Berlin Wall anniversary. Speakeasy curated by Letizia Filippi, Martina Predelli and Alyssa Gregori

Berlin Wall anniversary. Speakeasy curated by Letizia Filippi, Martina Predelli and Alyssa Gregori

The collaboration between the "Cattaneo dall'Aglio" linguistic high school and Redacon continues through the "Speakeasy" section edited directly by the students, of the 2019-2020 school year.

Hi everybody, today we are going to talk about how people in Germany are celebrating & nbsp; the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Why do we want to talk about it? Because even though it might seem we are too young to know, and too far away, here on the Appennines, what happened in Germany when the wall came down can and should give everybody, young or old, German or Italian, hope for a better future.

The construction of the Berlin wall started on 13th August 1961. It was built by the Government of East Germany to prevent people from the East from entering West Berlin, where life was considered better.

The Berlin wall was not only a physical wall, it was a symbol of terror, fear, division for friends, neighbors and families. The wall had holes to see behind it, there were some ways to get in touch with people from the other side, but the day the wall was built everything changed.

On 9th November 1989 the wall came down. The day of this fall was the day of reunification, the day when people felt free again. The period of subjection had finally ended.

For lots of German people the fall of the Berlin wall was the best day of their lives. For this reason the anniversary is every year an important day and Germany has planned lots of events to remember and to celebrate it.

The Berlin wall celebrations have started on the 4th of November and will end on 10th of November. They will be dealing with: the history of division, the struggle for freedom, the process of reunification ...

In Alexanderplatz, for example, there will be an open-air exhibition, 3D video projections of historical pictures to allow people to go back to the time of the Peaceful Revolution.

At Brandenburg Gate there will be a big concert with the participation of lots of national and international artists whose songs and stories will be connected to the event of this important week.

Over two hundred public events will take place in Berlin: concerts of various genres, workshops, film series, readings, contemporary witness talks and discussions with journalists, historians and politicians and also guide tours through Berlin's history.

As regards history, in numerous Berlin museums you can travel back in time from the Middle Ages to the present. More than 7000 objects at the German Historical Museum tell the story of the German people.

There will be an exhibition dedicated to the story of Berlin’s division. It will explain the political and historical situation of the period and it will show how the brutal division of the city affected the people.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation will show a projection which relates two elements: a concentrated selection of the slogans of the peaceful revolution from October and November 1989 and, as a dialogical counterpoint, the sentence that has become a meme: "This applies, I believe, from now on ".

For seven days over the course of the festival week, the story of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Wall will be brought to life at the places where it unfolded: these sites will commemorate key events in the overthrow of the SED regime, the courage of those who opposed the dictatorship, and the dawn of a new and democratic era.

Large-scale 3D video projections composed of historical pictures, animations and sound effects will reproduce the atmosphere of each site and the mood of the people at the time, inviting viewers to engage with the past by recounting the stories that unfolded at each location.

People will be able to immerse themselves in the events of that time at the original sites. The recollections of contemporary witnesses will render the exhibition's narrative even more remarkable: their stories have been collected and curated in an extensive interview project, and will be featured in the exhibitions in the form of quotes and listening stations.

The music festival, which will take place in front of Berlin's most important landmark, as we said before, will bring national and international artists to the stage. All songs and stories will be closely connected to the events of & nbsp; 1989/90.

Another special feature of the festival will & nbsp; be a floating art installation made up of 30,000 handwritten messages. In fact Berliners and visitors will be invited to share their own messages, wishes and hopes for the future and for the memories of the past which will be integrated into a large scale installation, known as a Skynet, that & nbsp; will float in the sky during the festival week.

The aim of the events & nbsp; is not only to commemorate the victims of the dictatorship, but also to allow people to experience the historic events of the Peaceful Revolution.

Today, in a globalized and united world, & nbsp; it's hard to imagine that thirty years ago someone could have thought, realized and justified the construction of a wall that divided Berlin in two.

