A techno parade whose initiators include the founder of Berlin’s once-popular Love Parade has started on the streets of the German capital with calls for the city’s electronic music culture to be added to a world heritage list
BERLIN (AP) — A techno parade whose initiators include the founder of the Love Parade, once a popular annual Berlin party, took to the streets of the German capital on Saturday with calls for the city’s electronic music culture to be added to the world heritage list.
The ‘Rave the Planet’ parade took place on a route from the Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard to the Victory Column in the middle of Berlin’s Tiergarten park. Organizers registered the event with the police as a protest with some 25,000 participants expected.
Police said around 5,000 people showed up for the start of the parade in cool, rainy weather, but the crowds were growing, German news agency dpa reported.
One of the organizers, a DJ known professionally as Dr. Motte, has called for an unconditional basic income for artists and for Berlin’s club culture to be listed as intangible heritage. UNESCO, the cultural agency of the United Nations.
Dr Motte, now 62, is best known for founding the Love Parade – which grew from a small procession of 150 ravers in 1989 to a huge music festival and street party with some 1, 5 million participants a decade later. The event’s popularity subsequently declined; it was last held in Berlin in 2006.
Parties with the Love Parade brand then took place under different organizers in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region, but ended after a mass panic at the 2010 event in Duisburg that left 21 people dead.