Not since July 24, 2010, when 21 people ranging in ages from 18-38 years suffocated, and more than 500 were injured due to extreme overcrowding in a tunnel leading to a former freight station, has Love Parade been in existence.
The outdoor area where the tunnel led had an estimated capacity of 250,000 people. In recent years leading up to the 2010 date, there were an estimated 1 to 1.5 million attendees.
But, a German DJ and his nonprofit limited company, “Rave the Planet,” are hoping to bring the famous outdoor parade back to the area where it was initialized as a political demonstration for peace through music.
At its 1989 inception, the event drew around 150 dance music fans who took to the streets of the German capital under the motto. “Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen” (Peace, Love, Pancakes), which (roughly) translates into “all is well.”
“For years, many have asked me when the Love Parade will return,” said German DJ, Dr. Motte (real name Matthias Roeingh), who founded the event. “The longing seems enormous.”
The 59-year-old wants to bring the gathering back by enlisting the world-wide public for donations through it’s “Fundraving” program.
Contributions start at a modest 5 euros and are meant for the development and application of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, for the promotion of art and culture, for the protection of electronic dance music, its recognition and much more.
The hope is to relaunch Love Parade on August 1, 2020.
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