For almost three decades Berlin had been separated by a Wall. The government of the GDR had erected this Wall on 13 August 1961 to cut off the connection between East and West Berlin and with it the escape movement rooted in the growing economic gap between East and West Germany.
And, 20 years ago the Berlin Wall a symbol for a divided city, a divided Germany and the Cold War, has fallen. Today, 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall.These events triggered drastic changes around the world, marking the end of the Cold War and of the division of Europe.
Many people within Germany and beyond its borders still remember today the stirring weeks in the autumn of 1989. For Berliners in particular, 9 November 1989 will remain the happiest day in their recent history. Finally, what belonged together could grow together.
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the momentous fall of the Berlin Wall, the Festival of Freedom kicks off on November 9, 2009 at Brandenburg Platz.
The build up to the festival itself has so far involved young Berliner artists designing and submitting individual dominos, that will be toppled over in spectacular fashion during the festival. This is done to symbolise the social domino effect, created by the fall of the wall. In total there are 1000 dominos set to be lined up and on top of that, this open air event will feature concerts and iconic dignitaries from the bygone era, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Kofi Annan.
The row of 1,000 20-kg dominos standing 1.5 metres apart — painted in bright colours by school children and rising 2.5 metres high .
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