One World, One Love

Love Parade - The Mother of all Techno Parades

To mil­lions of ravers world­wide, it was the hol­i­day of the tech­no move­ment, to oth­ers sim­ply the par­ty of their life, and to still oth­ers the largest peace demon­stra­tion ever: the Love Parade.

From 1989 to 2003, it was held annu­al­ly in Berlin and attract­ed record atten­dance of 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple who danced togeth­er, peace­ful­ly and care­free to elec­tron­ic music in 1999. The spir­it of Love, Peace, Uni­ty & Respect is still at home at elec­tron­ic music fes­ti­vals and events around the world.

In 2004 and 2005, the parade was can­celled due to fund­ing prob­lems. As a result, the “Lovepa­rade” brand changed hands, moved from Berlin to the Ruhr area and met its tem­po­rary end there in a dis­as­ter in 2010.

“When will the Love Parade return?” The call has been get­ting loud­er and loud­er for years. It’s time for a new chap­ter in the his­to­ry of the parade. Back home in Berlin, with the heads of the first hour.

Let’s rave the planet!

 

Peace, Joy, Pancakes

In many aspects the year 1989 was mem­o­rable. But for the del­i­cate plant of elec­tron­ic music and club cul­ture, there is a date, a very spe­cial day, when every­thing changed: July 1st – the day of the first Love Parade.

Under the mot­to “Peace, Joy, Pan­cakes” about 150 club­bers gath­ered and danced to the sounds of their new music “Acid House” along the West Berlin shop­ping mile on Berlin’s Kur­fuer­s­ten­damm. In doing so, they rev­o­lu­tion­ized Ger­man demon­stra­tion cul­ture and laid the foun­da­tion for the largest youth music move­ment the world had ever seen.

1989

 

1990–1999

Reunification on the Dance Floor

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Ger­man reuni­fi­ca­tion put the city of Berlin in a pos­i­tive state of emer­gency. Sud­den­ly there was a lot of space and unex­pect­ed pos­si­bil­i­ties. Vacant build­ings and unclear respon­si­bil­i­ties of the author­i­ties offered a par­adise for the cre­ative scene. Leg­endary clubs such as the Plan­et, the E‑Werk, the Tre­sor and many more were born. East and West Ger­many came togeth­er on the dance floors and cel­e­brat­ed lib­er­ty while rav­ing to the sounds of the new elec­tron­ic music.

The Love Parade struck exact­ly the nerve of the time. Mot­tos like “The Future Is Ours” (1990), “We Are One Fam­i­ly” (1996) and ” One World One Future” (1998) were the mes­sages of a young, open-mind­ed and free gen­er­a­tion to a war-torn world.

The num­ber of Love Parade atten­dees grew rapid­ly. The Ku’­damm had become too small and so in 1996 the parade was giv­en a new home in the heart of Berlin, on the Straße des 17. In just ten years, 150 peo­ple became an incred­i­ble 1.5 mil­lion ravers, danc­ing togeth­er, peace­ful­ly, under the mot­to “Music Is The Key” in 1999.

 

The most peaceful party in the world

At the very begin­ning of the noughties, all signs still seemed to point to peace, joy, pan­cakes. But the voic­es of the crit­ics grew loud­er and final­ly could no longer be ignored, when in 2001, on the planned date of the Love Parade, a counter-event was reg­is­tered and the route was thus occupied.

Although the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court gen­er­al­ly rec­og­nizes musi­cal demon­stra­tions as an expres­sion of free­dom of speech, the Love Parade lost its demon­stra­tion sta­tus in sum­ma­ry pro­ceed­ings. It was post­poned for a week and from then on Berlin charged the costs of waste dis­pos­al, secu­ri­ty and street cleaning.

In 2002 and 2003, fes­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued on the street, but no suit­able new fund­ing con­cept could be found. Finan­cial reserves were used up, new dates began to fal­ter, spon­sors dropped out. The parade was can­celled in 2004 and 2005 and the Lovepa­rade GmbH faced insolvency.

In Novem­ber 2005, the “Lovepa­rade” brand was sold.

2000–2005

loveparade 2002, photo by dr. motte - all rights reserved
 

2006–2010

Loss of the Spirit

After the sale of the “Lovepa­rade” brand in Novem­ber 2005, it only took place once in Berlin, in the sum­mer of 2006. it then moved to the Ruhr area, where it per­formed first in Dort­mund (2007) and then Essen (2008).

There­after it moved to the Ruhr area, where it per­formed first in Dort­mund (2007) and then Essen (2008). In the fol­low­ing year, the parade was can­celled because the may­or of Bochum did not con­sid­er an event of this size fea­si­ble in his city.

In 2010, the parade came to a sad end with a mass pan­ic in Duis­burg in which 21 peo­ple died and hun­dreds were trau­ma­tized. At a press con­fer­ence the day after, the new own­er announced that “…out of respect for the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and friends, we will not con­tin­ue the event. This also means the end of the Love Parade.”

 

A new Chapter: Rave The Planet

Berlin 2019 — almost a full decade has passed since the last Love Parade. This sum­mer marks its 30th anniver­sary. Prepa­ra­tions for a spe­cial exhi­bi­tion on the his­to­ry of the parade are in full swing: “30 Years of Lovepa­rade” is sched­uled to open on July 01 and will be on dis­play in Berlin for six months. (www.nineties.berlin)

Its inven­tor, Dr. Motte, and the team of nineties berlin, the mul­ti­me­dia exhi­bi­tion about Berlin in the nineties, have joined forces for this. Sud­den­ly, an idea is in the air… “Let’s bring it back! And let’s do it prop­er­ly this time.”

On Jan­u­ary 13, 2020, the time final­ly came and we intro­duced our­selves to the world: Rave The Planet!

2020

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