Over the course of our three-day festival, we will be taking the opportunity to examine the state of unity in Germany from a contemporary perspective, but also to showcase new and exciting ideas for the future that reflect the creativity and openness of the city of Berlin today. The programme of events taking place across the festival grounds will invite visitors on a journey of discovery through the past, present and future of Berlin, Germany and Europe. A number of special presentations, installations and surprises are also on the agenda.
Thanks to its eventful past and present, Berlin has a special significance in many fields, especially in art, music, theatre, politics and history. It is a city that was divided for decades only to see the Wall crumble overnight and the launch of a process of growing-back-together that can still be felt today. The exhilarating experience of overcoming borders and discovering new freedoms and open spaces – both in people’s minds and in the urban landscape itself – quickly transformed the city into a magnet for a diverse array of people and projects from all over Germany and the world. And it is precisely this diversity that we seek to foster and strengthen every day.
Berlin’s unique spirit will be felt at the celebrations surrounding this year’s Day of German Unity in a wealth of projects thematising the city’s history, special characteristics and ongoing development, for example open-air exhibitions, theatre performances and the pop concert #1HEIT – DAS KONZERT at Brandenburg Gate. All of the projects presented here were specifically created and realised for the Day of German Unity 2018 and shine a special spotlight on unity, democracy and freedom.