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11 Tips for the Festival Week 30 Years of the Fall of the Wall

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Mauerspechte November 1989
© Foto: Justin Leighton / Alamy Stock Photo

We've been looking forward to it all year and now it's almost time. On Monday the festival week starts around the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. From 4 to 10 November, around 200 events will take place at seven locations closely linked to the fall of the Berlin Wall. We've picked out the most exciting ones for you. Have fun next week!

Tip 1: Big stage show at the Brandenburg Gate

30 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Art Installation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Art Installation -Your Vision in the Sky over Berlin- © © Kunstinstallation Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, kuratiert von Kulturprojekte Berlin
Stage show at the Brandenburg Gate

On 9 November, the big stage show at the Brandenburg Gate will take place in the evening - the highlight of the festival week marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Well-known artists whose music is connected to the fall of the Berlin Wall will perform. Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and civil rights activist Marianne Birthler will also speak. Anna Loos, Dirk Michaelis, the Staatskapelle under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and many more will provide good music. Admission is free of charge.  

When: 4 - 10 November

 

Where: Brandenburg gate, Mitte

More information about the concert 

Tip 2: Do your Berlin HANDSHAPE  

Handshape at the Berlin Wall Memorial
Handshape at the Berlin Wall Memorial © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Berlin HANDSHAPE at the Berlin Wall Memorial

Have you ever been part of an art project? If not, then here is your chance: with your handprint - the Berlin HANDSHAPE - you become part of an art installation. You'll also get into conversation with a stranger and discover what you have in common. A total of 10,957 handshapes and stories will be collected for Berlin HANDSHAPE - so many days have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The result is a work of art for Berlin. At the Berlin Wall Memorial, our promoters await you and bring you into conversation with another person. Make your Berlin HANDSHAPE.

When: Tuesday until Sunday 12.30 - 5.30 pm 

Where: Documentation Centre, Bernauer Str. 111, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about Berlin HANDSHAPE 

Tip 3: Let your message fly in the sky  

30 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Art Installation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Art Installation -Your Vision in the Sky over Berlin- © © Kunstinstallation Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, kuratiert von Kulturprojekte Berlin
Messages at the Brandenburg Gate

Do you have a message for Berlin and the world - 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? During the festival week thousands of messages and wishes will float in the sky above the Brandenburg Gate. Join in and submit your message. 

When: as of now

Where: online

More information

Tip 4:  4-11-89 Theatre of the Revolution

30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall
© © Kulturprojekte Berlin; unter Verwendung eines Fotos von Harf Zimmermann und historischen Fotos von Rolf Walter und der Stiftung Aufarbeitung / Bestand Klaus Mehner
Alexanderplatz

On November 4, 1989, the largest free demonstration took place in the GDR on Alexanderplatz. The theatre collective PKRK will recreate it with 60 women and a punk. The performance theatre will resurrect the demonstration with dance and drama.

When: Monday, 5.30 – 7.30 pm         

Where: Alexanderplatz, Mitte   

More information about the event

Tip 5: What is here now, what was here once – Light installation 

View from Elsebrücke while the sun sets to Oberbaumbrücke and TV Tower
View from the Elsebrücke © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Oberbaum Bridge

Every evening during the festival week a light installation awaits you on the Spree. Near the Oberbaum bridge the artist Rainer W. Gottemeier installs a light axis of 150 meters. Luminous buoys float along the former border in the Spree. 

When: every evening during the festival week from 5 pm

Where: East Side Gallery, Friedrichshain

More information about the event

Tip 6: Blues fairs – musical expression of an unwanted opinion

Gethsemanekirche in Berlin
Gethsemanekirche © iStock.com, Foto: GBlakeley
Gethsemane church

In the Gethsemane church a dialogue takes place between musicians and organizers of the oppositional youth culture in the GDR. The well-known and legendary blues masses in the GDR even attracted people from all over the GDR who were not even in a church. The government tried to prevent this - those involved remember.

When: Monday, from 7 pm   

Where: Gethsemane church, Prenzlauer Berg  

More information about the event

Tip 7: Your voice counts

Alter Kiosk am Kurfürstendamm
Alter Kiosk am Kurfürstendamm © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Kurfürstendamm

In this workshop for young people, texts will be developed together with well-known slam poets, which will also be presented at the end. What is exciting about this event is that the generation that only knows the fall of the Berlin Wall from stories or history lessons has its say here. She shows us her perspective on walls that still exist today.

When: Monday until Friday, 9 am – 1 pm   

Where: Kurfürstendamm, programme pavilion, Charlottenburg 

More information about the event

Tip 8: Wall Broadcast

Humboldt Forum
© © SHF
Humboldtforum at the Palace Square

For 15 minutes, singing the memories of the fall of the Wall from your soul together - these are the Wall Broadcasts, which take place in different places. Come along and sing along, e.g. on Sunday at the Schlossplatz.  

When: Sunday, from 2 pm

Where: Palace Square, Mitte   

More information about the event

Tip 9: You don't say anything on the phone

Outside view of the Stasi-Museum
Stasi-Museum © Stasi-Museum / ASTAK, Foto: John Steer
Stasi Museum

At the Stasi headquarters you can visit the installation "You don't say anything on the telephone". Here you can learn how personal information was collected through surveillance and present original telephone conversations tapped by the Stasi.    

When: daily during the festival week   

Where : Stasi Museum, Lichtenberg  

More information about the installation 

Tip 10: Opposition & Subculture

Zionskirche Berlin
Zionskirche © iStock.com, Foto: querbeet
Zion Church

The international short film programme "Opposition & Subculture" shows you seven short films in 90 minutes. It's about resistance in divided Germany back then and today all over the world.

When: Friday, from 5 pm and Saturday, from 1 pm 

Where: Zions church, Prenzlauer Berg 

Tipp 11: Read the most exciting stories about the seven places in the ABOUT Berlin App

The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN
The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN © visitBerlin, Foto: Yan Revazov/ideenmanufaktur
App ABOUT Berlin

Numbers, dates, facts - the ABOUT BERLIN app doesn't offer you exactly that. Instead, here you can read the most exciting stories behind the historical facts. The seven places of the Peaceful Revolution come alive and let you feel history in a new and surprising way.

Meanwhile you can find the stories of over 200 places in the app.

When: whenever you want

Where: whereever you want 

More information about the App

You will find the complete program of the festival week 30 Years Peaceful Revolution - Fall of the Wall here.

Interesting and curious facts can be found in our infographics about 30 years of the fall of the wall.

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for visitBerlin.de/blog

Verena

lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).

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