This Saturday, the “new Loveparade” is to take place in Berlin as a political demonstration under the title “Rave the Planet”. The initiator is Loveparade founder and DJ Dr. Moth.
However, since 2006 Rainer Schaller has held the rights to the old name of the techno parade, and he has been organizing it since then.
At the last Loveparade in Duisburg in 2010, 21 people died after a mass panic.
After almost 20 years, the rave will be moving through Berlin again under a new name with various trucks playing electronic music.
The route is to run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Kurfürstendamm through City-West, via Potsdamer Platz to the Victory Column at Großer Stern.
According to the traffic information center, there will be road closures along the route. The Straße des 17. Juni is closed between the Großer Stern and the Brandenburg Gate from 4 a.m. on Saturday until night. Drivers on Kurfürstendamm must also expect road closures before the start of the techno demo.
According to the police, 25,000 participants have registered. The event was originally supposed to take place in July 2021, but had to be canceled due to the corona virus.
The political demand of “Rave the Planet” – the demo is organized by Dr. Motte founded non-profit organization of the same name – is primarily “recognition and preservation of the electronic dance music culture as a cultural achievement”.
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Among other things, the organization advocates that “Technokultur in Berlin” be recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, and that the “Day of Electronic Dance Music Culture” is introduced as a new, public holiday, which takes place annually on the second Saturday in July (the traditional day the Love Parade) is to take place.
as dr Motte presented his new project and the plan to bring a new Loveparade to Berlin at the beginning of 2020, there was criticism from left-wing club initiatives. Among other things, “Reclaim Club Culture”, which co-organized the large demonstration “AfD wegbassen” in 2018, criticized Motte’s “vague political goals” and commercialization. dr Motte had exhibited a miniature Love Parade installation in the Mall of Berlin and used it to solicit donations.
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dr Motte started the Love Parade in 1989, when 150 ravers danced through Berlin under the motto “Peace, Joy, Pancakes”. Within a few years, it developed into an event worth millions, which, however, has not been held in Berlin since 2007, but in the Ruhr area.
Another demo rave is scheduled to take place in the eastern part of the city on August 27th. From 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the “Train of Love” runs from Mauerpark via Frankfurter Tor and Alexanderplatz to Moritzplatz.
According to the police, 15,000 participants have registered. The Love Train has been organized by the association of the same name since 2015. In addition to players in the club scene, supporters include associations such as Tierheim Berlin and Seawatch.