The event known as the Love Parade until 2010 is back. On July 9, 2022, tens of thousands of “ravers” will gather in Berlin to dance to powerful electronically created beats. “Together again” is the slogan of this edition.
Berlin, July 3, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — The title Love Parade is taken, meaning it belongs to someone. This is also linked to the deadly stampede that happened during the last Love Parade in Duisburg in 2010. At the time, 21 people died and more than 500 were injured. Twelve years later, the event is revived as Rave the Planet.
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In Woodstock, people danced to homemade music played live. Jimi Hendrix delivered endless guitar solos, Carlos Santana played Latin Rock, Blood, Sweat & Tears offered mesmerizing Jazz-Rock and Sly and the Family Stone spread Funk. Five decades later, electronic beats are moving the masses. Between 1989 and 2010, these sounds “ooomph ta ta ooomph ta ta ooomph ta ta” and the idea of dancing together in peace regularly brought together hundreds of thousands of people.
A year ago, in the summer of 2021, Rave the Planet was supposed to end the long hiatus and get people dancing in Berlin. It didn’t happen because Mr. Corona opposed it. Back then, the infection situation was better than now, but the rules were stricter. So Rave the Planet had to be postponed to 2022. That’s where we are right now. In addition to being “Together again”, the organizers want their event to be part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.
Rave the Planet is set to begin on July 9, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. to Uhlandstraße ‘U-Bahn’ station in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg. That way, ravers who looked hip enough to be admitted to Club Berghain by beefy doormen the night before can still go, having slept in until noon. From Uhlandstrasse, the dancing crowd will move along Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin’s most famous former boulevard, to Breitscheidplatz Square, and via Potsdamer Platz to the Brandenburg Gate. The dance party should end at the Victory Column in the evening.
Rave the Planet is more than just a Techno Beats party. The initiators of the event are “ravers, artists and entrepreneurs”, according to the official Rave the Planet website, and among them, Dr. Motte who invented the Love Parade. They want to “make a lasting and positive contribution to Techno culture”. More acceptance in society is one of their goals. Another is to get Techno recognized as a culture in the first place.
In 1989, four months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Love Parade took place in West Berlin. In the mid-1990s, this event was suddenly not hip enough for part of the Techno scene, which is why alternative events such as the “F*ckparade” were created. At some point, the promoters changed. The location too. It all ended with the Duisburg stampede. Now the gathering, the dancing, the 21st century flower power and the sounds of “ooomph ta ta ooomph ta ta ooomph ta ta” are back.
The English version of the Rave the Planet site is available here.
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