off of the event.

Now it is difficult to think of Oktoberfest as anything but the Bavarian beer festival. That said its popularity has meant it has become a globally recognised event and one that has seen other events pop up all round the world. Whilst this year’s Oktoberfest (as recognised in Munich) has been and gone we’ve actually been sent a video by the team at Cyberlink which I’m going to show you today that features footage Oktoberfest celebrations around the world. In America we have footage from New York, Oktoberfest in Asia is shown through a party in Shanghai, China. Then we head back to Europe for the main celebrations in Munich.

Check out the video below, which was made using Cyberlink’s PowerDirector’s 360 degree video editing feature.

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