BERLIN (AP) — A techno parade whose initiators include the founder of the Love Parade, once a popular annual party in Berlin, 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 ran from the Kurfuerstendamm shopping boulevard to the Victory Column in the middle of Berlin’s Tiergarten park.
Police estimated that 20,000 people showed up for the parade in the cool and rainy weather, German news agency dpa reported. They deployed 600 officers but no disruptions were reported.
One of the parade’s organizers, a DJ known professionally as Dr. Motte, called for an unconditional basic income for performers and for Berlin’s club culture to be listed as intangible heritage. UNESCO, the cultural agency of the United Nations.
Dr Motte, 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 1.5 million participants in 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.
The Associated Press