Invitation to the opening of the rainbow playground

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 8. July 2017

A promise is a promise: we got the rainbow back!
And not only do we have a new rainbow, we also have a play ship – an ark complete with giraffe.

We would therefore like to invite everyone who supported us financially and practically and, of course, the children and their parents to come and celebrate this special moment with us.

When: Friday, 14 July 2017 at 3.00 pm
Where: Rainbow Playground in Mauerpark

Anyone who believes that rainbows simply fall out of the sky is sadly mistaken. Turning this dream into reality was a long process and it wasn’t always easy. But the process was as important as the result and lots of people got to know each other and appreciate each other along the way. We reached our goal through a concerted effort.

The original rainbow failed a safety inspection. The local authority didn’t feel able to repair the ageing playground and sent in the chainsaws. We channelled our outrage into a constructive approach to the problem: build a new rainbow in the same place. But there was just one problem – the local authority didn’t have the money to do it. A joint effort on the part of the playground designers and equipment manufacturers SIK-Holz, the Friends of  Mauerpark, the local authority, the  many people who made generous donations and,  last but not least, a host of volunteers resulted in a new playground being built.

The first phase with the western section of the rainbow and a swing was completed in summer 2016 and now in summer 2017 the eastern part of the rainbow and the new play ship have been added. All that remains now is to dismantle the last of the barriers and celebrate the official opening of the Rainbow Playground to the public at 3.00 pm on 14 July 2017.


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Come and help us build the Rainbow Playground

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 22. May 2017

Do you have any spare time during the day between 12 and 16 June? Would you like to lend a hand: digging holes or wielding a hammer or a paint brush?
If so, please get in touch at or email us at: regenbogen[at]

The Rainbow Playground in Mauerpark disappeared suddenly in autumn 2015. The local parks and gardens department was concerned it was unsafe and felt obliged to dismantle it.

We, the Friends of Mauerpark, got a campaign going in just a few weeks, which ensured that the Rainbow Playground will soon be back as symbol for optimism and dreams.

With the help of volunteers from Syria, Africa, America and Germany, the first phase of the rebuild project (first part of the rainbow and the swings) was completed last summer in just one week.

The second phase (second part of the rainbow and a play ship) is scheduled for completion this summer.

Unlike last year, we are no longer fundraising. Supporters of Mauerpark, residents, businesses and nonprofit organisations showed great commitment and contributed almost €17,000, which will go a long way towards financing the playground.

Support from volunteers is an important part of the Rainbow Project. The rainbow is not only a visual symbol, suggesting building bridges in places where there was once division. The actual work of constructing the playground offers an opportunity for people of very different backgrounds to meet and do something constructive together.

And during the first phase, people from Syria, Africa, America and Germany came together and shared not just the work but also stories, joy and lasting memories.

Do you have any spare time during the day between 12 and 16 June? If so, please get in touch at or email us at: regenbogen[at]

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Fun for all in Mauerpark as people danced in the May

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 5. May 2017

The eve of May Day was once more a lively party for young and old. It featured soap bubbles, prayers for peace, dance floors, live music, drumming, a campfire, and fire artistry.

Building on the success of last year, there was no ban on bottles and cans. The good cooperation between artists, Friends of Mauerpark, the police and the borough that has developed in recent years ensured that everything ran smoothly and everyone was able to enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Mauerpark saw 12,000 visitors on 30 April this year. The combination of a sunny Mauerpark Sunday with the usual flea market and karaoke was the perfect prelude to the Walpurgis Night celebrations that went on into the small hours. The artists in the Mauerpark enchanted the crowds both during the day and in the evening.

The event was once more a powerful illustration of the transformation this inner-city public green space has undergone. This park is on the site of the former “death strip” – the no-man’s land that used to be part of the Berlin Wall. Once filled with watchtowers, armed border guards and attack dogs, it is now the city’s most popular place for young people from all over the world to meet, relax and have fun on Sundays.

