As November is slowly approaching, Berlin is taking a moment to travel back in time and revisit the days when the city looked very different from the way it does today. After 28 years of acting as the border between East and West Germany, the infamous Wall finally crumbled to the ground on November 9th 1989, and this November, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of its demise, marking the day West and East Berlin finally united and the city started its healing process.
Today, although three decades have passed, stories of The Wall live on among the remaining parts of the wall that are scattered around the city. They are so popular, in fact, that they have taken on the status of a tourist attraction. The biggest strip you probably know well, and you probably already have a photo in front of Brezhnev and Honecker kissing. Don’t we all…?
But enough introduction. This Thursday, if we haven’t already made it clear, it will all be about the celebration of the Fall of the Wall (try saying that five times fast)! But here’s the twist. The Circus always has been and always will be all about people. So it’ll come as no surprise that we teamed up with VisitBerlin and added an artistic element to the already artistic concept that is karaoke (don’t even try to argue this).
Welcome to the Handshape Project!
What’s special about it, you ask? Well, how about the fact that you’ll get to be a part of history? Sounds super dramatic, we know, but hear us out. With such a big anniversary coming up, the whole city of Berlin is organizing art installations, performances, workshops, you name it – it’ll be happening somewhere! So, we thought why not jump on board and join one of our favorite partners and your go-to place for getting tips on the city – VisitBerlin!
In short, if you join the karaoke night this Thursday (October 17th), you’ll be shaping art history both literally and metaphorically. You’ll find odd looking balls lying around, and you’ll see people sharing these in a strange way. See, what makes these balls special is that they are made to take form of the handshakes of people. It’s almost like those locks on bridges in Paris, Prag and Rome. Only way cooler. Cmon, this is Berlin, we can’t go mainstream now, can we?!
Once we use them up and finish screaming in the mic, the handshakes will be transported to one of the art installations at Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, where you can visit your creation and be proud of you little contribution to Berlin’s history. Let’s also not forget that you’ll be combining it with karaoke…do we really need to elaborate?
We’ll be waiting for you in the Microbrewery, which is downstairs from reception of The Circus Hostel. The beer is home brewed, the mics are on and we’ll play everything and anything you ask for (except for Bohemian Rhapsody because let’s be real, nobody can pull that off)! All you gotta do it show up!