Germany

Start and end of the journey: Berlin

The journey taken by the symbolic wall bricks started in Berlin and ended on 9 November 2009 when the domino event was staged during the “Festival of Freedom” at the Brandenburg Gate.



From May to September 2009 the bricks travelled through countries that took part in the “the wall in the world” project. Artists, writers, poets and young people were involved in decorating and designing the bricks locally. Now the finished bricks have returned to Berlin and will be presented to the public even before the grand finale at the Brandenburg Gate.


28 October 2009, 7:30 pm
Exhibition and Panel Discussion “Mauerreise/the wall in the world: Divided States Worldwide"
A selection of the bricks will be presented at the Kulturbrauerei in the Sammlung Industrielle Gestaltung (i.e. Collection of Industrial Design) of the foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (i.e. House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany). Among those talking about “walls” and their meanings during a panel discussion with the title “Mauerreise/the wall in the world: Divided States Worldwide" will be the Goethe-Institut’s Professor Michael Jeismann, the “wall in the world” project director, and Professor Hans Walter Hütter, president of the foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Address:
Schönhauser Allee 36
10435 Berlin
line U2, U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße
28.10.

7–9 November 2009
Exhibition of the Bricks and “Festival of Freedom”
From November 7th the more than 1,000 bricks of the domino event will be on display for the public at the Brandenburg Gate. All the bricks that have been designed in Germany and abroad will be erected along the former route of the Berlin Wall, creating a roughly two kilometre long gallery of dominoes. The bricks of the Mauerreise can be found near the Brandenburg Gate and the Embassy of the United States. During the “Festival of Freedom” on 9th November this symbolic wall will be brought crashing down at around 7.20 pm.

Program "Festival of Freedom"
07.–09.11.

9 November 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Book Presentation: 1989
Huang Rui, one of China’s leading contemporary artists, and Michael Kahn-Ackermann, director of the Goethe-Institut China, present their book 1989, which takes a look at the events of that year from a German-Chinese perspective.
“With the same enthusiasm with which we Germans celebrate in this year the only peaceful and successful revolution in our history, the Chinese authorities suppress memories of the spring 1989 rebellion, which failed and ended in bloodshed”, says Michael Kahn-Ackermann.
In collaboration with Chinese and German friends, Michael Kahn-Ackermann and Huang Rui have now brought out a book about what the year 1989 means to Germans and Chinese. The result is a volume of photographs, one for every day of the year, allowing German and Chinese artists and photographers to document 1989 on the basis of their personal experience. Page 365, however, remains blank: it symbolizes the day of the massacre on Tiananmen Square.

Address:
Lobby of the Goethe-Institut, 1st floor
Neue Schönhauser Straße 20
10178 Berlin
09.11

24 November 2009, 7 pm
Cypriot dominoes continue their journey
Two weeks after 9 November, three dominoes from Cyprus are already embarking on the next part of their journey. At two concerts in Bonn and Berlin, they will be presented to the audience by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus. To symbolize the fact that the division of Cyprus is far from over, all three bricks will be erected again on stage at the concert venues – as an expression of the “last wall in Europe”.

Piano concerto “The Three Gates”
In his piano concerto entitled “The Three Gates”, the composer and improvisation artist Savvas Savva blends music styles from different epochs and regions of Cyprus.
Mr Ioannis Vassiliou, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus, will attend the presentation of the bricks in Bonn.

Address:
Beethoven-Haus
Bonngasse 24-26
53 111 Bonn
24.11

26 November 2009, 8 pm
“Musical Cyprus”
The music of Cyprus for violin and piano

Three internationally acclaimed artists will be spanning 500 years of music history on the island of Cyprus. His Excellency Mr Pantias Eliades, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, will attend the presentation of the bricks in Berlin.

Address:
Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Gendarmenmarkt
10117 Berlin
26.11

    Copyright: Brigitte Hiss

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