Many thanks to Peter Pan with his “Love your enemies” initiative, to all the artists and to the volunteers without whose untiring commitment these celebrations would not have been possible.

A special thank you goes to the officials of the Borough of Pankow, to the Mauerpark flea market, the Mauersegler beer garden and, last but not least, to Ballon-Werft.

Photos and impressions on Flickr and on the Walpurgisnacht website.

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14th Peaceful Walpurgis Night in Mauerpark (2017)

von Alexander Puell am 26. April 2017

The slogan for the celebrations is quite simple: come and join in!

Local people, visitors and creatives will get together to produce a very special evening that will include a campfire, music, fire juggling, soap bubbles and the opportunity to dance in the May. You can let your imagination run free in Mauerpark.

Some of the people joining us this year: Peter & PatTeam-Fox, Zirkus Internationale, Fire Circles, Hope Center, Bearpit KaraokeDub der Guten Hoffnung, Herz & Leber, Puto Productions and 12 Volt – to mention just a few.

At 7 pm we will express our hopes and wishes for peace in the form an interfaith prayer. Everyone of any faith is welcome to join in.

Our celebrations will end just before midnight. After 1.00am, please spare a thought for the people who live near the park and would like to get a good night’s sleep!

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Take part in Mauerpark’s Friedvollen Walpurgisnacht!

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 17. March 2017

On 30th of April we will have a colorful and peaceful Dance into May at Mauerpark, with a bonfire, fire artistry and lots of music.

You’re a witch, fire artists, musicians or you have a band? Then be creative and be part of a diverse community to celebrate this special night!

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Mauerpark

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 28. December 2016


2016 was a turbulent year for the Mauerpark and 2017 will no doubt also have a few surprises in store.

We have just 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 2017 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 2017!

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We have our rainbow back – well most of it!

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 30. July 2016


It took refugees from Syria, Africa, America and Germany just one week to construct the first two elements of the Rainbow Playground.

The whole thing was made possible thanks to many donations and the professional input from SIK-Holz, the company that makes the play equipment.

Putting up the visible elements went really fast but it will take longer for the foundations to harden off (a couple of weeks).

Please be patient. You will soon be able to play on the swing and slide here. We are looking forward to it too.

We are continuing to collect donations so that we can reconstruct the entire rainbow. It still needs the slide, which is part of the eastern section and an ark – just in case there is a flood.

Please donate whatever you can and share the link with your friends.

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Work begins to rebuild the Rainbow playground

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 24. July 2016


The children get first parts their playground back

Jens-Holger Kirchner, responsible for urban development with Pankow Council, the non-profit organisation Freunde des Mauerparks and SIK-Holzgestaltungs GmbH have found a solution that will make it possible to re-erect the Rainbow playground in Mauerpark before the end of July. The old playground was closed down in autumn 2015 for safety reasons and its rainbow dismantled. The foundations were suspected of being unstable.

What is special about the new situation is that two very different kinds of group will be involved. One of the groups is, headed up by its co-founder Rolf Martin, who is a church minister in Lübeck. The other group consists of refugees, young men living in emergency accommodation in Malmöerstrasse. Everyone, including the Freunde des Mauerparks, will be giving their time voluntarily to replace the swing in the middle of the rainbow and the small circular element of the playground.

The Rainbow playgrounds are important as a symbol of reconciliation and there are many of them in different post-conflict countries around the world. The first was constructed in Soweto in 1998; “our” rainbow in Mauerpark was added in 1999 and stands where the Wall divided the boroughs of Pankow and Wedding in the former East and West Berlin.

It has been possible to start re-creating the Rainbow playground because the Freunde des Mauerparks ran a successful campaign and raised sufficient funds and because SIK-Holzgestaltung is going to do the work free of charge.

We need more funds to be able to fully recreate the lovely Rainbow playground so that the children can play there again in 2017.

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Building work is scheduled to start on Monday, 25 July at 11:00 am
Venue: The empty playground site beside the birch grove

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