Stay healthy and enjoy the fantastic weather!

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 10. April 2020

On a sunny day Mauerpark is a magnet for crowds of people. Normally we are delighted to see them there. That’s the whole point of this special place. But sadly nothing is normal this year. In these times of Coronavirus we all have to put our own needs on hold and think primarily about everyone around us. So to make sure everyone can enjoy this glorious weather please remember a couple of important things:

  • Keep 1.5 metres between you and the next person.
  • Walk by yourself or with one just one other person. People in the same household can also be together but no other kind of group is allowed.
  • Be considerate to others: for instance, if you want to go jogging, find a place where you can easily avoid contact with other people
  • Don’t inadvertently be selfish. You might be young, strong, healthy and immortal. But you might infect someone more vulnerable – with possibly serious or even fatal consequences.
  • Enjoy the fantastic weather!

The current situation is hard to deal with. None of us have experienced anything like this before. If we all do our bit, we will soon be able to fully enjoy Mauerpark in all its diversity again. Happy Easter/Passover everyone.

Stay healthy! We’ll meet again (hopefully very soon)

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Peaceful Walpurgis Night celebrations canceled

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 6. April 2020

Last year we had to unexpectedly cancel the Peaceful Walpurgis Night celebrations because a handful of “concerned” citizens protested against the music and dancing in Mauerpark. And now, a year down the road, a miniscule virus is turning the whole world upside down.

At the moment, we have no way of knowing how  the coronavirus crisis will develop. In consultation with Pankow borough council, we have decided that the current restrictions on gatherings make it impossible to continue to plan this year’s Walpurgis Night celebrations.

Please forgive us Walburga: we are really sorry that we can’t celebrate your feast day again this year. We realise that part of your job description as a patron saint is protecting humankind from plagues and epidemics. Please don’t hold it against us: we promise to celebrate your day in grand style again next year.

With the backing of Pankow borough council, we will carry on the tradition of our Peaceful Walpurgis Night celebrations in Mauerpark in 2021. We are confident that next year’s celebrations will be both peaceful and full of fun with programme of events for all the family, including a camp fire, fire artists and music.

We had no choice this year but to simply thank all the artists and volunteer organisers for all the work they invested in preparing for this year’s celebrations. Our sincere thanks also go Pankow’s district councillors. The resolution they passed is a great support for us going forward.

Terrible though it is, this crisis offers us the opportunity to rethink our priorities: to value those things we simply took for granted and protect them in the future. Public spaces where people can meet and enjoy spontaneous cultural activities are particularly important for an open, healthy society. Mauerpark fulfils that role like no other.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to enjoy Mauerpark again in all its diversity. Until then, stay at home and stay safe and healthy.

#stayhome #flattenthecurve #safemauerpark

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Acoustic shells: Pilot project launched in Mauerpark

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 5. February 2020

Last year, conflicts between local residents and park users were the subject of intensive discussions at the Mauerpark Round Table. A participation process was set up and the Save Mauerpark initiative put forward a range of ideas for workable regulations.

As a result, Pankow borough council introduced new rules for the 2019 Mauerpark season and used multilingual brochures and park rangers to inform people about them throughout the season.

For the 2020 season, structures known as acoustic shells will be introduced as a practical way of dealing with unwanted noise. The shells form a sound barrier that protects local residents (1), while at the same time improving the acoustic experience for the musicians and their audience (2).

Flanagan Lawrence architects are international leaders in this field. Their acoustic shells come in very different shapes and sizes and are already in use in parks and public spaces around the world. Ulrich Schweizer, an engineer and member of Berlin Street Music, has designed a mobile version of the shells for the pilot project in Mauerpark. Pankow’s parks and gardens department and Freunde des Mauerparks e.V. have signed an agreement to implement the pilot project.

The mobile acoustic shells will be erected mostly on Sundays, weather permitting, from May 2020 onwards. Freunde des Mauerparks, together with students from TU Berlin and Pankow’s parks and gardens department, will investigate and document their effectiveness. At the same time, the various user groups will be kept up to speed on developments. It is obviously crucial to ensure that the musicians in the park are onboard with the project and Berlin Street Music will take on the important role of looking after communications with them.

Freunde des Mauerparks e.V. see the acoustic shells as a practical approach to resolving the conflict that will benefit both residents and musicians. In this way, we are continuing to address the needs of all the park’s user groups and fulfil our declared aim to promote constructive cooperation and a culture of tolerance and mutual respect in Mauerpark.

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Photo exhibition: Mauerpark 25 years on

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 16. January 2020

Five photographers, five windows onto the former death strip

25 years after Mauerpark opened, a photo exhibition depicts the new life that has evolved on the site where the Berlin Wall once stood. Gone is the barbed wire and the threat of death; replaced by life and fun – karaoke, street food, artists, street musicians and a flea market.

