‘Festival of Freedom’ to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin Brandenburg Gate
Berlin Brandenburg Gate

At the Brandenburg Gate on the 9th of november ….

…. dominos will feature in a live performance, which will include the designers of the Domino Action, politicians, contemporary witnesses and guests from all over the world. The former German Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and the Nobel Peace Laureates Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Mikhail Gorbachev will be among the guests.
Almost one thousand dominos have been designed by youths so far, most of them by pupils from Berlin schools. On international level, the co-operation partner Goethe-Institut has sent several dominos into the world which are designed by students as well as artists and intellectuals. This ‘Mauerreise – the wall in the world project’ aims to raise awareness of walls around the world that continue to exist.

In the context of the series of events called MUR|MURS|MAUER|ECHO by the Institut français, German and French students have been enabled to design a total of 15 dominos in workshops together with artists. On 9 November those dominos as well as those of the Geothe-Institut will become part of the performance at the Brandenburg Gate.
The ‘domino effect’ stands for many brave people as well as contemporary witnesses of the Peaceful Revolution in the late 1980s. The protests of some individuals had grown to a strong-willed but peaceful mass movement. The ‘Festival of Freedom’ on 9 November also wants to convey that the events of 1989 and the fall of the Wall not only influenced Germany, but also changed Europe and the world – “German history with a domino effect”. Already on 7 and 8 November, the Domino Gallery made up of around 1000 over-sized dominos will cover a route of around 1.5 kilometres from the Reichstagsufer via the Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz and will create unique images and impressions close to where the Berlin Wall once stood.

Further information: Hotline +49 (0)30-443 123 330, dominoaktion(at)mauerfall09.de and www.mauerfall09.de/dominoaktion

The Festival of Freedom will begin with an open-air concert at Pariser Platz by the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim. After the concert, the fall of the Berlin Wall will be symbolised by knocking over the designed dominos, which will be broadcast live in ZDF from 19.25 until 20.15. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend this extraordinary event.

Under musical direction of Daniel Barenboim the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor (choir study: Eberhard Friedrich) play the following programme:

* Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III
* Arnold Schönberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, op. 46 (Speaker: Klaus Maria Brandauer)
* Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 A major, op. 92, IV: Allegro con brio
* Friedrich Goldmann: Es ist, als habe einer die Fenster aufgestoßen (Fragment, 2009)

(tekst: mauerfall09.de)

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