Techno party with founder of the Love Parade hits the streets of Berlin

BERLIN — A techno parade co-founded by the founder of the Love Parade, once a popular annual party in Berlin, paraded through the streets of the German capital on Saturday calling for the city’s electronic music culture to be included on the World Heritage List.

The “Rave the Planet” parade started from the Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard to the Victory Column in the middle of Berlin’s Tiergarten.

Police estimated that 20,000 people had turned out for the parade in cool rainy weather, German news agency dpa reported. They deployed 600 officers, but no disruptions were reported.

One of the organizers of the parade, a DJ named Dr. Motte, demanded an unconditional basic income for artists and the inclusion of Berlin’s club culture in the intangible heritage of UNESCO, the cultural agency of the United Nations.

dr Motte, 62, is best known for founding the Love Parade – which grew from a small procession of 150 ravers in 1989 to a huge music festival and street party with 1.5 million participants a decade later. The event’s popularity later waned; It last took place in Berlin in 2006.

Loveparade-branded parties thereafter took place among various promoters in Germany’s Ruhr area, but ended after a stampede at the 2010 event in Duisburg resulted in 21 deaths. Techno party with founder of the Love Parade hits the streets of Berlin

Dustin Huang

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