The common thread connecting the work is the individual way each photographer sees Mauerpark. But not in isolation from the bigger picture and current issues. Who does the park actually belong to, for instance? It calls for a thoughtful, loving, ironic and critical view.

The photographers also document the constant changes the park has had to deal with and how it has responded to engineering work, its popularity with tourists and what local people want from it. The result is a good mix of street photography, urban landscapes, studio photos and documentation that goes beyond the usual clichés.

The exhibition impressively conveys the message that culture needs an open space that embraces diversity and that Mauerpark is a unique privilege for Berlin.

Photographers:
Alexander Puell
Peter Kagerer
Hartmut Bräunlich
Friederike Kronauer
Wilfried Schröder

Dates:
Vernissage: Thursday, 2nd February 2020 at 7.00 pm
Exhibition: 2nd February – 23th April 2020
Finissage: 23th April 2020 at 7.00 pm

Where:
Kiezbüro Stefan Gelbhaar MdB, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen
Prenzlauer Allee 22, 10405 Berlin

Facebook-Event:
facebook.com/events/657600725009189

 

 

 

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Mauerpark

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 30. December 2019

We have one request to everyone who is thinking of coming to the Mauerpark to see in the New Year:

Please spare a thought for the wildlife in the park and celebrate without bangers and rockets. A lot of animals live in the Mauerpark and the noise, smoke and flashes of fireworks are terrifying for them. The park is one of the very few safe places for them to seek refuge in the city. Please don’t destroy that for them.

And think of your fellow human beings too! They are not an appropriate target for home-made rockets or bangers. Have a great party and enjoy yourselves but please do not overestimate your skills in handling the fireworks. Remember they can cause serious injury – to you and others.

Please don’t litter the park. Take your empty packaging, bottles and glasses home with you.

Our motto for 2020 remains the same: Respect for one another and commitment to taking care of this precious open space in our city.

The Friends of the Mauerpark wish you fun on New Year’s Eve and all the best for 2020!

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Photo exhibition: Mauerpark 25 years on

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 17. October 2019

Five photographers, five windows onto the former death strip

25 years after Mauerpark opened, a photo exhibition depicts the new life that has evolved on the site where the Berlin Wall once stood. Gone is the barbed wire and the threat of death; replaced by life and fun – karaoke, street food, artists, street musicians and a flea market.

The common thread connecting the work is the individual way each photographer sees Mauerpark. But not in isolation from the bigger picture and current issues. Who does the park actually belong to, for instance? It calls for a thoughtful, loving, ironic and critical view.

The photographers also document the constant changes the park has had to deal with and how it has responded to engineering work, its popularity with tourists and what local people want from it. The result is a good mix of street photography, urban landscapes, studio photos and documentation that goes beyond the usual clichés.

The exhibition impressively conveys the message that culture needs an open space that embraces diversity and that Mauerpark is a unique privilege for Berlin.

Photographers:
Hartmut Bräunlich
Thomas Henk Henkel
Peter Kagerer
Friederike Kronauer
Alexander Puell

Vernissage: Friday, 8 November 2019 at 7.00 pm
Exhibition: Sunday, 10 November 2019, 10.00 am  – 6.00 pm

Where: Mauersegler, Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13555 Berlin

Powered by Kulturgemeinschaft Mauerpark

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Loving the park, cleaning it up

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 17. September 2019

We all love Mauerpark.

But are you really feeling the love?

Truly, madly, deeply?

Come and join us for a love-in on Sunday, 22 September. We are going to give Mauerpark a deep clean to show how much we care. Whether you live in Berlin or are just visiting, come and join the clean-up afternoon we are organising with the Kulturgemeinschaft Mauerpark and wirBerlin. It is a great way to meet other Mauerpark lovers and promises to be fun!

Date: Sunday 22nd, 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Meeting point: Our information stand, on the field, opposite the karaoke amphitheatre

More info: facebook.com/events/1439587472846114/

Foto: Peter Kagerer

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The Fête de la Musique is back in Mauerpark

von Alexander Puell am 19. June 2019

Berlin Street Music and Save Mauerpark are hosting the Fête de la Musique in Mauerpark on 21. June:

16:00 Legendary Strawberry Man
17:00 Stephen Paul Taylor
18:00 12Volt
19:00 Beranger

The cultural iniatives actively promote music in Mauerpark. But reducing noise levels for local residents is also important to them, which is why they will be collecting donations for acoustic shells, which absorb sound.

Further information: facebook.com/events/2338730729780413/

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