Previous Next
If you’re in Berlin on 9 November this year, here are a couple ways to celebrate the Fall of the Wall’s 20-year anniversary.
Festival of Freedom

An oversized set of falling dominoes to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall will punctuate Berlin’s Festival of Freedom on 9 November 2009. The temporary wall covers 1.5km and runs past the front of the Brandenburg Gate. The dominoes, 2.5 meters tall and weighing 20kg each, were hand painted in colourful fashion by schoolchildren.

Photo: Jim Linwood

A live concert will also provide some entertainment. I couldn’t determine if David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff will be performing, but Bon Jovi definitely is. The festival is set to end with a fireworks display.

The Mauer Mob

British artist Martin Butler’s latest project, “Mauer Mob 2009: Recreating the Berlin Wall”, will temporarily “recreate” the wall using humans instead of concrete and barbed wire. He is looking for 33,000 participants to cover the 46km route (which is segmented into 330 sections).

According to the New York Times, over 9,000 people in social media circles have already shown interest, while the Mauer Mob website shows the number committed approaching 6,000.

If you’re in the area, this would be a fantastic way to participate on the day.


If you haven’t already, make sure you head over to Paul Sullivan’s commemorative photo essay, Berlin 20/20: A Photo Tour of a Reunited City.

My wife and I haven’t yet decided how we will celebrate the event here in Melbourne. How will you?

Culture + Religion


About The Author

Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

  • joshua johnson

    i am eight watching the TV with my folks. People cry and swing hammers and pry with crowbars. My mom tells me ‘this is a very important day.’

In that moment I realized that it is still more alive than dead.
The Hoff not only helped bring down The Wall, he did so while sporting a leather jacket...
Marvels at the colorful illuminations of Berlin's Festival of Lights.
It's a place where you can meet people, drink enough beer to behave absurdly and also...
I go back outside and look up and down the impossibly colorful street. I’d been very...
We sent Tom Gates out with an empty belly and asked him to eat as much as he could in one...
You don't need a case full of Euros to enjoy Berlin.
Making a trip to one of Europe's most artistic, cultured, and storied cities? Drop our...
Paul Sullivan plays club tour guide, giving us the ins, outs, and how-to-get-theres of...
Cars nervously skirt by the slowly moving vehicle, tourists point in awe and all the...
Bowie may have come home, but what had he brought with him?
Check out a different side of New York's museum scene with these 5 recommendations from...
From fortune tellers to whiskey cake, there's always a festive way to celebrate birth.