As you might know, this coming Sunday is the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which began with the opening of the checkpoints at Bornholmer Straße and elsewhere on the 9th November 1989. Regular readers of the blog will know that we have a whole series of events taking place this week at The Circus to mark the occasion, but of course, there are all kinds of things happening elsewhere in the city which we wanted to highlight here on the blog:
Lichtgrenze – Border of Lights
You can get a sense of how the “border of lights” will look from the visualization above. The Lichtgrenze project involves some eight thousand illuminated balloons standing along the path of the Berlin Wall in the city centre, from 5pm on Friday 7th November until 7pm on Sunday 9th November at 7pm when, at seven locations along the route, white balloons will be released into the night sky to commemorate the peaceful revolution of 1989.
The light installation will be some 15 kilometres long, from Bornholmer Straße through the Mauerpark, past the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße, the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, to the East Side Gallery. The light installation project has been developed from an idea by Christopher and Marc Bauder, and you can read more about the project on the website.
There will be a street festival at the Brandenburg Gate on the 9th November, involving Daniel Barenboim, Udo Lindenburg and Peter Gabriel. Just down the road at the Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and his orchestra will be performing a special concert to mark the anniversary on the same evening.
There will be information pavilions open at the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre over the weekend,. Offering guided tours, films, viewing platforms and more (other locations include Bornholmer Straße, Mauerpark, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, and the East Side Gallery). After a memorial service on the morning of the 9th November, the new permanent exhibition 1961/1989: The Berlin Wall will be opened.
Hundreds of Wall Stories
From the 7th to the 9th November a special open air exhibition will be created with 100 stations telling the stories of the divided city. These include stories from the period of sector boundaries (before the Wall was built), the building of the Wall, protests against the Wall, the border regime, and the victims of the Berlin Wall. They will also tell the stories of everyday life in the divided city and, of course, the events leading up to the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
You can find out more about the subject of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the wide range of events taking place over the next week – of which we have only picked out a small selection – on the Visit Berlin website.
(Photo credit: Visualisierung der LICHTGRENZE am Engelbecken © Kulturprojekte Berlin_WHITEvoid / Christopher Bauder, Foto: Daniel Büche(jpg)Web Link)