Review 2021: The Second Year
Annual Report 2021
Wow, together we made it through a second year of pandemic. And what kind of year was that? Whenever we thought we saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it went dark again. Tough times for our culture and still no ending in sight. However, it also showed once again that the international techno family is a strong community that never gives up the love for electronic music! The time between the years is always a time to rest, to reflect and to be grateful.
Without YOU and your great support we would certainly not be standing now!
We want to thank you all for believing in our goals and mission, for all your donations, kind words, social media support and more! We thank all the artists who contributed to the Supporter Series with their music!
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We do the best we can to preserve and protect our techno culture so we can dance together again on the streets of Berlin in the spirit of the Love Parade and to inspire the whole world once again with Love, Peace, Unity & Respect!
Now we would like to give you a short summary about the things we have done in 2021. This update is very important to us to inform you about the progress of our projects and the implementation of our statutory purposes.
We look back on the past year, and despite the inevitable postponement of Rave The Planet Parade, we are happy and proud of what we have achieved.
Let’s start the new year with even more motivation!
Livestreams: Instant Rave
Until April 2021, we produced the Instant Rave livestreams to give artists a platform to stay visible during the lockdowns. It was our goal to create an opportunity to be able to experience techno culture and make it freely accessible to everyone.
You can listen to all sets on SoundCloud:
With the powerful support of the Italian record label Riot Recordings, we were able to release eight EPs in the “Supporter Series”, for which national and international producers donated tracks:
All proceeds from sales and streaming of the Supporter Series go into our big donation pot support our non-profit cultural projects.
In addition to the music releases, we were also able to produce a total of four music videos as a donation in kind from ARTtraktiv Berlin. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this great support! We are also very grateful and happy about the cooperation with the fantastic 25films crew, who shot the videos for us. Last but not least, the wonderful dancers who have really given everything in front of the camera: Aileen & Alissa Bauer, Dennis Mac Dao, Lea Malenka Prinz and OG – thanks guys!
FundRaving with TikTok
On the second Saturday in July, the day of the postponed parade, we were able to implement a special project together with TikTok Germany: FundRaving LIVE 2021! We organized a charity live stream directly from the heart of Berlin, in front of the landmarks of the two former Love Parade routes, the Gedächtniskirche (Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße respectively) and the Victory Column (Straße des 17. Juni).
Ann Clue, Nakadia, Stella Bossi, Mark Dekoda, Klanglos and of course the father of the Loveparade, Dr. Motte, contributed with their performances. In total, the campaign was able to collect € 21,703.92 (incl. donations in kind).
Cultural Heritage: TECHNO.
One of our most important milestones this year was to complete and submit the cultural heritage application to UNESCO. Our goal is to have techno culture in Berlin recognized and protected as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The application required a lot of scientific research, interviews and consultations with cultural professionals, digging through audio, video and photo archives. Our team worked hard and therefore we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the extraordinary effort and the many, often voluntary, hours of work!
Many, many thanks to Felicitas Settili, Kristin Floruß, Claudia Schneider, Quirin Graf Adelmann, Yad Hindreen Ali and Florian Löhlein for your incredible help!
We are very happy that the application could be submitted to UNESCO on time in November 2021. Now we have to keep our fingers crossed and wait for UNESCO to get back to us!
Documentary: Techno Culture in Berlin
Additionally, we produced a short documentary film on the topic of “Techno Culture in Berlin”, which includes interviews with artists, cultural workers, people from the scene as well as social scientists, historians and even philosophers.
Hans Cousto, Ellen Alien, Alan Oldham, Dimitri Hegemann, Adriaan van der Werf, Alexander Krüger, Daniel Boon, Dr. Motte, Marc Wohlrabe, Mike Vollmuth, Sophie Augello – thanks so much for being on board and supporting the project!
Thanks to the repeated support of 25films and a funding by Berliner Sparkasse we were able to realize a really great documentary, which was also handed over to UNESCO as part of the application process.
International Press for Techno Culture
The UNESCO application gained the attention of the international press. In the December issue of the DJ Mag , Martin Guttridge-Hewitt reported extensively on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and our initiative. This resulted in a huge wave of international media coverage and support. We are very grateful to DJ Mag and The Guardian, as well as all the magazines, blogs, radio and TV stations that featured our application!
Thanks to DJ Mag • The Guardian • ARTE • Resident Advisor • Mixmag • FAZE Magazin • BBC World Service • CBC Radio • VICIOUS Magazine • Dazed • Sky News • The Times • The Telegraph • Muno.PL • UK News • Evening Standard • Yahoo • Huffington Post • Lifo • Klubskascena • La Razon • Sunshine Live • Evosonic • Tag43 • WIO News • Pedestrian TV • CDM • Arti Gerçek • Cultture • Nacional • Le Figaro • Far Out • NME Network • Inquirer (USA) • Český Rozhlas – and many, many more!
Last but not least: Charity Auctions
To fund our non-profit work for techno culture, we generally rely on financial support through donations. But twice this year we were able to run special charity auctions. In August, Dr. Motte donated several original posters of the Love Parade to Rave The Planet, which we auctioned off together with eBay for Charity. On top of that, we gave away many more must-have treasures, such as backstage passes, extra roles and much more.
At the big X-Mas Charity Auction in December, we teamed up with the Archive of Youth Cultures (Archiv der Jugendkulturen e.V.). The non-profit association is currently facing great financial challenges after a funding program in the archive and library area has already ended in August 2021 and a rent increase is also imminent. For the Christmas charity auction, duplicates of rare posters were auctioned off, such as two of the techno art exhibition Chromapark, once again Love Parade rarities and also a pop art painting by the Berlin artist Thomas Swims. This time, the proceeds of the auctions will be fairly divided and will go in equal parts to Rave The Planet and the Archive of Youth Cultures..
The exact proceeds will be announced after we receive the final payments from the auctions in the new year. Sign up for our newsletter to not miss the update!
Despite the adverse circumstances due to the pandemic, there was a lot going on and in the new year we want to get a lot more going! From January we will concentrate all our efforts and focus mainly on the implementation of the cultural demonstration “Rave The Planet Parade”, on July 9, 2022. Then the official application phase for all float makers will finally start.
All interested parties can already register now and will receive an info mail before everyone else, as soon as the applications can be submitted.
Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to all the many, many helping hands. We can’t say often enough how incredibly important your support is to us. Enjoy some nice days between the years, do something nice with your loved ones, stay strong and healthy. See you all again next year!
Merry Christmas, happy vacations, happy new year and all the best that goes with it. Let’s spread love and rave the planet!