We would like to conclude by quoting the famous words & nbsp; that John. F. Kennedy said during his speech in 1963 to bring the Berlin issue & nbsp; to the attention of the whole world "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"

Hi everyone, today we will talk about how people in Germany are preparing for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Why do we want to talk about this? Because although we may seem too young to know, and too far here in the Apennines, what happened in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell can and should give everyone, young and old, Germans or Italians, hope for a better future.

First of all let's take a brief look at what happened. The construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961. It was done & nbsp; built by the East German government to prevent people from moving to West Berlin, where life was considered better. The wall surrounded West Berlin and divided the city into two completely different parts for more than 28 years.

The Berlin Wall was not just a physical wall, it was a symbol of terror, fear, division for friends, relatives and families. The wall had holes to see beyond, there were several ways to get in touch with people on the other side, but the day the wall was built, everything changed.

On 9 November 1989 the wall fell. The day of this fall was the day of reunification, the day when people felt free again. The period of submission was finally over. For many Germans, the fall of the Berlin Wall was the best day of life. For this reason, the anniversary is an important day every year and now Germany is planning many events to remember and celebrate it. All these events will take place in seven locations and in seven days.

The Berlin Wall celebrations begin on November 4th and end on November 10th. They will deal with: the history of division, the struggle for freedom, the reunification process ... There will be outdoor performances, festivals, markets, demonstrations.

On Alexanderplatz, for example, there will be an outdoor performance, 3D video projections of historical images that will allow viewers to go back to the time of the Peaceful Revolution.

At the Brandenburg Gate there will be a great concert with the participation of many national and international artists whose songs and stories will be linked to the event of this important week.

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There will be an exhibition dedicated to the history of the division of Berlin which will explain the political and historical situation of the period and show how the brutal division of the city affected its inhabitants.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation will show a projection that will refer to two elements: a concentrated selection of the slogans of the peaceful revolution of October and November 1989 and, as a dialogical counterpoint, the phrase that has become a meme: "This is, I believe, worth 'now on. ”This artistic montage will open up new spaces for associations and invite people to remember and reflect.

For seven days during the week of the festival, the history of the peaceful revolution and the fall of the wall will be brought back to life in the places where they took place, these sites will commemorate key events in the demolition of the party of Socialist Unity of Germany, the courage of those who opposed the dictatorship, and the rise of a new democratic era. At the Kurfürstendamm the festival will celebrate the first meeting between the inhabitants of West Berlin and those of East Berlin. & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp; & Nbsp;

On a large scale there will be 3D videos composed of historical images, animations and sound effects that will reproduce the atmosphere of each place and the mood of people at that time, inviting visitors to reconnect with the past by telling stories in every place. We can identify with the events of that period in the original places. The memories of contemporary testimonies will make the narration of the performance even more extraordinary: these stories have been collected and edited in a large interview project that will be present in the performances in the form of quotes and listening stations.

The music festival, which will be held, as we said before, & nbsp; in front of one of the most important monuments in Berlin, it will bring national and international artists to the stage. & nbsp; All stories and songs will be closely related to the events of 1989/90.

In fact, Berliners and visitors will be invited to & nbsp; sharing their messages, wishes, hopes for the future and memories of the past that will be integrated into a large-scale installation called Skynet, which will float in the sky during the week of celebration.

The goal of events is not just that & nbsp; to commemorate the victims of the dictatorship, but also & nbsp; to allow everyone to relive the historical moments of the peaceful revolution.

Today, in a united and globalized world, it is difficult to imagine that thirty years ago someone could have thought, built and justified the construction of the wall that divided Berlin in two.

We would like to conclude by quoting one of the best sentences that John has. F. Kennedy said during his speech in 1963 to bring the Berlin issue around the world: “All free men, wherever they are, are citizens of Berlin. As a free man, therefore, I pride myself on saying: I am a Berliner! "

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