25 Years Fall of the Wall


It was people that took to the streets en masse and courageously resisted a dictatorship, enabling both the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Peaceful Revolution. The 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall should also mobilise as many as people as possible, both intellectually and physically. Citizens of Berlin, eyewitnesses to that time and new Berliners are invited to actively participate in the anniversary celebrations as balloon patrons and to tell their personal stories about the Wall.

This autumn, schools, churches, initiatives, associations, and companies are all addressing the historic date in various ways. At the same time, a look back at the events of 1989 will always be tied to the present. The stories, memories, and wishes expressed by balloon patrons for a peaceful world without walls are being collected at www.fallofthewall25.com. The result is a unique online gallery that commemorates and reflects on the Berlin Wall from today’s perspective. People around the world who have been touched by the Fall of the Wall and its symbolic power for the present can make their voices heard using the online portal, and to become a balloon patron.

From the 7th to the 9th of November 2014, inner-city Berlin will be temporarily divided from Bornholmer Strasse to Mauerpark and the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse to the Reichstag, past the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie to the East Side Gallery: 8,000 luminous, white balloons mark the former course of the Wall. The emotional and visual power of this light installation also recalls the brutality of the Wall. The installation is based on an idea by Christopher Bauder and Marc Bauder.

The highlight of the anniversary is a spectacular community event that will send all of the balloons soaring into the sky. At the Brandenburg Gate, the Staatskapelle Berlin will play the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with “Ode an die Freude” under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. ARD and rbb will be airing a live television broadcast of the balloon action.

The anniversary project will be realised by the non-profit organisation Kulturprojekte GmbH in cooperation with the Robert Havemann Society and the Berlin Wall Foundation, at the initiative of the Federal State of Berlin.
The entire project was conceived by Moritz van Dülmen, Simone Leimbach, Tom Sello, Frank Ebert, Hans Reitz. The light installation is based on an idea by Christopher Bauder and Marc Bauder.