Concerts by German Singers, Graffiti Art, Short Films, Exhibitions, Open-Air Cinema, Local Artists' Action and More!
Erected just past midnight on the night of August 12 to 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was both the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 and the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War. Berliners were shocked when they woke up on that morning. What had once been a very fluid border was now rigid. No longer could East Berliners cross the border for operas, plays, soccer games… etc. No longer could the approximately 60,000 commuters head to West Berlin for well-paid jobs. No longer could families, friends, and lovers cross the border to meet their loved ones. Whichever side of the border one went to sleep on during the night of August 12, they were stuck on that side for decades. (From November 1964 onwards East Berlin senior citizens were allowed to travel to West Berlin and West Germany.)
For 28 years (until November 9, 1989) the Wall kept East Germans from fleeing to the West. Its opening in 1989 brought countless opportunities for East Germans, who excitedly streamed into West Germany, especially West Berlin. The sense of celebration filled the air – people enjoyed their regained freedom, frequented clubs and shopped for commodities that were not available in East Germany. After the Berlin Wall came down, East and West Germany reunified into a single German state on October 3, 1990.
Berlin Fest, 8.11.2014 (Sat), 4:00pm – 9:30pm, Free Admission
An initiative by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong and the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, the “Berlin Fest” aims to tell the story of the peaceful revolution and the subsequent Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and to make this historical event concrete, visible and tangible to the Hong Kong public, which is currently experiencing a historical moment in its own right.
At the Berlin Fest, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with concerts, graffiti art, short films, exhibitons, open-air cinema, local artists’ action and the “recreation” of the “Berlin Wall”, to let all visitors relive the joy and enthusiasm of Berliners at the time. Visitors will be able to see the trends in post-fall cultural life and scene of Berlin. Typical Berlin foods and drinks will be served at the Fest, and visitors are encouraged to chip away a piece of the recreated “Wall” at the end of the evening and bring home as a souvenir.
Courtyard in Cattle Depot, Kowloon, where the "Berlin Wall" will be "set up" at the Berlin Fest.
4:00pm – 9:30pm “Zeitmaschine – Analog Rave” Photo Exhibition
“Berlin – City of Change” Exhibition
4:00pm – 7:00pm Art Actions by local artists
4:30pm – 5:30pm Short film programme “Mauerblüten”
5:45pm Graffiti and multimedia installation on the “Berlin Wall” – Part I
7:15pm – 8:00pm Concert by Bernadette La Hengst
6:30pm – 8:30pm Open-air Screening of “Good Bye, Lenin!”
8:30pm – 9:15pm Concert by Marvin Brooks and band
9:15pm Graffiti and multimedia installation on “Berlin Wall” – Part II
How to get to Cattle Depot:
Kowloon Tong MTR Station - Take green minibus no. 2 or 2A at Bus Terminus and alight at HK Federation of Trade Union
Mongkok - Take red minibus to To Kwa Wan near Sin Tat Plaza and alight at HK Gas Co. Ltd / Take bus no.6C, 6F or 93K in Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui - Take bus no.5C at Star Ferry Bus Terminus / Take bus no.5, 26 Bus in Tsim Sha Tsui East
Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai - Take bus no.101, 111 in Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay - Take bus no.108, 116 in the opposite of SOGO
Ferry from North Point to KLN City Ferry Pier and then walk for 5 mins along Ma Tau Kwok Road
The list of presenters, partners and sponsors could be downloaded here: