© Kulturprojekte Berlin

Highlights

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.

#1HEIT – THE CONCERT

The musical highlight of this year’s celebrations will come on the evening of 3 October: Nena, Samy Deluxe, Patrice, Philipp Poisel, Namika, Frank Dellé, Meute and many other musicians on one stage. These artists will represent all those individuals who work on a daily basis to foster cohesion in our society, and this final concert will spotlight a number of initiatives that can also be found on the platform known as “Musik bewegt” (Music Moves Us).

Stage at Brandenburg Gate: 3 October at 7:30 pm

JR – INSTALLATION AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE

The internationally renowned French street artist JR will transform Berlin’s most famous landmark – the Brandenburg Gate – by means of a 25-metre-high installation created exclusively for the Day of German Unity. Almost twenty-nine years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, JR will connect an historical image with this famous symbol of Germany’s division to convey the euphoria and joy of the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a moment that embraces and reflects the fundamental spirit of the annual Day of German Unity festivities, namely the longing for freedom, unity and democracy

© Kulturprojekte, Foto: Ulf Büschleb

GRUNDGESETZ

A choral stress test by Marta Górnicka (Director& Libretto) Maxim Gorki Theater

Director Marta Górnicka will perform the Grundgesetz (Germany’s Basic Law) with a choir of 50 Berliners drawn from different spectrums of society, thereby testing the resilience of the constitution’s various articles and paragraphs in crisis situations. www:gorki.de/de/grundgesetz

Stage at the Brandenburg Gate / Premiere on 3 October, 3.15 pm

Grundgesetz is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and Ramba Zamba Theater.

© Maxim Gorki Theater

BAND DER EINHEIT – BAND OF UNITY

This installation will spotlight all 11,040 towns and cities in Germany over a space of 2.5 kilometres, thus running like a connecting ribbon – a “Band of Unity” – through the festival site. Comprising those typical yellow-and-black roadside signs announcing towns and cities in Germany, the installation will celebrate the motto NUR MIT EUCH (ONLY WITH YOU) and symbolise the diversity that makes up a united Germany: indeed, all of these towns and cities create one unity – from Aach to Zwönitz, from Chemnitz to München, from Sylt to Görlitz. 

© Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto Anna-Lena Rodewald

VEREINTE HAUPTSTADT
– UNITED CAPITAL

25 YEARS OF BUILDING PROJECTS IN BERLIN’S PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT QUARTER

The open-air exhibition titled Vereinte Hauptstadt (United Capital) will stretch far beyond the festival grounds. Nine large-format photo walls at various public locations will illustrate some of the major changes Berlin has undergone: moving from a united city with countless open, empty and abandoned spaces to the capital of a united Germany and on to today’s thriving metropolis. Aerial photographs from the 1990s and 2000s will be set up at the sites depicted in the images themselves so that visitors can experience a direct before-and-after comparison. https://www.museumsdienst.berlin/en/program/the-unified-capital.html

© Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Felix Dunkl

HALBZEIT 1989/90 – IN TRANSIT 1989/90

BERLIN BETWEEN THE FALL OF THE WALL AND UNIFICATION

On 28 large columns divided into five thematic areas, this open-air exhibition examines the time period between the fall of the Wall (9 November 1989) and the Day of German Unification (3 October 1990). With the help of texts and images from different social, political, cultural and economic perspectives, “Halbzeit/In transit” tells the story of these eleven “in-between” months and provides a portrait of a city no longer divided yet not fully united. 

WELTSTADT (World City) – MEMORY AND THE FUTURE BUILT IN A MODEL

A joint project from Berlin, Görlitz and Spandau

The colourful cover of an “autoscooter” (bumper car) harbours an illustrious sea of houses: models of residential buildings, schools, houses of prayer and commercial buildings tell stories of the ruptures and upheavals, the memories and visions of the people who built them. Open- air exhibition, Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard www.schlesische27.de

Supported by:  Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

© Matze Goerig

Der Feuerwerkautomat

Feuerwerk DIY – Gestalten Sie mit!

Mit dem Feuerwerkautomaten können die Besucher und Besucherinnen des Festes vorab selbst das Feuerwerk für den Tag der deutschen Einheit online gestalten. Die Dramaturgie der Farbexplosionen liegt in den Händen der Teilnehmer. Wer eine Rakete wählt, teilt sie mit allen anderen. Es entsteht ein gemeinsam gestalteter und erlebter Moment. Feuerwerkautomat ist ein Kunstwerk von Malte Bartsch. www.feuerwerkautomat.de

Foto: David von Becker