Cultural Heritage: TECHNO.
We are calling for inclusion into the UNESCO list
The culture of electronic music fascinates and inspires people all over the world. Dancing together unites nationalities, generations, religions, genders, social classes and cultural backgrounds. At Rave The Planet, we are committed to placing it under protection on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Electronic music and club culture have always stood out as being exceptionally tolerant and peaceful. As much as they are creative, they are also democratic, multifaceted and inclusive. Hardly any other society exists where there is so much room for individualists who wish to overcome borders, conventions and differences together. We live and cherish our traditional principle:
Everyone is invited to actively participate or to just be part of it. DJing and music production are intuitive, which means that they can be done without having to spend years learning musical instruments and practicing scales. Whatever you like is allowed and everyone is welcome. At the same time, our culture is rich in knowledge and has a great wealth of experience. With their different mixing techniques and individual selection of music, DJs, for example, ensure that the musical genres undergo constant development.
THE RAVE is our cultural form of expression – our ritual. It is open to absolutely everyone, thus developing its own effect in forming personal identities. We dance the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
THE PARADE is our tradition and, since the Nineties, it has been inspiring people around the world to do the same. It has motivated and animated countless people to join our culture, produce and play music, found labels, open clubs, organize events, write about the scene, to rave. But probably in no other country has it blossomed into so much and found as many imitators as in Germany.
That’s why it is important that this unique cultural form is preserved, maintained, protected and supported. And that’s why we are demanding TECHNO be listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- Ratification in the national UNESCO list is a communicative and symbolic recognition of the electronic music and club culture
- The status “Intangible Cultural Heritage” promotes public awareness for electronic music culture as an independent cultural form that has long outgrown its niche existence
- Inclusion in the UNESCO register guarantees international attention and raises awareness for the need to protect and preserve this culture
The protection of venues can be given greater weight than that of noise, neighbors or monuments. This protection favorably limits the scope of local government in its interpretation of the parade
The event’s staging is not automatically protected, but it is considered more worthy of protection
Certification increases the constitutional protection of art*. Protection of the higher object, i.e. culture and art, is given priority over the protection of the individual
The status “Intangible Cultural Heritage” provides for significantly lower barriers and requirements when opening new clubs
Inclusion in the national UNESCO list paves the way for state subsidies and non-profit support. In Germany, the status of “intangible cultural heritage” can bring tax advantages, e.g. a general value-added tax rate of 7% instead of 19%
*Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, Article 5, Paragraph 3
We want to encourage more responsibility
We are researching and documenting the history of our culture to keep it alive for both ourselves and for future generations. In this way, our goal is to strengthen and improve political and social acceptance. We are also aiming at developing expertise and promoting a sense of responsibility – not only among those who actively participate in the creative process (e.g. artists, DJs, event organizers, etc.), but also those who make active use of the diverse events that our culture has to offer (e.g. party guests).
We are effectively using the energy of our cultural scene, which is bundled together in Rave The Planet. We provide information on the content and reality of the culture, thus enabling the establishment of a large network to create synergies. Together, we are creating a new, international, media platform for electronic music culture.