Temporary Exhibition: 30 Jahre Loveparade

On 1 July 1989, months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, history was written: Music history, world history – but above all a love story.

This year the mother of all techno festivals celebrates her 30th birthday:

Happy birthday Loveparade!

On the 1st of July 2019, the day of anniversary of the mass phenomenon, Dr. Motte and nineties berlin will open the first special exhibition on the history of the Loveparade celebrate the opening of their new temporary exhibition “30 Jahre Loveparade”.

In collaboration with the nineties berlin curator Michael Geithner, Dr. Motte gives personal insights into the extraordinary history of the Berlin parades. They show that the idea of uniting people in diversity under the umbrella of electronic music continues to have an effect in Berlin until today.

The special exhibition will be an expansion of the permanent exhibition until 31st January 2020. Tickets and more info: www.nineties.berlin


Hardly anyone has shaped and changed the electronic music scene as decisively as Dr. Motte. From 1989 to November 2005, the “Father of the Loveparade” was the face of the parade itself and a also figurehead of the international techno movement. His speeches to the closing rallies at the Victory Column (ger: Siegessäule) are legendary.

Dr. Motte registered the first Loveparade on 01.07.1989 as a political demonstration for “Peace, Joy, Pancakes”. “Peace” stood for disarmament, “joy” for music as a means of better international understanding and “pancakes” for a fair distribution of food.

Techno culture developed into the most important youth movement of the 90s, the Loveparade into its unofficial holiday. In just ten years, the number of participants rose from 150 to an amazing 1.5 million ravers who danced together peacefully on the Straße des 17. Juni for a better world.

In 2001, the Loveparade lost its status as a demonstration and had to postpone the date by one week. This resulted in enormous additional costs with a simultaneous collapse in visitor numbers.

Two more years, up to and including 2003, the parade could still be financed from its own reserves, sponsorship money and a financial injection from the city of Berlin. However, due to planning uncertainties on the part of the city, the sponsors then bailed out and the financing finally collapsed. The parades in 2004 and 2005 were cancelled.

Due to the threat of insolvency, the majority of the shareholders of Loveparade Berlin GmbH decided to sell the brand to a new owner in November 2005. After the parade the following year, Dr. Motte finally distanced himself publicly for reasons of content and idealism.

With the new owner, the parade moved to the German Ruhr area in 2007 and came to a sad end in 2010.

1989Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen (eng.: peace, joy, pancakes)150
1990The Future Is Ours2.000
1991My House Is Your House And Your House Is Mine6.000
1992The Worldwide Party Peole Weekend15.000
1993Fifth Anniversary30.000
1994The Spirit Makes You Move120.000
1995Peace On Earth300.000
1996We Are One Family750.000
1997Let The Sunshine In Your Heart1.000.000
1998One World One Future1.100.000
1999Music Is The Key1.500.000
2000One World One Loveparade1.300.000
2001Join The Love Republic1.000.000
2002Acess Peace750.000
2003Love Rules500.000

Source: Wikipedia

Loveparade 2003, view from the Victory Column to Brandenburg Gate | Photo by Dr. Motte
Loveparade 2003, view from Victory Column to Ernst-Reuter-Platz | Photo by Dr. Motte

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