Questions about the Parade
What is a Techno Parade?
We define the term ” Techno Parade” in its original sense. It is a specific form of political demonstration (assembly in the sense of “Freedom of assembly”, article 8 of the German Constitution/Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany), in which dance and music are the forms of expression of political opinion and the means of communication.
The International Committee of Dance of the International Theater Institute (ITI) of UNESCO has been honoring dance as a universal language in the world since 1982, with the so-called “International Dance Day”. Since the first Love Parade, back in 1989 in Berlin, Techno Culture has also claimed this kind of non-verbal language as a means of communication and expresses its concerns through the common dancing of all generations, genders, ethnicities, religions and cultures.
“We are not just demonstrating for something – we are demonstrating something!”
(Quoting Ralf Regitz, former co-organizer of the Berlin Love Parade).
A Techno Parade not only creates a place of joy in the inner-city areas, but also an inclusive social event, where the culture of electronic dance music and rave is promoted, cultivated and passed on to the next generation. Thus, it is also a form of peace demonstration in which thousands and more people participate and dance together peacefully in the streets.
Conclusion: Techno Parades are an expression of the desire for freedom, self-realization and community, as well as a symbol of tolerance and respect for all human beings. What could be more political?
Why isn’t the Parade called „Love Parade”?
The trademark rights to the brand name “Love Parade” do not belong to us. But we would be very happy if this would change in the future.
What do the victims of the Love Parade in 2010 think about it?
For the launch of Rave The Planet an the press conference for the opening of the FundRaving model (January 2020), we had three representatives from the LoPa 2010 e.V. victims’ initiative to visit us. As a strong sign of commitment on the activities of Rave The Planet, they personally glued their miniature figures onto the FundRaving model in the presence of the media.
In a television interview on Duisburg’s regional channel Studio 47, Nicole Ballhause (spokeswoman for the LoPa 2010 e.V victim’s initiative) replied to the question of what the victims thought of Rave The Planet as follows::
„If this project takes place in Berlin and under the direction of Dr. Motte, none of us have any objections.”
You can see the clip from Studio 47 here (German only):
Will the new parade be carbon neutral? What about particulate pollution?
We are working on strategies to protect the environment and avoid litter. Our goal is to organize a parade that is ecological and sustainable.
What about security?
The safety of the participants is our top priority. We constantly review and develop our safety concept. For its execution at the parade, we work together with volunteers who help out as security guards and awareness teams.
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What’s different to the Berlin Love Parade?
Rave The Planet is a non-profit organization. This is a type of organization exists for a specific mission other than making a profit. Instead of distributing profits to shareholders, we reinvest all earnings back into our projects.
We rely on donations, grants, and fundraising to sustain our projects and activities in culture, education, social welfare and environment.
Your donations help us to achieve financial independence for our projects.
However, despite the great help we receive from the scene, we’re not able to carry out our activities without the additional funding via sponsors. We are only working with partners who share and commit to the values and demands of our demonstration, so they will only be discreetly visible on the Rave The Planet Parade. The spotlight remains on the cultural-political message and the representation of the contemporary culture of electronic music by the cultural creators themselves (e.g. clubs, festivals, artists, DJs, crews, labels, etc.). The aim of the parade is to provide them with a platform for self-expression and to communicate their political and social concerns.
Conceptual changes, compared to the Love Parade, also exist in the procedure of the demonstration, in which increased attention is paid to the topics of environmental protection and sustainability. The float crews are obliged to take measures for waste avoidance and recycling or proper disposal. In addition, a joint public Clean-Up Day will take place in the Großer Tiergarten the day after the parade.
Regarding safety, many things have changed since the disaster at the Love Parade 2010 in Duisburg. Both from the official side, as well as in the scene itself. In order to realize a future-proof parade, it is necessary to rethink and break new ground. Therefore, it can not and will not be a “copy+paste” of the old Love Parade concept. That’s why we are developing something new, but remaining true to the tradition of the Berlin Love Parade.
“The Rave The Planet Parade is not a revival, but a new chapter that we all write together.”
(Quote: Dr. Motte, father of the Love Parade and CEO of Rave The Planet)
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