Freunde des Mauerparks e.V.

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Mauerpark is not a drinks market

Mauerpark is not a drinks market

Freunde des Mauerparks reject out of hand Pankow Public Order Office’s proposal to legalise the sale of alcohol in Mauerpark. Licensing sales outlets would not solve the problem of illegal sales. On the contrary: it would make things worse. More alcohol is not what is needed to promote harmony and respect in the park. What we do need is for the Public Order Office to do its job: they said themselves that they...

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Everyone is welcome in Mauerpark

Everyone is welcome in Mauerpark

The absurd idea of erecting a fence around Mauerpark and charging admission left us speechless. What makes Mauerpark attractive, what makes it special is the fact that it is a place where everyone can participate in cultural activities. It doesn’t cost anything. And everyone is welcome in Mauerpark: Berliners and visitors, rich and poor, young and old. We have always made sure no-one is excluded because they don’t...

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Sunday karaoke – the heart of Mauerpark

Mauerpark is not just a park. As a small reminder: it means “Wall Park” and is where THE Wall used to be – with its barbed wire, watchtowers and armed guards with orders to shoot. But now, every Sunday, it is full of people from all over the world, including Berliners who have lived here all their lives and the newcomers who are proud to call it home. Mauerpark is unparalleled as a place that brings together people...

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Culture in the Mauerpark – a bonus or a bane?

Culture in the Mauerpark – a bonus or a bane?

The hot summer months in Mauerpark are over for this year and so things should start to quieten down naturally: the crowds, the music and the protests. So it is time to take stock and the attempt to do that has led to intensive discussions among all stakeholders: local residents, street musicians in and round the park, the parks and gardens’ department, the Public Order Office, the police and local politicians....

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